Conntecting the Dots

You Matter–You and Your Unique Gifts Make a Difference

You matter, my friend. You might feel as though you have little to offer or don’t make a difference, but don’t believe that for a moment. You are unique. You are gifted. You are one-of-a-kind. And the Body of Christ, also called the family of God, needs you.

Think about it this way: Our physical bodies are creative masterpieces. We have teeny parts invisible to the naked eye—cells and neurons and DNA. We have major organs—the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. We have parts obvious to all—our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and limbs.

God created every part of our physical bodies to serve a specific purpose.

Imagine what life might look like if suddenly our ears or eyes quit working. Imagine the challenges we’d face if we suffered a brain trauma or spinal cord injury. Imagine the impact on our health is our kidneys or liver stopped functioning.

God created every part of us for a specific purpose, and every part is necessary for the body to function well. So it is with the Body of Christ. Every part, or person, plays a necessary role, and the Body’s well-being depends on it.

God equipped some people as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). He created some as exhorters to encourage others to lead victorious Christian lives. He made some to give generously from their time and resources, others to lead, some to lend a hand in practical ways, and others to show compassion (Romans 12:3-8).

you matter

We’re all uniquely gifted and not by accident.

Every member of Christ’s Body benefits when we discover, develop, and use our gifts. But the opposite is also true: the Body suffers when we fail to use them.

We might hesitate to exercise our gifts because we believe that we have nothing to contribute. We might fear failure or become overly concerned about what others think of us. We might fall into the comparison trap by looking with envy at others’ giftedness.

Let’s remember that Jesus is the Head of the Body and our role is to align ourselves with His purposes.

 

He wants every part of His Body to contribute to its growth and health. No matter what role we play, our participation is important and makes a difference.

Every member of Christ’s Body matters. You matter, friend. So together let’s joyfully do our part to keep His Body healthy and strong.

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians 4:16NLT)

Based on Romans Romans 12:3-8, what is your unique role(s) in helping Christ’s Body to function well? I’ll start: I believe my role is to exhort—to encourage others to lead a victorious Christian life. Your turn!

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How Does God’s Goodness Pursue Us?

How does God’s goodness pursue us? Here’s one example: An acquaintance of mine had attended a conference in Istanbul. He’s a committed follower of Jesus, yet discouragement had set in, and he’d begun feeling distanced from God. When the conference ended, he stayed in the city to visit the sites for a few days. One afternoon, he sat in a coffee shop next to a window. Imagine his surprise when a Christian co-worker who attended the same conference happened to walk by and see him. The co-worker immediately joined him in the shop, and their impromptu get-together turned into a much-needed time of spiritual encouragement for my acquaintance.

What are the chances of this happening, really? More than 15 million people live in metro Istanbul, and there are too many coffee shops to count. There’s no way this was a coincidental crossing of paths. It was a beautiful picture of God’s goodness, a real-life demonstration of Psalm 23:1 in action.

How Does the Shepherd Care for His Sheep?

Psalm 23:1 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” In the verses preceding it, the writer describes a shepherd’s goodness toward his sheep in taking responsibility for their well-being. For instance, the shepherd goes before his flock to clear the path of anything harmful and to watch for wild animals looking for lunch. He treats them for pests, and he deals with friction within the flock so the animals can rest properly. He ensures they have clean drinking water. He searches for them when they stray, and he rescues and carries the injured back to safety.

Just as a wise and experienced shepherd cares well for his sheep, so the Lord cares for His children. He takes responsibility for our well-being, and each of the actions He takes evidence His goodness in our lives.

how does God's goodness pursue us?

Within Scripture, the word “goodness” can be likened to the word “grace.”

