Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Heaven or Hell”

American history’s most famous sermon was written by Jonathan Edwards. Preached in 1741, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry (Holy) God had sinners repenting by the hundreds. Considered by some as the most powerful message ever preached in America, it fostered a spiritual renewal. Jonathan Edwards did not hold back or omit the very […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “God’s Timing”

God sets an appointed time to fulfill His plans and purposes. He is never too soon or too late to act. His schedule is perfect. We can put our faith, hope, and confidence in God’s divine timing. “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Hope During Difficult Times”

Hope During Difficult Times Americans have endured difficult times as of late. Covid 19 turned us upside down. Many saw jobs or businesses go belly up. Some of us didn’t get to say our final goodbyes to loved ones because nursing homes and assisted living facilities enforced lockdowns. Schools closed and kids really missed their […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Rain”

Rain can be a blessing or a curse. Gardens need rain to produce crops but heavy rains will damage a harvest. Rain is good for wheat except when it is time to harvest. A heavy downpour can ruin a crop that is ready to pick. Rain reminds us of God’s Sovereignty. Rain is a sign of […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Called To Be Encouragers”

Words of encouragement are powerful! They can make a huge difference in a person’s day! When feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or fearful, a kind word filled with hope spurs us on in our journey. Jesus understood this, practiced it, and stressed the importance of Christians mutually encouraging one another. “Therefore, encourage one another and build each […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “One Thing Needful”

If I asked you, What is the one thing needful in your life? How would you reply? There is no mistaking what the one thing needful is in Luke 10:40-42. Although Jesus recognized Martha’s feelings of annoyance, and surely appreciated her work to prepare a meal for Him, He would not reproach Mary for sitting […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Trust In The Goodness Of God”

God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart. ~C.H. Spurgeon America has gone through a lot of changes over the past year. The transition from the Trump administration to the Biden administration has many of us […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Perseverance”

The Beauty of Perseverance Perseverance is vital to Christians. The Bible speaks of our need to persevere through trials and testings. Perseverance allows one to continue in a course of action even in the face of adversity, without regard to discouragement. No matter the odds before us, we march victoriously forward knowing God has already […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Homeless”

Jesus knew what it was to be a homeless man. He spent the better part of three years depending on the charity of others. During His public ministry, Jesus did a lot of walking! Taking accounts from Scripture we can map out some of His destinations. From the home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth, He […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Connected To God”

God did not need us. He is perfect and complete. However, God wants us. Unlike the angels, God created man in His image and calls us His children. It is His will to establish a personal relationship with us. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Is Fear A Sin?”

Fear is a very normal response to perilous situations. This emotion incites a highlighted awareness of danger and increases our concentration and focus to escape horrors. Sadly, some people live in a constant state of fear and are stuck in the mire of terror. They are immobilized and become crippled. When we think of fear, […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Waiting”

Waiting requires patience and most of us fall short when it comes to this fruit of the Spirit. Life is filled with lessons that require patience. As humans, we want circumstances, desires, and other things immediately. We don’t like to wait. None of us enjoy checkout lines, red lights, or phone calls when we are […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Don’t be a sheep, be a Shepherd!”

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 […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Hope, Trust, and Love”

Lately, I’ve been clinging to the promises of God. The world we once knew has changed a lot and at warp speed. The unfamiliarity of present circumstances has had many of us on edge. But God tells us not to be anxious or afraid. Therefore, we need to seek out the source of all spiritual […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “God Upholds Us”

We are living through difficult, strange, and unique times. The world of politics has exposed the schemes of the devil and politicians are showing their true colors. However, we are not to put our hope in man or political institutions. It is in God alone that we must trust. He is an ever-present tower of […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “The Chastisement Of God’s People”

Habakkuk is the only prophet to devote his entire work to the question of the justice of God’s government of the world. He was perplexed that wickedness, strife, and oppression were rampant in Judah, but God seemingly did nothing. Habakkuk assumed that God was sitting on His hands and not listening or acting. This was not […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Joy”

The Bible teaches us that the source of all joy is JESUS. It’s not momentary or based on circumstances. Christian joy is a heartfelt gratitude of God’s love, mercy and grace. Joy supernaturally sustains our souls in seasons of heartache, injustice, and sorrow. “Be full of joy all the time.  Never stop praying.  In everything give thanks. […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Is God Helping Us to Let Go?”

