Encouraging Words

Read  1 Timothy 2:1-7 Thought for the Day: I am never too busy to begin with prayer! As clearly as if it was yesterday, I remember the first week I was hired as a high school teacher. From the orientation to the seemingly endless meetings, my head...

Read Colossians 2:6-15 Thought for the Day: Only Jesus is worth following! Long has our culture had a fascination with the history of Roman gladiators. While depictions of gladiators find their way into a variety of forms, they have especially been romanticized in sword-and-sandal films like Spartacus...

Read Exodus 3:1-6 Thought for the Day: We are standing on Holy Ground! In Rudyard Kipling’s “How Fear Came”, we are introduced to the ‘Water Truce’. While the various animals living in both desert and jungle typically had to fend for themselves or rely on packs, the...

Read  Psalm 112:6-10 Thought for the Day: My heart is firm when I trust the LORD! Edwin Friedman, a family therapist, served in Washington DC for nearly forty years. During his career, Friedman helped establish the idea of a “non-anxious presence.”  Friedman believed that any organized system...

Read  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Thought for the Day: There is nothing fake about faith. The saying “fake it ‘til you make it” sounds like a nice idea on the surface, but there is one giant glaring problem with it: faking it includes dishonesty. For starters, people don’t...

Read  1 Timothy 6:11-16 Thought for the Day: I am responsible for my faith and actions! Pitching through the infamous “Steroid Era” of baseball, Pedro Martinez is notable for his fiery disposition, total dominance on the mound, and integrity. Listed at 5’11” and 170 lbs, Martinez was...

Read Matthew 6:1-4 Thought for the Day: Quiet faithfulness is my goal! I have a phrase I often use: “great and glorious”. It means that too often Christians draw attention to even the tiniest things they do. We are not instructed to follow Jesus by drawing attention...

Read  Habakkuk 3:17-19 Thought for the Day: True faith is resilient when the road darkens! Early on in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, we are introduced to a dwarf named Gimli. A fierce warrior who comes from a long line of warriors, Gimli is no stranger...

Read 1 Samuel 1:6-8 Thought for the Day: The words of others do not need to define me. (Peninnah) taunted (Hannah) cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. This went on year after year. Every time she went...