Living Face to Face

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. (1 Thessalonians 3:12, New Living Translation) We often hear of couples who say they’ve just grown apart, and therefore, find little in common with one another anymore. More than likely, whatContinue reading “Living Face to Face”

Choose To Listen

A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself. (Proverbs 18:2, AMPC) Life today is filled with so many choices that, sometimes, we find it overwhelming.  The challenge of choice is to choose the path that leads to our desired destination or result. Christ came to earth to live,Continue reading “Choose To Listen”

Fruit That’s Always in Season

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT) It’s finally autumn. That’s a big deal for Arizona. With our scorching, hot summers, fall and winter are the seasons we look forward to the most. Although relatively warm compared to otherContinue reading “Fruit That’s Always in Season”

Fullness of Joy

… And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10, AMPC) I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. (John 15:11, AMPC) The verse in Nehemiah quoted above tells us thatContinue reading “Fullness of Joy”

Fear is a Thief

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (2 Timothy 1:7,AMP) The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress,Continue reading “Fear is a Thief”

Grace Received

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.Continue reading “Grace Received”

Givers Need Takers

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, NKJV) The other day I was thinking about the whole concept of giving and taking. I thought it was interesting how we tend to criticize takers, but theContinue reading “Givers Need Takers”

Forgiveness Is a Choice

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) Through decades of life and experience, I have had many opportunities to be forgiven and to face the challenge of forgiving others. It still amazes me when talking to people about the need to forgive and move on,Continue reading “Forgiveness Is a Choice”

Would You Marry You?

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.(Genesis 2:24, NKJV) We do a lot of marriage coaching as well as premarital coaching. What’s nice about premarital coaching is that we can, many times, catch some issues before the wedding that mightContinue reading “Would You Marry You?”

Every Day Choices: Speaking Life to Your Mate

Death and life are in power of the tongue, and they who indulge it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life] (Proverbs 18:21 Amplified Bible). One our favorite activities on Sunday morning, besides going to church, is to watch the episode of CBS Sunday Morning we record on our DVR. After arrivingContinue reading “Every Day Choices: Speaking Life to Your Mate”