Romans 15:15 (KJV)Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God.

The book of Romans was written by Paul to the church in Rome. Although he had never visited this church, Paul wrote seriously and passionately about the faith. The apostle also taught that the free gift of grace is a product of the love of God toward humans.

Paul was an effective speaker and writer, because of his all-consuming faith. He spoke and wrote without fear.

We must speak boldly, write boldly, go boldly. In order to please God and fulfill our mission here on Earth, we must be bold as lions.


Notable Quotes:

"Put a grain of boldness into everything you do."--Baltasar Gracian, Spanish philosopher

"Freedom lies in being bold."--Robert Frost, American poet

"Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold."--Edmund Spenser

Strange Fire

Leviticus 10:1-2 (KJV) And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 

Nadab and Abihu were sons of the high priest, Aaron. Their job was to assist their father in the temple. God gave strict and exacting instructions on how to carry out the ordinances of offerings. One day, Nadab and Abihu decided to get "creative" with the incense. The consequences were lethal.

I made a big mistake years ago, and it still bothers me now and then. I told myself I was doing this wrong thing for the right reasons. But it was still a sin.

Same thing with strange fire. There are consequences for sin. Good motivation aside, the wrong thing is always the wrong thing.


Notable Quote:

"Honesty is never seen sitting astride the fence."--Lemuel K. Washburn, aut…

Troubling Times

Judges 21:25 (KJV) In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Our church has spent the last year searching for a new pastor. It's been a difficult season. There has been discord, discouragement and plain, old exhaustion.

Discouragement is inevitable when there is a lack of leadership--vision--planning. You are more likely to stay on a straight path when you have superior direction.

Remember these things:

God is above our circumstances.

Trust God to take charge of our situation, and our lives.

Be completely willing to allow God to change us, as He sees fit.

On Sunday, we received word that our church has a new pastor. Now comes the hard part. We're not in this alone--the battle is God's. We must persevere.


Notable Quote:

"Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the antidote for our discouragement."--Alistair Begg

Barefoot Worship

Joshua 5:13-15 (KJV) And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

One of the first things I do when I arrive home after work is kick off my shoes. The feeling of soft carpet, cool tile and smooth wood on my feet reminds me of childhood.

When I was a kid, I spent the whole summer barefooted--indoors and out. All the kids in our neighborhood did the same. We were a crazy, barefooted, suntanned tribe.

A theophany is a face-to-face meeting betwe…

Rest Assured

Mark 6:30-31 (KJV) And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Every weekday, as I leave my office, I watch parents pick up their children from our daycare and hurry out to their cars in the parking lot. If you've never attempted to put a toddler in a car, it's a long, involved process.

While most families are in a hurry to leave our building and get home, there are a few who linger behind. They stroll along the sidewalk, stopping to notice flowers, bugs, or the Canada geese who feed in our front yard. One father and son often play catch with a small football. While mothers make plans for play dates, their children follow butterflies in the garden.

When I find myself overbooked, overworked and overwrought, a time for leisu…

Fighting For Faith

Jude 1:3 (KJV) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

When I was younger, I avoided conflict at all costs. I once slipped a letter of resignation under the office door of my former boss to dodge an uncomfortable conversation. This may be difficult to believe, because I'm so sociable now.

In the passage from Jude, the apostle encourages us to "contend for the faith."

Some days, faith comes pretty easy. Those valley days, though. They make me have to fight every step of the way. When faith is an uphill battle, I try to remember that God is enough. He's stronger and more powerful than any foe.

I just need to remember to put my faith in the Savior's capable hands.


Notable Quote:

"Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer."--Author unknown

Rain Down Love

1 John 4:17-19 (KJV) Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

I've been thinking about love lately, and everything that goes with it. Love can wipe out pain, guilt, sorrow--among others. However, all of these things are a by-product of love. It's a paradigm.

My precious daughter is going through a season of pain.
A friend, a gifted artist, is slowly losing her eyesight.
Our tiny church has been without a pastor for a year.
The people of Texas are struggling to recover from an epic storm.

Although love spawns heartache, it also brings reward. We must not ever fear to love. Love is from our Father, and He will not allow fear to deprive us of love's joys.

I know God is still in the miracle business. My prayer is that He …