THE LORD IS WITH YOU TODAY

“I will be with you…I will not abandon you or fail to help you,” Joshua 1:5. Every new job is challenging. Without God, it can be frightening. With God it can be a great adventure. Just as God assured Joshua he would be with him, he is with us as we face our new challenges….

DRAWING CLOSE TO GOD

“Friendship with the Lord is reserved for those who fear him. With them he shares the secrets of his covenant,” Ps. 25:14. God offers intimate and lasting friendship to those who reverence him, who hold him in highest honor. What relationship could ever compare with having the Lord of all creation for a friend? Your…

THINK ABOUT SINGING

“I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel,” Judges 5:3. Seldom do I think of myself as a singer. In fact others don’t consider me a singer. Yet I sing from time to time to myself, sparing those around me the imperfections in my voice….

IT’S OK TO BE LAST

“Many who are first will be last, and the last shall be first,” Mk. 10:31. The world today often gives little respect to the poor and needy of society. Jesus explained that in the world to come, the values of this world will be reversed. Those who seek status, fame, and fortune on earth will…

HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF GOD TODAY?

“The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him,” Hab. 2:20. Idols have no life, no personhood, no power; they are empty chucks of stone or wood. Temples built to idols are equally empty. But the Lord is in his temple. He is a real being, alive and powerful….

LIVING IN PEACE

“Turn from all known sin and spend your time in doing good. Try to live in peace with everyone; work hard at it,” Ps. 34:14. Somehow we often think that peace should come to us with no effort. But David explained that we are to seek and pursue peace in every area of our life….

YOUR GREATEST HOPE

“Humble yourselves therefore under, the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time,” 1Pt. 5:6.” In this world, we can become absorbed with attaining success. We often worry about our position, our status, our reputation, hoping that we’ll get proper recognition for what we do. But the Bible advises us to…

REJOICING IN CHRIST

“I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation,” Habakkuk 3:18. God will give his followers surefooted confidence through difficult times. None of us can escape the hardships and setbacks that come as a result of living in a broken world. The faith that changes the heart of…

THE LORD IS GOOD

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him,” Ps. 34:8. “Taste and see” does not mean “Check out God’s credentials.” Instead it is a warm invitation: “Try this; I know you’ll like it!” When we take that first step of obedience in following God, we cannot…

WHEN YOU NEED FORGIVENESS

“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow,” Is. 1:18. A deep stain is virtually impossible to remove from clothing, and the stain of sin seems equally permanent. But God can remove the stain of sin from our lives just as he promised to do for the Israelites. We don’t…

MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

“Live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work,” 1 Thes. 4:11. The Bible is so practical. It is loaded with wisdom and sound council. This is part of what it means to live as a Christian. It means we should be responsible in every area of our life. You can…

BE THOUGHTFUL

“Let your teaching be so correct that it can’t be criticized. Then those who want to argue will be ashamed because they won’t have anything bad to say about us, “ Titus 2:8. Paul counseled Titus to be sensible and logical or reasonable in his conversation, to avoid criticism. Such conversation comes from careful Bible…

WORKING FOR THE MASTER

“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people,” Eph. 6:7. As believers, we have the awesome opportunity to do God’s work every day and where ever we go. Christian employees should do their job as if Jesus Christ were the supervisor, and the Christian employers should treat their…

WHEN I AM WEAK

“We faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day,” 2 Cor. 4:16. It is easy to quit. We all have faced problems in our relationships or work that has caused us to want to lay down the tools and walk away. Don’t let fatigue, pain, or…

BE AN ENCOURAGER

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing,” 1 Thes. 5:11. As you near the end of a footrace, your legs ache, your throat burns, and your whole body cries out for you to stop. This is when friends and fans are most valuable. Their encouragement helps you…