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Digging Deeper – November 15, 2018

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 ESV   PERMANENT FORGIVENESS   Two middle-aged men were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, “Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?” “Outstanding,” Fred replied. […]

Digging Deeper – November 14, 2018

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 “and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Hebrews 8:10 ESV   OUR PERSONAL GOD   Many of you are familiar with these lyrics: “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May. Well I guess you’d say, what can […]

Digging Deeper – November 13, 2018

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts,” Hebrews 8:10 ESV   NEW POSSIBILITIES   A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little […]

Digging Deeper – November 12, 2018

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,” Hebrews 8:8 ESV   A NEW PROMISE   Someone wrote that you know when you are growing old when…’Everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work; […]

Digging Deeper – November 9, 2018

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this […]

Digging Deeper – November 8, 2018

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 “since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25 ESV   JESUS IS ALWAYS INTERCEDING   There are certain professions we’ve come to expect to always be on duty. We expect emergency room physicians, fire fighters, EMTs, police officers, power line workers and crises hotline workers to always be available […]

Digging Deeper – November 7, 2018

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 “those who draw near to God through Him,” Hebrews 7:25 ESV   JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE THE WILLING   As a female shopper exited a convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of […]

Digging Deeper – November 6, 2018

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost” Hebrews 7:25 ESV   JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE COMPLETELY   Someone once quipped, “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of chips and a […]

Digging Deeper – November 5, 2018

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 “Consequently, He is able to save” Hebrews 7:25 ESV   JESUS IS ABLE TO SAVE   Four-year-old Little Johnny asked, “Mommy, where do babies come from?” “The stork, dear,” replied Johnny’s mom. “Mommy, where does food come from?” “Farmers, dear.”  “Mommy, who keeps bad people from robbing our house?” asked Little Johnny. […]

Digging Deeper – November 2, 2018

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 6:19-20 ESV   ANCHOR IN HEAVEN   […]

Digging Deeper – November 1, 2018

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 “so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:18 ESV   ANCHOR OF HIS HONESTY   A Christian man made a trip to Russia in […]

Digging Deeper – October 31, 2018

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath,” Hebrews 6:17 ESV   ANCHOR OF HIS PURPOSES   An older couple had trouble remembering common, day-to-day things. They both decided that they would write down […]

Digging Deeper – October 30, 2018

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 saying, ‘Surely I will bless you and multiply you.’ And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:14-15 ESV   ANCHOR OF PROMISES KEPT   A naval student was being put through the paces by an old sea captain. “What would you do if a sudden storm sprang up on […]

Digging Deeper – October 29, 2018

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 “For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself,” Hebrews 6:13 ESV   ANCHOR OF HIS PROMISE   In John Bunyan’s great allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, the incident is related of how Christian decides to leave the Main Highway and […]

Digging Deeper – October 26, 2018

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 “and the powers of the age to come,” Hebrews 6:5 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO AWAKEN ME WITH POWER   A young child was diagnosed with a terminal disease. The parents knew that he would die soon. The child as well knew that his death would be soon. One night he was […]

Digging Deeper – October 25, 2018

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 “and have tasted the goodness of the Word of God” Hebrews 6:5 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO AWAKEN ME WITH GOODNESS   Pastor Glen Durham told of growing up on a farm when he wrote: “On the farm where I grew up, we raised Black Angus cattle. In order to corral them […]

Digging Deeper – October 24, 2018

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 “ and have shared in the Holy Spirit,” Hebrews 6:4 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO AWAKEN ME WITH HIS SPIRIT   If you use an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning, you know what a snooze button is. When the alarm goes off, you can hit the snooze button […]

Digging Deeper – October 23, 2018

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 “who have tasted the heavenly gift,” Hebrews 6:4 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO AWAKEN ME WITH A TASTE OF HEAVEN   One of our family’s favorite things about shopping is to walk through Sam’s or Costco on a day when they have food samples set up all over the store. On some […]

Digging Deeper – October 22, 2018

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the Word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore […]

Digging Deeper – October 19, 2018

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2 ESV   JESUS […]

Digging Deeper – October 18, 2018

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO GROW MY LIVING   Some time ago, a small east coast community was struggling financially, so they called an open town […]

Digging Deeper – October 17, 2018

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 “you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.” Hebrews 5:12-13 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO GROW MY LEARNING   Steven Cole […]

Digging Deeper – October 16, 2018

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 “For though by this time you ought to be teachers,” Hebrews 5:12 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO GROW MY LEADING   Little Tommy attended first grade Sunday School faithfully. He loved his teacher, Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Smith told great Bible stories, and she would always end the story by saying, “And, boys […]

Digging Deeper – October 15, 2018

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” Hebrews 5:11 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO GROW MY LISTENING   An American Indian left the reservation to visit downtown New York. Walking down a busy street with his friend, he suddenly […]

Digging Deeper – October 12, 2018

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 “and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 ESV   CLING TO HIS GRACE   A woman fell out of a second floor window and landed in a slow moving garbage truck. Half buried in the litter, she tried without success to get the truck driver’s attention. A foreign […]

Digging Deeper – October 11, 2018

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy” Hebrews 4:16 ESV   CLING TO HIS MERCY   A priest was driving down the freeway with two penguins sitting in the back seat of his car. A police officer pulled the priest over for […]

Digging Deeper – October 10, 2018

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 “but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 ESV   CLING TO HIS EXAMPLE   Once there was a tourist who was taking a tour of biblical sites, when he came to a beach on the Sea of Galilee, he saw a boat […]

Digging Deeper – October 9, 2018

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, Hebrews 4:15 ESV   CLING TO HIS HEART   A middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God, […]

Digging Deeper – October 8, 2018

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14 ESV   CLING TO HIS POSITION   There was a story about a boat that sank. One crewman was able to escape by swimming to […]

Digging Deeper – October 5, 2018

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 “Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,” Hebrews 4:6 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO REWARD US: OBEDIENCE   A pastor was performing a wedding for a young couple. Before the wedding, the groom came to the […]

Digging Deeper – October 4, 2018

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 “because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” Hebrews 4:2 ESV   UNITY THAT MATTERS   The Atlanta United soccer team has taken the city and Major League Soccer by storm. In only their second season, United hold the single game attendance record of 72,243 fans and season average […]

Digging Deeper – October 3, 2018

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 “For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them,” Hebrews 4:2 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO REWARD US: THE MESSAGE   “If it has not been proven that tobacco is guilty of causing cancer of the lung, it has certainly been shown […]

Digging Deeper – October 2, 2018

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 “let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” Hebrews 4:1 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO REWARD US: FEAR   Airport travel has seemed to have gotten more and more difficult. And the, much appreciated, efforts to keep us safe in the sky have made airport […]

Digging Deeper – October 1, 2018

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 “Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands,” Hebrews 4:1 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO REWARD US: TIMING   If you have ever watched a Tom Cruise action movie you know you can expect some near-death experiences in the film. He always gets out just before the bomb explodes, the […]

Digging Deeper – September 28, 2018

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13 ESV   A HEART TO LISTEN KNOWS THERE’S SAFETY IN NUMBERS   Pastor Kent Hughes illustrates the root idea of the word “exhort,” which means […]

Digging Deeper – September 27, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12 ESV   A HEART TO LISTEN SEES   According to Jeff Foxworthy, You Might Be A Nascar Redneck if: • Your favorite NASCAR souvenir was a direct […]

Digging Deeper – September 26, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 “As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Hebrews 3:11 ESV   A HEART TO LISTEN GETS TO REST   A father had three very active boys. One summer evening, he was playing cops and robbers in the backyard after dinner. One of the boys “shot” his father […]

Digging Deeper – September 25, 2018

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 “where your fathers put Me to the test and saw My works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’” Hebrews 3:9-10 ESV   A HEART TO LISTEN DOESN’T PLAY GAMES   Here is a […]

