Which is the contrite heart?

This week I’m teaching Psalm 51 at our women’s Bible study at church. This paradigm of prayers was recorded and preserved for us so that we’d know what to do with our sins—big and small.

It’s a two-fold process: seek forgiveness and seek restoration.

The psalm reaches its climax with these words:

“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The …

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In a Squeeze

The daily stress of 21st century life puts us in a squeeze. Job pressure, time constraints, financial limitations, relationship demands—impossible expectations at every level.

Some days we feel like the walls are closing in on us, we’re backed into a corner, we have no room to breathe. I have felt this recently with decisions and deadlines hanging over me.

I found a wellspring of encouragement in Psalm 4 as I dug deeper into …

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Like April Showers

The rain forecast for today comes as no surprise—it’s April. And we know that April showers bring May flowers. We overlook the nuisance of rain because we delight in landscapes beautified with flowers. And another essential reason—our food supply depends on it.

God’s lessons from nature also come as no surprise.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and …

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Scripture Memory Made Easy

I was a guest on a segment of Real Truth Real Quick hosted by my pastor Todd Wagner @ Watermark Community Church, Dallas, Texas.

Here is the 8 minute video.

The topic: What is an easy way to memorize Scripture? It also covers how to get started.

I’d love to get your feedback and your questions.

Distractions and Diversions

I always have high expectations of what I can accomplish, but most things take longer than planned. And then there are the distractions and diversions that can sabotage all good intentions.

When it comes to memorizing and reviewing Scripture I’ve got my routine: • I work on verses early morning when I first get up. • I go walking after breakfast and review while walking. • I review during my get-ready routine: shower, …

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