Rooted in Faith

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.—Colossians 2:6-7

Years ago, I planted a tibouchina tree at the front edge of a clump of trees in our backyard, right where I could see it from (more…)

Keeping Our Eyes on Our Master

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith . . . —Hebrews 12:2a

My 1-year-old Border collie mix, Biscuit, has perfected a full-mouth smile. But until recently, he wouldn’t smile while walking along a brief stretch of a six-lane thoroughfare we take to get to a favorite walking path. I persevered with training to help him (more…)

God Has This

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.—Colossians 1:15-17

When we face (more…)

A Bad Day Becomes a Good Day

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.—Isaiah 53:5

The day we call Good Friday was not a good day for Jesus. Just one week earlier, He had made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the crowds cheered, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes (more…)

Cheap Imitations

And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.—Exodus 7:10b-11

When God told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go worship Him, He told them to perform signs (more…)