Half the Battle

What types of battles are you facing right now? The list of battles we face throughout a lifetime is far too lengthy to list, but I have no doubt you are facing one. I heard an old preacher say one time, “you are either in a battle, coming out of a battle, or about to enter one.” No one...

The Wind of the Holy Spirit

Even though I was born in the Northwest, and grew up in Colorado, I’ve spent my entire adult life in the Midwest. So I’ve grown accustomed to Midwestern seasons and weather. And one thing I’ve learned is that spring here is a mixed bag when it comes to weather. Every other day can shift completely from cold to warm, sunny...

Faith and Grief

Philip Yancey in his book Disappointment With God suggests that there are two types of faith when we are faced with the difficulties of life. Grief triggered by life circumstances and loss sometimes requires childlike faith, a faith that manifests in time of crisis as God feeling unusually close, giving us an almost surreal intimacy with Him as we...

To Serve or Be Served

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that...

Regaining a Godly Perspective

The first two verses of Psalm 9 have often assisted me in regaining a godly perspective when I have grown discouraged or my heart has begun to go astray. Though I do not have the verses memorized verbatim, I can recall the four ideas therein at any moment and find that I am greatly helped, in only...