Digging Deeper – September 24, 2018

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:7-8 ESV   A HEART TO LISTEN   What one national park worker calls “a false sense of security” continues to lead visitors of national parks to ignore warnings and […]

Digging Deeper – September 21, 2018

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 “And we are His house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.” Hebrews 3:6 ESV   JESUS GIVES ME A PERMANENT PLACE IN HIS FAMILY   Author and speaker Ravi Zacharias told the story of a man who went to School in Wheaton with Billy Graham […]

Digging Deeper – September 20, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession” Hebrews 3:1 ESV   JESUS CHANGES MY IDENTITY   A young minister, with very small children, preached to his congregation on the theme, “10 rules to raise good and godly children.” Some […]

Digging Deeper – September 19, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 “but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son.” Hebrews 3:6 ESV   JESUS INVITES ME INTO HIS FAMILY   Bible teacher Ray Stedman told about visiting a ranch in Montana. At first, Ray knew only the son of one of the ranch hands. When he visited, they were restricted from […]

Digging Deeper – September 18, 2018

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 “Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son.” Hebrews 3:5-6 ESV   JESUS IS FAITHFUL TO HIS FAMILY   A company felt like it was time for a […]

Digging Deeper – September 17, 2018

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 “For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Hebrews 3:3-4 ESV   JESUS IS BUILDING A FAMILY   […]

Digging Deeper – September 14, 2018

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 “For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the […]

Digging Deeper – September 13, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV […]

Digging Deeper – September 12, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 “For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, ‘I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.’” Hebrews 2:11-12 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO […]

Digging Deeper – September 11, 2018

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9 ESV   JESUS WANTS TO HELP US BY TASTING DEATH   […]

Digging Deeper – September 10, 2018

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 “You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.” […]

Digging Deeper – September 7, 2018

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 “After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4 ESV   JESUS IS WORTH IT: HIS SEAT   Paul Harvey once told about a […]

Digging Deeper – September 6, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 “and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” Hebrews 1:3 ESV   JESUS IS WORTH IT: HIS HANDS   Pastor Tim Keller once said that in 1970 a Sunday school teacher changed his life with a simple illustration. The teacher said, “Let’s assume the distance between the earth and […]

Digging Deeper – September 5, 2018

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature,” Hebrews 1:3 ESV   JESUS IS WORTH IT: HIS NATURE   Several years ago a woman in New Mexico was frying tortillas. One of the tortillas burned and the result was an image that looked like […]

Digging Deeper – September 4, 2018

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 “through whom also He created the world.” Hebrews 1:2 ESV   JESUS IS WORTH IT: HIS CREATION   One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they […]

Digging Deeper – September 3, 2018

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son,” Hebrews 1:1-2 ESV   JESUS IS WORTH IT: HIS WORDS   A little boy was innocently talking to an arrogant pastor. The […]

Digging Deeper – August 31, 2018

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 “And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47 ESV   BOLD SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION   On August 30, 2005 Coast Guard Lieutenant Iain McConnell was ordered to fly his H46 helicopter to New Orleans and to keep the machine flying around the […]

Digging Deeper – August 30, 2018

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 “praising God and having favor with all the people.” Acts 2:47 ESV   BOLD BUILDING MISSION   A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, the Lord said, “Because you have tried to be faithful to me […]

Digging Deeper – August 29, 2018

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 “they received their food with glad and generous hearts” Acts 2:46 ESV   BOLD GRATEFUL MISSION   Two men were walking through a pasture and spotted an enraged bull. They instantly darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit and it was soon apparent they wouldn’t make it […]

Digging Deeper – August 28, 2018

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 “attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes” Acts 2:46 ESV   BOLD LIFESTYLE MISSION   Years ago, a fictional news story made its way around the internet about 23-year-old Linda Burnett. She was supposedly visiting her in-laws, and while there went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some […]

NORTHSTAR CHURCH PAYS OFF $6.8 MILLION IN DEBT; LAUNCHES GLOBAL IMPACT PROGRAM

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 27, 2018 CONTACT: C.A. Phillips, Communications Pastor EMAIL: [email protected] PHONE: (770) 405-2558   NORTHSTAR CHURCH PAYS OFF $6.8 MILLION IN DEBT; LAUNCHES GLOBAL IMPACT PROGRAM KENNESAW, GA. – – – NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Ga., announced on Sunday, August 26, that it has retired the debt on its buildings and […]

Digging Deeper – August 27, 2018

MONDAY, AUGUST 27 “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47 ESV   BOLD […]

Digging Deeper – August 24, 2018

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37 ESV   BOLD COMPASSION: INTERRUPTIONS   A four-year-old tugged on her dad’s […]

Digging Deeper – August 23, 2018

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Acts 2:45 ESV   BOLD COMPASSION: OPEN MY HEART   Peanuts cartoonist, Charles Schulz often had a way of delivering life lessons in a humorous way. Years ago, he drew a cartoon with Snoopy […]

Digging Deeper – August 22, 2018

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Acts 2:45 ESV   BOLD COMPASSION: OPEN MY HANDS   A wealthy man was moving into a new house and his next-door neighbor just happened to be a Quaker. Quakers believe in simplicity and […]

Digging Deeper – August 21, 2018

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” Acts 2:45 ESV   BOLD COMPASSION: OPEN MY EYES   Your eyes are the most complex organs you possess except for your brain. They are composed of more than two million working parts. You […]

Digging Deeper – August 20, 2018

MONDAY, AUGUST 20 “And all that believed were together…” Acts 2:44 ESV   BOLD COMPASSION: OPEN MY HOME   The New Yorker ran an article April 30th, 2018 on Japan’s booming family rental business. The article was titled “Japan’s Rent-A-Family Industry” and subtitled, “People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, […]

Digging Deeper – August 17, 2018

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42 ESV   BOLD DEVOTION TO PRAYING   A guy was trying to lose weight but came to the office one day with two dozen donuts. His co-workers asked him why he […]

Digging Deeper – August 16, 2018

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread…” Acts 2:42 ESV   BOLD DEVOTION TO EATING   Three times a month, Jermaine Washington and Michelle Stevens get together for what they call a “gratitude lunch.” With good reason! Washington donated a kidney to Stevens, […]

Digging Deeper – August 15, 2018

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship,” Acts 2:42 ESV   BOLD DEVOTION TO LOVING   Perhaps you heard about the church that planned to have the “No Excuse” Sunday Service. Their advertisement for their “No Excuse Sunday” read as follows….Cots will be placed in the foyer for […]

Digging Deeper – August 14, 2018

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching…” Acts 2:42 ESV   BOLD DEVOTION TO LEARNING   A young boy decided to learn how to ice-skate. He had fallen so many times that his face was cut, and the blood and tears ran together. Out of sympathy, a man skated over to […]

Digging Deeper – August 13, 2018

MONDAY, AUGUST 13 “And they devoted themselves to…” Acts 2:42 ESV   BOLD DEVOTION   Ignace Jan Paderewski, the famous pianist, was scheduled to perform at a great concert hall in America. It was a high-society extravaganza. Present in the audience that evening was a mother and her fidgety nine-year old. As the mother turned […]

Digging Deeper – August 10, 2018

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 “were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41 ESV   BOLD STEP   A father was talking to his oldest son about the boy’s upcoming baptism. Wanting him to understand the significance of the event, he took great care to communicate with him. While they were […]

Digging Deeper – August 9, 2018

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 “So those who received His word” Acts 2:41 ESV   BOLD DECISION   Author Anne Graham Lotz, in her book, “Heaven, My Father’s House,” wrote about an old missionary named Samuel Morrison who had spent twenty five years doing ministry in Africa. He returned to America on the same ocean liner that […]

