Archive for Scriptures

The Ever-Present Comforter and Encourager

The Bible serves as an inexhaustible source of comfort and encouragement.  But no one can constantly keep the Bible before their eyes.

Kind-hearted, loving people often speak words that wonderfully comfort and encourage us.  However, they cannot remain with us twenty-four hours a day. Read More→

Turning Liabilities into Assets

God commanded a young man named Gideon to lead Israel in battle against their oppressors.  Gideon responded by listing his liabilities to God.  “God, I can’t lead Israel because….” Are you a modern-day Gideon?  Do you continually meditate on the disadvantages life hands you?  Some typical liabilities modern-day “Gideons” concentrate on are: an unsaved spouse, too little money, unpleasant childhood, insufficient education, personal appearance, and difficult or distasteful job.  The list of what we consider “liabilities” seems to have no end.  As long as you look for personal disadvantages, you’ll find them.  You see, human nature is turned toward concentrating on disadvantages.  Consequently, we create our own disadvantages by lack of confidence in God’s abilities. Read More→

Changed by Prayer

Many people believe prayer is an effort to cause God to do something.  Prayer, they believe, convinces God to act in the way we wish.  The statement, “prayer changes things,” flows from the lips of “both believers and unbelievers.”  Because we view prayer as an effort to cause God to do something, many only call upon the Lord during times of need. Read More→

Things Turn Out Best for Those Who Make the Best of the Way Things Turn Out

While Jesus and the apostles prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, a well-armed mob invaded their privacy.  After arresting Jesus, the throng led him to court.  Jesus faced interrogation, beating, ridicule, insult and humiliation.  After the final verdict, soldiers marched Jesus to the crucifixion site, nailing him to the cross. Read More→

Does God Care About “Little Things?”

Beautifully colored wild flowers fill our South Texas landscape during spring.  Various shades of purple, pink, yellow and white create gorgeous scenery.  Who created these millions of wild flowers?  Your heavenly Father! Read More→

The Favor I Did Not Want

Jesus healing blind man“God, what’s wrong with you?  Why don’t you heal me?”  I angrily shouted this that afternoon in 1968.  For years, I had believed, prayed, memorized Scripture, fasted, been anointed with oil and attended healing crusades.  My vision continued deteriorating and my eye muscles grew weaker.  Confused and disappointed, I blamed God for my condition.  On the other hand, I loved the Lord.  I recovered from the anger and continued loving and serving him. Read More→

Making Sense of Life on Earth

Do you ever find it difficult to make sense of life on earth?  Why physical suffering?  What’s the purpose of disappointment?  Why so much temptation to evil and enticement to sin?  Why so many broken dreams and unfulfilled expectations? Read More→

God is Our Advantage

David and Goliath“David, you simply cannot challenge Goliath!  You’re only a youth, while he is an experienced warrior,” 1 Samuel 17:33.  King Saul was conscious only of David’s disadvantages.  The Israeli king and his army only though in terms of personal disadvantage.  The entire army believed that no one in his right mind would accept Goliath’s challenge to a duel.  Consequently, their awareness of disadvantage froze God’s people into inactivity. Read More→

Choosing Courage

For two weeks the raging wind ceaselessly roared across the Mediterranean Sea, transforming the ocean waves into mountainous waves. The wind and waves violently beat against the ship which carried 270 crew and passengers. Every effort to save the ship from certain destruction failed and the weakened craft sank lower and lower into the water.  “We finally gave up all hope of being saved,” Acts 27:20. Read More→

Being Patient with Others

As Jesus approached the end of his earthly life, he lovingly looked at the apostles.  To his closest earthly companions he said, “I have…more to say to you, more than you can now bear,” John 16:12.  Jesus desired to share much more truth with his followers but realized their immaturity would not allow them to comprehend the meaning of his words. Read More→