Verse of the Day – Romans 7:6

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.—Romans 7:6Thoughts on Today’s Verse…We are free from Law! Does that mean anarchy...

A Flourishing Tree

I’ve always had a collector’s heart. As a kid, I collected stamps. Baseball cards. Comics. Now, as a parent, I see the same impulse in my kids. Sometimes I wonder, Do you really need another teddy bear?  Of course, it’s not about need....

Verse of the Day – Jeremiah 7:5-7

If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner [living among us], the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then...

Renewed Strength

Psychiatrist Robert Coles once noticed a pattern in those who burn out while serving others. The first warning sign is weariness. Next comes cynicism about things ever improving, then bitterness, despair, depression, and finally burnout. After writing a book about...

Verse of the Day – 1 Corinthians 7:4-5

The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote...

The Kindness Man

Disillusioned and wanting a more meaningful life, Leon quit his job in finance. Then one day he saw a homeless man holding up a sign at a street corner: KINDNESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE. Leon says, “Those words rammed straight into me. It was an...

Verse of the Day – Jeremiah 7:3

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.—Jeremiah 7:3Thoughts on Today’s Verse…We often take for granted what we have, where we live, the friends who bless our...

Just a Spark

“We’re in the library, and we can see the flames right outside!” She was scared, we could hear it in her voice. We know her voice—she’s our daughter. At the same time we knew her college campus was the safest place for her and her almost...

Verse of the Day – Matthew 7:2

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.—Matthew 7:2Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Jesus is concerned that we not have a critical spirit toward others, especially about their...

Talking Bananas

Never give up. Be the reason someone smiles. You’re amazing. It isn’t where you came from—it’s where you’re going that counts. Some schoolchildren in Virginia Beach, Virginia, found these messages and more written on bananas in their...