Episode 107

Today’s declaration sounds like the opposite of an idiom that I’ve never really cared for. Maybe you’ve heard it: the devil is in the details. The devil wants us to trip over the details, but God will never let us fall. As a detail-oriented person, I’m glad to know that God is not only in…

Episode 106

Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills recently shared some Bible verses that he encouraged us to proclaim in the coming year. I know this because my girlfriend sent me one of those verses, and it inspired today’s declaration, which I love. God stands ready to lead you and I into this new year.…

A Real Live Radio Interview!

Don’t you love it when a door finally opens? Lockdowns shouldn’t apply to phone interviews, right? But 2020 offered few opportunities for me to speak about my book release. So, I set a goal (and prayed fervently) to be interviewed on a radio show before the end of 2021. If you read Hope Gives Life…

Episode 105

I pulled today’s declaration from the Old Testament Bible verses that were used as lyrics in a 1960s tune called “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Can you name—not that tune, but those verses? (Answer: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) With 2021 drawing to a close and 2022 waiting in the wings, ‘Tis the season to declare that seasons come and…

Episode 104

With Christmas Eve arriving the day after tomorrow, my guess (and hope) is that you’ve finished your Christmas shopping. If you over spent your budget, be encouraged by this week’s declaration drawn from Isaiah 55:3, which says, “Pay attention and come closer to me, and hear, that your total being may flourish.” (TPT) The greatest…

Episode 103

Today’s declaration makes me think of a sermon given back in 1976 by a popular preacher named S.M. Lockridge. I can hear his rich, baritone voice even now, saying the phrase he repeated again and again in his sermon, That’s My King! I’m tempted to add “that’s my king” to our declaration, which I drew…

Episode 102

With just two and a half weeks until Christmas Day, you may wonder why I chose John 20 for this episode. Well—thanks to the heartwarming presentation Linus gave on the stage of the Charlie Brown Christmas special—I feel a need to clarify the angel’s words in Luke 2:14. “Glory to God in the highest, and…

A Double Portion

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.” Elisha’s request of Elijah in 2 Kings 2:9 inspired my prayers for my children. Since before they were born, I’ve been asking God to give them a double portion of the blessings he has given me. I snapped this selfie last Thursday on Thanksgiving Day and…

Episode 101

News broke this past week about yet another variant of Covid-19… the virus that refuses to go away. However, the virus’s staying power has nothing on God. Psalm 16:8-9 says, “I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad,…

Episode 100

Last Sunday, my pastor’s adult son gave the sermon. D.J. is a brand-new dad, and he shared a sermon illustration worth repeating—especially in light of our focus on God’s promise to hold us and ensure that we are provided for and protected. D.J. said there have been times when he cradles his newborn son, attempting…