Digging Deeper – August 8, 2018

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38 ESV   BOLD MESSAGE   Baseball great Yogi Berra was known for making some hilarious […]

Digging Deeper – August 7, 2018

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” Acts 2:37 ESV   BOLD CRISIS   Ron Otto writes, “During my scuba diving training, I asked what should be done if we see a shark. […]

Digging Deeper – August 6, 2018

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Acts 2:36 ESV   BOLD CLAIM   Growing up we had a cute pet beagle named Snoopy. We did not have a crate to put Snoopy in when […]

Digging Deeper – August 3, 2018

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 “And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?” Jonah 4:11 NASB   ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: COMPASSION   A doctor, an architect, and a lawyer were […]

Digging Deeper – August 2, 2018

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 “But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people” […]

Digging Deeper – August 1, 2018

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 “So the Lord God appointed a plant and it grew up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to deliver him from his discomfort. And Jonah was extremely happy about the plant…Then God said to Jonah, ‘Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?’ Jonah 4:6, 10 […]

Digging Deeper – July 31, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 31 “‘Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ But the Lord replied, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’” Jonah 4:3-4 NASB   ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: CHECK-IN   In 1835 a man visited a doctor in Florence, Italy. He was filled with anxiety […]

Digging Deeper – July 30, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 30 “But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore, in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate […]

Digging Deeper – July 27, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 27 “When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them.  And He did not do it.” Jonah 3:10 NASB   AN UNCHANGING MESSAGE   A young lady who occasionally walked through the park after work, stopped […]

Digging Deeper – July 26, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 26 “He issued a proclamation and it said, ‘In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on […]

Digging Deeper – July 25, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 “So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk. Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, ‘Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ Then the […]

Digging Deeper – July 24, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 24 “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time,” Jonah 3:1 NASB   A PATIENT MESSAGE   Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were taking a walk one fine March day. One remarked to the other, “Windy, ain’t it?” “No,” the second man replied, “It’s Thursday.” And the […]

Digging Deeper – July 23, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 23 “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time,” Jonah 3:1 NASB   A PERSONAL MESSAGE   Richard Armstrong, in Make Your Life Worthwhile, reports the story about a man in Wales who sought to win the affection of a certain lady for 42 years before she finally said […]

Digging Deeper – July 20, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 20 “For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the […]

Digging Deeper – July 19, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 19 “‘While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You’. …Then the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land.” Jonah 2:7, 10 NASB   WHALE LIFE: GOD’S COMEBACKS   A boy’s boat went out of reach on the pond one day […]

Digging Deeper – July 18, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 “For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ Water encompassed me to the point […]

Digging Deeper – July 17, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 17 “and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17 NASB   WHALE LIFE: GOD’S TIMING   An older man was standing on a crowded bus. The young man standing next to him asked, “What time is it?” The older man refused to reply. The young […]

Digging Deeper – July 16, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 16 “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah,” Jonah 1:17 NASB   WHALE LIFE: GOD’S APPOINTEES   A group of people had been shipwrecked and floating in a lifeboat. Two of the shipwrecked men watched as those at the other end of the lifeboat bailed frantically to keep the boat […]

Digging Deeper – July 13, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 13 “He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea […]

Digging Deeper – July 12, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 12 “I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.” Jonah 1:12 NASB   ON THE RUN: RUNNING HURTS   Pete and Joe were out sailing in a boat. A fierce storm blew up. Torrents of rain splashed down. The waves were rocking them. They desperately adjusted the […]

Digging Deeper – July 11, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 “So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare…” Jonah 1:3 NASB   ON THE RUN: RUNNING HAS A COST   A young man was walking through a supermarket to pick up a few things when he noticed an old lady following him around. […]

Digging Deeper – July 10, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 10 “But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah 1:3 NASB   […]

Digging Deeper – July 9, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 9 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.’ But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” Jonah 1:1-3 NASB   ON THE […]

Digging Deeper – July 6, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 6 “my flesh also will dwell in hope” Acts 2:26 ESV   DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: HOPE   A passenger on an ocean liner was enduring a rough Atlantic crossing. As he leaned over the rail, his face a shade of green, a steward came along and tried to encourage him: “Don’t be discouraged, […]

Digging Deeper – July 5, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 5 “You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.” Acts 2:28 ESV   DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS   There was a group of students in Texas taking a class on the psychology of emotions. The professor wanted to know what the opposite of happy was. One student raised their […]

Digging Deeper – July 4, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 “For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.” Acts 2:27 ESV   DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: LIFE   Before Columbus discovered America, the known ancient world believed Spain was the end of the world. Spanish coins had stamped upon them the outline of the Straits […]

Digging Deeper – July 3, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 3 “You have made known to me the paths of life;” Acts 2:28 ESV   DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: LIFE   Two elderly women were out driving in a large car. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through. The woman in […]

Digging Deeper – July 2, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 2 “For David says concerning Him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;” Acts 2:25 ESV   DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE: ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR   This week we will celebrate the founding of our nation which started with our Declaration […]

Digging Deeper – June 29, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 “and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20 ESV   GLADIATOR: PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL  According to […]

Digging Deeper – June 28, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” Ephesians 6:18 ESV   GLADIATOR: PRAYING  According to a false urban legend, George was going to bed when his wife told him that he’d left the […]

Digging Deeper – June 27, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on […]

Digging Deeper – June 26, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the […]

Digging Deeper – June 25, 2018

MONDAY, JUNE 25 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10 ESV   GLADIATOR: GOD’S GYM  Maximus Decimus Meridius is the main fictional character in the 2000 film Gladiator. At the beginning of the movie, he is giving a speech as he prepares to lead his troops into […]

Digging Deeper – June 22, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 ESV   MISSION POSSIBLE: A DAD WHO GROWS  Dr. Tony Evans talks about a major league baseball superstar’s recollection of his boyhood home. He, his friends, and his father played baseball quite often in their […]

Digging Deeper – June 21, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 11:19 ESV   MISSION POSSIBLE: A DAD WHO TEACHES  A man by the name of Jim Burton […]

Digging Deeper – June 20, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 “Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he […]

Digging Deeper – June 19, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 ESV   MISSION POSSIBLE: A DAD WHO PROTECTS  Years ago the Houston police department came up with a list of twelve rules to raise delinquent children: 1. Begin with infancy […]

Digging Deeper – June 15, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 ““For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32 ESV   BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: HAPPILY EVER AFTER  In the closing scenes […]

Digging Deeper – June 14, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13 ESV   BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: HOW YOU LOVE  It is said that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, […]

Digging Deeper – June 13, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 ESV   BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: HOW YOU SERVE  A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to […]

Digging Deeper – June 12, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God… For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God […]

Digging Deeper – June 11, 2018

MONDAY, JUNE 11 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved,” Ephesians 2:4, 5 ESV   BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: WHAT YOU SEE  A bus carrying only ugly […]

Digging Deeper – June 8, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 ESV   WONDER: WORDS OF KINDNESS  “Look at his face! I’ve never seen anything that ugly in my life,” says one boy speaking about Auggie in the movie “Wonder.” Next Auggie overhears […]

Digging Deeper – June 7, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7 ESV   WONDER: THE VALUE OF KINDNESS  At the end of the school year, […]

Digging Deeper – June 6, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV   WONDER: KINDNESS INVOLVES FORGIVENESS In the movie “Wonder,” Auggie tells his mom what the principle had to say: “Mr. Tushman went out of his way to tell me how sweet those kids were […]

Digging Deeper – June 5, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend;  profuse are the kisses of an enemy…” Proverbs 27:6 ESV   WONDER: KINDNESS IS BEING REAL Most of us can sympathize with the fellow who received a call from his wife just as she was about to fly home from Europe. “How’s my cat?”, she […]