Here’s a thought. Could the state of this world, America in particular, be God’s way of waking us up and bringing us to our knees? Political, social, economic, and spiritual unrest is everywhere. Life is tense. Consider how life has changed in just the past nine months. The life we once knew seems to be […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “A New Year”

As we say good-bye to 2020 and welcome a new year, it’s good to reflect upon the lessons we have learned and thank God for the blessings He has provided. Although this year has been challenging and many of us have been greatly shaken, the goodness of God is ever-present. We may need to dig […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Christmas Devotion “Christmas 2020”

Christians around the world have set aside one special day to honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Although we worship Jesus every day of the year, American Christians have established December 25th as a time to gather with family to recognize the amazing gift God sent the world. […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “The Beauty of Perseverance”

Perseverance is a critical subject in the Bible. True saving faith will enable us to persevere. Perseverance allows one to continue in a course of action even in the face of adversity. No matter the odds before us, we march on in victory knowing God has already defeated sin and death. We persevere by trusting […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Chaos and Confusion”

The world is under the confusion of the devil. What’s wrong seems right (like abortion) and what’s right (good relationship with Israel) seems wrong. He uses confusion to rob us of our peace. When circumstances leave us bewildered and life appears chaotic, emotions like anxiety and fear will often arise. We need to remember that […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “A Comfort Found In All Four Seasons”

Have you ever wondered why God gave us four very different seasons? He could have provided us with beautiful warm and sunny days all year long. Or He could have decided on year-long winter days with clouds and freezing temperatures. Fortunately, God decided to provide us with four seasons (Unless you live in a tropical […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Give Thanks At All Times”

This Presidential election has knocked most everyone sideways, whether you voted for Biden or Trump. The up-in-the-air results and delayed announcement regarding the leader of our nation have been a real “nail biter.” Some Christians find themselves asking God, why? This is an easy path to follow but really, we should trust God and praise […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Friendship With God”

Abraham was called the friend of God. He earned this title through his faith. He believed God to be a good God and trusted His promises to be faithful and true. Because Abraham believed, it was accounted to him for righteousness. We can never claim to be righteous on our own merits. It is only […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Let Go, Let God”

There are many things we hold on to. Family ties, past memories, our national pride, even wealth and position. All of our wealth and possessions have been given to us by God. He opens doors of opportunity and equips us in our labor. Some of us hold on to grief, anxiety, bitterness, and a desire […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – A Devotion on “Trusting God’s Heart”

God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27). He gave us special gifts and blessed us with our emotions. These facts allow us to conclude that our Creator has many gifts/powers (Psalm 62:11) and from reading Scripture we know that Jesus experienced feelings of sorrow (John 11:35), joy (John 15:11), anger (Mark 3:5), and thankfulness […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Fire”

One day, while Moses was tending the sheep of his father-in-law Jethro, he led the flock near Mount Horeb. There, the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in the midst of a bush. Curious as to why the fire did not consume the bush, he went to take a […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Smoke and Incense”

Historic wildfires are burning millions of acres and destroying homes and entire towns in California, Oregon, and Washington state. In Oregon, more than 40,000 people have fled their homes. Fire brings about smoke and, in the Bible, sin and wicked people are compared to smoke. “For wickedness burns as the fire; It shall devour the briers and […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Pillars of God”

Our God knows we need His guidance and protection. An example of this provision is the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire used to guide the children of Israel during their exodus from Egyptian bondage. God went before them as He was within the supernatural pillars. He led them forward and illuminated their […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Jesus, Our Ladder”

The exact time and date of when ladders were invented aren’t clear, but it is believed that the first ones date back several thousand years.  Ladders are used when we need to move up or down between two different levels. The Bible speaks of a ladder between heaven and earth. Upon receiving Isaac’s blessing, Jacob […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Perseverance”

Perseverance is a life skill for the body and spirit. Children are taught to persevere by setting goals and facing their challenges. By doing so, they learn the joy of fulfilling an ambition through hard work and practice. They can’t push a button and suddenly know how to play the violin or bake a cake. […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Godliness with Contentment”

Contentment is a state of being where there is peace, an ease of mind, and a real sense of satisfaction. One’s desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be. For some time now, 1 Timothy 6:6 has been floating around in my head. Contentment can be hard to find in times of normalcy. […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Sanctified Sorrow”

Lately, I’ve been keenly aware of what lies ahead for everyone on planet earth. I see America imploding due to sin, hate, and violence. The devil is trying his best to rip God out of our nation. Christians are being persecuted around the world. We need to be on our knees praying for the lost […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Dirty Spectacles”

I hate wearing glasses. They get lost, knocked off, bent, and you can’t wear them while swimming or sleeping. They require care and maintenance. Furthermore, they get fogged up and dirty. It’s surprising how quickly my glasses get smudged and splattered with dirt. On the bright side, they really do help my vision. Although I’ll […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “The Holy Spirit”

The Christian faith is built on the doctrine that God consists of three persons in one (Deut. 6:4/Hebrew word echad = compound unity) Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! The Father is not the same person as the Son who is not the same person as the Father or the Holy Spirit. It is […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Rain”

In the Bible, rain is a symbol of God’s blessing or His displeasure. Rain can bring refreshment, enable crop growth, and help produce a bounty of fruit. On the other hand, too much or the lack of rain can bring disaster. “Then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “The Voice of God”

I have always loved the sound of water. Ocean tides and the sound of moving waters in a river relax me. The roar of a waterfall excites me. The Bible describes God’s voice several ways, one being as the roar of rushing waters. “And I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “The Importance of Fellowship”

