Posts by Judy Jones (Page 6)

Posts by Judy Jones (Page 6)

Foul Weather Faith

There is a “fair weather” faith that is precious to all believers. When our confidence in God’s presence is reinforced by good things that happen, when His protection and His direction are easily recognized, the security of His bosom is such a joy! But life isn’t always like that. Sometimes we are bewildered by God’s strange way of managing the universe. John the Baptist…

“I’m So Discouraged”

First, let me say that feeling discouragement and disappointment is not sinful. No one thinks you’re less Christian simply because you feel like that. Honestly, I think we have all reached that point at some time in our life and the more you care the more likely you are to feel it. Sometimes it is about what is happening at church and sometimes it’s about what is not…

Making Disciples: By Marshal Segal

Following Christ means making disciples. His words echo in the back of our minds, “Go therefore and make disciples . . . ” (Matthew 28:19). Not first and foremost “have daily devotions” or “give to the poor,” but make disciples. We don’t become a Christian by making disciples, but once we are in Christ, few things come closer to capturing the heart of our calling while…

Patience Isn’t Passive

I am an impatient person. Waiting is a nuisance at best. This presents a challenge when I run into those situations when wisdom says “wait on the Lord.” In fact, “wait on the Lord” sounds very much like “sit down, shut up, and see what happens” which is in dangerous proximity to passivity and boredom, a state of being that is hair-tearingly tedious. But my understanding…

The Different Tenses of Grace

Devotional by John Piper We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) Grace is not only God’s desire to do…

Feeling… devastated?

Have you ever received a piece of crushing news that totally rocked your world?  It may have been news regarding a medical diagnosis, a choice made by someone that you love that cut you deeply, the death of someone close to you, news that you were being fired when you’ve been living paycheck to paycheck, a deed perpetrated against you by someone that you looked up to… or…

Lord, help me be like the coffee bean!

There was a daughter who complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of all the fighting and struggling, because it seemed as though in solving one problem, two more would arise. Her father, who was a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with…

We Work by Grace

By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Paul realized that the first part of this verse might be misunderstood. So he goes on to say, “Though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” This text…

The Ugliest Sin

Disrespect gets my vote for the “Ugliest Sin” award! You may disagree, of course, but please bear with me for a moment as I plead my case. For starters, while I hate to be a name-dropper, the fact is that God doesn’t think very highly of disrespectfulness. Neither do those closest to Him. Jesus said that anyone who uses insulting terms to describe his brother is in danger…