Encouraging Words

Read Psalm 91 What does it mean that God is our strength? The Ninety-First Psalm describes God as both a protector and a place to flee to for safety. While we are encouraged as Christians to turn to God at all times, we know that God...

Read Judges 16:1-22 Thought for the Day: What happens when we mess up? Of all the Old Testament characters, none was stronger than Samson. He was born during a complicated time in Israel’s history. His life was equally complicated. He served as one of the final judges...

Read Psalm 59:16-17 Thought for the Day: God is my “safe spot”! Throughout human history, there has been a general understanding that groups need a “safe spot” to go to in times of trouble. In feudal times, lords would fortify their residences and call them castles. When...

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Thought for the Day: “When I am weak, then I am strong!” A family friend loves sailing. For him, taking his boat out onto the open water offers a chance to unplug from the busyness of his life and reflect. That’s why he...

Read John 3:16-17 Thought for the Day: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” As children, the first Bible verse we learned was John 3:16. The verse that declared God’s plan of salvation begins with six very important words, “For God so loved the world”. Jesus’ words...

Read Matthew 11:25-30 Thought for the Day: Rest is non-negotiable! In recent years, some runners have adopted a mindset of “no days off”. While rest days have clear benefits, some feel that true dedication to running requires a willingness to simply ignore the aches and get out...

Read Ephesians 5:1-12 Thought for the Day: How do we walk? The practice of firewalking dates back to 1200 BC. Firewalking is exactly what it sounds like: an individual walks with bare feet over burning coals. The French sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) believed that firewalking was an...

ReadLuke 24:28-35 Thought for the Day: Grace not guilt! Born in 1793 as the second son of a man “more interested in fishing and shooting than in facing up to his family responsibilities”, Henry Francis Lite wanted to learn from his father’s mistakes. Throughout his teens and...