“So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1 It was Sunday, a time to reflect on Christ’s suffering and death and to think about the payment for our guilt and sin. As I sat in church, I noticed a couple in the pew in front of me. In […]
“But afterward they changed their minds and took back the slaves they had freed and enslaved them again.” Jeremiah 34:11 Did you know it became a law in 600 BC that no Hebrew could enslave another? Makes sense, considering their ancestors had been slaves in Egypt. It didn’t last long, though.
Are you aware of having certain patterns in your life that you are unable – even unwilling to change? They seem so entrenched, so beyond your ability to do anything about. You might even see yourself walking in the same path of a parent or a parent’s parent and you realize this rut runs
For many, Christianity is simply the religion into which they were born. For others, although Jesus is truly their Savior, their relationship with Him is hardly more than a history lesson, a study of what He did in the past. For those who truly love Him, however, Christ is Savior and more: He
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 Do we take God at His Word? This is an important question because for some people it means that we have to logically understand everything He says–and that is impossible. Does that mean we don’t take Him at His […]
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1 Thought Where can we go when all the walls fall and all the armies crumble and all hope is lost? To the eternal God, who is our Father. He preserved Israel through the most difficult of times, protected the Bible from
“You are the Lord’s people. Obey Him and celebrate! He deserves your praise.”– Psalm 33:1 (CEV) What does it mean to praise the Lord and why is it important? It means to praise Him with our heart, our soul, our mind and our very being. It is important because God’s Word says it is important.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” Isaiah 12:2 In my home I have a small dial on the wall that automatically regulates the temperature in a room. When a room is too hot or […]
A couple of weeks ago we had four trees trimmed. It needed to be done. They were hanging low, touching the fence and getting a little too personal with our neighbor’s vehicles. But, the pruning was done aggressively, taking more than we expected, or wanted. A range of emotions followed in my
“Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Numbers 22:28 When I considered pursuing full-time ministry, I asked a good friend if he thought God could use me in ministry. He turned to Numbers 22 and shared
“For he (Satan) is a liar and the father of lies” John 8:44 God is truth and speaks the truth. Satan lies and is the father of lies. A few days ago, I discussed the awesome miracles of God with a friend during a breakfast meeting. We both felt so privileged to be called to […]
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”1 Corinthians 16:13 “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as
Make no mistake. The devil is a real devil! Every conflict is a contest with Satan and his forces. For that reason the Bible says, “though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds”
The Word of God commands us be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power (Ephesians 6:10-18). We daily stand firm against the devil’s schemes by putting on our spiritual armor. It is as important to dress spiritually each day as it is to dress physically. So declare daily that you are obeying
“Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.” Psalm 4:4 Change. Sometimes you see it coming. Other times it is unexpected. I’m experiencing change in a couple of different areas right now—one I’ve been preparing for. The other was sudden. Both will take some
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) Here are five simple steps for dealing with frustrations in your life. Ask yourself, “Did I cause it?” The Bible says, “A man reaps what he sows” Galatians 6:7b (NIV). We are
Read: Matthew 14:29-30 The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart is so heavy that you feel paralyzed by anguish. What do you do? Bad news, danger, and pain all cause us to seek assistance. As believers, we lean on the almighty God, who is more than
“For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!” Isaiah 64:4 (Application Study Bible). “Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18 Jesus loved Martha and Mary and their brother, Lazarus. They were His dearest friends.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 Maybe you can relate. Blanca had a father who was never around. He was heavily involved in drugs, alcohol and gang activity. Worse yet, Blanca lived with an abusive stepfather. So as she was growing