When Words Fail

Romans 8:26–27 Beads of perspiration form on your brow, your heart flutters, your mind swims. An endless loop replays in your head: the scathing, screaming argument with your mother; the prognosis from the doctor; a schedule so full you can’t calm your thoughts enough to fall asleep at night. You’ve probably been there at some point in your life: You rush before God like an eager child bursting into a room full of toys only to find that you Continue Reading

Light Keepers

John 1:1–18 Gurnet Point Light in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is distinct from any other lighthouse in the United States: It is associated with Hannah Thomas, the first female lighthouse keeper in America. When Hannah’s husband went off to fight in the War for Independence, Hannah remained behind to keep the great lamp burning to guide ships out at sea. In spiritual terms, women have been keepers of the light for centuries: Agnes of Rome was Continue Reading

The God of Second Chances

August 26, 2013 The God of Second Chances Sharon Jaynes Today's Truth "For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found' so they began to celebrate," (Luke 15:24 NIV). Friend to Friend Perhaps one of the most memorable and heart touching stories of grace and forgiveness is recorded in Luke chapter fifteen. It's what we've come to know as the story of the Prodigal Son. This young man demanded his inheritance Continue Reading

I want to know God

August 22, 2013 I Want to Know God Mary Southerland Today's Truth I want to know Christ (Philippians 3:10, NIV). Friend to Friend When our family moved from Florida to North Carolina, we were all very excited about the move – well, most of us were excited. Our sixteen-year-old daughter, Danna, was leaving behind some very special friends and making the first major move of her life. When I asked what her greatest fear about moving was, Continue Reading

No Age Barrier

Luke 2:36–38 By anyone’s definition, Anna was old. Married for only 7 years, a widow until age 84, Anna had witnessed the passing of decade after decade. Her world was not a large one, as she was consigned to living in the temple and devoted herself to fasting and prayer; she mostly worshiped and waited. The years of waiting were finally over when she spotted him: the precious infant lying in the young mother’s arms. Angels had announced this Continue Reading

Something Wonderful

Mark 3:13–19 “Who me, Lord?” “Yes, you. I’m calling you.” “But what you’re asking of me is too difficult. I don’t have the skills or the training. I can’t possibly succeed at this!” Does this conversation sound familiar? Many of us know the experience of being asked to take on a task that seems much too demanding for us. We’re afraid of failure. We make excuses. But by doing so, we may miss the joy of being part of something Continue Reading

The Everlasting God

August 9, 2013 The Everlasting God Gwen Smith Today's Truth The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27a). Friend to Friend My curiosity begs to understand life. My mind longs for logic. I am not overly fond of ungraspable concepts. When I was a child I asked a million questions. Why is the sky blue? Are angels all men? Why do bad things happen? Why can't we send my brussel sprouts to the Continue Reading

The perfect storm

August 8, 2013 The Perfect Storm Mary Southerland Today's Truth Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble (Jeremiah 16:19, NIV). Friend to Friend The comfort of God is faithful and strong - even during the fiercest storms of life. I enjoy movies that have a happy ending. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why Continue Reading

You are God’s Beautiful Masterpiece

August 7, 2013 You are God's Beautiful Masterpiece Sharon Jaynes Today's Truth I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14, NIV). Friend to Friend I was sitting in a crowded restaurant with my family when she walked by in her full-length white satin dress delicately trimmed in lace and studded with tiny "jewels," crinoline that swished as she moved across the room, a rhinestone tiara upon her head, and pearl Continue Reading

Let peace rule

August 6, 2013 Let Peace Rule Mary Southerland Today's Truth Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15a, NIV). Friend to Friend Peace seems to be on everyone's mind, which is nothing new. It seems to me that we have been chasing peace since time began. We want a peaceful world, a peaceful home, and a peaceful workplace – a peaceful life. I know people who would give everything they have for a few minutes of peace. Peace Continue Reading