(Casting out Fear, part 3) Paul taught, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, or things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our…

Who loves perfectly?  Well, that would be God.  Whose Spirit has been given to those who have been called with “a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity”? (2 Tim. 1:9, NASB)   Again, that would be God….

“…perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18b, NASB) I want to focus on the two specific components in this statement:  “casts out fear” and “perfect love.”  First, some thoughts about “perfect  love.” The Message  translates I John 4:15-19, “This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: …

Crucible.  Is it a word you recognize? Merriam-webster.com defines “crucible” in three variations:  “a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted; a difficult test or challenge; a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions.”  The word has no form for either…

It’s that time of year…summertime around the corner, and the need for a bathing suit to replace the one that was lost last summer.  Twenty-two try-ons later, a suit with diagonal ruffles and some small polka dots fit all the requirements and went through the check-out aisle quickly. After getting home, while sharing the joyous…

Resonance…I think that is what I’m sensing. Synchronicity.  A few weeks ago, Barb Pritchard defined the word as “when the Lord joins us – and we are more powerful with one another, than we would be alone.” Can “synchronicity” actually be found in the dictionary?  To my surprise – yes, indeed!  However, it is not…

The Litmus test. What does that phrase mean to you? Merriam-webster online defines it as “something (such as an opinion about a political or moral issue) that is used to make a judgment about whether someone or something is acceptable”, also “a test in which a single factor (as an attitude, event, or fact) is…

During one of Jesus’ times of ministry in Nazareth, Scripture records that He began teaching and healing so that “they were astonished, and said, ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?  Is not this the carpenter’s son?  Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon…

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