Due to Covid-19, many churches have closed their doors and now offer online services. Government mandates, social distancing, mask-wearing, and unrealistic demands placed on churches has discouraged many congregations from meeting in live services. Putting politics aside, I wanted to discuss the importance of fellowship. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) says, “And let us consider how we […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Be Still”

When we are still and surrendered to God, we find peace, even if the earth is in an uproar and chaos surrounds us. A call to be still is an encouragement filled with wisdom. But what exactly does it mean? Christians often interpret the command to be still as “to be quiet in God’s presence.” […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Gates”

There are more than 300 references about gates in the Bible. What was the significance of a city gate? What can we learn from these Scripture references and can they help us in our Christian walk during present times? In biblical times, city gates were places of central activity. At city gates, important business transactions […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Hope”

Life is certainly changing. We are told that we must adapt to a new normal. This has many of us depressed and overwhelmed. If our future is not secured and satisfied by God, we are going to be excessively anxious. I take comfort in the saying…We don’t know what tomorrow holds but we do know […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Showing God Kindness”

Be kind. Mothers frequently remind their children to be kind. Share your toys. Be patient with your sibling. Help others. Speak words of love and encouragement. Show compassion. Be friendly and considerate. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV). Being kind leads to better […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Chariots or Juggernauts”

Recently, America has seen an increase in violence and chaos. It appears the devil is attacking on many fronts. He knows his time is short and I believe he’s trying to paralyze mankind with fear. We have had to endure the Coronavirus, economic turmoil, social distancing, and now riots and looting. Fear in the hearts […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Praise During Adversity”

God is always worthy of our praise. When we consider the reasons why we should praise God, we find a list of His attributes. First, He is good. There is no evil or sin within God. He is pure and righteous. Even though we are rebellious sinners, God loves us. He loves us when we […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “Our Words”

When words of beauty are spoken, people cling to them. Thoughtful words will uplift, encourage, and comfort. However, words can also be slingshots that wound, damage, and take down both friend and foe. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” […]

Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – a devotion on “A Heavenly Perspective”

2020 has certainly been a challenge. In a very short period of time, everyday life has changed. When the pandemic hit a lot of fear took over. Maintaining A Heavenly Perspective is more important than ever. Wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer was encouraged with great diligence. People lost their businesses and jobs. Schools […]


God will ask us to fulfill individual special missions for His purpose. If we get off course, He may allow a shipwreck. Saul of Tarsus is known worldwide as one of the greatest Christian missionaries. His inspired writings cover a large portion of the New Testament. He was born to Jewish parents who possessed Roman […]

Focus on Jesus and Meditate On These Things

Focus on Jesus, Meditate on positive things and not our problems. A solid Christian foundation will weather this most difficult storm. Now is a really good time to practice positive thinking. It’s easy to stress over the Coronavirus, the falling stock market, job layoffs, or even how to keep our kids busy while we shelter […]

Jesus Lives Easter Devotional: A Living Sanctuary

In this Jesus Lives Easter Devotional, we ask “Is the Lord preparing you to be a living sanctuary?” We learn what a living sanctuary means and why you must examine your heart, repent and turn from sin, and offer up sacrifices of praise. Over a month ago, an old praise song came to mind. The […]

God is a Straight Shooter

In this Devotion for the Jesus Lives Bellevue Bible Study, we learn that God is a straight shooter and will do whatever it takes to get our attention, and it’s best to cut out sin before the roots get deep. God is a straight shooter and will do whatever it takes to get our attention. […]

Scriptures That Banish Fear

We are presently living through turbulent times. With the volatile stock market, many folks are worried about their retirement funds. As the Corona Virus escalates, Americans are panicking. An ugly frenzy over how much toilet paper to buy, not to mention hand sanitizer and food items, are evident inside every Costco. Being wise and taking […]

Does God Pick Where and When We Live?

It is no mistake that you were born into this time, this generation. God marked out your appointed time in history and the boundaries of your habitation. You were not given any say as to which family or nationality you would belong. Your heritage was chosen by God. He gave you the skills and gifts […]

There are many Scriptures that speak of rest.

God gave the world seasons and it is not a coincidence that some seasons are busier than others. Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. Yes, seasons of growth and activity are included with seasons of quiet and rest. Gardening includes many lessons involving the process of waiting. Gardeners […]

Does the Bible Say God Has Wings?

It is written that God made man in His image. There are many references in the Bible that depict God as having wings. This is a metaphorical depiction and symbol of His love and protection. “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NIV) […]

How To Improve Your Relationship With Jesus

Listening to God How would you feel if someone never talked to you unless they wanted something? What if they never asked how you were doing or praised your accomplishments? I’m guessing you would feel a bit used and abused. Right? Now I must ask, did I just describe your relationship with God? Do you […]

What Does the Bible Say About Hell?

Some folks use this word as a means to curse while others speak of it as an imaginary place or a mere folktale. On an old episode of the tv comedy MASH, the character Radar referred to hell by spelling it out… H, E, double toothpicks.  Heaven and Hell are very real and where we […]

What is the love of God according to the Bible?

