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!
Can I be honest for a minute? The fact that Jesus doesn’t promise us a problem-free life when we surrender to Him kind of bums me out! Don’t get me wrong! I am beyond thankful for my salvation and for all the amazing promises that we do receive as God’s beloved children. (His presence, His … Continue reading Why didn’t Jesus promise us smooth sailing?
Bookshelves, podcasts, social media feeds and sadly even many church pulpits are all about motivating people to live their best lives now. The main message? Seek personal success and happiness above all else. And in the Christian arena, it is packaged up as the very thing God wants for you. But is that true? Is … Continue reading Don’t be a “goat”!
You’ve got it all figured out! You don’t need Jesus! You have your five-year plan set and your goals laid out before you and nothing will stand in your way. You’ve set your path. You’ve decided your destiny. You’re strong and capable and you’re going to do whatever feels right for you. Watch out world! … Continue reading You are God’s chosen instrument
What do you get when you piece together a bunch of broken pieces of random materials? You get a beautiful piece of mosaic art! As you look at the beauty of the finished product, you gain a new appreciation for the broken pieces that were used to form it. It looks so shiny and put … Continue reading Work of art – in progress
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 I have heard this passage of Scripture many times and it is … Continue reading Do not be anxious about anything
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed... Without weakening in his faith... he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:18-21) This is the kind of faith … Continue reading Against All Hope … Faith!
The Gospel of Christ Jesus is not an afterthought. God sees the end from the beginning, and he was not surprised when Adam and Eve sinned. He wasn't suddenly faced with the need for a plan and it didn't take him generations to come up with one. Christ's shed blood on the cross and resurrection … Continue reading The Gospel of Jesus Christ – God’s Plan All Along
A couple thousand years ago the prophet Isaiah had a message for Cyrus, the King of Persia. God had a plan for his people and Cyrus was going to be part of making it happen, whether he wanted to or not. “For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you … Continue reading God is in Control
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And … Continue reading Here I am. Send me!