Recognized As Blessed

Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed. – Isaiah 61:9 As a pastor, I often had the opportunity to lead the churches that I served through periodsContinue reading “Recognized As Blessed”

A Fitting Benediction

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the perseverance of Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 Don’t you think this would make a great benediction to a local church worship service? God’s love and Christ’s endurance are two powerful elements needed to navigate the Christian life and it would beContinue reading “A Fitting Benediction”

The Blessing of Affliction

Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep Your word. – Psalms 119:67 Affliction is not something that we seek or particularly like to experience. In fact, I would say that it ranks right up there with illness, trial, and disaster. Who would ever want to be “afflicted?” How could we everContinue reading “The Blessing of Affliction”