What We See: The Love of God What we see depends mainly on what we are looking for. If we’re in a bad mood, we may grumble and complain about all the problems in life, conveniently ignoring personal blessings. While on a journey, we might focus on reaching our final destination but miss out on […]

Did the Israelites really eat Manna?

God appointed Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. For over 400 years they were enslaved but God heard their cries and delivered them. He prepared Moses for the incredible task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and eventually to the promised land. “Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that […]

Stuffing Scripture in the Cracks of Your Heart

Years ago, I went through a very difficult time. People I loved died suddenly and God felt very far away. It was like He had forgotten and abandoned me. The cracks in my faith brought doubts of His unfailing love. I questioned the purpose and reason for my losses. My faltering strength left me weak […]

Pray with Perseverance

God hears our prayers and answers every petition. His responses include: YES, NO, and IN MY TIME. However, if we don’t get an immediate answer to our situation or things aren’t resolved in a manner we have in mind, we might think God wasn’t listening. This is a lie the devil would love Christian to […]

Fear Is A Snare

Fear and anxiety work as hooks, lures, and traps. The Devil uses these emotions as bait to entangle and paralyze men. To avoid this snare, we must know God… His character, Power, and Love. In knowing our Father intimately, we are able to trust Him with confidence. Resting in His power and grace stirs hope […]

The Gospel Of Jesus Christ

The word gospel means good news. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of His coming to provide forgiveness of sins for all who believe. Ever since Adam and Eve’s original sin in the Garden of Eden, mankind has been under the condemnation of God (Romans 5:12). Since He is holy, He cannot […]


Giving thanks for our many blessings makes for a terrific holiday. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. The Pilgrims endured much adversity their first year in the new world and wanted to thank God for their harvest and survival. Sadly, many Americans no longer believe in God. They don’t offer up songs […]

Light Of The World

If you were to light a match and hold it up against a wall, you’d see a shadow of the matchstick but not the tiny flame. Light has no shadow. God is light and in Him there is no darkness. Light is the character of God. He is not a light; He is light itself. […]

A Ladder-Connection Between Heaven and Earth

Most of us have heard the phrase climb the ladder of success, meaning a person becomes more and more successful and important. In a physical sense, ladders have rungs or steps that allow people to ascend to greater heights. Ladders range in height from just a few feet to over 32 feet. There’s a wonderful […]

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

The first scripture many children learn to memorize is Matthew 6:9-13.  It’s known as the Lord’s Prayer. God placed it in the Bible as a prayer model for all believers. The prayer begins with Jesus acknowledging His (and ours) relationship with God by calling out Our Father. He then declares heaven to be God’s realm […]

Be Like Jesus

God wants to have an intimate relationship with us. He knows us inside and out but how well do we know Him? Are we intimately acquainted with His nature, attributes, and personality? How would you describe Jesus? Several scriptures mention how others viewed Him. Jesus knew what it was like to be rejected and despised. […]

An Organized Army of Darkness

There are ranks of power within the 5 main branches of our military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard). They are armed forces. This means they have the weaponry to defend, guard, and protect our land. As children of God, we have spiritual armor and weapons as well. Our supernatural weapon […]

Faith: Deliberate Confidence

Our faith in God is like a plant, a perennial. Perennials come back every year. However, there are some years when perennials rise from the earth in a sickly state. They are present but not vibrant. Other years, their strength and vibrant colors take our breath away. Several factors contribute to their health including weather […]

Get Out Of Ur!

What do we know about Abraham? As one of the most important patriarchs of the Bible, it’s worth taking a moment to examine his life. Like all humans, he had many flaws. But God chose Abraham to be the father of many nations. Abraham believed in God’s promises and trusted Him. Therefore, God credited it […]

Uniquely Designed By God

Recently, I spoke with a friend who attended several concerts and musical lectures about the life and amazing talents of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era and was considered a child prodigy. At the age of five, Mozart was composing his own music. He composed over 600 […]

Waiting on God

Waiting can be very challenging. Whether we are in the slowest checkout line at the grocery store or asking God to answer a prayer, delays are often disappointing, worrisome, and frustrating. When God pushes the pause button in life it can feel like we have a bad case of whiplash. The sudden anchor attached to […]

Why Do We Fear?

Fear is rooted in what we believe. Circumstances, words, and things we see or hear can provoke it. To live a victorious life for Christ, we must harness our fears. Even though the disciples lived with Jesus and saw Him perform many miracles such as, healing the sick, raising the dead, and feeding a multitude […]

Purity Amidst Impurity

Sexual impurity abounds! It’s everywhere. Promiscuity has become the norm in our society. While waiting in grocery store checkout lines, we see it plastered over all the magazine headlines. When turning on the television, it’s hard to find a show free of sexual innuendos. Today, couples are expected to live together before marriage. If someone […]

Strength When Weak

In the Old Testament, God often told the leaders of Israel to reduce the size of their army. In Judges 7, God ordered Gideon to reduce his army of 32,000 men to just 300 soldiers because He wanted their trust. He didn’t want Gideon and his fighting men claiming a victory and accrediting their battle […]

Stressed But Not Stressed Out!

