Gossip in Church Hurts

A pastor’s wife told me that she overheard an elder’s wife and a newcomer to the church gossiping about her. The elder’s wife said smugly, “We love our pastor, but his wife controls him. She told him to replace our women’s luncheons with Bible studies.” Gossip in church hurts. This was a knife that cut…

Lift Up Your Head!

This Christmas season maybe you need to appreciate that God bestows his favor on you personally? Maybe you’ve been feeling discouraged or insignificant and need to lift up your head to Christ? I did. So God led me to meditate on the shepherd’s place in the Christmas story as it’s recorded in the Bible (Luke 2:8-20).…

Good News of Great Joy!

It’s Christmastime!  Are you celebrating Christ in your heart?  Are you appreciating the incarnate Son of God, the King of kings, in your thoughts? It’s easy too be distracted with busyness or worries – especially as Christmas approaches. Advent is a time to slow down and prepare for the coming of Christ to us.  It’s…

Listen to God with Joseph

Don’t forget Joseph’s part in the Nativity story.  God may be speaking to you through his role… None of Joseph’s words are recorded in the Bible.  He was a man who listened.  He listened to God through people, dreams, angels, and circumstances.  He heard God’s voice and obeyed him to protect his dream, the Word…