You’ve Got a Friend in Jesus

Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away. (Mark 14:50 NIV) When Jesus needed His disciples during the most crucial time in His life and ministry, they all “deserted Him and ran away.” Not to mention that one denied Him after promising that he would never do that even if all of the othersContinue reading “You’ve Got a Friend in Jesus”

Love for All

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV) I admired many things about my grandmother, especially her ability to love everyone. When close friends, who had never met her, came to pay their respects after her funeral and saw the slideshow of her beautiful life,Continue reading “Love for All”

For the Love of Marriage

By Janina Jolag A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV) My heart began to beat faster as I realized what was happening. A beautiful ring sat in a brown box, as my soon-to-be husband asked me to become his wife. I couldn’t stop smiling. He took out the ring, and withContinue reading “For the Love of Marriage”

A Mother’s Unconditional Love

By Janina Jolag Her children arise and call her blessed.(Proverbs 31:28 NIV) As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I begin to think of the word love and what it truly means to me. Then in that same instant, my warrior twin boys come to mind and I begin to think. The love ofContinue reading “A Mother’s Unconditional Love”

The Price of Love

There’s a price to be paid for love and in First Corinthians 13:4-8 (MSG), we see just how much it costs us to love: Love never gives up.Love cares more for others than for self.Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.Love doesn’t strut,Doesn’t have a swelled head,Doesn’t force itself on others,Isn’t always “me first,”Doesn’t flyContinue reading “The Price of Love”

Love Always Trusts

And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Exodus 17:7 NIV) Imagine a relationship with trust issues. It’s definitely not one we want to find ourselves in. Yet that’s the kind of relationship God had with HisContinue reading “Love Always Trusts”

Love is What You Do

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.  (1 John 3:18 NIV) The well-known phrase, “Actions speak louder than words,” is exactly what the apostle John is saying in today’s verse. We love others not just by what we say, but what we do. Even little childrenContinue reading “Love is What You Do”

Don’t Get On the Wrong Train

Wait on the Lord;Be of good courage,And He shall strengthen your heart;Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14 NKJV) There’s a well-known Middle Eastern saying for single people: “Don’t let the train pass you by,” or in other words, “Hurry up and get married before it’s too late.” But I like to say, “Make sure youContinue reading “Don’t Get On the Wrong Train”

More Than Royalty and Romance

“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NLT) God had greater things in mind for Esther than just royalty and romance. He used her to save the lives of her Jewish people when she realized her purpose in life. We find a similar pattern inContinue reading “More Than Royalty and Romance”