As young people of this generation, we are often focused with our daily routines such as going to school, going to work, being in church, and so on. Our mindset has daily goals and activities to do, and most times we are so preoccupied with our to-do list. But may you be reminded today that prayer is a priority and a necessity. Just as we need air to breathe and food to eat throughout the day, our spiritual lives also need spiritual food found through prayer. Before we do anything else when we rise up in the morning, we should humble ourselves in the Lord and pray.
Prayer is a form of our communication and devotion, showing our commitment to Him in our secret place. There’s a song that says, “Prayer is the key to Heaven, but faith unlocks the … Read More »
Autumn is one of the most interesting seasons to me. You come full force out of long summer nights filled with carefree wonder and rolled down windows, and suddenly the freedom collapses and you are piled under leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s a beautiful shift, but it can also be cold, dark, and uncertain. Colors change, days seem shorter, and responsibilities soon return. I do enjoy this time of year, but as we all know, to everything there is a season. As you stand there by the bonfire, apple cider in hand, disembarking from another hayride, remember that change is not always a bad thing.
Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year that lands itself in this season. Families gather around tables with each other and share stories smothered in turkey and pumpkin pie. There is coolness … Read More »
I once read an interesting story about an old miner who lived isolated in the mountains of Colorado. When he unexpectedly passed away, a few of his distant relatives came to collect anything of his that was worthwhile. The family members arrived only to find a rusted-over shack full of mining equipment and dirt. As they gathered the few possessions the old miner had and set off on their way, a friend of the miner appeared with a few empty boxes. Confused and quite annoyed, the family members exclaimed that everything else in the house was his and that they already found the small bit of junk that might be worth something. In gratitude, the friend immediately went into the shack, pulled up a single piece of the floor, and began to expose heaps of gold the old miner had … Read More »
It’s strange to see him out here. The all-star apostle Peter stands in a cold courtyard by a warm fire when a girl asks him, “You’re one of His, aren’t you?” She points inside to a man whose hands are tightly wrapped in rope and whose face is bloodied and bruised where the Romans had waylaid Him with their fists.
Peter realizes if he says yes, he may end up right next to Jesus, but he can’t deny Him. Simon doesn’t have to swing a sword to wield incredible power because God gave us incredible power in our words. His words would either confirm he is His or he is not. You can cut the suspense in the air with a butter knife. He shakes his head and says, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Another girl points him out, … Read More »
It’s the twenty-first century, so by now most of us all have these wonderful handheld devices we call smart phones. We can do almost anything on our phones; you think of it and there is probably a way for it to happen. Most of us use our phones whether it is bright or dark inside a room. On the phone we have the option to have the screen brightness on auto or control. On auto, the brightness on the phone screen will change depending on the light around it. On control, the user is in control of the brightness at all times. He or she can choose if they want it bright or dim. The screen will stay bright even when it is around darkness. This brings me to the question: is our light on auto or is God in … Read More »