Digging Deeper – June 4, 2018

MONDAY, JUNE 4 “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared” Titus 3:4 ESV   WONDER: KINDNESS IN ACTION The 2017 movie “Wonder” focuses on August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy who has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis.” He has had 27 surgeries to […]

Digging Deeper – June 1, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” Hebrews 12:3 ESV   SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: DISTRACTIONS “Distracted driving is more than a problem. It’s an epidemic,” said Joey L. Eddins, an EMT instructor and skills evaluator in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2016 […]

Digging Deeper – May 31, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 31 “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 ESV   SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: FOCUS ON JOY Bible teacher Tony Evans tells […]

Digging Deeper – May 30, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 “and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 ESV   SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: THE STRUGGLE There was a story of a man who took home a cocoon so he could watch the emperor moth emerge. As the moth struggled to get through the tiny opening, […]

Digging Deeper – May 29, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 29 “let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,” Hebrews 12:1 ESV   SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: TRAVELING LIGHT In 1845, the ill-fated Franklin Expedition sailed from England to find a passage across the Arctic Ocean. The crew loaded their two sailing ships with a lot of things they […]

Digging Deeper – May 28, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 28 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,” Hebrews 12:1 ESV   SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: REMEMBERING The film Saving Private Ryan concludes with Ryan, now an aged veteran, surveying a Normandy war cemetery, surrounded by unending lines of gravestones of soldiers who paid the ultimate price. As Ryan […]

Digging Deeper – May 25, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 25 “Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40 ESV   SPIDER-MAN: EQUIPPED FOR THE FIGHT A police officer jumps into his squad car […]

Digging Deeper – May 24, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 24 “Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these,’ he said to Saul, ‘because […]

Digging Deeper – May 23, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 “‘Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand […]

Digging Deeper – May 22, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 22 “Saul replied, ‘You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.’” 1 Samuel 17:33 ESV   SPIDER-MAN: OLD ENOUGH TO FIGHT There is a scene in Spider-Man when Peter Parker’s Aunt May tells […]

Digging Deeper – May 21, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 21 “David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’” 1 Samuel 17:32 ESV   SPIDER-MAN: THE HEART TO FIGHT This week we continued our Summer at the Movies sermon series and the theme was Spider-Man. In the 2002 film “Spider-Man,” […]

Digging Deeper – May 18, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 18 “and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:4-5 ESV   WONDER WOMAN:A MOM A husband is advised by a psychiatrist to assert himself. […]

Digging Deeper – May 17, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 17 “They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women” Titus 2:3-4 ESV   WONDER WOMAN:A MENTOR WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME: My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, “You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.” My […]

Digging Deeper – May 16, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 “or slaves to much wine.” Titus 2:3 ESV   WONDER WOMAN: SELF CONTROL Three brothers had become successful adults and decided to each send their mom a gift of gratitude. The first said, “I built a big house for our mother.” The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes with a driver.” […]

Digging Deeper – May 15, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 15 “not slanderers” Titus 2:3 ESV   WONDER WOMAN: HER MOUTH What did Mama always say? For most of us, mama said a lot and generally, it was for our own good. Here are what someone called “Great Sayings of Biblical Mothers.” – Samson’s mother said, “Get your hand out of that lion. […]

Digging Deeper – May 14, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 14 “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior” Titus 2:3 ESV   WONDER WOMAN: A MODEL Years ago, Reader’s Digest shared the story of a couple who were empty nesters. The wife shared, “Soon after our last child left home for college, my husband was resting next to me on the […]

Digging Deeper – May 11, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 11 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 ESV   SECRETS OF CONTENTMENT: YOUR POWER A very famous man was being introduced as the main speaker at a Christian banquet. The Master of Ceremonies kept saying, “This is a Spirit-filled man. He has a Spirit-filled prayer life, a […]

Digging Deeper – May 10, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 10 “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:12 ESV   SECRETS OF CONTENTMENT: YOUR POSSESSIONS The comedy film “Cool Runnings” is about the first Jamaican bobsled team to go to the Winter Olympics. John Candy plays a former American gold […]

Digging Deeper – May 9, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.” Philippians 4:12 ESV   SECRETS OF CONTENTMENT: YOUR POSITION The Smiths were proud of their family tradition. Their ancestors had come to America on the Mayflower. Their line had included Senators, Pastors, and Wall Street wizards. Now they decided […]

Digging Deeper – May 8, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 8 “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philippians 4:10-11 ESV […]

Digging Deeper – May 7, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 7 “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content… I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11-12 ESV   SECRETS OF CONTENTMENT: LIFE LESSONS At a nursing home in Florida a resident group was discussing ailments.  “My arms are so weak I […]

Digging Deeper – May 4, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 4 “and that by believing you may have life in His Name” John 20:31 ESV   BELIEVING THE TRUTH: LIFE A single guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So, he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. […]

Digging Deeper – May 3, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 3 “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” John 20:31 ESV   BELIEVING THE TRUTH: BELIEVE WHO JESUS IS The Gospel of John will radically impact our understanding of Who Jesus is and our intimacy with Jesus will grow greater the more […]

Digging Deeper – May 2, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 “but these are written so that you may believe…” John 20:31 ESV   BELIEVING THE TRUTH: THE WRITINGS When poet and abolitionist Elizabeth Barrett became the wife of Robert Browning, her parents disowned her because they disapproved of the marriage. The daughter, however, wrote almost every week, telling them that she loved […]

Digging Deeper – May 1, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 1 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples.” John 20:30 ESV   BELIEVING THE TRUTH: WITNESSES The scene was San Diego Superior Court. Two men were on trial for armed robbery. An eyewitness took the stand, and the prosecutor moved carefully: “So, you say you were at the […]

Digging Deeper – April 30, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 30 “Now Jesus did many other signs” John 20:30 ESV   BELIEVING THE TRUTH: SIGNS At an intersection, the green light changes to yellow; At the theater, the house lights flash; At a railroad crossing, the red lights begin to flash; In a small town the tornado siren screams; On the football field, […]

Digging Deeper – April 27, 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 “He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” and he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” […]

Digging Deeper – April 26, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” John 21:15 ESV   FACING THE TRUTH: WHERE ARE WE NOW? One day a boy and his father were […]

Digging Deeper – April 25, 2018

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 “When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place” John 21:9 ESV   FACING THE TRUTH: WHERE IT WENT WRONG Everyone knows the highlight of any good camping trip is the campfire. As a man the challenge of starting a good fire and bragging about how big and […]

Digging Deeper – April 24, 2018

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 “After this Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and He revealed Himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going […]

Digging Deeper – April 23, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 23 “That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.” John 21:7 ESV   FACING THE TRUTH: A DESIRE FOR RESTORATION A […]

Digging Deeper – April 20, 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 “The Lord said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind Him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So […]

Digging Deeper – April 19, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 “Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:26, 28 ESV   DOUBTING THE TRUTH: GOD’S PROCESS One day an employer was having an unusually bad day at the office. As a result, he yelled at one of his […]

Digging Deeper – April 18, 2018

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’” John 20:27 ESV   DOUBTING THE TRUTH: GOD’S PROOF The late Dr. Billy Graham once preached, “Can you see God? You haven’t seen […]

Digging Deeper – April 17, 2018

TUESDAY, APRIL 17 “Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” John 20:26 ESV   DOUBTING THE TRUTH: GOD’S PRESENCE A husband and his wife arose one Sunday morning and the wife dressed […]

Digging Deeper – April 16, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 16 “Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But He said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the […]

Digging Deeper – April 13, 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” John 20:23 ESV   EQUIPPED WITH THE TRUTH: PARDON Jeff Foran lived in Foreman, Arkansas. Apparently Mr. Foran, aged 38, was very drunk one night and went out for a drive. As […]

