The Sufficiency of God’s Word

  Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12 There’s something we tend to overlook or take too lightly when considering God’s Word: it’s sufficiency. We tend to underestimate the great power of God’s promises. In this initial chapter of Jeremiah, […]

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Don’t Settle

  But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. Matthew 22:29   I’m afraid I’m in the habit of not taking my faith seriously enough. I’m guilty of settling, and of not fully realizing the power of God. The life that God calls us […]

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The Enlarged Heart

  I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:32   We all know that walking and running our good for our hearts. The exercise strengthens our heart muscle. The same appears to be true spiritually. In this curious verse in Psalm 119, David acknowledged that running in […]

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What’s in a Name?

But you will be called, “My delight is in her.” Isaiah 62:4 I love nicknames. I use them all the time. I’ll use nicknames to help create a special bond between the person I’m renaming and myself. It’s sort of a code for the love in our relationship. God apparently loves nicknames too, or at […]

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Silence

  But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him. Habakkuk 2:20 When was the last time you experienced total silence? I mean real, dead-still silence. Let me define it for you. Silence, as best I understand the biblical word, means the absence of manmade or human sounds. […]

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Oaks of Righteousness

  So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD. Isaiah61:3 I remember driving down Highway 90 in Gulfport, Mississippi about 8 months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. Evidence of the storm’s severity was still all around. I remember seeing only the foundations of houses—steps that used to lead up […]

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God’s Lofty Love

  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. Psalm 103:11 Let me start with the answer: God’s love for is so great we can’t ever tap it all or find a way to measure it. That’s the point of this verse: God’s […]

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God’s Broad Forgiveness

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 How far does forgiveness go? What happens to our sin when God removes it? These beautiful words from King David tell us. He used a simple fact to help us get it. Head east. Start […]

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Don’t Ever Stop Praying

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. Isaiah 62:1 What did you used to pray for—with great passion and focus—that you no longer pray for? What prayer requests have […]

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Being Okay in Your Skin

Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. Matthew 9:1 I read this the other day and it really started me thinking—Jesus got into a boat. Why would Jesus do that? He didn’t need a boat. We know that he could have walked or flown and just transported […]

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