Feeling Distant from God and Yearning for His Presence?

Do you ever feel distant from God and yearn to experience His presence? David said, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:2). God made us to thirst for Him. This is His gift, His invitation and call to come to Him. He provided ways for…

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Christ Is Risen!!!

  Christ is alive! His Resurrection proves that He has conquered sin, death, and the Devil! His Words – every one of them – are proven true through His resurrection! After His Resurrection, it is documented that He was seen by: Mary Magdalene – the other women at the tomb – Peter – two travelers…

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Jesus’ Calling Culminated in the Cross

The Cross is the only way to God, the only way to know Him, the only way into His presence. Why? No matter how good you and I are, we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:9-12). God is holy. To have fellowship with God, now and eternally, we must be cleansed…

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Power to Press On, to Persevere Powerfully

While working at my computer today, a warning popped up stating I was running on low battery, about to lose power… even shut down. It made me think about times when I have actually felt that way! Do you ever feel drained by daily responsibilities, depleted by concerns, even devoid of power? Isaiah had experienced…

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Sit Before Serving

How is your work …your serving … your life going? As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all…

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Called and Commissioned by Christ: Isaiah, You, and Me

How have you experienced the Lord’s call in your life, His commissioning to serve Him? The way God worked in Isaiah’s life is similar to the way He works in ours. Listen to the Word as Isaiah shares God’s story and his: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and…

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Your Worth and Your Works

Have you ever questioned the value and purpose of your life? Listen with the ears of your heart to what your Lord says to you through Paul in Ephesians 2:8-10. Let these truths permeate your soul: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the…

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Priorities Produce Peace

Do the cares of your world concern, even consume you? Listen to Jesus’ words from Luke 10:38-42: As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what…

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A Review of Our Beloved, Our Friend

By R.E. Lybrand, Jr. –  Pastor of Lake Wylie Lutheran Church –  I was embarrassed, hurt, and a slight bit angered when a parishioner told me one Sunday after worship, “Pastor, your sermon today was like spiritual baby food!  My hunger was not satisfied.”  After asking what he meant, I learned that he thought my sermon…

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Our Hope when discouraged, our Help when downcast…

Our predicament: Why are you downcast, O my soul? 
Why so disturbed within me
 (Psalm 43:5a)? God’s promise: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ…

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