Are You Listening?

The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10 NIV) We like to do most of the talking. That’s why many of us struggle to hear from God. When Samuel learned to pray, “Speak, for your servant isContinue reading “Are You Listening?”

Coffee Dates With Marlene

There are friends who are friends, and there is a friend that is closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 ABIPE) I’ve been blessed with many good friends over the years, but there’s only one that I’ve stayed in touch with, or who has rather, stayed in touch with me – Marlene. We’ve been good friendsContinue reading “Coffee Dates With Marlene”

When God’s “No” is as Good as His “Yes”

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” (2 Kings 20:1 NIV) In a singing contest where kidsContinue reading “When God’s “No” is as Good as His “Yes””

Letting God Choose Our Friends for Us

Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you. (Ephesians 6:21-22 NIV) BeforeContinue reading “Letting God Choose Our Friends for Us”

Staying Close to Jesus

After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they couldn’t find him,Continue reading “Staying Close to Jesus”

The Forty-Day Challenge

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. (Matthew 4:1-2 NLT) “What’s the significance of the number forty in the Bible?” someone once asked me, as they began to recount its various occurrences inContinue reading “The Forty-Day Challenge”

Pray with Simplicity

“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?” (Matthew 6:5 MSG) I’ve listened to people pray over the years. There have been prayers that have movedContinue reading “Pray with Simplicity”