Digging Deeper – April 12, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 “And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” John 20:22 ESV   EQUIPPED WITH THE TRUTH: POWER Many of us grew up with the TV series Incredible Hulk and the infamous words, “Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m […]

Digging Deeper – April 11, 2018

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 “As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you.” John 20:21 ESV   EQUIPPED WITH THE TRUTH: PURPOSE Bill Bright was the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. During an interview with Crosswalk he was asked to describe a memorable moment of sharing the gospel. Bright said, “I remember […]

Digging Deeper – April 10, 2018

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 “Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’…Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.’” John 20:19, 21 ESV   EQUIPPED WITH THE TRUTH: PEACE A horse sits down in a movie theater and the woman next to him asks, “Excuse me… are you a […]

Digging Deeper – April 9, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 9 “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them…Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” John 20:19-20 ESV   EQUIPPED WITH THE TRUTH: PRESENCE A young couple […]

Digging Deeper – April 6, 2018

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” They cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” John 19:14-15 ESV   FREED BY THE TRUTH: THE REBELLION Some of you will […]

Digging Deeper – April 5, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. John 19:14 ESV   FREED BY THE TRUTH: HIS INNOCENCE A husband and wife were preparing to have breakfast when the wife asked, “Why do I always have to make the coffee?” The husband answered, “Because […]

Digging Deeper – April 4, 2018

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.” John 19:5-6 ESV   FREED BY THE TRUTH: HIS INNOCENCE Craig Coley […]

Digging Deeper – April 3, 2018

TUESDAY, APRIL 3 “But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.” John 18:39-40 ESV   FREED BY THE TRUTH: […]

Digging Deeper – April 2, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 2 “But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.” John 18:39-40 ESV   FREED BY THE TRUTH: […]

Digging Deeper – March 30, 2018

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 “From then on Pilate sought to release Him,…So he delivered Him over to them to be crucified.” John 19:12, 16 ESV   WRESTLING WITH THE TRUTH: INDECISION Making decisions in the dark can lead to some regrettable consequences. Back in the days before electricity, a tightfisted old farmer was giving his hired […]

Digging Deeper – March 29, 2018

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” John 18:37-38 ESV   WRESTLING WITH THE TRUTH: IS THIS RELATIVE? Walter Truett Anderson […]

Digging Deeper – March 28, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 “Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But My kingdom is not from the world.’ Then Pilate said to Him, ‘So you are a King?’” John 18:36-37 […]

Digging Deeper – March 27, 2018

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 “So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to Him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about Me?’” John 18:33-34 ESV   WRESTLING WITH THE TRUTH: REPUTATION John Wooden was one […]

Digging Deeper – March 26, 2018

MONDAY, MARCH 26 “Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, ‘What accusation do you bring against this […]

Digging Deeper – March 23, 2018

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 “But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will […]

Digging Deeper – March 22, 2018

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 “And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, ‘So, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” MATTHEW 26:40-41 ESV   RUNNING FROM THE TRUTH: […]

Digging Deeper – March 21, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 “Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself… Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, ‘You also are not one of His disciples, are […]

Digging Deeper – March 20, 2018

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 “The servant girl at the door said to Peter, ‘You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not.’” JOHN 18:17 ESV   RUNNING FROM THE TRUTH: BULLIES Calvin of the Calvin and Hobbs cartoon fame gets dressed in his special clothes for school. He goes […]

Digging Deeper – March 19, 2018

MONDAY, MARCH 19 “Peter answered Him, “Though they all fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I must die with You, I will not deny […]

Digging Deeper – March 16, 2018

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 “Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given Me?’” John 18:10-11 (ESV)   […]

Digging Deeper – March 15, 2018

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 “Jesus answered, ‘I told you that I Am He. So, if you seek Me, let these men go.’ This was to fulfill the word that He had spoken: ‘Of those whom you gave Me I have lost not one.’” John 18:8-9 (ESV)   CLOSE TO THE TRUTH: HIS PROPHECY A man pulled […]

Digging Deeper – March 14, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 “While He was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss Him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:47-48 (ESV)   CLOSE TO THE […]

Digging Deeper – March 13, 2018

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 “Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I Am He.” Judas, who betrayed Him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I Am He,” they drew back and […]

Digging Deeper – March 12, 2018

MONDAY, MARCH 12 “Now Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place,  for Jesus often met there with His disciples.” John 18:2 (ESV)   CLOSE TO THE TRUTH: HIS PRESENCE Some of us are old enough to remember the original “Little Rascals” television show. The show centered on the adventures of 7 little boys who […]

Digging Deeper – March 9, 2018

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 “And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.’  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” Mark 9:23-24 (ESV)   MY UNANSWERED PRAYERS: WHEN GOD SAYS “BELIEVE” A little boy approached a rough holy man near the […]

Digging Deeper – March 8, 2018

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in You, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 (ESV)   MY UNANSWERED PRAYERS: WHEN GOD SAYS “GO” The recent Winter Olympics was a reminder that many of us watch figure skating for the same reason that […]

Digging Deeper – March 7, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7   “But when Jesus heard it He said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:4 (ESV)   MY UNANSWERED PRAYERS: WHEN GOD SAYS “GROW” A little girl turned to her mother after […]

Digging Deeper – March 6, 2018

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ John 11:6-7 (ESV)   MY UNANSWERED PRAYERS: WHEN GOD SAYS […]

Digging Deeper – March 5, 2018

MONDAY, MARCH 5 “And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.’” Mark 14:35-36 ESV   […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 21

Day 21 – The Prayer God Always Answers “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” – […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 20

Day 20 – When God says “Not Ready” For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 19

Day 19 – When God says “Not Now” About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 18

Day 18 – When God says “No” Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (ESV) There will be times when God will answer “No” to […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 17

Day 17 – When God says “Yes” You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. – 2 Corinthians 1:11 (ESV) Now that we’ve finished praying through Jesus’ model prayer, let’s focus in these last five days on […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 16

Day 16 – Pray for protection for others “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” – Matthew 6:13 (ESV) (Part 2) Notice that Jesus says, “lead us not” and “deliver us.” Not only should we pray for our own spiritual strength and protection, we should pray that God would protect and […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 15

Day 15 – Pray for protection from temptation “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” – Matthew 6:13 (ESV) (Part 1) First, let’s understand what is not being said here in this part of the prayer. James 1:13 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 14

Day 14 – Pray for those who have hurt me “as we have also forgiven our debtors” – Matthew 6:12b (ESV) Maintaining our fellowship with God will often require that we seek reconciliation with others. When we ignore conflict with others, bitterness can easily take root in our hearts. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus said, “So […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 13

Day 13 – Pray for forgiveness “forgive us our debts” – Matthew 6:12a (ESV) “Debts” means “sins” here in this part of Jesus’ model prayer. The forgiveness that Jesus speaks of here is “family forgiveness,” not judicial forgiveness. We must be careful to distinguish between our legal standing before God as our judge and our […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 12

Day 12 – Pray for the needs of others “Give us this day our daily bread” – Matthew 6:11 (ESV) (Part 2) Not only should we pray that God would give us what we need for survival and a full life, we should also pray this for others as well. The Apostle Paul said, “I […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 11

Day 11 – Pray for your personal needs “Give us this day our daily bread” – Matthew 6:11 (ESV) (Part 1) In Exodus 16, the children of Israel depended on God daily to provide manna from heaven to eat in the desert where no food could be grown. God gave them manna to sustain them […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 10

Day 10 – Pray Unselfishly “Our…us” – Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV) When we were kids, almost all the petitions we made to our parents were selfish. At the store, when we saw something we wanted, we would throw a tantrum right in the middle of the store if we didn’t get our way. Who could blame […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 9

Day 9 – Pray to Obey His Will “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – Matthew 6:10b (ESV) (Part 2) In one way, God’s will is always done here on earth. In Ephesians 1:11, Paul says that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Psalm 115:3 […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 8

