Teachings

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 […]

Anger

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 […]

Reputation

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

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 […]

Seeds

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 […]

PRODIGALS

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 […]

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 […]

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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