Conntecting the Dots

Posts Tagged: John

A Simple Prayer When We Need Jesus to Teach Us

The back-to-school season has arrived again. Depending on where they live and work, some teachers have already welcomed their students. Others are busy setting up their classrooms or will soon be doing so. And some—homeschoolers, for instance—are preparing, too, only in a different setting.   Teachers play a vital role in their students’ lives. They… [ read more ]

Death, Taxes, and Other Guarantees

  You’ve probably heard it said that life offers only two guarantees: death and taxes. Well, I beg to differ.   John 16:32.33 says, “…Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have… [ read more ]

Secure People Serve People

  Having been involved in career ministry for more than 25 years means I’ve worked with a few different personality types. One coworker, in particular, was a controller. Rather than encourage those within his sphere of influence to use and develop their God-given gifts, he squelched them and said demeaning things.   His manner both… [ read more ]

Speaking God’s Love Language

Jesus replied, “All those who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and live with them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not do what I say.” ( NLT)     Gary Chapman is credited for developing the concept of the five love languages…. [ read more ]

Knowing God’s Will for Our Life

I often hear people ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” Asking that question hoping to discover details such as where we should live, what career we should pursue, and who we should marry, can put us through a lot of stress. Focusing too long and hard on it can result in fear—before long,… [ read more ]

Let Jesus Teach You

This morning I read a familiar verse in my quiet time—“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls’”… [ read more ]

My Sheep Follow Me – What Does This Mean?

A familiar praise chorus acknowledges that Jesus leads us step by step. It also says that we’ll follow Him all of our days. That’s quite a declaration!   The dictionary definition offers several definitions for the word follow: To come or go after To take as a model; imitate Obey To watch or to listen… [ read more ]

Connecting the Dots Between Faith and Real Life

  I grew up in a family of faith. I attended Sunday school, Pioneer Girls, youth group and church summer camp. I even graduated from Bible college. You’d think those years of learning Bible verses and stories and attending prayer meetings would have trained me to trust God no matter what and to live a… [ read more ]

Hearing God and Listening to God

“I [Jesus] tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead… [ read more ]

In God’s Sights

Hagar—Sarai’s servant—holds a special place in my heart. Treated more like a piece of property than a woman of worth, she experienced a most amazing encounter with God at a time when she felt overwhelmed and underappreciated.   Genesis 16 tells us that Sarai had arranged for Hagar to become pregnant with Abram’s child. That… [ read more ]