Warning From Acts

Acts 1:15-26 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered…

The Western Wall & Our Prayer Life

Acts 1:12-14  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one…

Thoughts from the Book of Acts

Ever since our 25th anniversary trip to Israel, the Book of Acts has been in my devotional reading. Luke’s account of the events after the Lord’s ascension has become animated in my mind. I see the disciples learning how to function without their Lord Jesus physically among them. They are instructed to wait for the Holy Spirit.

Refuge in the Names of God

When we moved into the little house at the edge of the Vienna Woods, I had no idea what lay beyond our doorstep. As the kids and I ventured up a path through the trees, I saw the tower. It was tall and rather narrow with concrete walls, edged with stone work, curving upward in…

Thoughts from The Holy Land

I’m sitting here in Jerusalem. It is the night before the opening of the new embassy. The streets are packed and the air filled with excitement as it seems as all of Jerusalem is gathering at the Western Wall (otherwise known as the Wailing Wall). Young and old, with lots of strollers, gather and the…

Friends Like Iron

I grew up in a strong Christian home and community and attended college and grad school in my hometown, so I was surrounded by good Godly friends for the first 25 years or so of my life. However, since we have been in the army, Christian friends aren’t as common. That doesn’t mean I haven’t…

I’m Not Who You Think I Am

Some lessons are just hard to learn. It often seems as if I can never do it right. Sure, you may not see it. From the outside, I look like a fun, loving person who gets along with everyone—even perfect strangers! But on the inside, it’s a different story. I have my own agenda and…

Are You a Worm or a Snake?

As a little girl, I loved picking up worms in the garden as Dad prepared the soil. He would rototill while I would run around looking for worms as he would point them out to me. I would bend down close and pull them out and then plop them into my little pail of dirt….

The Lord is My Shepherd

Ever since I can remember, this picture has hung above my bed in my room. It has always been special to me, but not until recently did I really pinpoint why it was so special. Then it hit me. To most, it’s just a picture of a girl with her precious goat-friend sleeping in a…

Have I Not Commanded Thee?

Guest Contributor: Amy Worley My simple thoughts… I have been digging into God’s commands to us. Not just The Ten Commandments, but other commands given to us in His word. One in particular that has been ever present in my mind is found in Matthew 22:37 Thou shalt love The Lord your God with all your…