you go first . . .

On a hot summer day late in the afternoon you are greeted by a couple at your front door.  They are new in town and need a place to stay.  Because you believe “what’s yours is theirs” you welcome them with open arms.  They promise as soon as they find a place to stay they…

Acts 2:1-11 MSG from Bible Gateway

Acts 2:1-11 MSG When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking…

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG;AMP from Bible Gateway

1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG;AMP Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on…

Luke 11:8-13 MSG;AMP from Bible Gateway

Luke 11:8-13 MSG;AMP “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need. “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door…

Isaiah 42:1-9 ESV;AMPC;MSG from Bible Gateway

Isaiah 42:1-9 ESV;AMPC;MSG Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break,…

Matthew 12:22-37

“ Matthew 12:22-37New International Version (NIV) Jesus and Beelzebul 22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said,…

Give it to God!

The greatest tragedy in our lives isn’t the evil or suffering we experience.  The greatest tragedy is when we refuse to give it over to God.       Hovid, jC. (2013) FAST TRACK (p.25) Nashville, TN: Lifeway Press

Ezekiel 3:4-8 NASB from Bible Gateway

Ezekiel 3:4-8 NASB Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language,…

Word Study – quiet/silent/quietness

Zephaniah 3:17 AMP;CJB;HCSB “The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Adonai your God is right there with you, as a…

Zephaniah 3:17

Zephaniah 3:17 AMPC The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult…

perfect love . . .

You split the sea So I could walk right through it My fears were drowned in perfect love. Jonathan David & Melissa Helser You (God) split the sea (Red Sea) So I (Israelites) could walk right through it My fears (bondage by Egyptians) were drowned  in perfect love (God). (emphasis mine) What is your Red…

Eph 3:14-Eph 3:19 AMP from Bible Gateway

Eph 3:14-Eph 3:19 AMP For this reason [grasping the greatness of this plan by which Jews and Gentiles are joined together in Christ] I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ], from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name [God—the first and ultimate Father]. May…