Rely on God’s Strength for Contentment

Ericka Loynes

Read: Philippians 4:10-13 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (vv. 12-13) Living within our means is a good practice, but this discipline can be challenging …

Not in Our Own Strength

Ericka Loynes

Read: Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (vv. 10-11) My family and I love superhero movies. When a Marvel or DC Comics movie comes out, my husband reserves our favorite seats …

Encouragement

Joel Plantinga

Read: John 16:31-33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (v. 33) Faith that walks never keeps the benefits to oneself. People whose faith walks always find others to encourage and invest in along the way. Isn’t it …

Forgiveness

Joel Plantinga

Read: Genesis 45:1-15 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (v. 5) How would you feel if the man who murdered your only son moved next door to you? Ask Mary Johnson, a woman in Minneapolis whose son, Laramiun, was killed by Oshea …

Hope

Joel Plantinga

Read: Psalm 25 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. (v. 3) Think about a movie you’ve watched more than one time. Why do you do that? You already know how the movie is going to end, right? The hero is going to swoop in at the last …