They say that marathon runners hit a wall at some point during their 26-mile race. It’s that point when their whole body, mind, and strength says, “NOPE, we can go much further." They must press on through the pain to win the prize for which they had spent months of training. The same is true for us spiritually. Challenges like this COVID-19 pandemic require us to push through the pain of being isolated for so long i
I am a doer, not a waiter. I don’t like waiting for anything, and especially when I’ve got something exciting to do or good news to share. I want to get out there and let the world know. No doubt the disciples were the same when they knew that Jesus was alive again. They wanted to get out and tell the world about it. But Jesus came to them, and said, “Just wait a littl
“Sheltered in Place”
Did you ever think that Jesus’ apostles huddled away in fear, the Apostle Paul's imprisonment in Rome, and our time being sheltered in place due to the COVID-19 virus might have anything in common? The truth is that God works mightily when we are stuck in our current circumstance. Not only is God at work, but God provides us a way through it.
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“Believing is Seeing”
Blind tenor, Andrea Bocelli’s concert Hope for the World on Easter Sunday had a huge impact on me. Here was a man blind since age 12 singing Amazing Grace before a seeing world “Twas blind but now I see.” As we find in scripture and through Bocelli’s song, seeing spiritually has more to do with the eyes of our heart than the eyes in our heads. Throughout this COVID-19 pand
“He is Risen…and SO SHALL WE!”
The Easter story tells us that while it was still dark, God was working furiously to raise Jesus from the dead. This gives us hope that even while we experience darkness in our own lives that God is working furiously in ways that we have no idea. Because of this Jesus' resurrection allows us to live without fear and to experience resurrection in our lives, right here, right now. Not
“Let Go, and Let God!”
God’s ways are always good, even if they aren’t always understandable. There are many examples in the bible where faithful people did not receive what was promised, because God had something better in mind. In these days of the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to plan anything and sometimes we need to let go of our plans and trust that God will work everything out for our good. We need to &ldq
“Beauty from Ashes”
Our God is a God of mercy and grace. And the Bible is full of awesome reminders that God is for us and with us. During this momentary trouble of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it is important for us to remember just how precious we are to God. Jesus promises that he will never leave us, nor forsake us. In fact, one of God’s best work in adversity is recreating beauty from ashes.
“I AM the Resurrection and the Life” These words of Jesus bring hope and life when we feel dry, hopeless, and dead. Not only do they tell us that there is more life beyond the grave, but they also encourage us to live our best lives now. In this season of great uncertainty with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we need to feast off Jesus' words when we are fearful, panic-stricken, and full of despair. My f
To the Jews in Jesus’ day, these words were as earth shattering then as they are today! The temple worship process made it extremely difficult for the ordinary lay person to have a life changing encounter with the living God. Jesus, in making this statement, leveled every man-made barrier that has hindered people from coming to God and developing a relationship of trust with our Heavenly Father. It was invitation for all people to enter into th