New Journaling Devotional

Hope for New Beginnings
Devotionals for the Adventure

I am so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with my dear brother-in-Christ, friend, and mentor on this journaling devotional.

Stepping into any new beginning not knowing what is ahead, is exciting and unsettling at the same time. Our hope as Christ-followers rests in knowing that we do not move forward in our own strength, but in the strength of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Each day’s devotional has exercises that lead you to “Interact with Biblical Truths” presented in the devotional and provides space for you to journal your answers.

This devotional may be used as a daily or weekly devotional, and it may be used for individual or group devotions. Suggestions for these are provided in the devotional.

Biblical counselors, when you are ready to dismiss a counselee, this devotional makes a great assgnment for the next thirty-one days, then have the counselee come back for a final check-up.

Available on Amazon: Hope for New Beginnings

Coming Soon!

I am excited to share the cover of a new devotional, Hope for New Beginnings: 31 Devotionals for the Adventure. It has been an an honor co-writing this devotional with my dear brother in Christ, Dr. Howard Eyrich.

Don’t you love the photograph: Sunrise in Miango, Nigeria, West Africa, taken by my missionary friend D’Anna Shotts?

We will be announcing the publication date and other “fun” things soon.

 

Putting Away the Old

In a few hours we will say goodbye to 2016. I am sure there are many who are struggling as they try to deal with the things that have happened to them and their loved ones during the past year.

You will not want to miss today’s discussion of “Putting Away the Old” with our dear brother in Christ, Dr. Howard Eyrich, as we look at what Scripture has to say about dealing with the past, and the Hope we as Christ-followers have for the future!

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

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Thanksgiving Day is Coming

Glimpses of the Savior FRONT cover“Thanksgiving Day is Coming” is a poem I heard my mom recite every November from the time I was very young. I have not found the author’s name anywhere. The poem is the exchange between a turkey and a pumpkin talking about becoming turkey dinner and pumpkin pie.

While we do not have to be concerned about becoming part of some family’s Thanksgiving dinner, we are often very busy with our regular responsibilities, and then add to that the concomitant responsibilities that come with our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year preparations and celebrations.

This is a great time to get your copy of Glimpses of the Savior: 30 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year that my Nigeria MK cousin and I co-authored.

These make great Christmas Gifts! The devotions begin the week before Thanksgiving and take you through the New Year.

Available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback from Amazon and most bookstores by request.

Paul and Women in Ministry – Wrap-up

Today we wrap-up our 25-episode series on “Paul and Women in Ministry.” Join us today for a wrap-up and review of the past 24 weeks.

Within these discussions we have talked about how important it is for every Christ-follower to be actively involved in a local church.

A special thank you to four godly and amazingly gifted women whom I have the privilege of calling sisters in Christ and friends:  Lauri Bucci, Patsy Howard, Harriet Michael, and Phyliss Wright. Thank you for giving your time to join us in these discussions, as you shared testimonies of God’s grace in your lives, and told about how you are currently serving Him.

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Looking Ahead

Charlotte and I are kicking off 2016 with Andy Wisner joing us for a discussion of Looking Ahead.

Listen or watch at 2:00 p.m. Central.

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106.1 FM – Jasper
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Watch on WAY-TV channel 47

Stream it live at: gleniris.net/WGIB

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How can we stand firm in our faith?

The first day of the New Year is always an exciting day for me, for it represents a NEW BEGINNING. In this brand new year, I am always excited about what God has in store for me during that year. Even though I know difficult days are sure to come, I know that the Lord will give me the grace, mercy, love, strength, and ability to walk victoriously through whatever comes my way!

How can you and I stand firm in our faith and trust in the Lord throughout the coming year?

We can stand firm in our faith because:

  • we have been redeemed by the shed blood of Christ, through Whom we receive forgiveness of our sin,
  • we offer ourselves in obedience and service to Him,
  • by reading, studying, meditating on, and memorizing the Holy-Spirit-inspired-Word the Holy-Spirit-inspired Word by which we are being continually transformed as our minds are renewed.

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  – Romans 12:1-2

So, begin this year looking ahead to what the Lord would have us do for His Kingdom.

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay old of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:12-14

Do not forget that part of the reason the Lord puts us in a local church is so that we can spur each other on to godly living, encourage, teach, and admonish our brothers and sisters in Christ. Do not miss the opportunities that walk by and sit near you at church.

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.Jude 20-22

I woke up in the wee hours of this new year with the words of an old hymn written by Palmer Hartsough (lyrics) and James H. Filmer Sr. (tune) on my mind, “I Am Resolved.” (Look it up online if you are not familiar with this hymn.)

The third verse is particularly appropriate for today:

I am resolved to follow the Savior,
Faithful and true each day,
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living way.

Various Scripture verses and passages also came to mind this morning:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • Lamentations 3: 22-24
  • Ezekiel 36:26-28
  • Romans 8:18
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • James 1:17-18
  • 1 Peter 1:3

While some of these verses and passages are specific promises to a specific people at a specific time, they are also God’s way of saying to us today, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Hebrews 12:1-2 also gives us a hint:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in 2016, aren’t you?

Looking Ahead with Andy Wisner

As we begin a new year of programs, Andy Wisner joins us today to discuss the biblical perspective on looking ahead.

Listen or watch at 2:00 p.m. Central.

Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM, or:
91.9 FM – Birmingham
92.3 FM – Springville
101.5 FM – Columbiana
106.1 FM – Moody/Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

Watch on WAY-TV channel 47

Stream it live at: gleniris.net/WGIB

Andy Wisner is the church planter and senior pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Harvest, Alabama, where he ministers with his wife, Vicki. He is an ACBC certified biblical counselor with a love for teaching, and has taught tehology and biblical counseling around the world.