Biblical Insights for Daily Living

3 Ways You Can Experience Peace Today! 

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3 Ways You can Experience Peace Today 

Life has been interesting for everyone as of late!  With Covid-19 and Social Distancing in place, Stay at Home orders, and partial openings for businesses, the old normal has gone and a new normal is developing.  Many people are facing personal battles of fear, loneliness, depression and frustrations.   If one moment you are feeling calm, the next moment the calmness has gone.  Anxiety and stress has replaced the calmness.  How does one experience peace when the world seems to be falling apart?  How does one keep themselves from panic and fear?  Here are three ways you can experience peace today! 

 Claim the Promise of Christ’s Peace! 

The Lord Jesus Christ told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:37, NKJV)  Jesus also said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NKJV) 

I encourage you to think about what Jesus said in these verses.  He gives his followers his peace.  His peace differs from the world’s peace.  How so?  The world’s peace is temporary, while Christ’s peace is eternal.  The world’s peace relies on man’s conduct, while Christ’s peace relies on Christ’s conduct.   The world’s peace is conditional, while Christ’s peace is available to all who believe in him! 

 Trust the Promise of Christ’s Presence! 

The key to applying Christ’s peace is in those two words, in verse 33 of John 16, “In Me!”   In Christ, abiding in His presence, trusting in His grace—He gives His Peace!  His Peace is available to all who call on His Name as Savior and Lord.  It is resting in Christ’s Sovereignty and Lordship!  It is knowing that God is working all things together for good to those called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).    To experience His peace, I need to rest in my relationship with Jesus.  To experience His peace, I need to trust in God’s rule for my life. 

The psalmist (Psalm 139:16) wrote, “Your eyes saw me unformed, yet in Your book all my days were written, before any of them came into being.” (MEV)  God knows all about us!  He not only knows, but he cares.   The apostle Peter told believers, “So, humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the total weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern.” (1 Peter 5:7, JB Phillips) 

As a child of God, a follower of Christ, I can come before Him and tell Him all my troubles.  I can literally throw, place before Christ all my worries and anxieties.  I can do this because he cares for me!  You can do this because God cares for you! 

 Pray the Promises for Christ’s Peace! 

God sees my circumstances.  He is fully aware.  To experience His peace I need to pray continually — listening and telling the Lord Jesus my burdens, cares, worries, fears, longings — everything.   By bringing my cares before Him in prayer, trusting His working, I can experience His peace.   By telling Christ, my anxieties and stress deflate and he will calm my heart. 

Even when reciting the Lord’s prayer, (Matthew 6:9-13), one can recite the verses “give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”   The example of these verses means to bring your needs, your sins, your fears to the Lord.  Ask Him for provision, forgiveness and courage.  Ask Him to grant wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-6) as you pray.   Say to Him in prayer the scripture verses that He has given to you as promises.  God is not forgetful.  He loves to hear His people pray to Him in His Word.  We glorify God, when we remember His promises and pray them back to Him.  He works on our behalf for his honor and praise.  Our prayers are a fragrant offering to the Lord (see Revelation 5:8).  He is pleased to hear them. 

One of the most traumatic times in my life was when my father was dying.  While he was in the hospital, my family and I were staying in a nearby hotel.  I hid myself in the bathroom away from my family and cried and prayed all night.  I felt pain, anguish, grief—yet during all these emotions was a sense of Christ’s presence and peace.  Although I was a wreck emotionally, yet inwardly, I knew God was in control.  He had my Dad’s best interest in mind.  God called my Dad home to be with Him.  Again, Christ’s peace brought comfort as I remembered the promise “to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Cor. 5:8).   Remembering God’s Word and praying His promises brings the reality of His peace. 

If you are a follower of Christ, how have you experienced His peace?  I would love to hear.  Please email me or post a comment below.  I am looking forward to hearing from you. 

Growing Together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

How to Experience Comfort in a Time of Loss 

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How to Experience Comfort in a Time of Loss 

(Christianity and the World lost a true Ambassador for Christ this week as Ravi Zacharius entered into Glory and was welcomed home by Jesus.  This spurred my thinking regarding how we deal with loss) 

When loss is experienced in one’s life, there is a flood of emotions that come and visit.  Hurt, Anger, Fear, Loneliness, Discouragement, Grief and much more come barging down the door of our heart.  We become overwhelmed with tears or tempted to withdraw from this world all together.  How can one find comfort in a moment of grief?  How can one expect to move on when they have lost so much? 

It is okay to grieve, and cry, and feel the rollercoaster of emotional loss.  Human Beings are wired that way.  But these emotions can become a danger, if we dwell and live there instead of grow through them.  In my experience of loss, there are at least five ways I discover comfort and hope in the discord of pain, suffering and grief. 

Remember the Good Memories You Shared 

At memorial services and funerals, there is often a time in the service to reflect upon the loved one’s life.  Many times family members or friends will tell of a story or two about the deceased.  This story usually highlights the person's excellent character or loving memory that the storyteller and loved one shared.  This act of remembering brings comfort. 