God, in His goodness or grace, gives us what we don’t deserve. Think about this for a moment within the context of Psalm 23: There’s a reason Scripture likens us to sheep. These woolly creatures aren’t exactly the smartest animals on the farm. Neither are we as smart or self-sufficient as we might like to think. Sometimes we do things that are just plain dumb. We ignore the Lord our Shepherd, stray onto a path that seems right in our own eyes, and cause self-inflicted pain. Sometimes we get angry at God and blame Him for what’s happened. And how does He respond?

The Lord our Shepherd could just wash His hands of us, but He doesn’t do that. In His goodness, He gives us what we don’t deserve. He exercises patience toward us. He disciplines us to bring us to our senses so we can once again flourish. He sends His Holy Spirit to convict us, He forgives us when we confess our sin, He gives us another chance, and He uses our hard-earned lesson for His glory. It’s amazing, really.

It’s also amazing to realize God’s goodness toward us displayed in countless ways every day.

There are the obvious things like food and a roof over our heads. But let’s not forget the things like our ability to take our next breath and then the next and the next. Let’s recognize His goodness to us in giving us ears and the ability to hear a baby giggle and birds sing and worship music sung. Let’s acknowledge His goodness in giving us eyes to see the dawn break across the sky and the look of delight on a child’s face when discovering the spots on a ladybug’s back. In His goodness, He gives us strength to face difficulties and the power to persevere on the days when we feel like giving up.

God’s goodness follows us in ways too many to count. So does His mercy. Let’s compare the two:

Goodness is God giving us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is God not giving us what we deserve. Every time we think a judgmental or lustful or envious thought, we sin against His holiness. Every time we complain or gossip or refuse to heed the Holy Spirit’s nudges, we do the same. There’s no way we can measure up to God’s standard of holiness. As a result, we deserve death, but when we place our faith in Jesus for forgiveness and salvation, God gives us life instead.

It’s easy for us to be mindful and appreciative of God’s goodness and mercy toward us when everything is going well. It’s not as easy when we land in a hard place.

But the truth remains—His goodness and mercy are with us even when we suffer a tragedy or when life takes an unexpected and disappointing detour. They accompany us even on the days we don’t feel like getting out of bed, on the days we feel unloved, and on the days we lose sight of hope. Surely God’s goodness and mercy follow us all the days—all the days—of our life, no matter whether they’re good or bad because He can turn bad to good.

My friend in Istanbul experienced the goodness of God in a sweet and special way. The Lord, his Shepherd, took responsibility for his well-being. He knew that this fellow was discouraged so He sent a friend to talk and pray with him when he needed it most. Such is the character of our good, good Shepherd. He knows our needs and takes responsibility for us. Let’s keep our eyes open so we don’t miss the ways in which He fulfills His responsibility toward us.

How have you experienced God’s goodness recently? Feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing your responses, and other readers benefit, too.

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How Does a Yearly Focus Word Help Us Grow?

how does a focus word help you grow

 

A yearly focus word is a great tool to help us grow in our faith journey. One year, my word was “joy.” It reminded me to reframe the way I viewed difficulties. I learned to see them not as hindrances but as opportunities to experience God’s presence and promises in new ways.

Another year, my word was “listen.” It encouraged me to keep an ear open for the Holy Spirit’s whispers during the course of the day. It also prompted me to listen more intentionally to other people—to minimize distractions and truly hear the heart behind the words they were speaking.

In 2022, my word was “guard,” and it was ideal. Last year was one of the most difficult I’ve ever experienced. So much loss. So much pain. My focus word helped me guard my heart from sinking into despair and succumbing to anger over circumstances for which there were no easy answers. It helped me guard my tongue from speaking words that were not helpful. It even reminded me that God’s promises surround me, standing like a guard around my heart to protect me from the enemy’s fiery darts.

This year’s word, I believe, is “restore.”

 

“Restore” is a hope-filled word defined as “a bringing back to a former position or condition.” In some cases, the object restored comes back stronger than before and receives new purpose.