Day 8 – Pray for Jesus’ Return “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – Matthew 6:10b (ESV) (Part 1) The prayer, “Your kingdom come” is connected to this next part of the model prayer – “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” As you read yesterday, […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 7

Day 7 – Pray for those around me “Your kingdom come” – Matthew 6:10a (ESV) (Part 2) Not only should we pray corporately for God to work through our church, we should also pray specifically for those in our own personal mission field. God has planted us where live, work and play for a reason. […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 6

Day 6 – Pray for the Work of the Church “Your kingdom come” – Matthew 6:10 (ESV) (Part 1) To understand how to pray this prayer, we need to understand the nature of God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom means God’s rule. When we pray for God’s kingdom to come into our world, we are praying that […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 5

Day 5 – Put my “Yes” on the Table “hallowed be your name” – Matthew 6:9b (ESV) To “hallow” God’s name means that we honor, revere or give God the obedience and glory He deserves. God’s “name” means God himself, especially in terms of his revealed character. Hallowing God’s name doesn’t mean that God’s name […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 4

Day 4 – Pray to my Father “Our Father in heaven” – Matthew 6:9a (ESV) Understanding the nature of the God we are praying to affects how we pray and what we pray. Jesus thought it was so important that He told us to begin our prayers by addressing God as “our Father in heaven.” […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 3

Day 3 – Express, Not Impress “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – Matthew 6:6-8 (ESV) When we get […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 2

Day 2 – Get Alone with God “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6 (ESV) Jesus took time to make sure His disciples had a solid framework for […]

21 Days of Prayer – Day 1

Day 1 – Start with my Heart “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” – Matthew 6:5 (ESV) Jesus […]

Digging Deeper – February 9, 2018

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so […]

Digging Deeper – February 8, 2018

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He […]

Digging Deeper – February 7, 2018

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He sent out His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man” Psalm 107:19-21 ESV   […]

Digging Deeper – February 6, 2018

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 “struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:9 ESV   WHEN SICKNESS HAPPENS: DOWN BUT NOT OUT Years ago, singer Bob Carlisle wrote a song about a man who walked passed a monastery every day on his way to and from work. The man often wondered what it would be like to […]

Digging Deeper – February 5, 2018

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5 “struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:9 ESV   WHEN SICKNESS HAPPENS: STRUCK DOWN A woman took her husband to the doctor’s office for a checkup. After his checkup the doctor said, “Your husband is suffering from a very serious illness.” The husband was hard of hearing and said, “What did […]

Digging Deeper – February 2, 2018

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 “and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name.” Acts 5: 40-41   WHEN PERSECUTION […]

Digging Deeper – February 1, 2018

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 “Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to Him, “Are you the One who is to come, or shall we look for another? And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive […]

Digging Deeper – January 31, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31 ““Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they […]

Digging Deeper – January 30, 2018

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 “persecuted, but not forsaken;” 2 Corinthians 4:9 ESV   WHEN PERSECUTION HAPPENS: BE ASSURED One evening a woman was driving home when she noticed a huge truck behind her that was driving uncomfortably close. She stepped on the gas to gain some distance from the truck, but when she sped up the […]

Digging Deeper – January 29, 2018

MONDAY, JANUARY 29 “persecuted, but not forsaken;” 2 Corinthians 4:9 ESV   WHEN PERSECUTION HAPPENS: BE READY A Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort – one that did not admit Jews. The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, “Sorry, no room. […]

Digging Deeper – January 26, 2018

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward […]

Digging Deeper – January 25, 2018

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 “perplexed, but not driven to despair;” 2 Corinthians 4:8 ESV   WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN: STAY HOPEFUL “Perplexed but not driven to despair,” is a play on words in the Greek language and means literally, “at a loss, but never totally at a loss.” The Christian will face many unanswered questions and […]

Digging Deeper – January 24, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 “perplexed, but not driven to despair;” 2 Corinthians 4:8 ESV   WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN: STAY USABLE Joni Earekson Tada was left a quadriplegic at the age of 17 after a diving accident. Joni later wrote, “While lunching at a friend’s house, I had to borrow a spoon and have her bend […]

Digging Deeper – January 23, 2018

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV   WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN: STAY HUMBLE In virtually every episode of “Antique Roadshow,” someone discovers an item they picked up for just a few dollars […]

Digging Deeper – January 22, 2018

MONDAY, JANUARY 22 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;” 2 Corinthians 4:7-8 ESV   WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN: STAY HAPPY On January 9th, 2007, […]

Digging Deeper – January 19, 2018

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 2 Corinthians 4: 8-10 ESV   […]

Digging Deeper – January 18, 2018

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV   WHEN LIFE HAPPENS: DON’T SETTLE A woman found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest of a backyard hen. The eaglet hatched with […]

Digging Deeper – January 17, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways.” 2 Corinthians 4:2 ESV   WHEN LIFE HAPPENS: DON’T GO BACK Professor George Palmer of Harvard once told the story of a boy lying in bed until very late in the morning. His mother called to him and asked, “Aren’t you ashamed to be lying […]

Digging Deeper – January 16, 2018

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16  “we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1 ESV WHEN LIFE HAPPENS: DON’T GIVE UP If you are a fan of Georgia sports, we have been on the wrong side of teams not giving up in recent years. In the College Football Championship, Alabama did not give up when they were down […]

Digging Deeper – January 15, 2018

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1 ESV   WHEN LIFE HAPPENS: HELP OTHERS An airplane engine caught on fire. The pilot said, “Don’t worry we can fly with three engines.” Then 2nd engine caught on fire. The pilot then said, “It’s […]

Digging Deeper – January 12, 2018

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 “And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians…So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea.” Acts 11:26,29 ESV BUMPER STICKERS Late one night, Nelda David was returning from Tyler, Texas to Dallas. She began to have car trouble and started […]

Digging Deeper – January 11, 2018

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 “When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” Acts 11:23-24 ESV A LITTLE PUSH A wealthy businessman hosted a spectacular […]

Digging Deeper – January 10, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 “The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.” Acts 11:22 ESV ENCOURAGERS As the Lone Ranger and Tonto were riding along towards the north, they spotted a war party of about 50 Apaches coming at them. They turned south, but another […]

Digging Deeper – January 9, 2018

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 “And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.” Acts 11:21 ESV GOD’S HAND Pastor James Harnish told of a conversation he had with one of his friends who was a computer analyst. The friend said, “We’re having a conversion at our […]

Digging Deeper – January 8, 2018

MONDAY, JANUARY 8 “Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews.” Acts 11:19 ESV SCATTERED Nathaniel Hawthorne is listed as one of the great names in American Literature. This probably wouldn’t have been […]

Digging Deeper – January 5, 2018

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 “He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’” John 21:15 ESV FRESH STARTS: FEEDING A guy is caught by a ranger eating a Bald Eagle and is consequently put in jail for the crime. On the day of his trial, the conversation went something like this: Judge: “Do you know that eating a […]

Digging Deeper – January 4, 2018

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’” John 21:15 ESV FRESH STARTS: LOVING Billy Bob goes to a diner for breakfast, buys a coffee a sits […]

Digging Deeper – January 3, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 “So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.” John 21:6 ESV FRESH STARTS: DOING Old Pete had a knack for catching fish. Every weekend Old Pete went fishing and returned with dozens of fish. Nobody knew how he did it. […]

Digging Deeper – January 2, 2018

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2 “ He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’” John 21:3 ESV FRESH STARTS: LISTENING Nicky Gumbel, in his book Questions of Life, compares prayer to a visit to the doctor. He writes, “Suppose I go to the doctor and say, […]

Digging Deeper – January 1, 2018

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 “After this Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and He revealed Himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going […]

