The Broken-hearted

Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted. I know He came to save us from our sins, heal or bodies, give us new life but He also came to heal the broken hearted. (Luke 4) We all know the story of the woman with an issue of blood. After 12 years of suffering, loosing all she had, she found courage to touch Jesus’ garment and find healing. Have you ever ask,...

Grace or Law

If you read my books (and you should) or if you hear me teach or come to me for advice, you will hear: We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It is a free gift and we didn’t earn it and therefore can’t loose it. God’s love for us does not ebb and flow with our behavior. We are accepted in the Beloved. I live my life by...

Overcoming Disappointment

Lately, I have had a hesitation before kissing my husband. I hope this is not TMI. But, the air is so dry in our home, that with every quick goodbye or welcome home kiss comes a small electric shock. (I guess I could look at it as, “After 34 years together sparks are still flying.”) But still, I brace myself for that nanosecond of discomfort before greeting my husband. This...

The Father’s Heart

My reading this morning was in Leviticus 23. I know, boring. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the laws we can fail to see the heart of the Father within the laws. Yes, as New Testament Christians, we are no longer under the law, but the heart of the Father remains the same. As I read Leviticus this morning, I noticed the heart of the Father for His children. ...

Fail Proof

I hate failure. I want everything I try to be successful the first time. I want to go from glory to glory with no floundering in between. Who is with me? But alas, failure at one point or another is inevitable. Mistakes happen. We hear God incorrectly. We birth Ishmaels. We deny Christ. We let our emotions drive the bus. We let fear have a voice. No one wants to...

Praise and Prayer

Dear Church that meets in America, We are a people of prayer and praise! We rejoice always (Philippians 4:4)! Every circumstance, whether good or bad, just or unjust, edifying or demeaning is met with praise. We are spiritual heirs of Paul and Silas. When unfairly imprisoned, they did not spend the night complaining about the unfairness of their situation. They did not speak harshly of their jailers, mocking them and...

The Church

Dear Facebooks Friends, I need to repent. I am disappointed and angry with the church that meets in America. I don’t repent for my anger or disappointment; my anger and disappointment are justified. I repent for my response. My response has been to disengage, to blame, to fault find, to ridicule. That has not been a biblical response. I have spoken to many Christians this season who have expressed disappointment...

The Sacrifice

“Then the priest will burn the entire sacrifice on the altar as a burnt offering. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the Lord.” ‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This offering…this bloody, messy, smelly, gory offering was a sweet aroma to God. Because this offering temporarily made a person acceptable to God, purified them, and made them right with God. It wasn’t the offering that pleased God, it was its...

The Fruit of Persecution

Persecution. That seems to be the word for this season. Jesus promised that we would would face persecution for His name sake. Let me reiterate that, we will suffer for preaching Jesus and Jesus alone. The early church experienced that. Peter healed a man who was known as an invalid. His reward? Arrest and an overnight jail stay. Then he was admonished to not preach the conspiracy theory that Jesus...

I AM

My favorite name for God is I am. Hear the voice of the Lord this morning. I AM good in trials. I AM hope in disappointment. I AM perfect love in fear. I AM light in darkness. I AM joy in heartache. I AM provision in lack. I AM wisdom in confusion. I AM mercy in mistakes. I AM grace in failure. I AM healing in sickness. I AM comfort...