After last year’s onslaught of loss and disappointment, I welcome restoration. What will that look like? I have no clue, but I’m trusting the Good Shepherd to fulfill His role mentioned in Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (ESV)

The Bible contains 136 references to God’s restorative work and tells many stories of lives and relationships healed. I would love to spend a day away to dig deep and discover what each of those 136 references say about “restore.”

 

For now, though, here are three Scriptures that have already encouraged me:

  • 1 Peter 5:10– “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

  • Mark 8:25 – “Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”

  • Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

God is up to something good, and I wait with anticipation to see what He wants to do.

Do you ask God to give you a focus word at the start of a new year? If so, what’s your word for 2023? Leave a comment, okay? I’d love to know, and your comment might inspire and encourage another reader.

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Celebrating the Light at Christmas

celebrating the light at Christmas

It happened every year at this time when our kids were still living at home. We’d pull our fake tree from its box, assemble it branch by branch, and prop it in its stand. Next, we’d untangle several strands of teeny colored lights and plug them into a nearby socket. That’s when the fun began.

“Hey, Dad, nothing’s happening,” one of the kids would call. “Why won’t the lights turn on?”

Dad came to the rescue. “A bulb has burned out,” he’d say. “We’ll have to figure out which one’s dead and replace it.”

And so the search began. One by one, we tested the tiny twinklers until we found and replaced the culprit. The entire string lit up that instant. Amazing the power of one mini-light.

I find Christmas tree lights pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul. I also find them representative of life. Here’s how:

I have reasonable expectations about what the family Christmas should look like, but nothing turns out the way I’d hoped. Poof! Disappointment turns the lights off.

I’m feeling okay about myself until someone misjudges my motives and character. Poof! Anger and hurt turn the lights off.

I’m content with my circumstances until someone tells me about the latest holiday she took. Poof! Envy turns the lights off.

Disappointment. Anger. Hurt. Envy. Fear. Doubt. Loneliness. Unforgiveness. They’re all capable of turning out the lights, metaphorically speaking.

So what should we do? Remove the culprit and replace it with the Light that changes everything.

Jesus is that Light.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV)

This season brings a mish-mash of emotions. Some of them are positive; others not so much. If something happens to switch off your sparkle, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the culprit. Are you disappointed that circumstances didn’t turn out as you hoped? Did you take offense at someone’s thoughtless remark? Are you feeling desperately lonely for the loved one whose chair sits empty at the table this year?

Take a few minutes and sit in the glow of your Christmas tree lights. Tell Jesus how you feel. Rest assured He cares. Give Him every hurt, every disappointment, every lonely place, and He will restore the light in your life.

 

Take a few minutes, too, to listen to “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle, and be blessed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cLhaZIBSpo

May this season be filled with peace, with joy, and a renewed sense of wonder as you celebrate Jesus, the Light of the world and of your heart.

Know you are loved,

Grace

Surrounded by God’s Presence

 

You, my friend, are surrounded by God’s presence. Some days, your thoughts might tell you otherwise, but don’t believe them. Instead, hold onto the promise found in Psalm 125:2—”Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forever.”

The Cambridge English dictionary defines surround as “to be everywhere around something.” Isn’t that beautiful as it relates to the Christian life? The Lord surrounds His people both now and forever. He is everywhere around us at all times.

The thought of being surrounded by God’s presence calms my fears for today and my worries about tomorrow.

When I feel afraid or under spiritual attack, I imagine myself encircled by an impenetrable shield. It covers and keeps me from dangers above and below and on every side. I am safe in that place. Nothing touches me there without my Protector giving it the go-ahead.

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When suffering enters that space within the shield, does it mean Psalm 125:2 is no longer true? No. The promise remains true, but it assumes another form: When we suffer, God surrounds us with compassion and strength. If injustice touches us, God surrounds us with assurance that He is our Defender and will someday set everything right. When unfair criticism touches us, God surrounds us with wisdom and compassion for the person who levied the criticism.

This reality of being surrounded by God also helps me pray with greater confidence and expectation.

