Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. – Acts 4:13 (NRSV) In the book of Acts we see Peter and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, were repeatedly brought before the religious rulers to defend the faith they were preaching. They were threatened and beaten however instead of backing down, they stood and boldly put their case for Jesus forward. The people were amazed because they weren’t academics or religious leaders, just simple fishermen who followed Jesus when He … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Made New
One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Ruth. We all know the story; Ruth loses her husband and needs to make a choice between staying with her mother-in-law, Naomi, or walking away like her sister-in-law and starting a new life. Ruth decides to stay with her mother-in-law and journeys back with Naomi to her homeland of Bethlehem where she meets Boaz and gets married and starts her happily ever after. It’s a beautiful story of loyalty and love but the more I read it, the more I see it’s a story of courage. Specifically, Ruth’s courage to step out … Continue reading Going boldy to the Throne.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path – Psalm 119:105 (NRSV) Have you ever walked in the woods in the dark? You walk slowly, arms outstretched touching the trees for guidance and balance. The danger isn’t what you can feel but what you can’t see; the weeds hidden beneath the leaves, tripping you up as you walk and bringing you to your knees. Life is like a walk in the woods at night, some things we can feel however there is much that we can’t see. Yet God loves us too much to … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Walking in the light.
I can’t remember… I can’t remember a time when I felt so disconnected and connected to the world. I can’t remember a time where I felt so content yet so restless about my life. A time when every answer to every question raised more questions. I can’t remember a time when I felt so much uncertainty about life yet stood on a rock-solid hope and assurance that my faith would catch me before I hit the ground. I can’t remember a time when my fear and my faith danced so intimately to a beat that I didn’t recognise; where they … Continue reading I can’t remember.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want – Psalm 23:1 (NRSV) King David was a man that knew what it was like to have everything. A successful king, he had access to whatever he wanted. He also knew what it was like to have nothing, to lose everything and flee with nothing but the clothes on his back. While there is no confirmation of exactly when David wrote Psalm 23, it’s clear that it was during a time of distress. However David boldly declares that he lacks nothing; despite his circumstances, he had everything he needed because he … Continue reading Minute Devotions: God’s Provision
But I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. – Luke 22:32 (NRSV) If there was one thing that Jesus demonstrated to us, it’s that He is a cheerleader of people. He was an advocate; a defender for those that society deemed unsuitable and unworthy. He was a defender of the weak and the social outcasts, for the sinners and the unrighteous. While He walked the earth all those years ago, Jesus showed time and again that He was for people. More than 2000 years later, … Continue reading All In.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14 (NSRV) Most people don’t like waiting for things. We live in an ‘instant’ society that doesn’t promote patience, instead encouraging us to go after what we want and get it. The world tells us that time waits for no man and that to sit back and wait means you miss out on what you want. But God’s Word tells us clearly, time and again, to wait. To stop, pause, listen and wait on God. We want what we want, but is … Continue reading Minute Devotions: Wait