There are times when life is stressful. It is not a question of if but when tension will find us because stressful situations are a part of life. They are unavoidable. 1 Peter 4:12 tells us, “Not to be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange […]

Weary In Spirit

Are you frustrated with Christian leaders twisting the Word of God and deceiving their sheep with sugarcoated sermons? I am! Do you long for your eternal home or miss loved ones who are already there? Are you asking Jesus to return now? Recently, weariness overtook my heart. I was angry with government officials who supported […]

Dwelling In Christ

There are many significant Bible characters that did not have a set dwelling place. The children of Israel wandered the desert for 40 years. King Saul had David running for his life and John the Baptist was a desert dweller, moving from spot to spot. They did not reside in one location for very long. […]

Salt Of The Earth

Salt has been used in many cultures as a valuable commodity. During Roman times, salt was so precious it provided a means to pay soldiers. Our English word salary comes from the word salarium, a name given to this mineral when it functioned as a currency. Its value as a rare commodity during the Middle Ages […]

Cleanse Me, Lord!

Children love playing in mud! They have no understanding of hygiene. They eat with their hands and then decide to comb their hair with sticky fingers. Infants and children must be taught the importance of cleanliness. Germs cause infections and poor health. Cuts and injuries must be disinfected and cleansed before clean bandages are applied. […]

Transformed! Changed! (Easter Message)

God speaks to us through nature. The transformation of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly is a wonderful analogy of a believer’s sanctification process. While we walked in sin, we were all ugly caterpillars. Upon accepting Jesus as Lord, we entered the pupa stage. This is when our spiritual metamorphosis begins.   While inside the […]

Biblical Love

Those looking to criticize Jesus and His followers suggest that Christians lack compassion and love when they make a stand against sin. Politically correct topics such as gay marriage, full-term abortion, and premarital sex are especially hot topics. However, God’s primary nature is to love. This was demonstrated by His rescue plan for us through […]

Hard Heart

The seat of our emotions lies within our heart. The Bible warns us to guard our heart because it is the wellspring of life. Everything we do flows from it. The Blue Letter Bible states, the heart is like a reservoir from which our lives flow. My mouth, my hands, and feet are the pipes […]


What causes us to become angry? People or situations are not the cause of our anger. Rather, anger is caused by completely legitimate desires that take over our heartstrings. They are desires that begin to control us. When desires gain this much power over us they are no longer legitimate. These desires become monsters of […]

Jellyfish Christianity

Jellyfish are invertebrates; they don’t have a backbone. Nor do they have a brain or heart. They are 95% water.   Sadly, there are many jellyfish Christians and theologians today. If we are not careful, we can subtly become one too. This happens when we begin to compromise, shift our positions, or hide our biblical […]


Does Jesus care if we have a good name (a combination of reputation and character) or honorable reputation? Should Christians be concerned with how others see and judge their character? The answer is, yes! When we live a life according to God’s word, letting His light shine within us, we will not only glorify God in our […]

God’s Power At Work

Genesis 38 tells us how Judah found a wife for his eldest son, Er. Unfortunately, Er was wicked in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord put him to death. Tamar was left a childless widow. Judah then said to his second son, Onan, “’Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an […]


Rest! Relax! Refresh yourself and recover your strength! God rested on the seventh day and Jesus had solitary moments of quiet time. God designed us with a need for sleep and quiet. He knows our frame (we are but dust!) and understands our longing to be still in order to recharge. However, there are reasons […]

We Were Made To Worship

God created man with emotions and designed us with many ways to express them. Our bodies were made to move (we can dance) and we have musical instruments built within us. We were created to worship and praise God! The Book of Psalms is a collection of musical poems and prayers. They were written with […]

God’s Faithfulness

Abraham did not want his son Isaac to marry a Canaanite, so he sent his servant to his homeland in search of a bride. Once in Mesopotamia, the servant prayed, “Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, […]

A Heavenly Focus

Life on earth is full of trials, tests, and tribulations. Of course, there are also many days of tranquility, contentment (if we have the right attitude), and joy. But without an intentionally positive perspective that focuses on God and His promise of a pain-free eternal life (Rev 21:4), we can easily become overwhelmed. Romans 8:28 […]

Seven More Days

A cataclysmic flood destroyed mankind and all living things on earth, except for eight human beings and the pairs of animals God supernaturally directed to the ark. Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives were the only humans to survive the worldwide flood. But why did God destroy the offspring of Adam and […]

The Cares Of This World

Our spirits require food, spiritual food. Reading the Bible, listening to Christian music, conversing with Christian friends about the Lord, attending church, and time in prayer are all excellent ways to remain faithful and stimulate spiritual maturity. However, our flesh can easily get caught up in the cares of the world. These cares will stir […]