Remember the valuable lessons you learned 

When we lose someone we love, we long for more time to have had with the individual we lost.  We have a new awareness of appreciating and valuing the moments we had spent with them.  We can remember the conversations and the lessons we learned from being with them, either watching or listening to them.  Those memories help build character and bring comfort.  I have passed on “nuggets” of wisdom my parents (both deceased) told me to my children, time and time again. I remember when they first taught me a life lesson, such as my Dad teaching me to drive and not get angry and other drivers were not as patient with me driving as my Dad was.   “Let them go,” he would say to me, “focus on your driving, not them!”  Four words he would say, “They’re not worth it!” I’ve said that countless times when riding with my adult children as they drive, especially when they get tense or stressed by other drivers.  Many other,” Lessons our loved ones taught us.  When we value what they say, we allow their lives to speak to us and that brings comfort. 

Rely on Your Faith to view the Eternal 

What I mean by this statement is, depend upon your faith and belief in God to see eternity.   There is a Heaven and a Hell.  There is a day that every individual will die.  When that day comes, Heaven or Hell will be their eternal destination.  In Luke 15, Jesus tells the story of a rich man and Lazarus, a beggar.  In this story, he highlights Heaven and Hell.   The Apostle Paul stated in Ephesians 2:5-7

“5 We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace.) 6 Yes, it is because we are a part of Christ Jesus that God raised us from death and seated us together with him in the heavenly places. 7 God did this so that his kindness to us who belong to Christ Jesus would clearly show for all time to come the amazing richness of his grace.” (ERV) 

These verses tell of the promised reality that those who believe in Jesus Christ are seated with him in the heavenly places.   Viewing Eternity re-aligns one’s perspective and brings comfort. 

Rely on Scripture to Inspire Hope 

If you believe in God through Christ, you can understand and value the importance of Scripture.  God’s Word gives and inspires hope.   As you make yourself aware of God’s written Word, apply it, meditate on it, praying it — God will build His character in you!   He will give you hope when there seems to be no hope.  His word will fortify and strengthen you, even in your loss.  Think of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Father who is full of mercy, the God of all comfort. 4 He comforts us every time we have trouble so that when others have trouble, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us.” (ERV) 

God can give you the ability to comfort others through the experiences you have gone through!  His Spirit in you comforts you so you can comfort others!  This brings hope.  Knowing God brings hope and comfort! 

Rely on the Sovereignty of God 

This is where faith meets reality!  I believe in Jesus Christ therefore I rely on God the Father’s Sovereignty.   That means God is in control!  He knows all, I must trust and rely on His perfect will being accomplished for my loved one.  I must trust His timing.  As my brother’s mother-in-law, used to say, “God is never late or early He is always on time.”  God is the Creator, Sovereign, Holy, Just and Loving God.  I can trust Him.  He knows what is best.  He is at work in the world today, regardless if men acknowledge Him or not.  The best option is to acknowledge Him and trust in Him and believe in Him.  If you do, He gives eternal life, citizenship in Heaven, living in His presence forever.  No more tears or pain, but joy. 

Becoming a child of God begins with faith in Christ, believing in Him. This brings the gift of eternal life and entrance into Heaven for the child of God.  God has rescues those who trust in Him from the kingdom of darkness (Hell) and brings them into the Kingdom of Light (Colossians 1:13)

When I think of the loved ones that I have lost, I remember the quality times we had.  I remember the lessons they taught me.  I rely on my faith in Christ to see Eternity.  I rely on the promises of God’s Word.  I trust in God’s Sovereignty - He is in control.  This brings comfort during grief and helps me to grow in God’s grace and comfort others. 

How about you?  How do you deal with grief?  If you are experiencing hurt or loss, I would be happy to pray for you.  Please see how to contact me, and I will respond.  Thanks for reading. 

Growing together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

The Power of a Kind Word! 

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The power of a kind word! 

(Here are five ways a kind word is compelling) 

Do you remember the first time you experienced power? Maybe it was when you were a child, and you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet! BAM - you felt the shock of electricity! Or think about the use of a chain saw cutting oak trees or pine trees.  The blades power was almost like butter! Or maybe it was when your mom or dad expressed an act of kindness to you or said a kind word to you - that you never forgot. Their words meant the world to you. 

I believe expressing a kind word to others is one of the most powerful things you can do. Here are five ways a kind word, when used sincerely, is powerful. 

The power of a kind word can change a course of action! 

Misunderstandings, miscommunication, misinterpretation of the facts can cause conflict. When not appropriately handled, emotions flare, tempers rise, and a disagreement or argument ensues. But if one party involved expresses a kind word during the conflict, it could alter the entire course of the conversation. Statements like, “I understand we are on opposite sides at the moment, but I respect your opinion and want to understand” can bring harmony instead of explosive anger. Disarming harmful emotions by giving a word of kindness, can help turn the tide of disagreement. 

Henry David Thoreau said, “The only way, to tell the truth, is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.” ( 

The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)” Ephesians 4:32 

The meaning of the word “kind” in this verse is “gentle, benign, kind, obliging, gracious.” It comes from the Greek New Testament word “chrestos.” (Mounce Concise Greek-English Dictionary of the New Testament

So when I am gracious in my speech, kind and gentle, the words I use can change the whole direction of the conflict. 

James compared the tongue to a “rudder” on a ship that can steer and change the whole direction in which the ship is sailing. (See James 3:4) 

The power of a kind word can soften an angry response. 

Proverbs 25:15 states, “15 With patience, you can make anyone change their thinking, even a ruler. Gentle speech is very powerful.” (ERV) 

Just think of the possibilities that can happen when one uses a kind (gentle) word in response to anger! 

