2 Corinthians 1:12 “Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity.” (NIV) Today's Thought There’s a story about a gardener who grew an incredible carrot. It was so good that he presented it to the King as a gift. “Your … Continue reading Giving to give or giving to get?
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (NIV) Today's Thought I heard a story about a guy who was sizing-up God in a conversation. He asked, “God, how long is a million years … Continue reading God, how much is a million dollars to you?
Psalm 37:24 "...though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand." (NIV) Today's Thought Two years ago I was driving to a church leadership meeting. And driving… and driving… and driving. It was only supposed to take 30 minutes. But when 30 turned to 45 which turned to 60, … Continue reading Wrong Road Right Place
Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” (NIV) Today's Thought One of the stories I read my kids is “The Dark” by Robert Munsch. Basically, a shadow comes to life and starts eating other shadows. As a result, he keeps getting bigger and eventually lives on top … Continue reading Out from under “The Dark”
Romans 12:2 "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (NLT) Today's Thought Stacey was in Grade 11. Over lunch someone told her that her friend Debra was talking about her behind her back calling her vain and self-centred. In about … Continue reading Bullied by… yourself?
1 Samuel 16:7 “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV) Today's Thought “Never judge a book by its cover.” It’s one of those lessons you learn when you’re young… But we do it all the time! You know as well as I do that appearances can be deceiving. … Continue reading Appearance bias
Proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (ESV) Today's Thought When I was taking driving lessons in high school, one of the things our instructor taught us as we pulled off of the four-lane highway was to desensitize ourselves to the speed. Driver Dave, as we … Continue reading The blurry-eyed speed trance
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (ESV) Today's Thought You’re someone’s friend. Someone is your friend. Friendship binds the world together in an interconnected web of mutual interest, support and laughter. But it’s not always easy. Sometimes I hear people say we should simply dump those … Continue reading Friends who are like surgeons
Psalm 119:71 "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees." (NIV) Today's Thought Earlier this week I was reading Psalm 119 and stumbled upon this colossal think bite: "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees." Huh? I stopped. Blinked. And … Continue reading The shake-up wake up
Ephesians 5:15-16 "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." (ESV) Today's Thought We humans make hundreds of decisions every single day… Do you hit the snooze button, or get up? Do you gossip about a friend, or stand … Continue reading Feed tomorrow’s dreams