1. Be Still
    21 Aug, 2018
    Be Still
    "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"  Psalm 46:10  Frenetic. Fast-paced.  Out of control. That's what life feels like sometimes. We run from activity to activity. Each moment of each day is filled to the max. It's difficult to find time to slow down. And then, on top of that, we are bombarded on multiple sides with all kinds of things.   As David Murray says in his book, Rest: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout
  2. Jesus and Your Troubles
    03 Aug, 2018
    Jesus and Your Troubles
    O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.  Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!  For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.  Psalm 88:1-3 Maybe you've heard Louis Armstrong's version of the spiritual "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen". If you haven't, here's a link to give it a listen . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVKKRzemX_w In this version of the tune, Armstrong sings . . . Nobody knows the trouble I've seen
  3. William Cowper Points Us to the Cleansing Fountain of Christ
    26 Mar, 2018
    William Cowper Points Us to the Cleansing Fountain of Christ
    On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.  Zechariah 13:1  William Cowper suffered emotional problems.  Anxiety and depression, among other issues, plagued him during his adult life. During one of his bouts with depression, he wrote the hymn "There is a Fountain Filled With Blood".   Cowper understood the prophecy in Zechariah 13 about a fountain that cleansed God's people from their sins
  4. Blessed are Those Who Mourn
    25 Oct, 2017
    Blessed are Those Who Mourn
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 Who wants to mourn? Mourning is about deep sorrow and sadness. It's often something that isn't over in just a few minutes, but it lasts for a while. And when we mourn, people around us often don't know what to say or do. So I ask again, who wants to mourn? Yet Jesus pronounces blessing on those who mourn. Why? First of all, we need to understand that mourning is connected to poverty of spirit. And as we see in
  5. It Is Well
    10 Oct, 2017
    It Is Well
    For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2 Do you know about Horatio Spafford?  In 1873, Horatio planned a trip to Europe with his family.  As the date for the trip drew near Horatio’s business ran into some trouble.  Because of this trouble he realized he would not be able to go to Europe as he had planned.  He wanted the rest of his family to go, however, and so he sent
  6. Love. Comfort. Hope.
    08 Aug, 2017
    Love. Comfort. Hope.
    Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Love.  Comfort.   Hope. These are things everyone wants. We want to be loved. We want to be comforted especially when we are going through something difficult. We want hope to be alive in our hearts so that we can face the future with confidence and anticipation. But