Like the writer in Proverbs, their thinking -even if it is a king - can change! Kind words can absolve anger. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:31 tells the Ephesians to get rid of or put away all “bitterness, wrath and anger…” How does he suggest doing this? By “being kind to one another.” 

When two individuals argue with each other, one’s natural defense is to attack.  The first words spoken are hateful and hurtful. What would happen if, instead, words of kindness and clarification were spoken? The soft, gentle, and kind words used will soften the angry response. 

I remember a time growing up when I was agitated. I had disobeyed and broke school rules and because of that offense; they took away privileges from me and my friends. This was an outrage, so when my mother came to me and confronted me (she worked at the private school I attended) I spoke to her angrily and hateful. I’ll never forget her reaction. She did not say anything to me! Nothing, not a word. Lovingly, she turned, and walked away. Her reaction hit me like a race car traveling 200 miles an hour! I realized I had hurt her, disobeyed her and the school. I was punished justly, but I had disappointed my mother. Her gentle response caused me to be silent, and then I sought her forgiveness and went to the owner of the school, and asked her forgiveness as well. My mother’s response turned my anger toward reconciliation. 

The power of a kind word can rescue one from depression. 

Proverbs 15:13 states, “·Happiness makes a person smile [L A joyful heart brightens one’s face],but· sadness [L a troubled heart] can break a person’s spirit. (EXB)” 

Sometimes people who are sad or depressed need to be left alone, while other times, they are inwardly crying out for attention. 

People need to love and be loved. A kind word expressed from one’s heart, at the right moment, can rescue one from being sad or depressed. A person who falls down a water-well needs a rope to climb out.  This rope symbolizes the kind words we say.  A kindly spoken word is their rescue line. 

The power of a kind word can rekindle compassion for others. 

Remember meeting that happy, cheerful, joyful person the other day? Sure you do? They had a contagious smile and attitude that seemed to wash over you like a flood! You felt respected, appreciated, valued, and alive. You wanted to be kind to the next person you met and show that same happy, cheerful, joyful demeanor! 

A kind word aptly spoken can rekindle compassion and love toward others. It becomes contagious. It’s like demonstrating the “golden rule.” Eugene Peterson states it this way, “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” (Matthew 7:12, The Message) 

A simple prayer asking the Lord to help you speak a word of kindness, even when you don’t feel like it, can give you the faith to do so. 

The power of a kind word can bring healing and forgiveness. 

In Acts 3, Peter and John are going to the Temple to pray. On their way, a beggar asks them for money, but Peter responds most unusually and kindly. He says, “I have no money at all, but I give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I order you to get up and walk!” 7 Then he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once, the man’s feet and ankles became strong; 8 he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around. Then he went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.” (Acts 3:6-8, GNT) 

What took place? The leading of the Holy Spirit in Peter, expressed in words that were kind and loving, brought this lame beggar to his feet. He experienced healing and forgiveness! 

A kind word expressed from our lips to someone can meet their need. It can move them toward being forgiving, restored, and bring healing. 

A kind word is a genuinely remarkable power available for all of us to use. Proverbs 16:24 says, “24 Kind words are like honey—sweet to the taste and good for your health.” 

May we expand our vocabulary and speak kind words to all those we meet! 

How have you used kind words in your conversations? I would love to hear. Please send me an email or post a comment below. 

Growing Together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

5 Ways To Honor Your Mother! 

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5 Ways to Honor your Mother 

I remember growing up and discovering that at least once a year, families (especially kids) were to honor their Mothers - on Mother’s Day! 

According to, “The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.”  The article informs us that honoring Mothers goes back to the Ancient Greeks.  Today, many families take mom out so mom doesn’t have to cook or by giving a card, candy or flowers. 

Let’s get creative and think about how you could honor your Mother?  Here are five ways to consider: 

It’s never too late to listen 

I remember growing up as a child, how I loved hearing my mother’s voice.  Her voice was reassuring, calming, always loving toward me.  My mother taught me so many things I value today.  If only I had listened more to her words of wisdom, how much better off I would be! 

As the writer of Proverbs states, “My child, listen carefully to everything I say.”(Proverbs 4:20, CEV

No matter what age we may be, if our mother is still living, one should make the most of every opportunity to listen and “soak in” her conversations. 

It’s never too late to obey 

“Children, you belong to the Lord, and you do the right thing when you obey your parents. The first commandment with a promise says, 2 “Obey your father and your mother, 3 and you will have a long and happy life.” (Ephesians 6:1-3, CEV

I’m sure you have heard of those verses before.  Yet the promise is true when one obeys their parents their life will be full of happiness and blessed with longevity.  One way to honor your mother is to obey her instructions.  God has place her over you as a parent and it is wise to obey. 

Even now, adult children can obey their mother by listening and receiving “mom’s advice” lovingly.   Showing respect even when you disagree with your parents can keep away unwanted tension and conflict. 

It’s never too late to do something nice for her that is unexpected 

Your mother may or may not like surprises, but if you do something unexpected for her, she will love you for it! 

I remember when as a teenager I would surprise my mom by cleaning the living room (and my room)!  Yes, it was far and in-between, but when I did - she was so pleased.  It was almost better than giving her chocolates! 

