“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 New American Standard Bible The Toastmasters’ speech contest began. I was the first contestant. I had given many club speeches, but this contest was different. I remembered my first and only competition where I was
“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” Joel 2:13 (NIV) Emergency Evacuation I received the call Sunday afternoon; everyone had evacuated to a hospital shelter. A forest fire near a small-town nursing
Nature Labors My home-office window provides an array of entertainment. A hawk soars above the trees to hunt for food. The blackbird pecks between the blades of grass to pull a resistant worm. A spider spins a well-engineered web on the outside windowsill, while bees hover over colorful blooms to feast on the nectar. Their labor inspires me to tap
Fear Attacks Faith The enemy of our soul is a charlatan painting a picture of hopelessness. Satan’s strategy is to impose an agonizing attack to slow us down, pull back, or quit. But within the hearts of God’s people even an ember of faith cries, “Our God reigns!” We can feel overwhelmed and discouraged as we watch world news,
The Tug Between Submission and Self-reliance Christians help others. We reflect God’s love, practice selflessness, build relationships, and that provides a euphoric feeling. But too much help isn’t good either; we may need to help less. So, how much help is too much? We should respond with Godly obedience when we see a need, but the carnal mind reacts with
“Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us“ – Charles Spurgeon I recently read Charles Spurgeon’s autobiography. Even though his ministry took place over 150 years ago, I found his stories to be relevant for today because he was honest and vulnerable. Sometimes, it’s difficult to be vulnerable because we don’t want to
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