When Sailor-Man and I face major decisions, we ask God to surround us with His protection lest we head a direction contrary to His.

When I pray for my kids and grandkids, I ask God to surround them with His lovingkindness.

When I pray for you, my readers, I ask God to surround you with His compassion and tangible evidence of His presence with you.

This has been a most difficult year in many ways, and I’ve breathed countless personal sentence prayers using surround:

  • “Father, surround me with Your wisdom.”
  • “God, surround me with hope.”
  • “Lord, surround me with protection from the evil one.”

Praying the truth of Psalm 125:2 floods me with peace.  How about you? What are you facing today? Stand on the truth of God’s Word and pray: “God, surround me with Your _______.”

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5 Promises to Remember When Bad News Comes

5 Promises to Remember when Bad News Comes

Bad news came to my inbox this week: Someone’s 14-year-old daughter went missing. A husband relapsed into drug addiction. A personal friend landed in ICU on a ventilator. Another friend was diagnosed with dementia.

Jesus knows how easily we can lose heart when bad news comes our way. Perhaps that’s why He said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1 NLT). His words—“Don’t let your hearts be troubled”—imply that we have control over worry and fear’s role in our lives. We can choose to let them run rampant or we can choose to trust God instead when bad news comes our way.

Letting our hearts be troubled brings no benefit.

 

Worry can neither change what’s already happened nor resolve the current challenge. It will, however, encourage fear to take root. It makes it difficult for us to rest well at night and ties our stomach into knots.

I’ve let my heart be troubled too many times to count, and guess what? Doing so has never made my life easier. Corrie ten Boom summed it up with excellence when she said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” Why live like that?

When bad news comes our way, we don’t have to let it disturb our inner peace. If we take Jesus seriously, then we can rest assured that trusting in God is the better way to respond.

 

Here are five promises to remember so we can conquer fear when bad news finds us:

  • God promises His presence. Imagine—the strong One who spoke the universe into being and split the Red Sea so His people could pass through on dry ground is the same One who walks with us and holds our hand. Why, then, should we be afraid or anxious? (Joshua 1:9)

  • God promises to give us wisdom, and lots of it. When we face circumstances that baffle us, we can ask Him for insight, and He will answer. He will bring clarity to our confusion. (James 1:5)

  • God promises victory. He’s on our side if we belong to Him. Who can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)

  • God promises to turn negative situations into something good. He specializes in transforming the bad into beauty, the sad into splendor. (Isaiah 61:3)

  • God promises joy. Sorrow may last for a night, He says, but joy comes in the morning. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. (Psalm 30:5)

When bad news comes our way, we needn’t cave into fear. As followers of Jesus Christ, we belong to the living God for whom nothing is impossible and who reigns sovereignly over every detail of our lives. Nothing takes Him by surprise. No challenge is too difficult for Him to overcome. Because of who He is and whose we are, we have every reason to face bad news with courage and hope for the very best outcome under His control.

Would you join me in doing something special today? Let’s list biblical promises that bring hope in the face of bad news. I suspect we could all use a dose of encouragement this week. If someone posts your verse before you get to doing it, go ahead and post yours anyway.

 

Take a few minutes to enjoy “I Will Fear No More” by The Afters. 

 

Have a great weekend, and know you are loved.

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Sitting in God’s Waiting Room

sitting in God's waiting room

Sitting in God’s waiting room is not an easy thing to do. Patience wears thin after a time, and our human bent starts tapping its toe. C’mon, c’mon already!

Bring my prodigal home.

Restore my marriage.

Provide finances to pay the bills.

Heal my body.

Give me clear direction for the big decision looming.

Fix what’s wrong with the world.

We are finite beings so we often view our circumstances as on a finite timeline. The clock ticks, and we grow restless and anxious. We begin to doubt whether God hears our prayers. We question whether He cares. We toy with the thought of yanking control from His hands, as though we could bring about the best outcome without His help.