Do something nice for your mother, especially when she leasts expects it - You will receive a blessing as she is being honored!   As Luke 6:31states, “Treat others just as you want to be treated.” (CEV). 

It’s never too late to tell her what she means to you 

This is extremely important!  Have you heard “life is short?” Well, it is.  When my mother passed away - I wish I had more days, more hours, more time to tell her what she meant for me.  I told her often, and I believe she knew deep down how I felt about her, but I wish I had more… 

If your mother is still living, take the time right now and call her or write or text - but take the time right now to tell her how much you love her and are thankful that she is your mother! Don’t make excuses, do it. 

Memories will flood your mind as you think about the times you cherished with your mother.  Give thanks to God for them.  This is good and God will bless you for doing so. 

It’s never too late to spend time with her 

One of the most wonderful gifts you can give to your parents, especially moms’ - is to spend time with them.  If your mother is still living, spend time with her.  This will mean more to her than a box of chocolate.  Nothing can replace spending time with one another.   Sometimes it is just good to be together. 

One of the hardest things for my mother was to let me grow up.  She didn’t want me to leave home.  Yet, she allowed me the grace to do so.  But I always loved coming home to be with her.  I can still hear her laugh and in my mind, see her smile.  She had a sense of joy and peace that would permeate the house. 

Enjoy the time you have with your mother.  When you do, you will be a blessing and she will feel honored.  If your mother has passed on, take a moment and give a prayer of thanks for her life and influence.  Thank God for giving you a wonderful mother. 

Exodus 20:12 states, “12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.(NLT)” 

These are five ways that you can show honor to your mother.  Why not pick one and try it? You will please God and honoring your mother! This is a “win-win!” 

Let me know ways you have or are honoring your mother.  I would love to hear from you. Please post your comments below or email me.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you. 

Growing together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

The 5 Ways I Can Grow in My Faith as a Christian 

The 5 Ways I Can Grow in My Faith as a Christian 

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Where does faith, prayer, devotions, worship, witnessing fit in? 

Have you ever eaten a pizza?  Most likely you have!  Starting out as a young kid, I loved cheese pizza. Then I discovered pepperoni, then sausage and mushroom, and then “supreme!” It was a loaded pizza with all the fixins’ and just like God when He made the earth said, it was good.  “It was good!” 

The basic ingredients of dough, cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni, sausage, etc is put together and after baking in an oven - wala- what comes out is a delicious loaded pizza to enjoy. 


There are basic “ingredients” that help new believers grow in their faith.   It takes these basic five and yes, a few more, but I will save them for later.  Here are the five:  faith, prayer, devotions, worship and witnessing.  They all come together in a believer’s life, and God uses these spiritual practices to cause growth.  Let’s look briefly at each one. 


It takes believing faith to be a follower of Jesus.  It is more than a mental ascent.  It is a life transformed by the power of God.  It is a heart that has expressed faith in Jesus Christ.  It is acknowledging one’s sin, accepting what Jesus did on the cross and asking the Savior to enter their life, saving them and then committing to follow and live for Him. 

The apostle Paul said it this way, 

“9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.(NLT)” 

I openly admit that I am a believer in Jesus Christ.  He is my Lord and Savior.  I know that God raised him for the dead and because He lives; I live!  This is glorious news. 

If you have placed your trust in Christ, then you are God’s child and you have a living relationship with God through Christ. 

You are on your way to spiritual growth and maturity. But it takes more spiritual discipline than just believing, it takes prayer. 


The greatest opportunity believers have today is prayer.  Praying to God, listening to Him speak.  Praying for others, interceding on their behalf is a privilege and a mighty weapon. Have you ever noticed what Jesus did early in the morning?  He would get up and go off to a quiet place and pray.  Mark 1:35 says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (NIV).” 

As you study the life of Jesus, you will discover he believed in prayer.  He practiced praying daily.  He was so effective that his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray (See Matthew 6:5-15). The apostle Paul instructed believers to pray without “ceasing”(1 Thess. 5:17). 

It is vital to pray.  It is a believer’s lifeline to the Lord.  To bring adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication before God in prayer—this is where God refines the heart and soul of his child. 

A. W. Tozer wrote, “What profit is there in prayer? ‘Much in every-way.’ Whatever God can do, faith can do, and whatever faith can do prayer can do when it is offered in faith. An invitation to prayer is, therefore, an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipotent God and brings Him into our human affairs. Nothing is impossible to the man who prays in faith, just as nothing is impossible with God” (A. W. Tozer, The Set of the Sail, p.3) 

The third ingredient that causes a christian to grow is the study of God’s Word, the Bible or Devotions. 


What is devotions?  Devotions is that time when a follower of Jesus spends reading and studying God’s Holy Word, the Bible.   It is when an individual quiets their heart and mind to hear God speak to them from the pages of His Word.  God speaks to those who will listen.  You can test Him on this — just ask Him in prayer to speak to you as you read His Word.   He will.  As God speaks, your life will never be the same.  Think about what he is saying to you.  Memorize the verses that come alive off the pages you are reading.  Underline them.  Meditate on them.  Ask yourself, how do these verses or truths apply to my life today?  Ask the Lord to give you understanding as you read His Word.  Thank Him for speaking. 