Digging Deeper – December 29, 2017

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 “Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah […]

Digging Deeper – December 28, 2017

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His Name in serving the saints, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10 ESV GOD’S PROMISE TO SEE A mom and dad had a son who was a freshman in college. He wasted his […]

Digging Deeper – December 27, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27 “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2 ESV GOD’S LITTLE PROMISES A group of men were […]

Digging Deeper – December 26, 2017

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 ESV GOD’S PROMISE TO BE PRESENT Pastor Clifford S. Stewart of Louisville, Kentucky, sent his parents a microwave oven one Christmas. Here’s how he recalls the […]

Digging Deeper – December 25, 2017

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 ESV GOD’S GREATEST PROMISE Pastor Ron Dunn took his young son to a carnival […]

Digging Deeper – December 22, 2017

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52 ESV   THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: MATURING A six-year-old boy had been having trouble with bed wetting. The boy came to church with his mother. He had never been inside a church before. She explained […]

Digging Deeper – December 21, 2017

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 “And He said to them, ‘Why were you looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?’” Luke 2:49 ESV   THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: A PRIORITY It was just a few days before Christmas. Two men who were next-door neighbors decided to go sailing while […]

Digging Deeper – December 20, 2017 (corrected)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 “After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.” Luke 2:46-47 ESV   THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: DISCIPLESHIP   A chauffeur had driven the chemistry professor to dozens […]

Digging Deeper – December 20, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 “After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.” Luke 2:46-47 ESV   THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: SEARCHING Walt Disney World has branded itself as the “Happiest Place […]

Digging Deeper – December 19, 2017

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 “And when His parents saw Him, they were astonished. And His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, Your father and I have been searching for You in great distress.’” Luke 2:48 ESV   THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: SEARCHING Walt Disney World has branded itself as the […]

Digging Deeper – December 18, 2017

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 “Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.” Luke 2:41-42 ESV   THE MISSION OF CHRISTMAS: A PROMISE A young man walked into a photography studio with a picture of his girlfriend. He […]

Digging Deeper – December 15, 2017

  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:20 ESV   PRAISE THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS One day two acquaintances were walking down the street, one of them a Christian and the other a skeptic. The skeptic […]

Digging Deeper – December 14, 2017

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 ESV   PONDER THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS Country music star Travis Tritt spent many years playing out-of-the-way beer joints before he made it big in the music industry. He reports that many of the bars were dangerous places, […]

Digging Deeper – December 13, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 “And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.” Luke 2:16-17 ESV   PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE Babies don’t talk, but they make noises, they cry and […]

Digging Deeper – December 12, 2017

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!’” Luke 2:13-14 ESV   PEACE IS THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS A little boy and a little girl were singing […]

Digging Deeper – December 11, 2017

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’” Luke 2:10 ESV PERSONALIZE THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS In many of our homes, one of the joys of Christmas is seeing all of the gifts neatly stacked […]

Digging Deeper – December 8, 2017

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 ESV THE MIRACLE OF OVERSHADOWING Employers at a Detroit business office found they were having a difficult time getting the job done so they posted the following notice on the employee bulletin board: “The management regrets that it has come to their attention […]

Digging Deeper – December 7, 2017

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 “And Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be, since I am a virgin?’ And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.’” Luke 1:34-35 […]

Digging Deeper – December 6, 2017

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 “and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:33 ESV THE MIRACLE OF FOREVER Bob died and went to the gates of Heaven. St. Peter greeted him, “Hey Bob, it is nice to see you hear. Hold on a minute […]

Digging Deeper – December 5, 2017

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David,” Luke 1:32 ESV THE MIRACLE OF GOD BECOMING MAN A grandfather was visiting his grandson one Christmas when he walked into the family room […]

Digging Deeper – December 4, 2017

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.’” Luke 1:30 ESV THE MIRACLE OF FAVOR A Baltimore congregation found the answer to its financial troubles on a church wall. And it had been “hiding” there for more than 25 years! Someone finally […]

Digging Deeper – December 1, 2017

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 “So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.” 2 Chronicles 20:25 ESV OUR PRAISED […]

Digging Deeper – November 30, 2017

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 “And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.”  2 Chronicles 20:22 ESV THE POWER OF PRAISE In the latest series of superhero movies, the Avengers or the Justice […]

Digging Deeper – November 29, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29  “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.’” 2 Chronicles 20:21 ESV PRAISE WINS Trying to win […]

Digging Deeper – November 28, 2017

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 “Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.  Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” 2 Chronicles 20:18-19 ESV THE […]

Digging Deeper – November 27, 2017

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 “For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12 ESV THE PROBLEM WITH PRAISE A patient was waiting nervously in the examination room of a famous specialist. “So who did you see […]

Digging Deeper – November 24, 2017

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.” 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 ESV JOYFUL EXPECTATION Last week in honor of Veterans Day, ESPN put together a montage of soldiers returning home. In […]

Digging Deeper – November 23, 2017

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 “For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind” 1 Thessalonians 2:14-15 ESV THE STRUGGLE IS REAL An Army Chaplain had a sign on his […]

Digging Deeper – November 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 “For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.” 1 Thessalonians 2:14 ESV MODEL CHURCHES A husband came down to breakfast and was delighted to hear his wife say, “Darling you are a model husband.” Now he was so flattered by the remark that […]

Digging Deeper – November 21, 2017

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 “that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV WHERE TO TAP A small factory had to be shut down because their most important piece […]

Digging Deeper – November 20, 2017

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 “And we also thank God constantly for this..” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Some Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving: Be thankful for automatic dishwashers. They make it possible to get out of the kitchen before the family comes in for their after-dinner snacks. Be thankful for husbands who […]

Digging Deeper – November 17, 2017

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 ESV CHASING PEACE: YOUR FUTURE “I have a mountain of credit card debt”, one man told another. “I have lost my job. My car is being repossessed and […]

Digging Deeper – November 16, 2017

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 “For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:32-33 ESV CHASING PEACE: YOUR PORTFOLIO George and John were lifelong friends and had […]

Digging Deeper – November 15, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive […]

Digging Deeper – November 14, 2017

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 “Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 ESV CHASING PEACE: YOUR NET WORTH Said […]

Digging Deeper – November 13, 2017

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” Matthew 6:25 ESV CHASING PEACE: YOUR LIFE There are plenty of people who will give you free advice about your worries. They will […]

Digging Deeper – November 10, 2017

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24 ESV CHASING MORE: CATS AND DOGS Someone once explained the difference between dogs and cats […]

Digging Deeper – November 9, 2017

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Matthew 6: 22-23 […]

Digging Deeper – November 8, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 ESV CHASING MORE: HEART OF THE CHASE David Livingstone was a Scottish explorer, medical missionary and strong advocate to end the slave trade in West Africa. Livingstone was buried in England where he was born, but his heart was […]

Digging Deeper – November 7, 2017

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 “where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,” Matthew 6:19 ESV CHASING MORE: SECURITY BREACH In Colorado Springs a guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all the cash from the register. After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber […]

Digging Deeper – November 6, 2017

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19 ESV CHASING MORE: HOARDING As little […]

Digging Deeper – November 3, 2017

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:7-8 ESV APPROVED PRAYERS In the middle of a […]

Digging Deeper – November 2, 2017

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 “And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:4 ESV CHASING REWARDS Years ago Tim Tebow was interviewed by ESPN about his legacy and said, “One day, people are going to forget about the Heisman Trophy, the jump pass and the national championship. One day, this ring is going […]

Digging Deeper – November 1, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 “And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:4 ESV SECRET APPROVAL Four preachers met for a friendly gathering. During the conversation one preacher said, “Our people come to us and pour out their hearts, confess certain sins and needs. Let’s do the same. Confession is good for the […]

Digging Deeper – October 31, 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left […]

