The start of a new year often brings us a fresh injection of hope. Even though our lives usually look very much the same on January 1 as they do on December 31, there’s a kind of ‘crossing over’ that occurs. We are symbolically farewelling one year, with all its trials and triumphs, and welcoming… Continue reading Crossing over with hope
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” This verse from 1 Chronicles 16 reminds us to give thanks. Because God is good. And his love endures forever. (Wow, that was a hard one to unpack!) But seriously, how amazing are these words? How true it is that no matter… Continue reading Give thanks! God is good! His love lasts forever!
Wash me clean from my guilt… purify me from my sin… Powerful words which penetrate the hearts of those who grieve over their imperfections and shortcomings. Those acutely aware of how deep their brokenness goes. And how unimaginably holy their God is in contrast. + I used to think of myself as a bit of… Continue reading The charges are dropped; you’re free to go
If we speak in human terms, it’s impossible to be born again. But in the spiritual sense, we can be. Because Jesus came back to life from the dead, we too can experience new life – a new birth – when we come to faith. In this re-birth, we also re-hope. We’re given fresh hope… Continue reading Born again to live again
In this world we will have trouble. In this world we will have struggles. In this world there will be wars and fighting and betrayal and selfishness. In this world we will see heartache and tragedy and loss that impacts us deeply. Trouble and struggle and tragedy is almost guaranteed. But take heart! “I have… Continue reading Problems are guaranteed, but there’s hope
Sometimes we’re tempted to think we have to somehow have it all together before we can approach God. That we need to be wearing our best clothes – in the spiritual sense. But this verse reveals a God who doesn’t reject us based on what we’re ‘wearing’ or whether we’ve done enough good things this… Continue reading The Father’s arms are open
Sometimes we’re clueless when it comes to our hearts. And by that I mean our motives. The things that drive our action or inaction. We might take stabs at the truth. We guess at why we did what we did; why we might’ve reacted so strongly… but sometimes it’s like we’re feeling our way through… Continue reading Sometimes we need to get a clue about the state of our hearts