Holy Week Meditations: A God Who Calls Me Friend

You are my friends if you obey me.  I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn't confide in his servants.  Now you are my friends since I have told you everything the Father told me.  John 15:14-15 NLT A GOD WHO CALLS ME FRIEND Friendship.  It's a precious gift, isn't it?  One that is often elusive here on earth sometimes.  We hurt people, we get hurt.  We say things without thinking and we miss opportunities to serve and love. We confront our need to forgive and must ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 29} Share My Troubles

  Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.  And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.  Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.  Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.  I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 25} Help These Women

  I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord.  Yes I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:2-3, emphasis added Help these women ... Have you ever felt that way?  Seeing the conflict between two women (or more) in your church and knowing that they both long to serve the Lord but have allowed our enemy to work ... [Read More]

Construction Zone: Godly Counsel

December 12, 2005 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. Proverbs 12:26 Father, let me give good counsel.  I want to point others toward You – to give them wise leadership and advice.  Help to grow in this area – continue to work in me. Teach me how to train C about true friendship.  And help me be a godly friend – let her see my example and let it point to You.  ~ Amen. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Still one of my most fervent prayers … that as I have opportunity to ... [Read More]