Lord, as we enter this beautiful new year that You have created for us, we want to thank You for how much You have blessed us in so many ways — more than we could count, more than we even know about. Your goodness and faithfulness are overflowing in our lives every day and we … Continue reading A Prayer for New Year Blessings
"In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed." -- Mark 1:35 (NRSV) This is one of my favorite Bible verses about prayer. I love it because it's a reminder that Jesus went off to be by Himself to pray. It's … Continue reading Praying with Jesus
Today I was reminded of why I love learning biblical Hebrew. I'm just a beginner, but every time I discover something interesting in a Hebrew Bible verse, it makes me want to dig deeper. Grab your Bible and read Psalm 1:1. The first word of Psalm 1 is well known. "Blessed" is how it's often … Continue reading Psalm 1:1 – Why Biblical Hebrew Makes a Difference
Every weeknight, I type audio transcriptions. It’s my proverbial day job. By the time I get the recordings, the conversations have concluded. So I am a captive listener. These recordings have taught me a lot about how to listen well to others. Having to listen carefully and quietly to conversations, and having to catch every … Continue reading Lessons Learned by Listening
Recently I donated two bags filled with DVDs to the thrift store. They were delighted to get these well-known movies in excellent condition. A friend asked why I got rid of so many DVDs. I told her I couldn’t watch them anymore because they weren’t good for me. She looked at me as if wondering … Continue reading Are Good Movies Hurting You?
"Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. "Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands -- if I … Continue reading If They Hurt Me, Why Should I Repent?
For many years, I've been involved with various missions helping children in extreme poverty. I've come to appreciate that one of the most powerful ways to help these children, their families, and their communities is through prayer. God is working in their midst, and He already has an amazing plan to bring individual children, families, … Continue reading Simple but Powerful Prayer for Children in Extreme Poverty
In 1758, Charles Wesley published his collection of 40 Intercession Hymns. These hymns are examples of intercessory prayers set to music. Music is a good way to remember words, and singing helps people have words of prayer and scripture on their hearts and tongues throughout the day. Although Wesley’s collection of Intercession Hymns represents an … Continue reading Did You Know Charles Wesley Wrote Prayers to Sing? A Prayerful Look at Intercession Hymn #1 “For All Mankind”
One of the many benefits of learning the Hebrew alphabet is to be able to look up individual words in the Hebrew lexicon. Hebrew is such a rich language. Individual words have such depth of meaning, usually more than can be expressed with one single, English-word equivalent. Even in the same Bible passage, when the … Continue reading Refreshing Ways to Connect with God: The Blessings of Learning One Biblical Hebrew Word
As a Christian writer, it's important to be immersed in scripture and interpret biblical passages well. You will often refer your readers to Bible truths, so you want to get hold of those truths for yourself before you write. While you will discover many spiritual practices that can help (prayer, worship, Bible Study, lectio divina, … Continue reading Basics of Biblical Hebrew and Greek Can Help Your Christian Writing