How many of you remember reading The Prayer of Jabez, a small but important book that was published in 2000? This tiny volume got the attention ofreaders around the world. I was reminded of Jabez again on Christmas morning when reading from a devotional book that mentions his prayer.
The name of Jabez is only recorded in the following two verses of the Bible:
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested - 1 Chronicles 4:9-10.
Fifteen years later, my only remembrance from the book about Jabez is that "God answers prayer." So when I read this scripture again, it was the Holy Spirit who...
When necessary, God works slowly, carefully, thoroughly and absolutely. His excellent work brings joy to Heaven and Earth.
The Lord most often works in secret, with great respect for the human heart and the human will. His guidance is loaded with promise and revelation, designed to inspire the very best response. The Spirit leads us daily with whispers of love. We're serenaded by the sweet sound of Truth.
Eventually, the transformation God works in us can no longer be contained. As works of living spiritual art, we rise up from our place of waiting. We boldly step forward, moving through the debris of crumbled enemy strongholds—past angry voices that protest our advance. With confidence in the Lord, we take our place on the brilliant hill of destiny.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden - Matthew 5:14.
I love the line in the 1991 movie, City Slickers, when Billy Crystal tells his downhearted friend, "Your life is a do-over. You've got a clean slate."
A clean slate. Hmmm. That sounds like something from the heart of God. In fact, it is.
His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning -
Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV.
When we wake up each day, we get a "do-over." That's just how our Lord is. People may hold grudges, but the mercies of God are new every morning—no matter how badly we've failed—in spite of how many we've hurt. God's mercy toward us is so zealous and intense that He sent His Son to die in payment for our sin.
The blood of Jesus is powerful! It wipes our slate completely clean.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us - Psalm 103:12.
My point for born-again Christians is this: God's amazing grace is ours to claim,...
A special "Hi" to all the baby-boomers reading this. I think we were privileged to be born at a wonderful time in history. Ours was a unique era when simplicity crashed head-on with industry and invention.
I have vivid memories of my early years. Living on a 140-acre farm meant that Mama still churned butter, but she had the option of buying something new called "Oleo." Our family was fairly independent, and the farm was self-supporting—echoing the rural lifestyle of centuries past. But we did have a modern black rotary telephone hanging on the wall, connecting us with extended family and others in the county. Our old Philco radio informed us when Eisenhower won the election, and our new Zenith TV brought Howdy Doody, Mighty Mouse and The Lone Ranger into the living room.
Today, I find myself drawn to 1950s "collectible" items, especially for the kitchen....
We all want to be comfortable and content. It's simply human nature. Obtaining these things is a strong motivation for some and the only motivation for others.
Advertisers target our desire for physical and emotional fulfillment. If we will only buy what they offer, then we'll be happy, relaxed, satisfied and safe. We'll also smell good and look like supermodels. In time, we find these products delivering much less than promised. Some work temporarily, and others don't work at all. Sadly, we fall for many scams before we finally wise up.
Well then, if merchandise can't make us feel warm, comfy and content, we'll have to take firm control of our personal world to keep discomfort at a distance. We'll erect a high wall of rules and order. We'll use our superior intellect to carve out a superior life—eating the right food, reading the right books, following the right leaders, and finding comfort in how exceedingly savv...