The Three Tenses of Faith

‘But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask…’ John 11:22 NLT When their brother Lazarus was dying, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus. But He didn’t come in time. Notice the three tenses of faith at work in this story. First, the past tense....

You’ve Got to Work for It!

‘…though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…’ Proverbs 24:16 NIV Why is it that failure destroys some people, yet makes others stronger? The secret perhaps is whether they see a failure as the end or a challenge to be overcome? Wilma Rudolph...

Don’t Be Afraid, Put God First

‘…I have commanded a widow…to provide for you.’ 1 Kings 17:9 NKJV When famine hit Israel, God said to the prophet Elijah, ‘Go to Zarephath…I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.’ Notice three things in this story. First, when the need arises, your...

Your Best Days Are Still Ahead

‘…Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara…’ Ruth 1:20 NKJV Learn to build your life around your person, not your role, otherwise when your role changes you’ll lose your sense of worth. Being a good mother is a noble calling. It’s also a self-sacrificing job....

Bring Out the Best in Others (4)

‘Be strong and of good courage…’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV Your words and attitudes have a powerful effect on other people. The woman caught in adultery is a great example. Notice how the Pharisees handled her: ‘In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.’...