Face what He Faced Mark 4:36 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. (ESV) Jesus was the Lord High Admiral of the sea that night, and His presence preserved the whole convoy. It is good to sail with Jesus, even though we may be in a little boat. When we sail in Christ’s company, we cannot be sure of fine weather, for great storms may toss the vessel that carries the Lord Himself, and we should not expect to find the sea less boisterous around our little boat. If weRead More →

Holding Me Up Read: Psalm 34:1-7 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 8–9; 2 Corinthians 3 I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 After I no longer went on family road trips with my parents, it became a rare occasion to visit my grandparents who lived hundreds of miles away from us. So one year, I decided to fly to visit them in the small town of Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, for a long weekend. As we drove to the airport for my return flight, Grandma, whoRead More →

Communion with God on the Mountain Mark 3:13  13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. (ESV) Here was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume because they are not called to the highest places in ministry; but, reader, learn to rejoice that Jesus calls those He desires. If He leaves me as a doorkeeper in His house, I will cheerfully bless Him for His grace in allowing me to do anything in His service. The call of Christ’s servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, forever above the world inRead More →

Reconciling Unforgiveness by Charles R. Swindoll Psalm 32:3–4 Jesus tells us to stop praying for forgiveness until we’ve made things right with people we need to forgive or ask forgiveness from. I believe most of us try to do that. But what if it is impossible for me to reconcile because the offended person has died? It’s impossible to get a hearing, but your conscience remains seared. I suggest you share your burden of guilt with someone whom you can trust—your spouse, a counselor, your pastor. Be specific and completely candid. Pray with that person and confess openly the wrong and the guilt of yourRead More →

Real Life with Jack Hibbs

Believe Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” How much of the Bible do you believe? Are you somewhat selective as to what is true and what is not? If so, you are a pitiful soul at best. You have no assurance of anything, but doubt and fear. If you do not believe the words of scripture that warn us that we battle against alien forces from a spiritual realm, then you are already deceived and have beenRead More →

A Fragrance and a Letter Read: 2 Corinthians 2:14–3:3 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 6–7; 2 Corinthians 2 We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:15 Every time I get close to a rosebush or a bouquet of flowers, I’m unable to resist the temptation to pull a flower toward my nose to savor the fragrance. The sweet aroma lifts up my heart and triggers good feelings within me. Writing to the Christians in Corinth centuries ago, the apostle Paul says that because we belong to Christ, God “uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere”Read More →

Prevailing Prayer Jeremiah 33:3 3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (ESV) There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, “I will show you great and fortified things.” Another, “great and reserved things.” Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: Every development in the spiritual life does not take place in the same way or in the same time frame. There are the common benefits and feelings of repentance and faith and joy and hope, which are enjoyed by the entire family; but there isRead More →