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He Carried Our Sorrows

Joni Eackson Tada “Surely he (Jesus the Messiah) took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows…” Isaiah 53:4 Nobody likes to be sad. No Christian welcomes grief. So aren’t you glad that Jesus carried our sorrows when He went to the cross?! But sorrow did not cease with the death and resurrection of Christ. Think of…

Trust More, Vex Less

Scotty Smith Surely the righteous will never be shaken; They will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear. Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV) Heavenly Father, like a 10-week-old puppy to morning breakfast, like a hungry trout…

Let’s Be Careful Where We Park Our Trust

Scotty Smith Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 Heavenly Father, the battle for our heart’s trust is relentless, often vicious, and quite deceptive. Today, we affirm that you, alone, are worthy of our worship, love, and trust. But we also…

He Leadeth Me

Joni Eareckson Tada Psalm 5:8 “Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies — make straight your way before me.” “Please, Daddy, I don’t need the lead line! I can steer Thunder by myself!” My father refused to listen to his five-year-old daughter on top of her sixteen-hands-high horse, even if it…

Less Annoyance, More Overlooking

Scotty Smith Fools show their annoyance at once. Prov. 12:16 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Prov. 19:11 Lord Jesus, it’s a good thing there’s no condemnation remaining for our sins, because these Scriptures surely convict me. As I own my penchant for letting things “bug” me,…

I’m Full

Joni Eareckson Tada “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26 Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to say with the psalmist, “God, I am full!…

Finishing Well With Friends

Scotty Smith See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if…

The 4th & Our True and Lasting Freedoms

Scotty Smith   It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1 Lord Jesus, it’s the Fourth of July—a holiday set aside in the USA to remember the freedom we enjoy as citizens. As broken, divided,…

Those Short-Fused Irritability Days

Scotty Smith Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9 (ESV) Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Prov. 14:9 (ESV) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to…

The Greatest Joy

R. C. Sproul Jesus warned His disciples about having a misplaced basis for their joy. At one point during His earthly ministry, Jesus sent a group of His disciples out on their own to preach the gospel and to heal the sick and those who were under demonic possession. Jesus appointed seventy-two of His followers…