Never Too Sinful

“If I touched a Bible, it would catch fire in my hands,” my English professor at a community college said. My heart sank. The novel we’d been reading that morning referenced a Bible verse; and when I pulled out my Bible to look it up, she noticed and...

Verse of the Day – Mark 9:23

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”—Mark 9:23Thoughts on Today’s Verse…A desperate father comes to Jesus with a request for help and says, “But if you can do anything,...

God-Paved Memories

When my grown son faced a difficult situation, I reminded him about God’s constant care and provision during his dad’s year of unemployment. I recounted the times God strengthened our family and gave us peace while my mom fought and lost her battle with...

Verse of the Day – 1 Corinthians 9:22

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.—1 Corinthians 9:22Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Christ left heaven and came to earth to save us. Paul sacrificed everything...

A Risky Detour

What a waste of time! thought Harley. Her insurance agent was insisting they meet again. Harley knew it would be yet another boring sales pitch, but she decided to make the most of it by looking for an opportunity to talk about her faith. Noticing that the...

Verse of the Day – Matthew 9:21

[A desperate and lonely woman who had been ill for years came to Jesus for healing.] She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”—Matthew 9:21Thoughts on Today’s Verse…The woman who said this to herself knew...

Making Peace with Trouble

We were almost home when I noticed it: the needle of our car’s temperature gauge was rocketing up. As we pulled in, I killed the engine and hopped out. Smoke wafted from the hood. The engine sizzled like bacon. I backed the car up a few feet to find a puddle...

Verse of the Day – Luke 9:20

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”—Luke 9:20Thoughts on Today’s Verse…A lot of people have their opinions about Jesus’ identity. The real issue,...

Stopping Rumors

After Charles Simeon (1759–1836) was named the minister of Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, England, he faced years of opposition. As most in the congregation had wanted the associate minister to be appointed rather than Simeon, they spread rumors about him and...

Verse of the Day – 1 Corinthians 9:19

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.—1 Corinthians 9:19Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Grace frees us from the law of sin and death. But, our freedom is not to be used for rebellion or for...