Whether They Listen or Not

The following post is by Natalie Hart as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. I am sending you to say to them, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says!” And whether they listen or refuse to listen — for remember, they are rebels — at least they will know they have had a prophet among them. “Son of man, do not fear them or their words…You must give them my messages whether they listen Keep Reading…

An Advocate’s Prayer

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. (Psalms 82:3, NIV) God, You bring people into the world To make a difference To help people understand How they can make things right. Use me Use my words Make me a catalyst Make my life a prayer. Bring justice Bring inclusion Bring compassion and mercy Let justice roll down And let it begin with me. My love for words Keep Reading…

Luke’s Gospel Doesn’t Stop in the Book of Luke

After my class on Luke that I was teaching ended, I promised them that since I wasn’t going to teach on Acts as I’d originally planned, I would instead blog about it. My first post on Acts was supposed to be last week. Oops. When I sent the final email to them, I wrote that as I’d briefly looked at Acts, I’d noticed that it ended with this: He lived there two whole years at his own expense and Keep Reading…

A Labour of Love

The following post is by Lydia Leigh as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, NRSVA) Why do you write? It could be for love of God, a desire to communicate who Keep Reading…

Cultivating Encouragement through Prayer

The following post is by Gene Whitehead as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.” (Isaiah 61:11, ESV)  Let’s be honest: there is so much weight in this world, things that weigh against our dreams, ideas, goals Keep Reading…

Looking at the Future with Fear & Trust

It’s a new year. People are inspired to make resolutions, set goals, or choose a word to define their upcoming year. I don’t feel that settled to be able to do that. I’m not good at goal setting or resolutions and I don’t even remember if I chose a word for last year. There was a Facebook app I clicked on a few weeks ago that promised to give me a word to define my Keep Reading…

We Can Only Write from Where God Has Called Us to Be

The following post is by Ed Cyzewski as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers project. I’ve stopped asking whether I’m making enough sales, earning enough money, achieving enough success, or any other benchmark for my work and calling as a writer. I can drive myself crazy and kill the joy of writing if I require a certain level of success. Pursuing it can leave anyone drained, stressed, and even bitter. Writing what you feel Keep Reading…

Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds and Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason

They say that time heals all wounds. That’s a lie. When I was six years old, I sliced open my left foot in a freak accident while riding my bike. More than thirty years later, I still have a scar. The skin is thinner there, and, I suspect, more vulnerable to another cut than other parts of my body where the skin is thicker and there are no scars. I’m also not a believer in Keep Reading…

NIV Bible for Women::a Giveaway!

Back in September I announced that I wrote a devotional that is included in the new NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World.* The scripture I wrote about was Isaiah 9:2: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Well, now YOU have an opportunity to win your very own copy. Zondervan has provided Keep Reading…