“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Psalm 51:10-12 Renew – Restore – Uphold. These three words are lavished with peace and power. Do you remember how excited you were when you started living for God? I was fifteen-years-old when I received the Holy Ghost and I told everyone I could about the love of God; my friends, the barista at Starbucks,…

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (Mark 10:21-22, ESV) By the world’s standards, I am not a wealthy person. I do, however, feel very blessed as I consider how God supplies my daily needs. I have housing, food, transportation, and money to pay my bills. God is good to me, and I am content. Most of…

“Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those he wanted, and they came to him.” (Mark 3:13, CSB) What is it about a mountain that pulls people to reach its summit? The difficulty of the ascent doesn’t matter; they feel a compulsion to reach where others dare not tread. Mount Everest, considered the world’s tallest summit, has had a “traffic jam” at times as unprecedented numbers of climbers waited in line for their turn to reach its peak. Can you imagine enduring over 29,000 feet of treacherous climbing, not to mention rigorous training and great expense, just to wait in…