 2 Timothy 2:15 states, “15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (ESV).” 

One brilliant way to apply scripture is to make it a prayer.  Try praying God’s promises back to Him.  You can also make it a song.  Try singing God’s promises back to Him.  Think about songs that come from scripture and use them to sing back to God in your time of study. 

This brings us to the next ingredient, worship. 


Jesus responded to the Samaritan woman when she was asking him about worship.  He said in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth(CEV).” 

In this verse, Jesus gave to his followers the priority of worship.  Worship is not entertainment.  Worship is being lead by the Holy Spirit.  Worship will never contradict God’s Holy Word.  Worship is adoring and praising God for who He is and what He has done. 

It is expressing worth to God through song, prayer, and scripture.  It is quieting one’s soul before God, humbly listening for Him to speak.   In worship there is adoration and confession, thanksgiving and praise, correction and instruction, renewal and commitment and much more. 

Worship is not a trivial pursuit for selfish gain.  No, worship is entering the presence of a holy God through Jesus Christ as our High Priest.  It is bringing the sacrifice of praise. It is sacred.  It is joyful.  It is life-transforming. 

The fifth ingredient that will help a believer grow in Christ is witnessing. 


Many people have stumbled over their responsibility to be a witness.   Jesus instructed his disciples that they would be His witnesses in Acts :8 “8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”(NIV) 

Notice where the power to witness for Christ comes from?  It comes from the Holy Spirit.   How effective is Christ’s witnesses?  They witness about Jesus Christ in “Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Yet, so often, believers do not tell others about Jesus or what Jesus had done for them in their life.  Why? 

I believe it is because of fear.  People are afraid to speak the truth in love because they fear how others will react to them.  They fear rejection or ridicule or persecution.   But in those moments when one is prompted to speak for Christ and at the same time, tempted to keep silent, we must remember what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  Is the price that Christ paid for you worth telling?  I believe the answer is yes.  Do not let fear keep you from telling what Jesus has done.   Pray and ask God to give you strength and the words to share the good news. 

You will grow as a believer as you believe, pray, study God’s Word, worship and witness about Jesus to others.   You life will never be the same. 

I would love to hear about how you are growing in your relationship with Christ.  Let me know in the comment section below or email me. 

Rejoicing in what God is doing, 


2 Timothy 1:7

The Most Exciting Time to Live For Jesus! 

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written by Teddy O'Farrell

The Most Exciting Time to Live For Jesus 

Why, this could be the most exciting time to live for Jesus! The world has gone crazy! With the spread of the Covid-19 virus, with “stay-at-home” orders in effect, with social distancing being practiced, it may be hard to think this is the most exciting time to live for Jesus Christ! I believe it is and here are some reasons:   

Sharing Jesus with others on the internet has become “main-stream.”  

 I mean, the internet is now one of the most effective ways people are communicating. Churches are posting their worship services via Facebook Live, or through their web-streaming service on their websites. Pastors are communicating via You-tube and/or Vimeo. People are reaching out using video conferencing tools like Zoom, or Webex, or “Go-To-Meeting.”   

 I could watch a pastor friend of mind and catch up with others in their ministries, whom I haven’t spoken to in years! Amazing! 

 These tools are allowing the church to grow and proclaim the gospel in new ways.   

 Sharing Jesus with others through writing is an effective way to communicate the gospel. 

It is exciting to write about Jesus and share insights from God’s Word through the use of “blogs.” The power of the written word is still very effective. I am encouraged by others who are discovering the truth of God’s Word and writing about it. We can glean from others in their experience and learn from their examples. As we write and share our stories, others will benefit and grow.   

 The church is to be about teaching and instructing. Think about what they did in the book of Acts! The believers gathered together. They shared each other's needs, meals, and what the Lord was teaching them. They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and prayer (Acts 2:42). There is no greater time to be teaching about Jesus from God’s Word than now! There is no greater value than praying for one another. There is no greater time to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.   

 God is allowing the church to use modern tools to spread the saving message of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. How wonderful it is to have the Lord transform our lives with His truth. How amazing it is that He gave His one and only Son to save man from eternal damnation. How powerful it is when one accepts Jesus Christ by faith—forgiveness, cleansing, being rescued and adopted into God’s family. How adaptable it is, that the Holy Spirit gives the church the ability to use these tools to share God’s truth.   

We should take advantage of the tools of technology and use them to make disciples for Jesus Christ. This is not “selling out” to the world or becoming “consumer-driven.” No, it is “fishing for men.” It is becoming as the apostle Paul states, in 1 Corinthians 9:19-21,  

“19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law, I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.” (NIV) 

I believe the intent of what he is saying is; he used whatever methods or tools available to him to win people to Christ. He did not compromise the message. He did not water-down the truth. He adapted and used the tools before Him, his heritage, his culture, his trade, and his knowledge and skills — all to live totally, wholly for Jesus Christ. His motive was a love for God and a love for others. He committed himself to being a servant “to win as many as possible.”   

  Sharing Jesus with others through an email or notes grabs people’s attention. 

It used to be that TV commercials were the primary way of getting the “word” out. Not any longer, email, texting, Twitter, Instagram, Snap-chat, and other “apps” are all in use. College professors have had to instruct students not to use “emoji’s” or shortened words like “lol” in their writings. Communication has changed and is changing. The old way of mailing a letter is still in use, but email has taken over.   

