Episode 90

Yom Kippur begins tonight at sundown. Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for people of the Jewish faith. This important day is marked by prayer and fasting and repentance. In recognition of Yom Kippur, I’ll be reading fifteen verses from the book of Hebrews in today’s…

Episode 89

This week, I’ve been consciously looking for reasons to give thanks. I decided to read Psalm 138:1-3 from The Message, because I love how this version of the Bible interprets these three verses regarding praise and thanksgiving. Since the tongue has the power of life and death, I want to fill my mouth with thanksgiving…

Episode 88

Today, I’ll be reading 1 John 5:1-5. These verses are such an encouragement to me when I feel like evil is gaining ground. I know that God has never lost a battle and that he has promised victory to every single one of us who believe in his Son. I don’t always feel victorious. But…

Episode 87

Today’s reading is John 10:1-15 from The Message, which opens with Jesus speaking truth. May you hear the voice of your Shepherd as I read his words in this episode of the Believe & Speak podcast. According to John 10:3 Jesus “calls his own sheep by name.” Jesus knows your name, my friend. I want…

Prepared Like a Professional

Don’t you love getting hugs from heaven?  A couple weeks ago, I testified to the fact that obedience pays well. The miraculous timing of God’s provision described in that testimony isn’t the only heavenly hug I’ve received since my husband, Steve, and I poured ourselves into producing my audiobook, which is now available on Audible, Amazon,…

Episode 86

This week’s episode is inspired by a fable one of my pastor’s recently posted to Facebook. It’s called “Don’t Argue with a Donkey”, and since it’s about a lion and a donkey, I thought it might be one of Aesop’s fables. I searched the Internet and couldn’t find a proper attribution, but I liked the…

Episode 85

In light of yesterday’s resignation of Governor Cuomo, I was drawn to share the portion of Scripture that talks about praying for those who rule over us in government. I looked back over my notes and discovered I read that Bible verse, which is 1 Timothy 2:2, in Episode 44. The declaration back then focused…

Obedience Pays Well

Financial hardship teaches dependence on God.  I once heard a Bible teacher query her students from the platform. “Do you trust your checking account balance more than you trust God?” Ouch! As the one who manages the books for my husband’s company, I continually monitor the contents of our checking account. It’s my job. And…

Episode 84

My pastor likes to say that the Bible wasn’t written to us, it was written for us. The author of Hebrews writes to remind persecuted believers to think back on the days when they first learned about Christ and how they remained faithful—even though their profession of faith led to terrible suffering. These believers had…

Episode 83

Today’s Bible verses promise that God has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and enabled us to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. While this week’s declaration reminds us to press forward with hope rather than fall backward in despair. You and I can’t help but…