Cry

Cry Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 18:6 Who didn’t hear it growing up: “Oh, stop being a crybaby”? I know I did, more than once. But I also learned that sometimes crying is perfectly acceptable.  And somewhere along the way, thank God, I learned that crying to God is particularly acceptable. The Psalmist agrees: “In my… Continue reading Cry

Courage

Courage Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 5:4 “After this Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival in the wilderness.’” How did they do it?  Where did they find the courage? The only answer I… Continue reading Courage

Fear

Fear Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 27:1-2 So what stops us? What stops us from learning, growing, reaching out, reaching in, testing, loving, answering God’s call – or a thousand other things we might imagine? Often, too often, I think it is fear. None of us is immune, though some try to pretend they are. Fear… Continue reading Fear

Holiness

Holiness Today’s Scripture Selection: Ephesians 1:4 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Are you perfect? Are you blameless? Are you a particularly holy person? You might not think so. Yet Scripture says those who would follow Christ are called to do… Continue reading Holiness

Growth

Growth Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 12:10 “Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to live in Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.” It must have been awful.  It must have brought much pain and hardship.  Many were probably losing hope.  Many probably wondered where… Continue reading Growth

Comfort

Comfort Today’s Scripture Selection: Isaiah 40:1 Another passage that comes immediately to mind as we think of the “Balm of Gilead” – the healing that comes from God – is this one from Isaiah: “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been… Continue reading Comfort

Peace

Peace Today’s Scripture Selection: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” I know.  It’s easier said than done, especially the part… Continue reading Peace

Zion

Zion Today’s Scripture Selection: Revelation 14:1-3 (Note to Faithful Readers: With today’s post we come to our second run through our alphabetical study of the scriptures.  I hope you have enjoyed picking out a few significant words related to the faith – and maybe found a few more of your own.  Tomorrow, we will move… Continue reading Zion

Yielding

Yielding Today’s Scripture Selection: Mark 10:35-39 It can get the best of us – yielding to temptation. Even Jesus’ hand-picked disciples struggled with it. Take, for example, James and John who came to Jesus with a rather startling request one day: “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What… Continue reading Yielding

Example

Example Today’s Scripture Selection: Matthew 11:29 (Note to faithful readers: Please excuse the bit of hedging on our alphabetical search through the scriptures.  X is a pesky little letter so I’m afraid we’ll have to settle for using words that have x somewhere in them!) Jesus Christ was – and is – many things. Prophet… Continue reading Example