Have you ever heard the expression, "Be a Berean"? The Bereans were a group of early Christians that Paul visited in his travels. In the Book of Acts, they are commended for examining the Scriptures for themselves. They eagerly listened to the gospel message that Paul and Silas presented to them, but they also matched … Continue reading Be a Berean!
In the Book of Acts, we read about the beginning of the church. Jesus had instructed His disciples to tell the whole world the Good News that He is the Messiah and that through Him they can be saved. Then He sent the Holy Spirit so that they could accomplish that goal. They faced ridicule, … Continue reading Sleep … God is in Control!
Do you struggle to make decisions? I'm not talking about moral decisions that have an obvious right or wrong answer but about arbitrary ones. And not unimportant ones like what's for dinner, but big ones like which city to live in or which job to take. The kind of choices that will impact your life but … Continue reading Making Decisions Takes Wisdom, Courage, & Faith
John 9 As each day passed, Jesus knew He was getting closer to fulfilling His mission on earth. He knew the cross was coming and the resurrection would follow. He knew that soon He would no longer be walking and talking with His disciples. And He knew they needed to be prepared to carry the … Continue reading Jesus Changes Everything!
Another weekend is here, and once again I am overwhelmed by my to-do list. There are so many things to get done, and I am praying for Spirit-filled productivity so that I can get to them all. I keep finding myself back on the hamster wheel, running in circles but getting nowhere! God provides us with … Continue reading Number Your Days … Budget Your Time
For You, God, tested us; You refined us as silver is refined...we went through the fire and water, but You brought us out to abundance. - Psalm 66:10,12 CSB What if we started to think about how the struggles we go through are refining us? In our sin nature, we were born with impurities that … Continue reading Refined by our trials
John 8:12-59 Jesus spoke with power and wisdom. He performed many miracles. He beckoned people to follow Him. Yet many people still did not understand that He was the promised Messiah. “That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I AM who I claim to be, … Continue reading Every Knee Will Bow
Do you ever notice how easy it is to take your eyes off of Jesus? Life comes at you and all the things popping up in your peripheral capture your attention and fix your eyes on your circumstance rather than your Savior. Now your whole attitude changes! You become worried and fearful; angry and resentful, … Continue reading Focus on Jesus!
John 8:1-11 Jesus continued teaching, people continued to listen, and the Pharisees continued in their quest to get rid of Him. On one occasion, while Jesus was teaching in the Temple complex, the Pharisees came to Him with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. In their holier-than-thou way, they thrust … Continue reading Trajectory Change
John 7:31-53 The more the Jews started to believe in Jesus, the more desperate the Pharisees became. The Pharisees believed that they alone held the truth, but the “truth” they proclaimed had been warped over the generations. It had become a system of obtaining righteousness through works instead of looking to God for salvation. But … Continue reading Open the Bible!