Episode 48

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, I chose a Scripture that highlights the generosity of our God. I live in Central California—a cornucopia of fresh produce—so I understand the significance of a bountiful harvest. It makes perfect sense to me that Thanksgiving comes at the end of harvest season. I received a letter last week from…

Episode 47

I was driven by my approaching birthday to focus on Isaiah 40:25–31 for two weeks, and will pick up today where I left off last week. These verses are very familiar to me because God used them to encourage me over and over—ever since my teenage years when he gave me the yet-to-be-fulfilled promise. My…

Episode 46

If you are waiting for the fulfilment of a promise, and the wait has made you weary, you will appreciate the truth we will believe and speak this week and next. My birthday is a week from Friday. November 20th marks the passing of yet another year without seeing the fulfillment of a promise God…

Episode 45

This episode publishes the day after the U.S. presidential election, but I recorded it the day of the election. So even if the race has been called by the time you hear this, I don’t know who won. My motivation for choosing the passage I’m reading today has nothing to do with the results of…

Episode 44

The United States election is less than a week away. The American people have never been more divided. The disrespect and disdain displayed on the news and in social media between the left and the right has been far from godly and dignified. No wonder Paul wrote to Timothy “I urge you, first of all,…

Episode 43

I remember exactly where I was the first time someone quoted Psalm 119:165 to me. I had asked a girlfriend to pray with me about coping with a constant source of offence that poked and prodded me incessantly. I didn’t want to become offended and succumb to the bitterness, cynicism or anger that often marks…

Episode 42

Do you remember the declaration from last week’s episode of the Believe & Speak podcast? It was a good one! If you missed it, go back and review Episode 41. Last week’s declaration started with “I can.” As you know, the word “can” refers to an ability. This week continues with a similar assurance of…

Episode 41

God recently taught me something remarkable about reconciliation. I’ve always thought of reconciliation as something that happens between two people or between groups of people—like with racial reconciliation. As more and more exposed injustices stir up hostilities and erupt into rioting and looting, our grave need for reconciliation becomes more and more apparent. So, how…

Episode 40

Today we finish our series on Psalm 5. I mentioned back when we started this four-part series that the Book of Psalms provides great content for the Believe & Speak podcast because the Psalms are filed with wonderful declarations and promises. This episode includes a favorite memory verse of mine. I absolutely love the promise…

Episode 39

Today’s episode takes us three weeks in to our four-part series on Psalm 5. This psalm—like so many of the prayers found in the book of Psalms—is full of truths and promises that are well worth declaring. Today’s verses, however, address less than pleasant circumstances. David sometimes wrote psalms containing pleas that God would deal…