Light Of The World

Pitch black, darkness. A lack of light means that there is visual or spiritual impairment. To walk in darkness is to stumble along or live and act according to ignorance, error, sin, even blindness. The Bible states that God created light and that He is light. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there […]

A Need For Fellowship

Communication is vital to any healthy relationship. When we open our hearts and share our needs, hopes, desires, and fears with others we give intimacy permission to take root. Not only did God create mankind in His own image, but He also designed us with a need for fellowship. We have been wired with a […]

Our Thought Life

What do you think about as you drift off to sleep? What is the first thing on your mind when you wake up? (Besides coffee!) Do your thoughts cause anxiety or peace? Our thought life is an important matter as thoughts can lead to sin and sin separates us from God. “ But each one is […]

Jesus Said Thank You

America has set aside a special day to give thanks. It is appropriately called, Thanksgiving. The holiday feast dates back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration. Traditions during this holiday vary from family to family but there is a unifying commonality of […]

Yearning for Christ

God desires a personal relationship with all of His children. The Bible tells us that He seeks His sheep. He knows us intimately and enjoys our fellowship. Genesis 3:8 tells us that God walked in the Garden of Eden and sought out the company of Adam and Eve. “And they heard the sound of the […]

Four Basic Elements

Science says we need at least four basic elements to survive: water, air, food, and light. The Bible defines our Lord as these very elements! Jesus is the great I AM! I AM the living water. I AM the bread of life. I AM the breath of life. I AM the light of the world. […]

Earthly Goods

Throughout history, man has questioned why some are born into wealth and others into poverty. It is God who places us into a family. He selects our birth parents and knits us together inside our mother’s womb. Our placement remains a mystery but whatever our socioeconomic level may be, we can all grow where we […]

A Pure Heart

Is a pure heart simply a heart free from sin? A lack of sinfulness is certainly a benefit obtained by maintaining a pure heart, but Biblical purity also encompasses a spiritual single-mindedness. An unwavering focus on God’s will and His love for us will remove instability and doubt. A pure heart generates tranquility, rest, peace, […]

A Cup Of Sweet Water

Jesus Christ Renews us when we take a drink Christ is our sweet water. He satisfies our thirst for love, justice, compassion, and understanding. He hydrates our spirit and maximizes our spiritual growth. Sweet water is not really sweet; it’s fresh water. Simply put: is good to drink and completely satisfying. “Jesus answered and said […]


A single seed can do fantastic things A single seed can do fantastic things! Yes, a small and undeveloped grain has the potential to feed many hungry souls, so long as we have the patience to let it grow. Seeds have the tenacity to survive in remarkable locations and soils. Once they develop a root […]

Refuse Self-Pity

Every person is born self-centered and is prone to practice self-pity Every person is born self-centered and is prone to practice self-pity. When we think life has not treated us as we deserve, self-pity is the result. It leads to complaints, murmuring, and bitterness. The biggest clue that self-pity is not of God is the […]

A Friendly Game of Hide-and-Seek

We all enjoyed a good game of hide-and-seek As children, we all enjoyed a good game of hide-and-seek. We would dash off searching for the perfect spot that would conceal our little bodies until the seeker finally conceded. Our goal was to remain hidden. God plays this well-loved game differently. He hides, but never with […]

Situations We Can’t Control

The only way to show God he is in control is to force us to trust him The only way God can show us He is in control is to put us in situations we cannot control. We have little or no power over natural disasters, weather, death, the actions of others, aging, famine, and […]

The treasure of Jesus

Jesus Christ is our treasure and our joy over finding this eternal treasure far surpasses the cost it takes to obtain it. The Christian life requires a different perspective than the politically correct and worldly view found on earth. As aliens (foreigners), we are just passing through. So, like the man who sells everything he […]

Rejoice Always

Always rejoice! Most of us are acquainted with death and the accompanying pain that comes from losing a dear one. Jesus felt this pain and loss. He loved both Lazarus and his sisters. When given the news that Lazarus was seriously ill, He intentionally delayed His journey to Bethany by two days. He knew that […]

Are You Feeling Like Myrrh?

The Book of Revelation is an amazing book. The apostle John wrote it while on the island of Patmos. It is a book of prophecy and is the only book that promises a blessing to those who read it. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep […]

Memorizing Scripture

There are many reasons why Christians should memorize Scripture. What first jumps into my mind is our desire to know the one we love. In worldly relationships, we want to spend all of our time with a newfound friend/love. We seek out ways to deepen the bond and build intimacy. This means a relationship requires […]

What Does The Lord Require?

Because of His incredible love, God created man. He wanted to share eternity with us. But He also created mankind with a specific purpose. We are all called to do good works. “ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” […]

Trying Not To Stumble

God uses the world around us to speak His lessons of truth. Biblical analogies are endless when we look at nature and our bodies. Consider our physical birth and our spiritual birth. Often, it is through much labor and pain that we come to recognize Father God and experience spiritual rebirth. Feeding our spirit with […]

God Is A River Of Life

A river is persistent in overcoming all barriers. When moving water comes to an obstacle, it is blocked for but a time. Rivers will naturally create new pathways and move around obstructions. Erosion cuts into surrounding ground and carves out new beds, thus allowing water to move forward through valley, desert, wilderness, and mountaintop. Jesus […]

Learning From Our Children

God loves children and considers them precious. Their innocence is praised by Jesus and was used to reproof prideful adults who did not appreciate their lowly state. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3 (NKJV) “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and […]

What Love Really Is!

