October 16

“In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.” – Psalm 118:5 (NLT)            I was speaking with a young man recently who had a very traumatic childhood growing up.  He witnessed his mother being abused and experienced abuse himself in a variety of ways.  He told me that this past week a… Continue reading October 16

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October 15

“For his unfailing love for us is powerful” – Psalm 117:2 (NLT)            Lauren Kornacki was looking for her father to borrow the car.  She went outside where she thought he was, but didn’t hear him.  She then went back inside and asked her mother where he was.  “He’s outside working on the car,” her mother said.  So Lauren… Continue reading October 15

October 14

“I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” – Psalm 116:14 (NLT)            Say this out loud:  “I will keep my promises.”  The psalmist is talking about keeping promises to God, and that’s a great place to start.  We often make promises to give more, serve more, read His Word more, and share… Continue reading October 14

October 13

“What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?” – Psalm 116:12 (NLT)            “It’s not enough.” Tomorrow I will go to church.  I will sing songs.  I will pray prayers.  I will tithe.  I will preach a sermon and do my best to convince people that their lives will never be what they can be until they… Continue reading October 13

October 12

“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.” – Psalm 116:1 (NLT)            Many years ago I was sitting in a traffic court waiting on a friend.  A name and case number were called, and a man walked up to the podium.  “How do you plead?” the judge asked.  “Not guilty, your honor,” the man… Continue reading October 12

October 11

“O Israel, trust the Lord!  He is your helper and your shield.” – Psalm 115:9 (NLT)            The name Israel literally means, “He struggles with God.”  What a fitting description for God’s people.  It’s one I can certainly relate to.  Can you?  I struggle sometimes to understand what God is up to.  I struggle sometimes trying to be comfortable on paths I… Continue reading October 11

October 10

“Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.” – Psalm 115:4 (NLT)            Idol worship was a common practice in the days of the psalmist.  People would make ornate images out of wood, silver, or gold and decorate them with precious jewels.  Then they would pray to them, create rituals to perform for… Continue reading October 10

October 9

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us,but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 115:1 (NLT)            There’s a great story in Exodus 17.  Israel is at war against the Amalekites.  The young, brave general Joshua is leading the army into battle. While Joshua is leading the fight in the valley,… Continue reading October 9

October 8

“Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.” – Psalm 114:2 (NIV)            You are God’s sanctuary.   He doesn’t live in a building.  He doesn’t dwell on a mountain.  He’s not hiding in a chest of gold waiting to pop out.  He lives in YOU.  In the Old Testament, God’s people WENT to the temple.  In the New Testament, we BECAME the temple!  If Jesus… Continue reading October 8

October 7

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” – Psalm 113:3 (NIV)            Let’s make today a day that we praise God from coast to coast!  Wherever you are, can you take a moment to do that? Praise Him for Who He Is.  He’s the Creator.  He’s the King of… Continue reading October 7