Old Habits

Alissa Coldwell

READ : Galatians 4:8-20 But now that you have come to know God . . . how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world? (v. 9) The saying “old habits die hard” is an interesting one. When I was young, my mom told me that in order to establish a new good habit I would have to repeat it 20 times over 20 days before it started to become second nature to …

Good Grace

Alissa Coldwell

READ : Ephesians 2:1-10 But God . . . even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. (vv. 4-5) The song “Amazing Grace” is popular both in Christian circles and beyond. As we all know, it’s about being saved from our wretchedness by God’s incredible, unending grace. It is easy to forget how powerful the lyrics are and the meaning behind them when the song is heard so often. …

God’s Constant Help

Alissa Coldwell

READ : Read: Psalm 71 But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. (v. 14) When it rains, it pours; a saying that unfortunately is often true. The car breaks down, the basement floods, and grandma is taken to the hospital. Throughout our lives we face trials of many kinds, some of which seem insurmountable. What is there to hold on to? Is anything certain in a world that changes so quickly? How do we …

Be on the Lookout

Alissa Coldwell

READ : Ephesians 5:1-21 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (vv. 15-16) One Sunday, a preacher asked the congregation, “How many of you believe that Jesus Christ will return in your lifetime?” Looking around the room, he noticed that about one fourth of the people in the pews were raising their hands. He was incredibly troubled at this, but it also sheds …

Prayers for All the Saints

Alissa Coldwell

READ : Ephesians 1:15-23 Because I have heard of your faith . . . and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks . . . remembering you in my prayers. (vv. 15-16) Prayer is a gift from God. It is one way we can communicate with God and seek our Creator’s heart. Prayer is also a gift we can give to each other. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul assures the congregation that …