Is Idolatry More Than Bowing to Graven Images?!

The Bible often refers to images made by humans when speaking against idols, which God Himself describes in Habakkuk 2:18 (New International Version). “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman?    Or an image that teaches lies?For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation;    he makes idols that cannot speak.” In the previous two lessonsContinue reading “Is Idolatry More Than Bowing to Graven Images?!”

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.”

Crossing Over to the Other Side

By Beth Fore “One thing I ask ofthe LORD, this is whatI seek:  that I maydwell in the house of theLORD all the days of mylife, to gaze upon thebeauty of the LORDand to seek him inhis temple.” (Psalm 27:4 NIV) Crossing Over to the Other Side Holy Father, as I rest here quietlyin sweetContinue reading Crossing Over to the Other Side

Beyond My Understanding

By Beth Fore “Oh, how I wish that Godwould speak, that he wouldopen his lips against you anddisclose to you the secrets ofwisdom, for true wisdom hastwo sides.  Know this:  God haseven forgotten some of your sin.“Can you fathom the mysteries ofGod?  Can you probe the limits ofthe Almighty?  They are higher thanthe heavens—what canContinue reading Beyond My Understanding

Humbled in Your Presence

“Blessed are those whohave learned to acclaim you,who walk in the light of yourpresence, O LORD.  Theyrejoice in your name allday long; they exult inyour righteousness.” (Psalm 89:15-16 NIV) Humbled in Your Presence My heart is humbled at dawnas the sun begins to rise.Beautiful oranges and yellowsmerge as they brighten my eyes. A sparkling fogContinue reading “Humbled in Your Presence”

Create in Me

by Beth Fore “Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spiritwithin me.  Do not cast mefrom your presence or takeyour Holy Spirit from me.Restore to me the joyof your salvationand grant me a willingspirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:10 NIV) Create in Me Create in me a pure heartfilled with love,Continue reading “Create in Me”

A New Name

By Beth Fore “He who has an ear, lethim hear what the Spiritsays to the churches.To him who overcomes,I will give some of thehidden manna.  I willalso give him a whitestone with a new namewritten on it, known onlyto him who receives it.” (Revelation 2:17 NIV) A New Name Jesus, precious Son of God,who speaksContinue reading A New Name

A Beautiful Journey

by Beth Fore “He who was seated on thethrone said, ‘I am makingeverything new!’  Then hesaid, ‘Write this down, forthese words are trustworthyand true.’  He said to me:‘It is done.  I am the Alphaand the Omega, the Beginningand the End.  To him who is thirstyI will give to drink without costfrom the spring of theContinue reading “A Beautiful Journey”


By Beth Fore “Be patient, then, brothers andsisters, until the Lord’s coming.See how the farmer waits forthe land to yield its valuable cropand how patient he is for the autumn andspring rains.  You, too, be patientand stand firm, because theLord’s coming is near.” (James 5:7-8 NIV) Waiting . . . Sometimes the waiting we doContinue reading Waiting

Your Secret Wisdom

by Beth Fore “The Spirit searches all things,even the deep things of God. For who among men knows thethoughts of a man except the man’sspirit within him?  In the same wayno one knows the thoughts of Godexcept the Spirit of God.  We havenot received the spirit of the worldbut the Spirit who is from God, thatweContinue reading “Your Secret Wisdom”