Joyful Satisfaction

Joyful Satisfaction

What satisfies you? What brings you …purpose? …identity? …joy? Ponder the topic with me for a moment. “When I have ___________ I will be happy.” Many of the things we would like to satisfy us are good things. After all, God has been kind to give us many things to enjoy. But really, we find […]

The Christian Millennial

The Christian Millennial

I read an interesting article on millennials in the last few weeks and suddenly as I was reading the article some pieces that had been floating around in my heart shifted and thunk fell into place. The article mentions a study that says millennials who were born under the prosperity of the 80s but came […]

Your Safe House

Your Safe House

“The joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).   A few years ago in southwestern Ontario we had one of the coldest winters recorded in fifty years. Preceding this deep and quick freeze was a spike in temperature that yielded such a deluge of rain and freezing rain that the ice it produced […]

The Power of the Word “Is”

The Power of the Word “Is”

“The joy of the LORD IS your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).   My fifth grade English teacher had us write in our journals every day. In one entry I made a terrible attempt at writing a poem about cats in which every line ended with the word “is” or “are” or “were”. I can still see […]

Christmas Names/The Second Hand Nativity   

Christmas Names/The Second Hand Nativity   

Christmas Names By, Tobi H. I love listening to Christmas music all throughout the advent season. Recently, I’ve been meditating on the hymn based off of Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince […]

 Worshipping the Wonderful One

 Worshipping the Wonderful One

 Worshipping the Wonderful One By, Wendy M. “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”  (Judges 13:18) I never thought of going to the book of Judges for a Christmas devotional, but when I began a study on the word “wonderful” in Scripture, this was the first passage in the Word in which […]

From Fear to Joy

From Fear to Joy

It’s the time of year for Christmas movies and my absolute favorite is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I still get chills during the speech that Linus gives when Charlie Brown asks if anyone knows what the true meaning of Christmas is. Linus responds by quoting from Luke 2 and telling Charlie Brown, “That’s what Christmas […]

From Fear to Joy

It’s the time of year for Christmas movies and my absolute favorite is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I still get chills during the speech that Linus gives when Charlie Brown asks if anyone knows what the true meaning of Christmas is. Linus responds by quoting from Luke 2 and telling Charlie Brown, “That’s what Christmas […]

Psalm 103

Psalm 103

Today in church we sang Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons and I stood in the back of the sanctuary, as usual, with my toddler on my back in the carrier, correcting the other children in the pews around me, making eye contact and smiling at those who I missed greeting during the handshaking time; and all […]

Choosing Joy

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” (James 1:2 NIV)   I fell asleep to the gentle sound of raindrops tapping out a tune on the tent roof. I woke up at two o’clock in the morning with an inch of water pooling on the floor. The […]