Lindsay Patton-Carson states there are at least six advantages of email. Her topics suggests help in writing better, keeping track of contacts and improve one’s spelling of words. I believe it is a great way to share prayer requests and share invites to video-conferencing meetings or just wishing someone a “happy birthday!”   

Writing an email is a great way to share your testimony — what Jesus has done for you in your life! You can write a brief note and still communicate how Christ has met and changed your life. For me, I invited Christ in my heart at age eight and knew from that moment that I was God’s child. You can read about my testimony here.   

Why not ask the Lord to help you use the technology tools of today to share your faith with someone? Why not even write a postcard or email to a friend and let them know you are thinking of them? Take the time, be courageous, be brave and share your faith with those around you. You’ll discover it is the most exciting time to live for Jesus as you do! 

I would love to hear your stories of you using modern technology to share Jesus. Let me know in the comments section below or through an email.   

Growing together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

5 Ways On How To Deal With Difficult People! 

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article by Teddy O’Farrell 

5  Ways on How to Deal with Difficult People! 

In this time of social distancing, yet being at home with your family, there may be occasions when getting along with one another is put to the test!  Here are five ways how to deal with difficult people (even if they are family)! 

-Listen, no really Listen 

Are you really hearing what the other person is saying to you?  Or are you too busy thinking of what you are going to say in response and not really listen at all?  Take several breaths while the other person is talking and try to focus on what they are saying.  This will help in understanding the conflict. 

-Show Patience 

Let the other person express their opinion without interrupting them.  You have heard that developing patience means counting to ten, it may mean counting to one hundred before responding! 

I remember stating to a few people on occasion, “I’ll give you five minutes to present your side without interruption, I ask that you do the same when I respond.” 

Showing patience to others will build a bridge of peace and understanding. 

Most of the time this worked, yet there were times when the other party was so dogmatic of their view, they were not willing to listen or be patient.  It helps when both sides can strive to look at the issue objectively. 

Remember to “count it all joy when you face trials of various kinds,” [James 1:2].  This would include difficult people.  Showing patience to others will build a bridge of peace and understanding.  This may not happen all at once, but it will happen.  It will eventually melt away the tensions and stress in the conversations.  It will help create an atmosphere of honest dialogue and openness. 

-“Button Your Lips” 

Keep silent, don’t be so eager to speak your opinion.  Often a gentle answer or no answer can turn way someone’s wrath! 

This is especially helpful when the other person is being dogmatic.  They are emotionally charged up and are “spewing” it all on you.  You didn’t ask for this treatment, and certainly you don’t deserve this — but letting that individual “air out their dirty laundry” without you engaging in a war of words will promote peace and harmony instead of anger, resentment and frustration.  They may be taking it all out on you, and you may have had nothing to do with it. 

- Put yourself in their place! 

Try for a moment to imagine yourself in their situation.  Would you feel the same as they do?  How would you react?  How could you help them cope now that you somewhat understand? 

If you find yourself discovering that you are in the wrong, be brave — say you are sorry and ask forgiveness.  It may not save the relationship, but it will help you to move forward even if the other person may not be willing to. 

- Be Honest, Truthful and Loving in your speech and actions! 

Yes, you need to be careful on what you say to others, but also how you say it. The other party will watch your body language as well as hear your tone of voice. Are your actions consistent with what you say?  If you are honest, truthful, and loving in both speech and conduct, you will be able to build a bridge for the other person to meet and converse with you. 

For a follower of Jesus, remembering Christ’s words to “love your neighbor as yourself [Matt. 22:39],” applies as well.  How do I show love when it seems I can’t get along with ___?  Pray for _____ and then look forward to the next time you meet.  See what God will do in and through you. 

I hope these insights will help you the next time you may encounter a difficult person!  If you have some helpful advice or how you were able to positively help others when they seemed difficult, I would love to hear your story.  Comment below or let me know through an email. 

Remember God is our help in times of struggle, as the psalmist declared, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble [Psalm 46:1NKJV].”  Trust in Him and He will give you the insight on how to deal with difficult people. 

Growing together, 


2 Tim. 1:7

The Most Important Book You'll Ever Read! 

Written by By Ted O'Farrell Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash 

The Most Important  Book You’ll Ever Read 

There are many excellent books that are worth your time in reading.  I’ve made a list of some of my favorite books to date and you can check them out here My Top Ten List Of Favorite Books To Read

But I would have to say the most important book I’ve ever read and one I keep reading over and over, is the Bible. 

Here’s why I think reading the Bible is so essential: 

Because it is “God-Breathed” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

  “God-Breathed” is one of those terms that means God has inspired the Bible through human writers. (See 2 Peter 1:21) 

I believe it also means God illumines the minds of the writers and readers.  As you and I spend time in God’s Word, reading, letting the word “speak” to us, asking the questions, “who, what, where, when, why” and “how that applies to me?”  I believe God will give insight to you and me from His eternal truth. 

“God Breathed” also means God instructs His readers how to live for Him through His written Word. The Bible tells us what pleases God and what displeases Him. 

Because it is “Useful.” 

Scripture tells us the Word is useful in four ways: 

The Bible is useful for teaching. 

God’s Word really instructs us how to live and get along with others.  How to think properly, how to be productive, how to be wise, how to be a good manager, etc.  The list could go on and on, because it is an inexhaustible resource for teaching. 

