He Was Alone, Yet Among Many Others

Being alone in a small group or even a very large crowd of people appears somewhat contradictory. When we have a conversation about a general subject, such as the weather, sports, books, television shows and movies, or clothing, we usually don’t mind if there are others around us. Sometimes a discussion will improve when more…

“He Withdrew Himself”

Every day, this world grows more and more perplexing. There is a steady deluge of reports from all forms of media about political upheavals, infestations, pandemics, famines, skirmishes and provocations, inflammatory rhetoric, erratic and violent weather, uprisings, and so much more. Yet many of these reports contradict each other or offer conflicting advice. In fact,…

Not Resolutions But Prayer

As each new year begins, most of us choose to follow the same old routine of making resolutions. Many have lofty aspirations that they will very likely not obtain, while others purposefully choose things that they know they will be able to keep, yet they lack any real plan for long term reform or improvement…

The Key That Unlocks Our Heartfelt Desires

Walk into any jewelry store and you will find that all items of real value are kept in locked display cases. Look at them all you desire, but if you want to actually hold or purchase them, you must ask the jeweler to unlock the case and hand you the item. But no reputable jeweler…

Ask God

“…your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 So what point is there in asking, if God already knows what you need? What we think prayer is—and what God says prayer is—are not always the same thing. Is prayer just a way to convince God to give us…

Riding Against the Wind

Riding against the wind is one of the things I despise the most when I ride my bicycle, (although riding up a steep hill would have to be second on the list!). No matter what I try to do, like shifting to the lowest gear, or hunching over close to the handlebars, etc., I still…

Jesus Says ASK

Ask, and it shall be given you;Seek, and ye shall find;Knock, and it shall be opened unto you:for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 Did you ever notice, concerning the first letters in the three key words in this passage:…

Rain and Unbelief

I recently read an interesting anecdote about an open-air religious meeting held in Scotland in the 1800s. On the morning of the day of the meeting, rain came down in torrents. A minister connected with the meeting led the others in prayer, confidently praying that the weather would clear up by the time of the…

Afflicted or Merry?

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.” James 5:13  “Is any among you afflicted?” Are you currently in distress? Have you been extremely annoyed or highly embarrassed lately? Or are you experiencing pain or suffering? Now is the time for you to exercise your faith and hope…

Prayer Pump

“O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11a Nowadays, in a developed…