Living at Peace in a World of Hostility

Does it seem like the division, hatred, and pain in the world is getting worse? Satan, whom Jesus refers to as “the thief,” seeks to ruin this world and our lives. Consider the evil, turmoil, trouble, and destruction we see and hear about. Jesus said that Satan “comes only to steal and kill and destroy”Continue reading “Living at Peace in a World of Hostility”

Take time to truly consider how much God loves you.

We have read Scriptures about God’s love. We’ve heard sermons and lessons, read articles, and perhaps taught others about His love. But do we take the time to GRASP, FULLY UNDERSTAND, REALIZE how much God loves us? Perhaps. Maybe. **Take a break from reading and ask the Father to help you more fully grasp HisContinue reading “Take time to truly consider how much God loves you.”

Controlling Our Minds

by Jo Umberger The more we grow in faith in Jesus, the more we learn about self-control (see 2 Peter 1:5-8). Each time we are tempted but choose not to sin, we are exercising self-control. When we have the opportunity to do good and do it, we are demonstrating self-control. If we stop ourselves beforeContinue reading “Controlling Our Minds”

Joy on Our Journey

by Jo Umberger Have you ever noticed that some Christians seem to be joyful most of the time? Are they simply happy with their circumstances? Perhaps they have always made it a habit to smile, which makes them appear to be joyful, even if they are suffering inwardly. Or are they truly aware of God’sContinue reading “Joy on Our Journey”

Can I Be Free From Worry?

by Jo Umberger There was a time in my life when I thought I would scream if one more person said to me, “Just don’t worry about it.” “Just,” I thought. “Apparently you think refraining from worry is a simple proposition!” Honestly I had no idea how to stop worrying. “But what if we don’t have enoughContinue reading “Can I Be Free From Worry?”

You’re not invited.

by Jo Umberger You’ve heard there’s an upcoming announcement about some incredibly good news and that everyone in your community has received an invitation to hear it. You checked your mailbox, email, and social media accounts . . . but there is no invitation. It hits you hard. “There’s some really good news and noContinue reading “You’re not invited.”

I Ask You for a Miracle, Father

by Beth Fore “Ask and it will begiven to you; seek andyou will find; knock andthe door will be opened toyou.  For everyone who asksreceives; he who seeksfinds; and to him whoknocks, the door willbe opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV) I Ask You for a Miracle, Father I ask You for a miracle, Father,that You willContinue reading “I Ask You for a Miracle, Father”

3 Things to Make Your Heart Brighter

by Jo Umberger If there were three simple things you could do to ease your mind and heart, grow closer to God, and increase your joy, how fast would you run toward them? Consider how our lives would change if we were to practice this Scripture consistently and daily. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in allContinue reading “3 Things to Make Your Heart Brighter”