Personal Self-Development Isn't Optional


He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30, ESV) 11. Personal Development with great books! 12. Exercise opportunities (a great yoga studio & friends to walk with) 13. Smoothies (healthy eating to develop a healthy habit of eating less) 14. Meditation/Prayer (praying/meditating on gifts before I get out of bed) 15. Attending Doctor Appointments (developingContinue reading “Personal Self-Development Isn't Optional”

Counting 1,000 Gifts


James 1:17-18 The Message (MSG) 16-18 So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word,Continue reading “Counting 1,000 Gifts”

Death and Life…Fresh Hope


1 Samuel 2:6-10 God brings death and God brings life, brings down to the grave and raises up. God brings poverty and God brings wealth; he lowers, he also lifts up. He puts poor people on their feet again; he rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, Restoring dignity and respect to their lives— a place in the sun! For the very structures ofContinue reading “Death and Life…Fresh Hope”

The Square Pill


Recently my medications changed. I now take a square pill. Yes, you read that right…a square. I have numerous pills and supplements that are oval or round and some are capsules and some are tablets. But, the newest anti-depressant that I take is square, and it works! Square. I feel square sometimes. I’m not likeContinue reading “The Square Pill”

Fight; Don't Give Up Hope


1 Samuel 17:11When Saul and his troops heard the Philistine’s challenge, they were terrified and lost all hope. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations 1 Samuel 17:32“Master,” said David, “don’t give up hope. I’m ready to go and fight this Philistine.” 1 Samuel details the story of David and Goliath. This is a classic Bible story that many ofContinue reading “Fight; Don't Give Up Hope”

I Hope to be There in Person


2 John 1:12-13I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use paper and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. That will be far more satisfying to both you and me. Everyone here in your sister congregation sends greetings 3 John 1:13-14I have a lotContinue reading “I Hope to be There in Person”

Hopeless or Hopeful? Romans Answers


Romans 4:17-18We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father”Continue reading “Hopeless or Hopeful? Romans Answers”