Blooming Saints

Scripture The survivors left in Judah will strike fresh roots below ground and yield above ground.  ~2 Kings 19:30, REB Quote It matters little where we live or what kind of weather we face, so long as our roots are finding the Eternal Spring. ~L.B. Cowman Each year we wait eleven and a half months …

Bad Company

Scripture Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” ~I Corinthians 15:33, NLT Quote Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. ~Solomon Sociologist believe we tend to take on the character traits of those we hang out with …

The Enemy Of Prayer

Scripture Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. ~I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT Quote “For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.”  ~C.S. Lewis Although Satan uses distractions, he does not want …

Fake News

Scripture Smooth words may hide a wicked heart,    just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. ~Proverbs 26:23, NLT Quote In order to live wisely in our present culture of self-promotion, fake news, fictional history, and phony politicians; the ability to discern evil disguised as good is essential. ~Timothy Keller When Trump first announced his …

Human Nature

Scripture Many people noticed the signs Jesus was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to Him. But Jesus didn’t entrust His life to them. He knew them inside and out, He knew how untrustworthy they were. ~John 2;23-35, MSG Quote Love people; trust no one to be perfect other than …

Motives

Scripture People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. ~Proverbs 16:2, NLT Quote You are loved for Christ sake, not because your heart and life are perfect. ~Timothy Keller It takes a while for the gospel of grace to sink in to the human spirit. I was saved from …

Vain Religion

Scripture Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. ~Isaiah 58:3, NLT Quote Don’t get into the rat race: even if you win, you are still a rat. ~Gilda Radner The Jews that Isaiah addresses in chapter 58 are very religious. They observe days of fasting where they deny the flesh and sleep on …