For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11 NASB Grace and glory – Ah, what we so desperately want! Joy. Joy of life. Joy of relationships. Joy that satisfies our deepest longings for acceptance, recognition, […]

 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Romans 1:21  ESV Did not honor – Paul delineates two critical failures of those whom God consigns to futility.  The first is that even though […]

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations; knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint . . .  Romans 5:3-5  NASB Tribulations – Can you think upside-down?  Putting on the “new man” requires more than a change of clothes.  It […]

You husbands, likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow-heir of the grace of life; 1 Peter 3:7 Open Door Invitation Grant Her Honor – The word for “grant” is aponemontes.  It means “to assign, to bestow […]

Honor your father and your mother Deuteronomy 5:16 Honor – God never does anything without a purpose.  When it comes to the world of human beings, all of God’s actions have redemptive purposes.  So, honoring your parents is not just about respect.  It’s not just the “Yes, sir,” “No, ma’m” attitude.  There are critical redemptive […]