Inspiration

Inspiration

Holding “stiddy” to God

In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury Dept. announced that several women would grace new designs for $5, $10, and $20 bills. Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad effort that freed at least 300 slaves in the years leading up to the Civil War, will replace Andrew Jackson as the featured portrait on the front of the $20. Most schoolchildren can tell you who Harriet Tubman was. According to the New York Times, “Araminta Ross, known as “Minty,” was born into…

True Colors

I love fall. It’s my favorite season. My family has most of our birthdays, along with our wedding anniversary, in October. But in addition to all of that, one of the things I love the most is the changing of the leaves. And I’m not alone. Every autumn thousands of people, maybe some of us here tonight, trek up to the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains of Virginia. During a recent October, around 220,000 people visited Shenandoah National Park, including Skyline…

Worn Out and Spent

If we keep our eyes down, we can find them on the sidewalk or in a parking lot. We often have at least one in our pocket and definitely in a purse. Sometimes we put them in a tray on a dresser, or toss them in a jar until they add up. They’re pennies. The shiny ones are, perhaps, on the surface, more attractive. Usually they’re newer, and much less circulated. They haven’t seen too much action, which is why they look so…

Be Excellent for Christ

If we are to mature spiritually, we must strive for excellence. In doing so, we should examine our motives. It should be about exalting God and not ourselves. Pursuing excellence is found in Scripture. Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. —Matthew 22:37-38 First of all, love God. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is…

God’s Promise

In Genesis chapter 9, we read these words as The Lord spoke to Noah after the flood waters had receded and the family and animals have emerged from the ark: “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and the…