In these past few devotionals I’ve been talking about rooting yourself in the peace of Christ as discussed by Paul in Colossians 3:15. Peace. It’s a good idea, isn’t it? When we’re surrounded by so much change, challenge, stress, and strain, peace feels like water-in-the-dessert! Notice what Paul says in the next verse in Colossians 3:16: … Continue reading Peace through music
If you’ve been following along with the Up! devotional this week you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I’m talking about how wildly impressionable we humans are. People say that children are sponges. But so are adults! (We’re just better at hiding it.) I read a study that said we’re more likely to trust … Continue reading Time to juggle up the playlist?
The word “minister” isn’t just a noun—it’s a verb. To “minister” to someone is to serve someone, or to care for someone, especially in a spiritual context. In the past month I’ve heard people say that someone “ministered” to them through a friendly conversation. Another person felt that someone “ministered” to them when they prayed … Continue reading Sing the truth into your heart
In high school I loved to sit around and play guitar and sing with my friends. Sometimes the best part was coming up with harmonies. When we hit the right notes it was like sliding into a golden sweet spot. But since we were pretty new at it, our guitar chords would occasionally be out … Continue reading Life’s golden sweet spot
Have you ever felt spiritually dry? If so, this will help.
Revelation 22:20 "Come, Lord Jesus" (NIV) Today's Thought Joy to the world! the Lord is come... Those are the opening words to one of the most popular Christmas hymns ever. They were written by Isaac Watts, the English hymn-writer, and were inspired by Psalm 98: “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth…” But … Continue reading The story-behind-the-song (and some help from) Joy to the World
Psalm 105:2 "Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!" (ESV) Today's Thought You end up believing what you make a habit of singing. I’ve seen that principle at work in a number of ways through the years. I’ll sometimes hear someone say, “Doesn’t the Bible say such-and-such?” Quite often, … Continue reading Wings on words
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (NIV) Today's Thought Some of you may know that my brother Deric is a super-talented country music musician, singer and songwriter. Last week he told me something profound so I wanted to share it with you. But first, … Continue reading Sometimes you have to leap