He Hears Us

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. We like to be heard. When we feel we have something to say, we have an innate need for others to listen to us. It can be frustrating, for instance, when the person to…

He Makes Us New

Behold, I am making all things new. As we in the south are wont to say, it appears that spring has officially sprung. Although spring began inauspiciously (there were some pretty cold days in late March!), we are now experiencing what we expect from a Georgia spring. We are getting rain, and lots of it.…

Rise Above

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. I like what I like. Also, I want what I want. It seems a natural tendency to…

He Has Risen

He has risen; he is not here. We are a people of the Resurrection. It is good for us to focus on the life of Christ, for it is in that life that we have the example of who and what we are to be as Christians in this world. It is good also that…

God is Good

Psalm 145 is a psalm of praise that recognizes many of the great things that God does for his people. David, who is considered the author of the psalm, alternately praises God for a number of things: for God’s mighty acts, for God’s majesty, for God’s wondrous works, for God’s awesome deeds, and for God’s…

Jesus is the Reason

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, was rendered mute for a time because of his unbelief. While performing his duties as a priest (it was his turn to burn incense in the sanctuary), he was approached at the altar…

Comforter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. To say that…

New Classes Begin

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Today marks the beginning of a new…

There is No Fear in Love

There is no fear in love. I have admitted this before, but will do so again: I have always been afraid of the dark. It is irrational, of course (as are many fears). Yet it is reality for me. Simply put, I do not like total dark. My earliest memories confirm for me that I…

Blessing Beyond Measure

O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. In ancient Judaism, there was a sincere belief that those who were “righteous”—those who followed the Law and who were good to others along the way—would experience the Lord’s favor. For…