Sing!

Don’t allow the enemy to steal your song. In the book of Joshua, Israel was defeated at the battle of Ai because of one man’s disobedience. The man was stoned and heaps of stone was placed on his burial site. That placed became know as the Valley of Achor and was forever known to Israel as a place of sin and great failure. But in Hosea, during a time when...

Our Shepherd

When you are full of worry and angst, remember the majesty of the Lord our God as found in Psalms 23. He is Jehovah Raah, our Shepherd. He protects us, leads us guides us. We shall not lack. He is Jehovah Shalom, our Peace. He bears our burdens and our sorrows. He leads us to green pastures, quiet waters providing times of refreshment. He is Jehovah Tsidkenu, Our Righteousness. He...

I Quit…Not

“I quit!” Have you ever told this to God? I have. Never in the sense I quit believing in Him. But I have said, I quit believing for this promise I quit loving and honoring people who don’t reciprocate I quit showing grace when I just want to slap somebody upside their head. I quit extending forgiveness to people only to have them do it again. I quit dreaming big...

Respond with Grace

It has happened again. Another Christian leader involved in a scandal. (A collective sigh fills the Body of Christ.) I’m sure many Christians want to bury their head in the sand in embarrassment and pray for Jesus’ speedy return. Others are quick to point an accusing finger and blame a lack of holiness teaching in the church. Believers who refuse traditional church, shake their heads and say, “See, that’s why...

The Hunt

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm‬ ‭34:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬ This promise is consuming my thoughts this morning…Well actually, I awoke this morning thinking of my needs, my desires, my lack. I awoke this morning and was bombarded by my to-do list. Does anyone else ever awaken and as you are turning off the alarm, your mind has already begun...

A Sweet Aroma

It was eleven years ago. I was standing in front of my class teaching and this young man walked in. At our school, some of the higher functioning students with mental disabilities came to our rooms to collect the recyclables. He was one of those students. He walked right in and interrupted my lesson to tell me he had seen Horton Hears a Who over the weekend. He went on,...

We Win!

The King of Assyria was a bully. His army had invaded nations. Like locust, his army had decimated kingdoms, plundering their goods and killing thousands. And now, this vast army was threatening King Hezekiah and the nation of Judah. They sent messages bragging how they were going to destroy Judah. They mocked King Hezekiah’s reliance and trust in God. “What makes you think your God can save you. No other...

Our Bridegroom is Faithful

I remember the dress I was wearing the day James and I got engaged. I was so excited. I had a ring and a promise. With that ring, James promised to be my lover, my protector, my provider. He promised to marry me. With that assurance, plans were made – Dresses purchased, vendors hired, invitations sent. Not once, did I ever doubt I would be Mrs. James Bolden. I had...

What is your Why?

Can I ask you a question this morning, my Facebook friends? Why do you what you do? Why will you get up and go to work this morning? Why will you pray today? Why will you post or repost on Facebook? Why will you do laundry, wash dishes, make beds? Why do you vote for a particular candidate? Why do you go (or not go) to church? Why do we...

The Fight is Rigged

How to Win an Impossible Battle Jehoshaphat was a good king. But that did not stop three powerful nations from banding together and declaring war against him. Their armies were vast. Powerful. Skilled in war. Jehoshaphat was the underdog….but God specializes in turning underdogs to Top Dogs. What can we learn from Jehoshaphat this morning? 1. Inquire of the Lord. When news came of the impending danger, Jehoshaphat’s first response...