We Need A Little Christmas NOW!

Scripture No enemy attacking the walls, but peace everywhere. No crime in our streets. Yes, happy are those whose God is the LORD {Jehovah}. ~Psalm 144:15, TLB Quote As we pour out our bitterness, God pours in His peace. ~F.B. Meyer I am reading through the Psalms in the NiRV and I read Psalm 144 yesterday. It…

The Process

Scripture It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. ~Psalm 119:71, NASB Quote “Healing is a matter of time.” ~Hippocrates Hippocrates was a Greek physician and considered by many to be the Father of Medicine. He lived some 400 years before Christ and was a contemporary with Socrates,…

A Hiding Place

Scripture You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. ~Psalm 119:114, NASB Quote There is only one safe hiding place. ~Rebecca Jordan I did a brief study of Psalm 62 during my devotional time yesterday. It is a great Psalm where David confesses his dependence on the LORD. David said, “I…

Earnest T. Bass

Scripture Shimei…from the same clan as Saul’s family.. threw stones at the king and the king’s officers…shouting, “Get out of here, you murderer, you scoundrel!”  ~2 Samuel 16:5-7, NLT Quote How much grace is required to bear a misunderstanding humbly and graciously? ~A.B. Simpson Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do; perhaps…

Thanks For Anonymity

Scripture Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. ~Psalm 142:4, NIV Quote Jesus Christ has never been more real to me: here I have seen and felt Him indeed. ~John Bunyan {From Bedford’s jail} David…

Shame

Scripture I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame…Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. ~Psalm 119:31,39, NIV Quote I sometimes think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much toward preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices. ~Clyde…

Character Counts

Scripture David, my servant, is the one I chose to be king, and I will always be there to help and strengthen him. ~Psalm 89:20-21, CEV Quote Character is infinitely more important than physical attractiveness, talent or even brilliance. ~Timothy Keller Does Character count? During the Clinton administration, we were told by the media that…

Hot Air

Scripture Surely the lowborn are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie. If weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. ~Psalm 62:9, NIV Quote If we trust God supremely, we no longer fully trust anything else. ~Timothy Keller If I were starting all over as a pastor,…

Be Still My Soul

Scripture Truly my soul finds rest in God: my salvation comes from Him. ~Psalm 62:1, NIV Quote To God, silence can be a form of praise. ~Ellen Davis Life can get noisy. As I was doing my devotions a few days back, the hymn “Be Still My Soul” came to mind. It is a great…

Flee As Bird

Scripture Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!  ~Psalm 55:6, NLT Quote Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first! ~Helen Keller In Psalm 11, David’s counselors advice him to flee to the mountains: possibly in the early stages of Absalom’s rebellion. Eventually David did retreat…