When we find ourselves sitting in God’s waiting room and patience wears thin, let’s remember the Old Testament character, David.

 

David was anointed as king, but he had to wait until God gave the go-ahead to assume the throne (1 Samuel 16:13). In the meantime, the jealous King Saul hunted him. David ran for his life and hid in caves. When the opportunity came to retaliate, David resisted (1 Samuel 24:6-7). He waited on God to put him on the throne in His way and in His time. Now that’s patience and integrity, right?

 

Over and over, and throughout a variety of circumstances, the psalmist waited on God to answer his prayers and come to his rescue. Banking on God’s promises, he hoped for a good outcome without losing faith.

 

David compared himself to a night watchman scanning the horizon for the first glimmer of dawn. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5 NIV) The watchmen didn’t know the exact moment the morning light would appear, but they knew beyond a doubt that it would crack the darkness. It was just a matter of time.

 

Wait on the Lord is a constant refrain in the Psalms,” wrote J.I. Packer in Knowing God, “and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.”

To be clear, sitting in God’s waiting room is not a passive activity.

 

It may feel sometimes as though we’re doing nothing, but in reality, it takes our whole being to resist the temptation to rush ahead of God’s timing. It requires courage and strength and faith to remain patient and hopeful as we wait on the Lord to answer our prayers or rescue us.

 

Never give up, my friend. Sitting in God’s waiting room is not easy, but hang onto hope in knowing that God hears your prayers, and yes, He cares. As sure as the glimmer of dawn will come, so He will come. It’s just a matter of time.

 

Let’s encourage one another by answering this question: What inspires you to remain hopeful when the wait seems long?

 

Adapted from Fresh Hope for Today: Devotions for Joy on the Journey. Copyright © 2022 Grace Fox.

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Living in Awe of God

“Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.”

(Psalm 65:8 NLT).

Sailor-Man and I left home early Thursday morning for yet another road trip. The wind blew and the rain pelted our car for the first three hours or so. It seemed a dismal sort of day, not unusual for late October in southwest British Columbia, but dismal disappeared when a rainbow appeared. The sight left me in awe. So did the fact that it remained visible for nearly a half hour.living in awe of God

I took the rainbow’s lingering presence as a visible reminder of God’s unfailing promises to me, and I reveled in the joy this thought brought. One mile rolled into another with the arch growing more brilliant and my wonder at God’s splendor growing more profound.

This road trip took us north to my youngest daughter’s home where we’re enjoying time with two grandchildren. One is three years old, the other is almost seventeen months.

One of the things I enjoy most when spending time with little people is seeing life through their eyes. They notice things I don’t—things like a ladybug’s spots, a daisy’s petals, and an ant’s activity. Their delight reawakens my awareness of minute, easily-overlooked details in creation and renews my amazement at the Creator’s ingenuity.

Living in awe of God and experiencing a daily sense of wonder about who He is and what He does often fades in adulthood.

 

Work and worry blind us to the miracles that surround us. We rush through our days focused on silencing the tasks calling for our attention, and we miss the delights before us.

Pondering creation’s majesty and intricacies always leaves me speechless. Sometimes the only word I can muster is, “Wow!”—like when I saw the rainbow as we drove through the mountains. But here’s what leaves me even more amazed—the Creator’s love for us.

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Think about it. The Almighty, limitless God whose handiwork inspires wonder and awe is the same God who loves us and wants relationship with us.

Incredible, right? I suspect the Psalmist felt the same way when he wrote these words:

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
    putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents. (Psalm 8:3-8 NLT)

Let’s invite God to open our eyes to the wonders He’s created. Let’s celebrate His creative genius. Even more, let’s stand in awe of who He is and marvel that He loves us and wants relationship with us.

Now it’s your turn: What aspect of God’s creation or character inspires awe in your life?

