The Art of Waiting

Psalm 40:1  I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.   One of the most difficult things to learn is the fine art of waiting, particularly when you are younger.  We are naturally wired to want to satisfy a desire immediately or at least meet the want quickly. Athletes […]

My Power is made Perfect in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12: 7b-10  Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast […]

But that can’t be God’s will!

Jeremiah 29  11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This scripture has long been an encouragement to me in difficult times.  However, I have also heard it associated with a “prosperity gospel”, that being the Christian […]

The Worst of Sinners

1 Timothy 1:  15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.    The Apostle Paul is such a model to me of a right understanding of our place as Christians.  Paul was handpicked by God to be the man to lead […]

What Greater Love?

John 15:  12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. The Olympics can be a wonderful stage for book-worthy stories.  The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia are no exception.  One such story comes from the Canadian […]

What Motivates You?

2 Corinth 5:  14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. Motivation can be defined as: “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way”.  Sports psychologists believe that motivation is a combination of intrinsic factors (the drive from within) […]

What’s on the Hilltop?

Matthew 6: 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Deion Sanders was a sports superstar in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.  Millions of American boys dream of being a National Football League (NFL) star or Major League Baseball (MLB) star, but Deion Sanders […]

Sex: God’s Chemical Miracle

Matthew 19: 4-5 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ Dr. Freda Bush and Dr. Joe McIlhaney are Obstetrician/Gynecologists and co-authors of “Girls […]

Here am I. Send me!

Isaiah 6:8 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” As Christians we may often picture God with a list of special tasks and then a corresponding list of his people to accomplish the tasks.  Within this view […]