Thoughts and Insights

Devotionals and Short Sermons

Speak Grace

Speak Grace

Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. Colossians 4:6 (TPT)

It does not take a genius to observe a lack of grace demonstrated in our world today. Speech in all segments of politics, education, science, society, and even sports is intentionally polariz...

Speak Wisdom

Speak Wisdom

The godly speak wise words and promote justice. The law of their God controls their thinking; their feet do not slip. Psalm 37:30–31 (NET)

All wisdom is not the same. Or, stated differently, the wisdom that comes from God far exceeds any so-called wisdom that this world has to offer. The challeng...

Speak the Truth

Speak the Truth

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)

Have you ever heard someone say, “Everyone has their own truth?” What exactly does that mean? Logically, if that were true, the case could be mad...

Speak the Name

Speak the Name

And they called them in and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the Name of Jesus. Acts 4:18 (NET)

The Name of Jesus is beautiful. It is a mighty name. But it is also a controversial name. Tyrants and dictators have tried to stamp out the Name of Jesus without success. In the Name of Jes...

Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross

Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (CEB)

What does it mean to “take up our cross?” Some people see it as a burden, such as a physical challenge or a complicated relationship. People would describe s...

Nevertheless

Nevertheless

They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness. Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. Isaiah 8:21–9:1 (NLT)

Words are fascinating—all words...

A Thirst for God

A Thirst for God

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 (NLT)

David wrote Psalm 63 out of his experience in the wilderness. The wilderness was a barren, desolate place where he was d...

Tear Down the Wall

Tear Down the Wall

A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)

In 1987, President Reagan said in a speech in Berlin, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” President Reagan was referring to the wall built by the communists, separating East and West Berlin. A l...

The Cure for a Drought

The Cure for a Drought

A drought will strike her water supply, causing it to dry up. And why? Because the whole land is filled with idols, and the people are madly in love with them. Jeremiah 50:38 (NLT)

California is once again facing drought conditions. The solution to a drought crisis is obviously water. Even in the...

Powerful Graciousness

Powerful Graciousness

Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5 (CSB)

Our commitment to graciousness is sometimes inversely related to the importance of the situation. It is easier to be gracious when the stakes are low. That is when the issue does not matter significantly to us. Ho...

Be Unshakable

Be Unshakable

So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire. Hebrews 12:28–29 (NET)

Earthquakes Everywhere

Natural earthquakes can cause significant damage with great loss,...

A Reflection on Praise and Worship

A Reflection on Praise and Worship

Have you ever considered the difference between praise and worship? Is there a difference? It is not uncommon to hear the words praise and worship used in tandem and even interchangeably, but do they mean the same thing? On one level, they may seem the same, but there are significant differences.

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