James 3:7-12 (NASB) asks the questions, “Does a spring send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” “Can a fig tree…bear olives or a vine bear figs?” The answer to these obvious questions is “No!” When God makes an obvious point in His Word, we have to ask ourselves, “What is
Palm Sunday. It’s a joyous day. We go to Sunday school and church, listen to a cantata of hosannas, and often leave with sprigs of palm leaves. Sometimes our children come into the “big” church waving paper palm branches. Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. And without a doubt, it’s
Do you have a time in your home when you do family devotions and pray together? When my first three were little, we didn’t find this important, but thankfully God changed our hearts, and we sit down for family devotions at least five times a week now. Coming together to read God’s Word and pray
One Sunday we actually made it to church early, and an elderly saint asked how homeschooling was going. I admitted that some days we didn’t seem to accomplish a thing. “Did you read them the Bible?” she asked. “Yes.” “Then you did accomplish something.” The truth of her words resonated, strengthening with time. At
I am older than I used to be. Perhaps, you, too, are experiencing the same phenomenon. I hear it’s common. I’m only 46. I say “only” because, in my circle of acquaintances, I am quite the young one. My husband is the pastor of a small Midwestern church. I am surrounded by ladies who
I can get so busy making schedules, cleaning out school totes, and organizing books, that I forget to stop and dedicate my school year to the Lord. Whoops! Jesus First In my life, I am learning that what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 is true: if I seek first His Kingdom, then everything I
Several years ago, my husband and I were convicted of not spending enough time in God’s Word as a family. It wasn’t a vital part of our lives. We would have a Bible class during school, but it wasn’t a priority. It was just another subject that we studied as part of our curriculum.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” – Matthew 13:45-46 Six weeks ago, I found myself sitting in church feverishly taking notes as my pastor, Jeff Griffin, began preaching the first