In Psalm 116, the psalmist asked, “What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?” That’s a question every disciple of Jesus asks (sometimes again and again). The answer is always the same: willing, loving obedience to God. In the first 11 verses, the psalmist describes an experience, or perhaps gives a summary of many experiences, with God. He talks of being overcome by the troubles and sorrows of the world, he was headed for death, and he cried out to the Lord for help. He.. read more

Do you sometimes feel different when you put on a different set of clothes? Does changing clothes into those that go with a particular profession – the policeman, the firefighter, the basketball player, the nurse – does that alter attitudes and behavior? My next door neighbor sure looks different in his jeans out mowing the grass than he does when he has the uniform on and gets in his police car. I bet he feels different too. Decades ago, when I was in a job where I wore a suit and tie every.. read more

2 Chronicles 20:17 NLT But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you. To stay in step with the Lord … sometimes means standing still. It is so counter-cultural to think that being in the center of God’s Will might mean we need to stand still. We are doers! We pray for God.. read more