The Bible is useful for rebuking. 

I can discover when I read, how I am doing in my relationships with others and with God.  The Bible is clear when I think I’m doing something right and then “boom” - God shows me a verse that is a gentle “rebuke,” to wake me up, and steer me in the right direction.  At that moment I have a choice, do I listen and repent or do I stubbornly refuse and continue in my own way?  May we be like the psalmist who cried,“Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath” (Psalm 38:1). 

The Bible is useful for correcting. 

After I hear from God, especially his gentle rebuke, I can turn from my sin and confess, and be forgiven (1John 1:9) and His Word will help me and correct me.  So, the next time, when I’m facing temptation,  I should be a little more wiser, as the Bible reminds me of God’s truth and keeps me from falling. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” 

The Bible is useful for training. 

I remember practicing with the cross-country team in college.  My room-mate was on the team and just for fun, I would practice with them.  My goal was to get in shape and I thought this would be a good way to do it.  However, I quickly realized that I needed to make a commitment to run and practice every day, in order to reach my goals.  I also realized that I was not as good as the other runners because I had not been training.  I needed the coach and other team mates help for guidance and proper training.  Their encouragement helped me stay at it, improve over time and run more efficiently.   It’s the same with the Word.  We need the Holy Spirit as our Coach, our Pastors and fellow believers as our team mates to help encourage us to keep at it.  Knowing this will help us grow in our faith and walk with God. 

Because it will change your life! 

In John’s Gospel, chapter 1, the “Word” is from the greek “logos”.  Theologians and commentaries tell us this refers to Jesus Christ as the living Word!  Verse 12 states, that as many as receive Him, He gives them the right to be called children of God!  Wow! This is life transformation!  By believing in Jesus Christ by faith, I become a child of God.  Great news from a great God recorded in His great book, the Bible. (See John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10) 

I also encourage you to try to do the following when reading God’s Word, the Bible. 

Read it with an open heart and mind.  Dare to ask God in prayer to help you as you read it. Memorize verses, journal scripture, and let God’s word saturate your thinking. 

There are many benefits of reading God’s Word - you’ll be “thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  The Bible will prepare you for life and living it to the full (John 10:10). 

I hope you will discover how valuable and important this book is.  If you have questions are would like to share with me how you read the Bible or other “good reads,” I would be happy to hear from you! 

Growing together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

How to Trust God in Tough Times 

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How to trust God in Tough Times 

As many of you have heard, or read, “We are living in unprecedented times!”  With the threat of CoronaVirus, COVID-19, we find ourselves trying to make sense of it all.  Some of us may be tempted to panic and react in irrational ways.   In these moments we need to remember how to trust God in tough times. 

For me, during difficult moments of life, my faith in Christ becomes the firm foundation on which I stand.  I strive to practice the following… 

When tough times cause me to doubt, that’s when I need to believe! 

The enemy of our souls would have nothing better to do than to cause followers of Jesus to doubt their faith and trust in God in difficult moments.  It’s easy to do, to be consumed with our problems and the trying circumstances around us.  But that is when we need to remember who we believe in, why we believe and have resolve to keep believing no matter what. 

Psalm 27:13-14 states, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (ESV)” 

The psalmist had an unshakeable faith in his God.  His belief was the underlying current or foundation of all he did.  He was trusting in God’s faithfulness, in God’s fortitude and God’s ability to sustain him and bring blessing!   Doubt would not triumph over his belief! 

When tough times cause me to fear, that’s when I need to rely on God’s strength! 

Fear has a way to rob people of their strength and energy.  When trouble abounds it is easy to allow all the bad stuff to cause us to be afraid, fearful, frightened… which can lead to worry, fretting, and panic.  But in those moments, I must remember and rely on God’s strength. 

David in Psalm 56:3 said, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” The context of this verse, is when David fled and was seized by the Philistines in Gath.   Eugene Peterson in the Message describes David’s plight this way, 

“Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; They make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?” (v1-3, MSG) 

David was not having a pleasant time, he was having a difficult time, getting beat up, suffering physical abuse. Yet he does not let fear take over or control him, he cries out to God whom he trusts and becomes fearless! 

When tough times cause me to suffer, that’s when I need to give thanks and rejoice 

Suffering in one way or another can cause one to lose hope and really be ushered in and placed on the doorstep of despair and discouragement.  It’s in those moments that we need to give thanks and rejoice.  I marvel at the testimony of the apostle Paul when he and Silas are able, after being beaten for their faith and witness in Christ, are chained in a prison cell and they are singing hymns and praises to God (See Acts 16:16-40, esp. v.25) That is rejoicing in the midst of suffering! 

We are instructed in scripture, “To give thanks in everything” (I Thess. 5:18), this is God’s will for you and for me.  He desire us to respond, as James has recorded in James 1:2, “To count it all joy when we face various trials of many kinds…”  This is very hard to do.  For me, I pray and ask the Lord to help me be joyful even in the most stressful times, to let Him take my sufferings and let me praise and rejoice in Him while I’m going through it.   I haven’t always been successful, but when I am… there is a sense of confidence and complete victory. 

When tough times cause me to focus on the “wrong things” that is when I need to “fix my eye on Jesus!” 

