Are you concerned with truth? Is it more valuable to you than all the comfort in the world? When we want truth in our lives we are seeking to live in light of God's Word...not our desires. What we selfishly want to hear is something that would gratify our emotional, physical, and relational needs. We … Continue reading Can You Hear the Truth?
Your belief about what Jesus is capable of, will determine how content and full of peace you are in this world--not what He actually does, but what He could do. Faith in Jesus is not concerned with the demonstration of power. Faith in Jesus is demonstrated by the peace drawn from the conviction that His … Continue reading What Can Jesus Do? The Answer = Size of Your Faith
Acts 6:41b (HCSB) ...rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the name of Jesus. Under command of those who hated the name of Jesus, the apostles were beaten and shamed in front of everyone. What was the response of the apostles? To rejoice! These were not sadists. They did not desire … Continue reading Embrace Dishonor for Jesus
Matthew 4:21-22 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him. If you believe in Jesus that means you have been … Continue reading When Jesus Calls
Genesis 3 The curses that man and woman received after their disobedience flowed from their original purpose when they were created. Man was created to take dominion over all creation--plants and animals. Woman was created to "complement" (Gen. 2) man. The woman's curse was relational. Pain in childbirth A conflict in marriage whereby she experiences … Continue reading Result of Original Sin
Acts 2:3-4; 8; 11 (HCSB) And tongues [or languages], like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech (brackets added)....How is it that each of … Continue reading Speaking in Tongues (Languages)!
Acts 1:6-8: So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you … Continue reading Be His Witnesses
Habakuk 2:2 "And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it." (ESV) A person without goals is like a ship without direction. Not having goals is like a military unit that has no mission. The individual without goals will live reactively and not intently. I need the … Continue reading Goals for 2018
Isaiah 53:1-4 Think of the Disney movie Aladdin. Remember when Jasmine, the princess, dresses as a commoner and goes out into the market place and people mistreat her until she reveals who she really is? Jesus pulled a Jasmine when He came to this world! If God didn't reveal the truth to us, we would … Continue reading Rejected By Mankind
Philippians 1:29--"For it has been given to you on Christ's behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him." Why is life so hard? Because we fail to grasp our identity in Christ. To be fair, it is to be expected. In order for life to be easy, truly easy, we … Continue reading The True Faith