Claim Your Inheritance

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are goingContinue reading “Claim Your Inheritance”

Rise After Falling

“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21 NIV) I’m a firm believer in God’s power to resurrect anything and anyone (just read Rise Again!). But for Him to do that He often allows us to experience a death of sorts. There are probablyContinue reading “Rise After Falling”

Lord of Life

“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25 NIV) There’s a common theme in every resurrection story we read about in the Bible. After funeral arrangements were made and some of the dead were ready to be buried (or were already buried), Jesus came along and disrupted the funeral progression. The son of theContinue reading “Lord of Life”

Look to the Son

Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:5 BSB) Visiting the sunflower fields around this time of year has become a favorite tradition of mine. Besides the beautiful bright fields, which I love to capture, I’m always in awe of how the sunflowers face the directionContinue reading “Look to the Son”

Lost and Restored

God, your God, will restore everything you lost. (Deuteronomy 30:3 MSG) God is a restorer. From restoring people who have wondered far away from Him to restoring our peace, hope and joy and right down to trivial matters, nothing is a lost cause for Him. Restoration is what He specializes in. He is a giverContinue reading “Lost and Restored”

Back to Basics

Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. (John 21:2-3 NIV) There’s a reason whyContinue reading “Back to Basics”

Glory in Suffering

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4 NIV) Some people don’t want to go through the difficult things you’ve had to go, but they do want the glory that is revealed in you through those sufferings, such as endurance, whichContinue reading “Glory in Suffering”

Be a Victor, Not a Victim

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NIV) Victim mentality may get us pity, but it won’t give us power. After listing all of the terrible things that could possibly happen but can’t separate us from God’s love, such as trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger orContinue reading “Be a Victor, Not a Victim”

Seeing is Believing

 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. (Acts 20:12 NIV) There’s an interesting resurrection miracle recorded in Acts 20:7-12. After listening to the apostle Paul talk for hours – because he was leaving Troas the next day – a young man by the name of Eutychus falls from the thirdContinue reading “Seeing is Believing”

Women Who Rise

 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. (John 20:1 NIV) A careful reading of the resurrection account reveals why women, in particular Mary Magdalene, were the first to discover the empty tomb andContinue reading “Women Who Rise”