The writer of the Hebrews, in Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV) states that as followers of Jesus we are to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of the faith(v.2)… Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.(v.3 )”  What an example to follow!  When I look at Jesus, see and understand what He went through on my behalf, when I meditate on that, I am strengthened, encouraged, helped and filled with hope.   The Holy Spirit resides in every follower of Jesus Christ and gives them hope.  Faith in Jesus Christ gives you and me hope.  Hope, because I’m looking at the right things and not the wrong things.  As the psalmist says, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119:37 ESV) 

I need to remember what the Lord has done for me, especially when I am tempted to look and follow worthless things!  He took upon himself all my sin so I could stand before God as one who is righteous (See 2 Cor. 5:21).  He saved me and redeemed me through His death on the cross and His resurrection.  When I think of Jesus, His Spirit helps me keep my eyes on Him. 

In the tough times we can trust God because of His promises in His Word 

One of God’s precious promises is knowing that He is always with us (See Psalm 139 and Matthew 28:20).  God knows when we sit, when we stand.  He knows everything about us.  He also knows that we can’t escape His presence.  He is everywhere.  Theologians call this “omnipresence.”  Isaiah 43:2 states, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”   This is great assurance for every follower of the Lord Jesus, that they can know that God is with them in every situation that they face.  He is with me right now.  He is with you right now.  Doesn’t this make your heart want to trust Him through the tough times?   It does mine! 

How about you?  How does your faith in Christ help you to trust Him in tough times?  Are you needing to trust Him now?  Do you need Him to give you faith, strength, joy and the ability to see Him?  To rely on His promises?  Why not ask Him in prayer? 

I would love to hear how you trust God in tough times.  Drop me an email or comment.  I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. 

Growing together, 


2 Timothy 1:7

Five Proven Ways to Understand Scripture 

                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Matt Botsford on UnSplash

Lately, you may be finding yourself with a lot of time on your hands, especially with recommended social distancing and quarantine from the COVID-19 Virus.  One way to maneuver and survive during these days of uncertainty is to take the time to study God’s Word, the Holy Bible.  Here are five proven ways that I use personally to help me understand and unlock the Scriptures. 


Begin by reading the Bible systematically.  In other words, start by reading everyday, a select portion of scripture, either book by book, or use a concordance to find a topic and begin there.   The Gospel of Mark is a great place to start.  It has 16 chapters and gives a good overview of the life of Jesus.  There are many Bible Reading plans available to use, to help you keep track on where you are in your journey.  Great Bible Apps, such as YouVersion Bible (  and Bible Gateway ( are available as well, and they suggest certain Bible reading plans in their menu. Also, select a translation that will help you understand what you are reading as you begin, such as the New International Version, or the New Living Translation or maybe the English Standard Version. 


Take time to pray before you read a passage of Scripture.  Prayer is asking God to help you understand what you are reading.  He is the author, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who put the scriptures together (see 1 Peter 1:21).  So why not ask Him for His insight, guidance, direction and understanding.  A simple prayer I pray is, “Lord as I read your Word, help me understand it, show me what I need to know and how to apply it to my life, open up my heart, my mind, my ears to hear you speak, In Jesus Name, Amen.”   God will honor His Word and will speak to you as you take the time to seek Him. (See Jeremiah 29:13). 


As you read, notice any verses and/or words that “jump off” the page!  In other words, you may have read a passage before and missed something, but now as you read it - the words become fresh and alive and they speak to your heart!  Take note of them and write them down.  You can apply the “who, what, where, when, why and how” questions to them.  Who were these verses written to?  Why were they written and when?  Where was this taken place?  Then ask, what do these verses mean for me today?  How does this apply to my life?  For example:  If I was reading the 23rd Psalm and read verse 1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” (KJV). What is this verse saying - it is talking about the Lord as one’s shepherd.  Why does the writer say “I shall not want - or I lack nothing…? Because the Shepherd provides for their flock, the sheep do not have to worry because the shepherd will take care of them.   Who wrote this? David, who was a shepherd.  Why? He compares shepherding with the Lord God as the shepherd over His people.  How does this apply today?  As we trust in the Good Shepherd, Jesus (see John 10), He will provide for us, his sheep (followers). 


Use other translations and Bible commentaries to gain understanding and insight.  Compare scripture with other passages of scripture.  How does the King James Version state this passage?  How does that compare with the New International Version?  the New Living Translation?  J.B. Phillips translation?  The Message?, the New American Standard Version? etc.? You can find these different versions on-line at  Just follow the menu and select the translation that you want to read.  Notice key words that are the same and different.   Another good tool is using a Bible commentary, such as “The Bible Knowledge Commentary” or Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, these are excellent and you can get these resources at 


Journal your thoughts regarding what you have just read.  As those verses “jump out” at you, write them down and then meditate, think about them, and write what you discover.   Make what you are discovering into a prayer that you could pray.  For example, “Thank you Lord that you are my Shepherd, that I can count on you for all my needs…” (Psalm 23:1)  In this way you are applying what you’ve read.  Scripture becomes personal and practical as you think about it throughout your day.  I always enjoy going back and reviewing my prayers - it amazes me what God has said to me through His Word. 


Give it a try and let me know what you think and discover!  Do you have any sure ways of studying and understanding God’s Word?  I always enjoy how others are learning from God’s Word.  Please feel free to share your thoughts with me. 

Growing together, 


2 Timothy 1:7