Songs of Hope in the Midst of Injustice

Years ago Carrie and I walked into a old, family-owned BBQ restaurant in a small town in North Carolina. As we entered the door every person inside turned their heads ever so slightly toward us. That split-second encounter seemed to last for three minutes. It felt like an old western movie when the city slicker walks through the swinging saloon doors, the piano player stops playing, everybody stops talking, and then one person says, “You ain’t from around here, are ya? Even though I live right near that restaurant, I still felt… Read More

Songs from the Prison Cell

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Many believers have wrong assumptions of what it means to praise and worship God. They assume: Praise and worship is something you do only at church.  Praise and worship is something you do only when things are going well in life.  Praise and worship is something for people who are musically inclined.  Paul and Silas understood that worship and praise, combined with prayer, are powerful forces that pierce spiritual darkness,… Read More

Three Reasons I Love The Lord

The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”  -Psalm 118:14 Psalm 118 contains 29 verses full of encouragement and truth to those whose distress has been caused by both their own sin and the subsequent condemning voice of the enemy.  The Psalmist writes and repeats several times: “For His mercy endures forever.” Today I am meditating on the truths found in verse 14. The Lord is my STRENGTH.  One of the great promises of the Word is that, “when I am weak, He is strong.”  I often… Read More