TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. — Romans 8:5 (NLT)
In today’s edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, available for free download on iTunes and Podbean, asks the question: What does simplicity look like for the follower of Christ? Often, the pursuit of the 21st century ideal for success often leaves us far afield of simplicity — the kind of almost child-like trust in and reliance on God that yields true abundant life and peace.
TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. — Galatians 3:28 (NKJV)
In today’s edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, available free for download on iTunes and Podbean, we celebrate a community concert by a principally African-American mass choir — which inspires the question: Does God see color? Which further inspires the rhetorical question: Do we?
Which challenges us with the BIG question: WHY? It’s time for us to do some soul-searching.
TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. — Colossians 3:14-16 (ESV)
In today’s edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, available for download on iTunes and Podbean, we continue our conversation with members of the Edgefield County Mass Choir. Brought together to bridge differences in one small rural community, the Mass Choir raises its collective voice in praise — directed by 20-year-old George Williams.
Today, we talk with young Mr. Williams about his own spiritual journey and the road that led him to lead a choir made up principally of folks much older, in their 50s and 60s. His personal story — and the story of the Mass Choir’s ministry — truly is an inspiring call to worship.
TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! — Psalm 150:6 (NKJV)
In today’s Hopeful Cottage podcast, we visit with two members of the Edgefield County Mass Choir. One is a public servant who wrestled with God and resisted when called to start a community choir to build unity in his rural county. The other is a sight-impaired singer who rejects bitterness and instead uses her other senses to sing praises to the Lord. May this edition move and inspire you as it has me.
TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. — Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NKJV)
In today’s edition of the Hopeful Cottage podcast, we explore the value of friendship as modeled by Jesus Christ and his friendships with his disciples, and we look at a New York Times article on how friendship might be much more than common interests but in fact, could be embedded in our body chemistry and brain waves.
TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. — Romans 12:18 (NIV)
In today’s edition of the Hopeful Cottage Podcast, we awaken with a glimmer of hope for lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula, as leaders of North Korea and South Korea meet. Is this the answer to prayers for peace in the region, and by extension, in the world? Is this a macro-example of how we all can and should seek peace in our own lives? Only time will tell. Let us continue to pray for — and passionately pursue — PEACE.
TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. — Philippians 2:4 (NKJV)
In today’s Hopeful Cottage podcast, we take a closer look at the story of one man who stepped in, employed his self-preservation instincts, and in the process saved the lives of others during the tragic shooting inside a Tennessee restaurant — and how this man and others are inspired further by the tragedy to look out for the interests of others.