Words to Live By Series Outlines

Words to Live By: Meek 2-12-17 1strecognize poor of spirit (spiritually bankrupt, true knowledge of ourselves) 2ndcomes mourning (sacred grief) [Matthew 5:5] “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle[the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.” [Galatians […]

Be Anxious

The Bible tells us not to be anxious (Matthew 6:25, Luke 12:25, Philippians 4:6), but there is a moment when the Bible tells us to be anxious. In 1 Peter 4, we are told to be anxious—to “be anxious to do the will of God.” Peter warns us not to be spending our lives chasing […]

It is Okay

My dog Max often has intense dreams that get his paws moving. Early this morning, I woke up when I heard him whimpering. I did what I always do; I said, “It’s okay Max. It’s okay.” That is usually enough to calm him down. My voice. It is a voice he knows well – the […]

More Than A Story: Persistence

More Than A Story: Persistence [Friend at Midnight: Luke 11:5-13 / Persistent Widow: Luke 18:1-8] “Prayer is not an exercise. It is the life of the saint.” – Oswald Chambers 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 – “Rejoice always; pray continually.” [NIV] Pray without ceasing, pray constantly, never stop praying, continually be prayerful      Unceasingly – Adialeiptós (ad-ee-al-ipe’-toce) […]

Practice These Things

One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:8; Paul tells us in this verse where we are to focus or to dwell. The Greek word for dwell is “logizomai” which means to count, to decide, to think, to reason, to take into account. In today’s passage, Paul tells us what to practice, and he also […]

Worry Weight

I have had a lot of problems with insomnia over the years. There have been nights when I was so excited or in so much pain that I could not get to sleep. But there also were moments when I was so worried and anxious about something that it kept me from closing my eyes. […]

Rooftop Bird

“I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.” Psalm 102:7 [NASB] Looking further: God understands what YOU are going through in life (Hebrews 4:15). Anger is okay. We all have emotions. We choose our response. (Ephesians 4:26) If you ask God to be near you, He WILL be near you […]

Who Are You Seeking?

Over the holidays many people have purchased smart phones. When I first began using my smart phone, I wondered how smart I had to be to use the phone. It turned out that I wasn’t having problems understanding how to use the Internet on my phone, but rather, the customer service representative put the wrong […]