As Valentines Day draws near, the tradition of giving flowers, candy, or a card is probably on your mind. But what is love, really? Is it a box of chocolates, a special meal with a sweetheart, or something more? What did Jesus teach us about love? When we read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, we come to […]


Luke 15 speaks of God’s forgiveness and unconditional love in three different parables. The story of the prodigal son is as applicable today as when Jesus first spoke it to the scribes and Pharisees complaining about the company He kept. “Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. […]

Father Time and Baby New Year

Father Time is the personification of the previous year, usually depicted as an old man with wings dressed in white robes and carrying an hourglass. Traditionally, he “hands over” the duties of time to Baby New Year. Some of us will gladly wave 2017 goodbye, while the rest of us will be sorry to see […]

Envy vs. Jealousy

Envy vs. Jealousy There is a difference between envy and jealousy. Jealousy has to do with holding on to what you already have because you are afraid someone else is going to take it away. It requires three parties. Envy involves wanting what someone else has and is limited to two parties. Envy began in […]

Christmas Tests and Temptations

For many, Christmas is a time of rejoicing with family and loved ones. Holiday traditions, like decorating the family Christmas tree, occur but once a year. There is cookie baking, fudge making, and many other seasonal temptations that make children smile but cause some adults to fret over increased pant size. Christmas is certainly a […]

Change this Christmas!

We all struggle with sin. Different sins plague each of us but we all fall short in the eyes of God. It is a lifelong battle to “put off” our old nature and replace it with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. But this is God’s desire, and He is faithful to provide us with the […]

Walking With Fear

“Sometimes fear does not subside and one must choose to do it afraid.” ~Elizabeth Elliot I would like to say that my faith is so strong that I am never afraid, but that would be a lie. Some circumstances in life have caught me off guard and I permitted fear to hinder my faith. Panic […]

Thankful For Friends

God created us with an innate need to connect with others. Newborns recognize their mother’s voice upon birth, and many believe while still in utero. Like our God, we long for relationships and families are where we first learn to connect. Jesus grew up with half-brothers and half-sisters (Mark 6:3). Although the Bible does not […]

Total Obedience!

God expects His children to be obedient, completely obedient! Partial obedience is disobedience in the eyes of our heavenly Father. We cannot pick and chose what we want to do when God directs us into action. King Saul learned this lesson and the consequences of His disobedience were very costly. In fact, his partial obedience […]

Imitators of Christ

How easy it is to see the flaws in others! The rude customer at Walmart, the impatient driver who cuts us off, the mom who ignores her kids while they run wild in the church lobby, even the angry dad who yells at his child for dropping a just purchased hotdog will rattle our cage. […]

How Do I Heal?

“’For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD.” Jeremiah 30:17a Life is never just smooth sailing and good times. With our mountaintop experiences, there are also treks into deep valleys. Everyone goes through adversity. Pain and suffering are included in the package called life. Scripture tells us […]

Is There Salvation For Man’s Tongue?

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God’s tough love

How reassuring it is that God promises to meet our needs! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 However, many of us are like children when it comes to distinguishing our needs from our wants. A child may think they need a piece […]

The Power Of Encouragement

Encouragement is emphasized in the Bible because it is necessary to our walk of faith. Jesus told us that, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (Jn. 16:33b).” Christ even told His followers that they would be hated (Jn. 15:19). He did not sugar coat the Christian […]

Sometimes we wait on him

A lot of life is spent waiting. For children, time seems to move at a snail’s pace. Everything takes an eternity. This includes car rides to Disneyland, waiting for birthday parties or first dates, and even something as ordinary as dinner. Adults have a bit more patience, but unmet desires of the heart are still […]

The Power Of Encouragement

Encouragement is emphasized in the Bible because it is necessary to our walk of faith. Jesus told us that, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (Jn. 16:33b).” Christ even told His followers that they would be hated (Jn. 15:19). He did not sugar coat the Christian […]

Pride Is So Insidious!

Billy Graham was once asked, “What is the definition of sin?” He gave the following answer: “A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin.” The Hebrew and Greek words translated “sin” largely around two major […]

Are u a prisoner?

