Life Takes A Detour

Life has a habit of going in a different direction than we expected. We think we have found the perfect job, relationship, or our life just seems perfect…then something happens. At times, it is because of decisions we made recently or in the past. At other times, it is because of choices and consequences inflicted…

Enjoy The Clean Air

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 (NLT) Winter in Michigan brings a season of grey clouds. The sun rarely shines. Plants and…

The Pressure Is Gone

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Psalm 32:5 (NLT) Many of us have suffered from guilt in the past. A statement was made that hurt…

The God Of Second Chances

Many of the people viewed as being “heroes of faith” (found in Hebrews 11) made mistakes. Jacob cheated his brother out of the family blessing (Genesis 25:19-34). Moses was a murderer (Exodus 2:11-15). Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 2). Samson broke his vows to God (Judges 13-16). David was an adulterer (2 Samuel 11). But…

God Is In The Secret Places

Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make; he’s aware of every step you take… Proverbs 5:21 (MSG) We tend to think we can hide our mistakes from God. We think that no one knows about our secret sins, but God does. He knows every step you take. He knows your thoughts and…

We Have All Made Mistakes

All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Romans 3:23 (CEB) Everyone has made mistakes. Some are obvious for others to see such as lying and stealing. Others are not as easy for others to know about such as greed and pride. To God, all sin is the same no matter how big or small…

Keep On Getting Up

We have all seen a toddler learning to walk. They are shaky on their feet as they take their first few steps then stumble and fall. As they are learning, they are encouraged by those around them to keep trying. As they continue to get back up, their walking continues to improve. Although they may…

Failure Is An Event

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 (NIV) The Bible calls David a man after God’s own heart. It was not because he was perfect, but…

One Step At A Time

If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to climb out. But if you place it gently into a pot of lukewarm water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite peacefully. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into…

Be Strong In The Lord

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT) This verse makes a very powerful statement. It says, “My power works best in weakness.” Think about that for a moment. God’s power works best when you are weak, lost, confused, worried, and can’t see…

Make The Right Choice

Over the next couple of weeks we will be looking at the life of Samson and the power of our choices. Samson went down to Timnah and saw there a young Philistine woman. When he returned, he said to his father and mother, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for…