joy in his presence

Joy In His Presence

Do you feel the joy of the Lord in your life? “You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.” Psalms 16:11 (CSB) I understand that we all experience seasons of grief and suffering; however, I encounter people who claim the name of Jesus Christ on a regular …

Jesus Our Advocate

Jesus Christ Our Advocate

What does it mean when Scripture states that Jesus Christ is our advocate? In his letters to the churches, John wrote: “My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father ​— ​Jesus Christ the righteous one.” 1 John 2:1 CSB What a …

no fear in death

No Fear in Death

Do you fear death? Do you wonder what happens after you die? The Apostle Paul encouraged the church in Corinth with the following words: “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8 ESV These words should fill us with hope. If we are in …

Great Shepherd

The Great Shepherd

“Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus ​— ​the great Shepherd of the sheep ​— ​through the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.” Hebrews 13:20-21 …

forgiveness

The Length of God’s Forgiveness

What is the length of God’s forgiveness? How long will God forgive? Describing the extent that God forgives, David wrote: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 102:11-12 ESV How far is the east from the west? It is an infinite distance. David’s message to us is that God grants infinite forgiveness for the sins of people who follow Him. Christ followers …

stewards of creation

Stewards of Creation

After creating Adam and Eve, God made humankind stewards of Creation. He placed all living things under the dominion and care of human beings. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  Genesis 1:28 ESV This stewardship involves caring for God’s Creation. I was reminded this weekend of that responsibility when we had to put our dog Jackson to sleep. During the twelve years we …