Prisoners are captives. Labeled guilty for some transgression, they are incarcerated. Held against their will with personal freedoms revoked, they are at the mercy of their jailer. Although considered blameworthy, many prisoners are innocent of the evil they have been accused. Many of God’s prophets, disciples, and servants spent time in prison. Our Heavenly Father […]

Lessons From Lot’s Wife

It is important to live life with a thankful heart and an awareness of its brevity. Every special moment should be tucked away for memory sake. In our golden years, we will want to recall our special celebrations, tender exchanges, and humorous adventures. Hopefully, we will look back to our younger days with a grateful […]

Jesus lives

God grafted us into Christ. We are supported and nourished by Jesus. He is the root of the vine to which we have been grafted. He sustains us every day and through every trial. “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, […]

Meekness and God’s Strength

Moses was said to be the meekest man on earth. “Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3 (NKJV) This character trait is found within people who demonstrate humility, patience, strength, and gentleness. Moses certainly needed these qualities to lead the Israelites […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible As believers, we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Money The Root Of All Evil?

Is it evil to have money? To answer this question, I will pose still another question. Can good come from having money? If you answered yes, we are in agreement. Wealth and riches can be used to bless others and glorify God. However, our motive and attitude toward money is something we should all take […]

A Peace Beyond All Understanding

Peace is freedom from all disturbances. Peace is a calm assurance despite the circumstances we face. Tranquility permeates our inner man when we are at peace. Serenity fills the gaps gouged out by adversity. A state of peace forces anxiety to flee and commands worry to retreat. God is our peace. “For He Himself is […]

The Lost and Prodigals Are Never Beyond Hope

The Lost and Prodigals Are Never Beyond Hope Nothing is impossible for God. So why, when adversity strikes, do we struggle with worry and fear? Our creator, the Creator of the Universe, has promised to be our refuge, our strength, and our help. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” […]

A Godly Perspective

A person’s perspective is an attitude and viewpoint. It can be positive or negative. A positive perspective sees the good in even the most painful and darkest of circumstances. A negative perspective will eventually lead to a hard heart, a root of bitterness, and a stagnant spiritual walk. Perspective is an understanding that events, people, […]

New Beginnings

How marvelous are the ways of God! What a merciful and gracious King we serve! Although we face challenges and tests every day, we still have a new beginning to look forward to at the end of each day. A new start begins with the sunrise. God is limitless in His love and mercy. He […]

Look Back And See God’s Blessings!

For 281 years, the Israelite’s vacillated in their faithful worship of God. Upon entering the Promised Land, and Joshua’s passing, the Israelites forsook God and served the Baals of the Canaanites and Asherites. The book of Judges tells all about this dark time. A sad cycle of turning from God, doing evil, suffering, then repenting […]

The birth of Jesus!

When the Virgin Mary gave birth to the Son of Man she named her child Jesus, as instructed by the angel Gabriel. Jesus is Yahushua, which means “Yah is Salvation.” Jesus came to save the lost. He is our salvation since we have forgiveness of sin and a restored relationship with God through His death […]

What Does God Think When We Complain?

What does the Bible teach us about grumbling and complaining? The Greek meaning of the word complainer means, “one who is discontented with his lot in life.” The first complainer was the very first man, Adam. After he sinned in the Garden of Eden, he complained to God that Eve was the reason for his […]

Life in Proportion

When life is chaotic, painful, or full of uncertainty, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Exhaustion wears a person down, both physically and spiritually. And without time in the Word, depression is certain to knock on our door. It takes both physical and spiritual strength to weather a storm, and we require nourishment to persevere […]

Is Worry Sinful?

The Bible never explicitly says that worry is sinful, however, we can conclude this based on Scripture. Most worry, or anxiety, is a failure to trust God. The fact that God sent His only son to die for our sins, in order to restore fellowship between Creator and His creation, is proof of His powerful […]

The Belt of Truth

Satan is the father of all lies and a master illusionist. An illusionist is someone who deceives others by giving a false or misleading impression of reality. Therefore, the devil works tirelessly to convince us God does not mean exactly what He says. Thankfully, Satan’s suggestions can never stand up against the light of God’s […]

Do You Trust God Completely?

God wants our trust. His desire for us is to trust Him completely, not partially. It is all or nothing with God. A lukewarm faith and lukewarm trust are of little value.   “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:16 (NIV)   Every […]

Sticking Out

The Bible tells us we are aliens and strangers in this world. This is a reminder to all Christians that heaven is our eternal home. The Greek translation for alien is a sojourner, stranger, and foreigner. A foreigner is one who lives in a place without the right of citizenship. Our citizenship is with God […]

Should Christians Rebuke The Devil?

Some Christians believe they not only have the authority to rebuke Satan, but that they should be rebuking him right and left. There is no biblical basis for such a belief. Unlike God, Satan is not omnipresent. He can only be in one place at one time. So, when believers find themselves under spiritual attack, […]

Thankful God Rejoices Over Us!

God, our heavenly Father, delights in us! We underestimate the joy God has in His people, and too often think He is annoyed or angry with us. But God cannot rest in His love for us. It is beyond measure. In fact, we give Him so much joy that He breaks into song! He rejoices […]

Hidden Away

There are several stories in the Bible where God calls one of His chosen into a place of solitude and seclusion. The apostle Paul, who has one of the greatest conversion stories in the Word of God, was led into the desert for three years. During that time the Holy Spirit instructed him in the […]

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