Jesus Has Not Left His Post

Today I have been thinking about the scripture that tells us that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father. After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up to heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.  (Mark 16:19) In today’s world, that is chaotic, do you ever […]

Giving Thanks through Worship and Praise

HOLIDAY REPOST Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a beautiful day that has been designated for giving thanks. It is also important to remember, though, that we do not need to wait until a Thursday in late November to give thanks to God! Let’s look at the account of Paul and Silas and how their praise and […]

Give Thanks In All Circumstances

We are thankful to you, the women in our Drawing Near community. You are a blessing to our team of teachers, worship leaders, small group leaders, staff, and volunteers. As we transition from our fall teaching and worship season to the holiday season, we are sharing some of Joanne’s past blog posts to inspire us […]

The Way We Think Matters

Proverbs 23:7 is worth pondering for a few minutes: As  a man thinks so he is.  Our thoughts are truly a reflection of who we are. People ask me why it is so important to study and meditate on God’s Word. Primarily we do so to renew our minds allowing us to align with the […]

Our Counselor, the Holy Spirit

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. John 14:16   Jesus promised His disciples that His Father would send the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to them when He returned to the Father. The Holy Spirit would lead them into truth and teach them all […]

Slaves to Righteousness

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:18   In our post-modern world today, truth is not absolute; there is no definitive right or wrong. Today’s society might view Paul’s position – either you are a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness – as narrow-minded. History […]

The Resurrection and the Life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, […]

Our Counselor, the Holy Spirit

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. John 14:16   Jesus promised His disciples that His Father would send the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to them when He returned to the Father. The Holy Spirit would lead them into truth and teach them all […]

Slaves to Righteousness

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:18   In our post-modern world today, truth is not absolute; there is no definitive right or wrong. Today’s society might view Paul’s position – either you are a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness – as narrow-minded. History […]

The Resurrection and the Life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, […]