In Power and Peace – Matthew 26:36-46

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over and pray.’ And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; […]

I Am With You – Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 This morning I want to spend some time dwelling on the promises written here, promises enough to dispel our fears in […]

Personal Grace – Isaiah 61:1-3

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s […]

Standing Firm in Strength – Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Ephesians 6:10 So often, strength in our world is associated with defiance, stubbornness, harshness, a refusal to bow. A determined state that will not bend to another. It can appear entirely contrary to the characteristics to which followers of Christ are called: […]

Safety – Deuteronomy 33:12

“The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12 “The LORD…will keep your life… from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 As those beloved by the Lord of heaven, we dwell in safety. Safety far beyond our circumstances and far […]

Very Present – Psalm 46

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 Very present. My God is very present. The footnote in my Bible says this verse may also read “well proved” – which means He has proven, time and time again, to be our help in times of trouble. Times when His […]

Who Am I? – Exodus 3:11-12

“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you’” Exodus 3:11-12a “But I will be with you.” A seemingly simple statement. Yet it identifies a major shift in perspective—one that turns everything around […]

Return to the Lord – Isaiah 30:9-18

“For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD; who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear […]