The Restoration Promise

“As a pleasing odor I will accept you, when I bring you out from the peoples, and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will manifest my holiness among you in the sight of the nations.” – Ezekiel 22:41 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Ezekiel 19-22 I’m not sure if it is Old Testament fatigue, COVID-19 fatigue, or something else. But much of the writings … More The Restoration Promise

Crying Out Loud

“Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.” – Lamentations 2:19 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Lamentations 1-2 Do you remember the scene in the movie A League of Their Own when Coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) yells at one of his … More Crying Out Loud

The Great Mystery of God

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” – Jeremiah 33:3 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 33-36 As I was talking with a colleague in ministry earlier this week, I felt God laying this question on my heart: Who are you listening to? It would seem … More The Great Mystery of God

The Delight of My Heart

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” – Jeremiah 15:16 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 13-15 Do you remember receiving notes from friends in school? Long before technology reached the point of text messaging and instant … More The Delight of My Heart

Why Do You Worship?

“The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like aspring of water, whose waters never fail.” – Isaiah 58:11 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 57-60 Since March, our understanding and experience of worship has changed dramatically. For several weeks, we were forced into … More Why Do You Worship?

Righteous Leadership

“But those who are noble plan noble things, and by noble things they stand.” – Isaiah 32:8 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 31-34 About 15 years ago, talking about leadership became a new trend in churches. There were books written about how to be an effective leader, conferences on leadership, and many professional public speakers who were getting rich … More Righteous Leadership

A Prophetic Voice

“On that day people will regard their Maker, and their eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel…” – Isaiah 17:7 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 16-19 Perhaps one of the most difficult jobs in the Old Testament is the one that belonged to Isaiah. Isaiah was called to be a prophet to the people in thesouthern kingdom of Judah during a time of exile and return from exile in Babylon. Being a prophet … More A Prophetic Voice

Maturing of Love

“You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride, you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.” – Song of Solomon 4:9 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Song of Solomon 4-6 On Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 3:00 PM, the doors to the back of the church opened, and Michele was standing in the back of the church dressed in … More Maturing of Love

Seeing God

“I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you…” – Job 42:5 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Job 38-41 As a kid learning to play baseball, I can remember my dad giving me pointers to improve my game. During a practice one day, I was getting frustrated because I was not feeling like I was doing much … More Seeing God

A Sliver of Hope

“Yet the righteous hold to their way, and they that have clean hands grow stronger and stronger.” – Job 17:9 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Job 15-18 Can we be honest with each other? Job is a difficult book to read and study. This week, our Bible reading plan took us into the depths of Job as we begin to tackle topics such … More A Sliver of Hope