Faith or doubt (or both)?

Throughout the psalms, King David often expressed seemingly contrasting sentiments of faith and doubt. Sometimes David proclaimed an unshakable assurance that God heard his prayers and would indeed work powerfully on his behalf, but at other times he retracted those statements, uttering more despairing notes of discouragement or fear. Sometimes David knew that God would […]

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But I have prayed for you

In Luke 22:31, Jesus said to Simon Peter and the other disciples, “Satan has asked to sift you like wheat (other translations say that Satan demanded to sift them).” When wheat is sifted it gets broken and separated. So, Jesus was telling His followers that a test was coming—led by Satan himself—with the potential to […]

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Let go–they’re his!

There is a three-fold reminder in Psalm 100:3 that can anchor our souls and strengthen our hope in the areas of our greatest concern. It says, “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” Let those words […]

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Don’t let your unanswered prayers eclipse your answered prayers

In today’s reading, I would like to present you with an encouragement and a caution: Don’t let unanswered prayers eclipse your answered prayers from God. You have probably noticed in your Bible reading and study that the Scriptures are filled with rehearsals of what God has done in the past. From beginning to end in […]

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Giving up or giving over

If you have lived very long at all, you have no doubt discovered that there are very few things in life that we can control. We can insure, we can prepare, we can anticipate, and we can be ready and faithful, but we cannot control many outcomes. When we try too hard to control most […]

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