Do You Have A Critical Spirit?

Do you have a tendency to criticize others? Have you ever frowned on a different approach some co-worker selected to meet a challenge, even though they were successful? Or, are you guilty of rolling your eyes at a stranger’s disheveled appearance? Criticism is the act of judging unfavorably or faultfinding. There is always more to a story and we are often clueless to all the whys behind a situation.

A true friend will speak the truth, even when it is hard to hear. But a friend’s truth is offered in love. It comes from a humble and caring … READ MORE

Captivity in Christ Jesus

To free ourselves from the snares of the enemy we must become Christ’s captives.
In ancient Rome, when a military leader came back victorious, a triumphal procession was given in his honor. A spectacle of chained captives that included kings, princes, and tribal leaders would follow behind the general’s chariot. The apostle Paul used this public spectacle to describe the followers of Christ. Through this analogy, we understand how Christians have been conquered by the Spirit of Jesus and are thus prisoners of the risen Lord. A… READ MORE

Does God Exist?

Everyone knows that there is a God, although atheists would argue this point. The truth is that God placed a “knowing” inside each one of us.

“Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20 (NKJV)

The complexity of our planet and universe points to a deliberate designer. For example: The E… READ MORE

The Promise Of Spring

The Promise Of Spring-

I have a friend who once lived in Arizona. She hated the climate and never understood the “desert rats” that adore the 118-degree weather. She spent the first 16 years of her life in Michigan and missed the beauty of tall oak and maple trees. Each distinct season was appreciated. She told me Arizona only had two seasons: Summer and a lukewarm winter.

The xeriscaped yards absent of all grass but filled with prickly pear cactus were not her idea of paradise. She yearned for a new setting. While living as a desert dwe… READ MORE

Easter and the Unbeliever

Easter and the Unbeliever

What do we know about Jesus? What does Scripture say? Historical writings by Tacitus and Josephus validate His existence. Historians called the followers of Jesus Christians. They believed, as we do, Jesus was the Son of God in flesh.

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/

As believers, we recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God. It is a historic record of the Hebrew/Jewish people’s history with God, the life … READ MORE

Easter and the Unbeliever

Easter and the Unbeliever

What do we know about Jesus? What does Scripture say? Historical writings by Tacitus and Josephus validate His existence. Historians called the followers of Jesus Christians. They believed, as we do, Jesus was the Son of God in flesh.
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/did-jesus-exist/

As believers, we recognize the Bible as the inspired Word of God. It is a historic record of the Hebrew/Jewish people’s history with God, the life … READ MORE

Jesus Lives – Strong In The Grace Of Christ

A person with physical strength is greatly admired. Muscular athletes participating in various Olympic events are magnificent to observe. Years are spent training and learning how best to accomplish a specific skill or technique. These athletes rely on their own strength to attain victory.

Mental strength is also admired. In the face of sudden chaos and danger, those who remain calm and think clearly are extraordinary. These special individuals can set aside personal emotions and react coolly in moments of danger. They process … READ MORE

Jesus Lives – A Holy Spirit Nudge

A nudge from the Holy Spirit is more than mere intuition. It’s the voice of God speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. It’s an invitation to join Him in His redemptive work.

This spiritual nudge usually starts off as a feeling. Then, a clear thought or action formulates. The nudge remains steady and will not be ignored. Constant, it grows heavier and presses down. Eventually, the nudge becomes a crystal clear instruction. “Do you really want me to say/do that, Lord?” God enables us to do the darndest things!

“For it is God who w… READ MORE

Jesus Lives- Holding Grudges

St. Augustine once said, “Holding a grudge is like swallowing poison and hoping the other person will die.” We all have reasons to hold a grudge. Situations and people hurt us. God does not always do what we think He should do, so we get angry with Him. When we hold offenses against those who have wronged us, a root of bitterness will set in unless we acknowledge our refusal to forgive and confess our unloving attitude.

God understands His children and knows a grudge will harden a human heart. We have been commanded to love one another; a… READ MORE

Do you know sheep? Be a Sheppard!

Psalm 23 gives us a picture of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He knows each of us by name. He keeps watch over us and protects us from dangerous predators. Our Shepherd leads his lambs to green pastures where streams of still waters await to quench and refresh thirsty souls. Jesus guides us down every path in life, even those footpaths that lead to the darkest of valleys.

In this psalm, man is compared to sheep. This is not a complimentary comparison since sheep are not known for their smarts. They are slow learners and very forgetful, wil… READ MORE

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