Psalm 112:7 7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. (ESV) Christian, you ought not to be afraid of the arrival of bad news; because if you are distressed by such, you are no different from other men. They do not have your God to run to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear. But you profess to be of another spirit; you have been born again to a living hope, and your heart lives in heaven and notRead More →

Real Life with Jack Hibbs

Matthew 18:3 “And Jesus said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.’” There is on record, an eyewitness account of an event that took place with a man who had been blind from birth. The scenario, to some degree, could have been something like what we all have experienced. Present was a man, obviously impaired by the fact that he could not see – he was totally blind. For those who can see, there is a temptation to immediately help. We think of opening a door or adjustingRead More →

Words and Actions Read: Matthew 21:28-32 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 19–21; 2 Corinthians 7 Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 The email from the student in my college writing class expressed urgency. It was the end of the semester, and he realized he needed a better grade to participate in sports. What could he do? He had missed some assignments, so I gave him two days to complete those papers and improve his grade. His response: “Thank you. I’ll do it.” Two days—and the deadline—passed, and no papers appeared. He didn’t backRead More →

Responsibility by Charles R. Swindoll Joel 3:14 One of George Bernard Shaw’s statements frequently flashes through my mind: “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” In a day when most people pass the buck with merely a shrug, those words bite and sting. It’s one thing to sing and dance to liberty’s tunes, but it’s something else entirely to bear the responsibility for paying the band. There are numerous examples of this. Leadership carries with it a few privileges and perks, but living with the responsibility of that task makes a reserved parking space and your own bathroom pale into insignificance. ConceivingRead 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 →

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 →