Citizens of the Winning Kingdom

Jesus talked a lot about the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is the "good news" (Luke 4:43) that he charged his disciples (and all of us) with telling everyone about (Luke 9:60).  In the prayer he taught the disciples, he prayed for God's Kingdom to come. (Matthew 6:10) He declared that we should seek … Continue reading Citizens of the Winning Kingdom

Searching for God

The Bible talks a lot about "searching" for God. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. (Psalms 105:4 NLT) All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God. (Isaiah 26:9 NLT) O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. (Psalms 63:1 NLT) … Continue reading Searching for God

Transformed by Jesus

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT) When people look at me, do they see me being transformed? … Continue reading Transformed by Jesus

Where is this world headed?

Each day when I read the news, the world is looking more and more evil. I won't even bother listing all the awful and immoral things happening today. The lack of God-fearing repentance is growing and growing. Surely there has been evil in the world since mankind first sinned, but it is getting worse. And … Continue reading Where is this world headed?

Self-not

These days society focuses an awful lot on "self". Self-help. Self-confidence. Self-improvement. Self-indulgence. We are programming entire generations to believe that the world revolves around them. And this sort of self-centeredness is completely contrary to what Jesus taught and exemplified. Jesus told us to turn from our selfish ways. (Luke 9:23) He spent his entire … Continue reading Self-not

Loving discipline

I've often heard it said that God doesn't "punish" people. But is that really true? And if it is - does that mean we shouldn't expect consequences for our poor choices? As a parent - I know that I must step in and correct my children's behavior when necessary to help them learn not to … Continue reading Loving discipline

God-sized rate of return

Why do you suppose God commands us to give? It's not as though he needs our money. He could certainly accomplish whatever he wanted without our financial support. And there will always be others to give generously and make up for the lack of giving from the rest of us. But God wants us to … Continue reading God-sized rate of return

Don’t let the ship sail

During the days of Noah - evil was growing in the world. When the world began, it didn't start that way. But as each generation passed, and people grew further and further away from God, sin grew more rampant. And although each generation had people that walked in close fellowship with The Lord and lived … Continue reading Don’t let the ship sail