Digging Deeper – October 30, 2017

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1 ESV CHASING APPROVAL A conscientious wife tried hard to please her critical husband, but failed regularly. Jack was especially disagreeable at […]

Digging Deeper – October 27, 2017

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13 ESV RUNNING WITH SIN David Posman was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, after allegedly knocking out an armored car driver and stealing […]

Digging Deeper – October 26, 2017

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9 ESV SATISFIED IN GOD There is an old fable about a dog that boasted of his ability as a runner. One day he chased a rabbit and failed to catch it. The other dogs ridiculed […]

Digging Deeper – October 25, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32 ESV GOD KNOWS Federal Express, a speedy postal delivery company, once ran […]

Digging Deeper – October 24, 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 “Therefore do not be anxious…” Matthew 6:31 ESV BULLETPROOF Bob Vernon, a 37 year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department talked about this in his book: L.A. Justice, “Our department tried to demonstrate to rookie officers the value of their bulletproof vests by placing them on mannequins and then shooting round […]

Digging Deeper – October 23, 2017

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 “Beware of practicing..” Matthew 6:1 ESV THE CHASE The recent fires in northern California have been incredibly destructive. They have burned over 200,000 acres and done billions of dollars in damage. Over 11,000 firefighters have bravely tried to protect life and property as best they can. The Governor of California recently said, […]

Digging Deeper – October 20, 2017

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have […]

Digging Deeper – October 19, 2017

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 “But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” John 17:13 ESV REMEMBER JOYFULLY In John 17:13 Jesus said, “These things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy.” Jesus is saying that if […]

Digging Deeper – October 18, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 “And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3 ESV REMEMBER RELATIONALLY A man was honored by receiving an honorary doctorate at a major university. When he was introduced to the audience, the announcer said, “A very great man, […]

Digging Deeper – October 17, 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 “since you have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him” John 17:2 ESV REMEMBER ETERNITY Dr. Horatius Bonar, as he drew the curtains at night and retired to rest, used to repeat to himself the words, as if in prayer, and certainly […]

Digging Deeper – October 16, 2017

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 “When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,” John 17:1 ESV REMEMBER GOD’S TIMING For the volunteers that are assigned to the Amazon Jungle, there is a section in the United […]

Digging Deeper – October 13, 2017

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 “and no one will take your joy from you.” John 16:22 ESV ENJOY WHAT’S PERMANENT A minister and a Congressman arrived at the Pearly Gates at the same time. Saint Peter greeted both of them and assigned them to their quarters. Peter said, “Pastor, here are the keys to one of our […]

Digging Deeper – October 12, 2017

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,” John 16:22 ESV ENJOY THE PROMISE A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out. A Christian Scientist came along and said: “You only think that you are in a pit”. A Pharisee […]

Digging Deeper – October 11, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers […]

Digging Deeper – October 10, 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see Me, and again a little while and you will see Me’?” John 16:19 ESV ENJOY THE PERSPECTIVE Formula One […]

Digging Deeper – October 9, 2017

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.” John 16:20 ESV ENJOY THE PROCESS The great theologians Frankie Beverly and Maze sang these words: Over and over you can be sure There will […]

Digging Deeper – October 6, 2017

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the […]

Digging Deeper – October 5, 2017

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 “concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” John 16:11 ESV DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT WITH URGENCY Years ago I(Larry) moved into a beautiful new neighborhood in the heart of the city. I had just signed a one year contract on a new townhouse and hired a painter to paint […]

Digging Deeper – October 4, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 “concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no longer” John 16:10 ESV DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT TO MAKE YOU RIGHT The Holy Spirit not only helps us see our sinfulness but He also helps us see our need for righteousness. A goldsmith will keep the gold […]

Digging Deeper – October 3, 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 “And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;” John 16:8-9 ESV DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT TO HELP YOU BELIEVE Pastor Adrian Rodgers once described a missionary who went to the mission field. He said when she […]

Digging Deeper – October 2, 2017

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7 ESV WIN THE DAY: DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT A children’s catechism […]

Digging Deeper – September 29, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 “But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.” John 16:4 ESV GOD TELLS US WHAT WE NEED TO REMEMBER Gary Ingrid, who has written extensively on friendship, tells the tale of some parents on the East coast who […]

Digging Deeper – September 28, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.” John 16:1 ESV GOD TALKS TO RESCUE US A cable television provider commercial featured two men, Paul and Randy, jogging. Paul was watching a major sports channel on his smart phone while running. They exchanged greetings followed by […]

Digging Deeper – September 27, 2017

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 “and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit” John 15:16 ESV GOD USES US AS FRIENDS The movie “Dunkirk” was a big summer hit. Author Doug Banister described the events of the Battle of Dunkirk this way: “The Spring of 1940 found Hitler’s panzer divisions mopping up French troops and […]

Digging Deeper – September 26, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” John 15:16 ESV GOD CHOSE TO BE OUR FRIEND Have you had the awkward experience of looking a friend up on Facebook only to realize they have unfriended you? Once upon a time when people decided not to be friends, they might argue, […]

Digging Deeper – September 25, 2017

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 ESV GOD TALKS TO US LIKE FRIENDS Many of us remember […]

Digging Deeper – September 22, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV WE WIN WHEN LOVE HAS NO LIMITS During the reign of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), there was a shortage of currency in the British Empire. Representatives carefully searched the nation in hopes of finding […]

Digging Deeper – September 21, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV WE WIN WHEN LOVE IS GREAT Sharon Jaynes told this story in her book Celebrating a Christ-centered Christmas. An African boy listened carefully as his teacher explained why Christians give presents to each […]

Digging Deeper – September 20, 2017

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 “… love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12 ESV WE WIN WHEN LOVE IS AN IMITATION A man received a phone call from a United Way fundraising representative. The representative said “You know, in this small town, everybody contributes to the United Way except you. May I ask why […]

Digging Deeper – September 19, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12 ESV WE WIN WHEN LOVE ISN’T AN OPTION In John 15:12, Jesus gives to His disciples for the second time on the same evening the command to love one another. He will say it again in […]

Digging Deeper – September 18, 2017

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13 ESV LOVE WINS WHEN IT’S APPRECIATION During his days as president, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling […]

Digging Deeper – September 15, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”  John 15:11 ESV ABIDING IS ENJOYING A little boy sat patiently as he watched his pastor build a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine. The pastor hammered away and the […]

Digging Deeper – September 14, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:9-10 ESV ABIDING IS LOVING A woman’s husband had been slipping in […]

Digging Deeper – September 13, 2017

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 ESV ABIDING IS ASKING At a church in Kentucky, a little boy got a little too rambunctious during the worship service. His father picked the boy up and […]

Digging Deeper – September 12, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2 ESV ABIDING IS PRUNING An old mountain man came to visit a friend who had moved into the city. The mountain man had […]

Digging Deeper – September 11, 2017

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, […]

Digging Deeper – September 8, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 “So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons…So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.” 2 SAMUEL 9:11, 13 ESV GOD IS KIND: WHEN HE ADOPTS US Author Keith Miller tells of a 40-year-old woman […]

Digging Deeper – September 7, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 “And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan” 2 Samuel 9:7 ESV GOD IS KIND: WHEN WE ARE AFRAID A salesman, driving on a lonely country road one dark and rainy night, had a flat tire. He opened the […]

Digging Deeper – September 6, 2017

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 “And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 2 Samuel 9:4 ESV GOD IS KIND: WHEN WE FEEL ALONE Did you hear about the lonely frog who went to see a fortune-teller? The lonely frog was told not to worry. The […]

Digging Deeper – September 5, 2017

  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 “The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 2 Samuel 9:4,5 ESV GOD IS […]

Digging Deeper – September 4, 2017

  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 “And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.”….  And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, […]

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