A Prayer for Pardon and Peace

by Lisa Reddy

 
Give me a heart of compassion to see through eyes of love—to understand that you value each one of us the same. Help me understand that sometimes dire situations drive people to do terrible things. Thank you for channeling my anger, hurt and betrayal into love.
Your banner over me is love! I will raise that […]

Abundant Life

by Mel Reddy
Abundant Life

Jesus stated in John 10:10 the purpose of why he came. (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Reading from another translation – John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal […]

Humility of the Heart

by Lisa Reddy
Blog Post by Lisa Reddy

Psalm 149:4 (NKJV)
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
What does humility really mean? This psalm goes on to describe mighty exploits that would be performed by the meek, including executing judgment and taking kings captive. That is not what I envision when I think of meekness or humility.
But […]

The Gift of Faith

by Lisa Reddy
Blog by Lisa Reddy

Trusting the Giver of the Gift
In Finding God in Unexpected Places, Philip Yancey eloquently surmises his perspective on faith:  “I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”  Have you ever wondered how Noah had the fortitude to spend 120 years building a massive, meticulously designed boat in […]

A Legacy of Faith

by Mel Reddy

Saint Francis of Assisi said, “It’s no use walking anywhere to preach unless your preaching is your walking.”  The legacy of Jesus Christ was the followers He left behind—men and women who would carry on His mission, for His glory. Some would even face death because they were so committed to the cause of Christ.  […]

Is It Ever Enough?

by Danielle Parks

Yesterday I enjoyed every bite of my Mighty Fine burger and fries after 21 days of self-inflicted starvation, otherwise known as The Daniel Fast. I have learned a lot during this fast. I learned that I need to set specific boundaries in my personal and professional life. I learned that certain things can set off […]

God’s Vision Motivates Us To Do Great Things

by Mel Reddy

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Perhaps the most powerful aspect of vision is that it changes your way of thinking, […]

Momentum Shift

by Lisa Reddy

Have you ever experienced something that felt bigger than you?  Something that propelled you and moved you into a place you did not create for yourself?  Some would call that feeling momentum, especially if the movement is positive.  This momentum is even sweeter when you have spent months (years, maybe) pushing against the current, most […]

Follow Me: When Jesus Calls Us To Become His Disciple

by Mel Reddy

The expression “follow me” would be readily understood by Jews of Jesus’ day as implying a call to become the permanent disciple of a teacher. When he spoke those words initially, they did not misunderstand His call. As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers; Simon called Peter and his […]

Spiritual Determination: Resilience to “Fight The Good Fight”

by Mel Reddy

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
Before my alarm clock goes off in the morning, there are a million things vying for my attention. You know the feeling, because you […]