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The Waggle Dance, Bowling, and Humanity’s Depravity

The waggle dance, bowling, and the depravity of mankind

Join me for a guest blog today by Kathy Howard, author of the newly released “Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Book of Romans.” She shares a biblical reminder about the scope of God’s love and the depth of man’s depravity.

 

I know more about bees than I need to. Our friend Stan, who our grandkids call “Stan the bee man,” is a veterinarian and a beekeeper. Whenever Stan harvests a new batch of honey, he brings taste samples to our small group Bible study. Stan also often shares fascinating bee facts with us. For instance, the worker bees – females that forage and gather pollen and nectar – perform an intricate series of moves called a “waggle dance” to communicate the location of a newly-found food source to other workers.

The bees’ built-in “GPS” is just one example of the order, intricacies, and beauty of creation that necessitates a powerful, intelligent Creator. Although we cannot see God, we can see concrete evidence of His existence. We smell the grass. We feel the sand between our toes and the wind on our face. We hear the relentless pounding of the surf and the sweet notes of the song bird. The evidence for God is overwhelming. Biblical scholars refer to this proof for God’s existence as “general revelation.” God wants mankind to know Him, so He has made Himself known.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  (Romans 1:20 ESV).

And yet many in our world ignore the proof and inexcusably reject the truth that God exists. According to a 2021 study by Pew Research Center, about 9% of Americans describe themselves as atheist or agnostic. Although that number may seem small, it has more than doubled since 2010. And many more reject God by practice if not by declaration.

How does God respond to this rejection?

 

He doesn’t force anyone to choose Him. In his letter to the Romans, Paul wrote that God “gives them up” to their choices (Romans 1:24). He removes all divine restraint from their lives, allowing them to fall deeper into sin.

When we bowl with our grandkids, the younger ones use the bumpers. On the ball’s journey down the lane, it ricochets from one side to the other, but it never drops into the gutter. The rest of us bowl without the extra protection of the bumper’s restraint. Likewise, God removes the protection of His guiding influence from those who rebelliously reject Him. As a result, they end up in the spiritual gutter.

This heartbreaking passage describes mankind’s depth of depravity apart from God. The injury incurred from the first fall into sin in the Garden of Eden has festered into an oozing wound. Apart from the gospel there is no cure. Spiritual and eternal death is the sure end.

We face a life and death situation and there’s just one cure. Unrighteous humanity desperately needs God’s righteousness and God graciously provides it through Christ. When we consider the depth of our need, the sheer scope of our sin, God’s offer of salvation seems miraculously inconceivable – that our holy God sent His Son to die for the likes of us. And yet He did.

This post was adapted from Kathy’s newly released devotional book “Deep Rooted: Growing through the Book of Romans.”

The Waggle Dance, Bowling, and the Depravity of Mankind

Book description:

Have you lost the wonder of your salvation? Maybe you’ve forgotten the abundant riches of God’s grace. The Gospel isn’t just a statement of faith. It is more than hope for eternity. The Gospel of Jesus is the power of God for your life today. Recapture the awe of your life in Christ with this 40-day pilgrimage through the book of Romans. Like the rest of the Deep Rooted devotional series, the Romans volume uses the 4-R Bible study framework to help you learn how to interact with and respond to Scripture, not simply read it. These meaty, daily devotions will increase your hunger for God’s Word, encourage spiritual growth and stability, and lay the groundwork for a life-long, spiritually-healthy habit.

 

 

Author bio:

Kathy Howard is a treasure hunter. She hunts for the creamiest chocolate, richest coffee, and cherished stories of faith. She also digs deep into Scripture, mining God’s eternal truths. Kathy has a Masters in Christian Education and has taught the Bible for more than 30 years in a wide variety of venues. Kathy is the author of 12 books, including “Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith” and the “meaty” devotional series “Deep Rooted.” Kathy and her husband live in north Texas. They have three married children, six grandchildren, and one accidental dog. Find free discipleship resources at www.KathyHoward.org.