David the Shepherd

      Scripture: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me: your rod and staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in …

God Forgives Our Sins

Scripture: He forgives all our iniquities and heals all our diseases Psalm 103: 3 Though our sins are like a stench in God’s nostrils, He is merciful and when confessed, He forgives our sins, past, present, and future; so we should not fear losing our salvation. For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. John 3: 16 Each of us sins every day either in thought, attitude, or wrong acts: aren’t you thankful each time we sin, if we confess our sin, God will forgive our sin and cleanse us from a unrighteousness. 1st …

Jesus Forgives A Sinful Woman

  Scripture: And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8: 11   After spending a night on Mount of Olives, early next  morning Jesus went to the temple. Though the temple was a place for worship, the scribes and Pharisees brought into the temple a woman they accused of being caught in the act of adultery. Though Jesus had not gone to the temple that morning to serve as a judge: that was to be His wayside ministry for the day. So how did He deal with the situation? He wasn’t condoning adultery, but He knew the purpose of the scribes and Pharisees, was to …

The Lessons Were Hard

Deep under the covers, I rang in 2015 with my head fast asleep on my pillow by 8:30 p.m. Not exactly the life of the party. Six months after being diagnosed with a debilitating neuromuscular disease I was struggling with something nearly as incurable… unforgiveness. With my diagnosis of myasthenia gravis came an unprovoked betrayal from my own profession, my doctor. In twenty years of practicing medicine I never had a sick day. I returned to work the day after having surgery, not once but twice. Once I even performed surgery at 8 in the morning, changed into a gown and …

My Response to the Resurrection

“For God so loved the world, He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so individuals might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17. The first twenty-one years of my life were lived without Jesus as my personal Savior. I had been raised in a home by loving parents, but did not have the privilege of attending Sunday school and church services. Then I married and my husband was not a believer. But he had his parent’s Bible, sometimes I read portions of …

Search and Forgive

  “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts. And see if there is any sin in me, and lead me to life everlasting.” Psalm 139: 23-24 It appears that the psalmist thought God already knew his heart, but for his own sake, he needed to be sure what was in his heart and wanted God to try him as gold is tried in the fire.  But he appeared grieved with hatred some felt toward God, and wanted to be certain no evil was in his life as some had accused him. Therefore, he appeals to God to search his heart, that his integrity and innocence might be seen by all others. …

The Light that Shines in the Darkness

Hey everyone- Carissa here! One of my favorite Christmas passages comes from the words of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist and the one who held the honor of hearing a word from the Lord for the first time in 400 years. “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) The mercy of light in the darkness… anyone who is sitting in suffering today understands …

An Eye for An Eye

When God gave Moses the law recorded in Exodus, He did say if men strive and mischief results, then they should give life for death, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Also in Leviticus 24: 20 and Deuteronomy 19: 21, this same law is stated and to be practiced. Therefore, during the earthly ministry of Jesus, the Pharisees, who not only taught the law, but added many of their own laws to Moses’ Law, made it impossible to keep them. Then in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenged this former teaching. He did …

Jesus Gives a New Law

Jesus knew about the teachings of strict Pharisees and one time said they strained at a gnat but swallowed a camel. He also said they should remove the speck from their eyes before trying to remove the beam from the eyes of others. In other words they avoided slighter sins but practiced weightier ones such as their hatred for Jesus and His teachings. Jesus not only condemned their teachings but during His Sermon on the Mount, gave a new law, or as He once said, He didn’t come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. During that lengthy sermon, Jesus taught several moral principles: among them not …