The Bible says we are completely new creations – we aren’t simply reformed or refurbished. We’re brand new.
Everlasting life for trusting Jesus with ours. That’s a birthday worth celebrating in merry jubilee.
Although life on earth is brief, our future is bright because God has a much better life ahead for us.
Having a quiet time isn’t about perfectly following a list of rules or expectations, it’s about connecting with your Savior.
So how do you ask God to forgive you? Is there anything too horrible for God to forgive?
All around the prophet Jeremiah, the whole world seemed to be falling apart. But right in the midst of this dark time, God gave a promise that still fills us with hope today.
How does the reality of heaven help us in the day to day of life’s struggles? How can it offer us real hope and strength right now?
As I get older, I’m finding that wisdom goes both ways. There is just as much to glean from the “young’uns” as there is to be gathered from the aged.
Heaven is going to be such an incredible time of unlimited fellowship with people who have lived in all ages that I can’t begin to comprehend it, but I know it’s true.
How many things have we poured our time and attention into that are choking out the spiritual fruit we are trying to grow?
Ever increasing lawsuits are evidence of a world of unfairness. Yet as a Christian, what is your response? Have you adapted the ways and methods of the culture or do you trust God in these types of matters?
Here are three questions to help you evaluate your present heart condition, along with three ways to bring it back in tune.
Much of the rhetoric of today has become filled with anger and hate. The Bible calls us to be peacemakers.
Remembering that my feelings aren't my reality is hard for me.
Scripture offers three directives in how to prepare my heart towards an attitude of gratefulness.
It’s not easy to admit we’re wrong. Truth is more difficult to execute than it seems.
I always found it interesting that Jesus thanked God for hearing his prayer before Lazarus took one step.
A prayerful life is a powerful life.
Most never seek God because of ongoing and unconfessed sin.
He could do all things through Him who strengthened him. Sweet and precious experience!
Jesus died to give us grace, and we are called to extend it to others.
Without a doubt, God speaks to us through His creation.
While the Bible holds no information about specific job offers, it does give insight into judging our circumstances.
Do you have a secret place where you regularly go to spend time in prayer with God?
I want to share with you my favorite psalms to read to help me surrender to rest.
Devotion to prayer begins when I make it my priority in responding to everything and anything.
Your success in life is largely determined by how well you adapt to Plan B.
Let’s take a look at our friend, Joshua, in order to gain fuel for our journey in overcoming discouragement.
Whenever the Bible talks about spending time with God through reading the Word, it’s never in the context of a burden.
David's prayer gives us three practical steps to follow in decluttering our hearts.
It’s too easy to feel hopeless and fearful believing there is no one around to help you.
When we fill our minds with the Word of God, we’re less likely to sin.
God desires for us to experience deep happiness. So, how do receive this happiness from God?
Because sin hinders us from ever being able to earn forgiveness on our own, God made it possible for us to receive a gift we don’t deserve.
How can we combat thoughts that who we are and what we have is not enough?
We were made to live in close proximity with each other, so that we can be encouraged when we desperately need it.
Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, everything God sees in Him, He now sees in us, too.
If truth is a fundamental part of who God is, it follows that lying is naturally something that he is against.
God is able to use people, circumstances, and difficulties in ways we cannot even fathom.
We may not always say the right thing to our children. But we can speak life into them here and now.
Sometimes I think we get things backward. We mistakenly think God is good when he answers our prayers.
Call to Him… and He will answer you…
Let us repent and humble our hearts before Him that He might come and heal our land!
“I shall not want” because God, as a good shepherd, will ensure I have everything I need.
More than ever before, we have an amazing opportunity to rekindle an earnestness for the Word of God.
No matter what the beginning of our year was like, once the pandemic hit, nothing has been the same. So, how do we face each day without worry and fear?
Wouldn't it have been more 'user-friendly' to create many paths leading to eternity with Him?
Here are just 10 of the supernatural ways the Holy Spirit wants to empower you today.
Raising kids is unpredictable.
Worry is one way the enemy robs us of enjoying the fruitful life Jesus spoke of.
Suffering can be an extension of God’s goodness when it is viewed from the perspective of God and eternity.
Forgiveness and cleansing are very different things.
There are many people who choose to retreat and regress into the pain of yesterday because they’re controlled by their fear instead of by God’s guidance.
All temptation is common. The Bible promises us that we will be able to withstand temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As God is reflected in the face of Jesus, so you can reflect Him, too.
Even though God didn't cause our pain, he will refine us through it.
We may feel like God could never forgive us, but like Abraham, we must believe God’s promise of grace.
Did you know every time you ignore His urging, your heart may be hardening towards the Lord?
God is above time. And when it seems as though He is late, this is what we need to remember: God is never late.
We need wisdom to walk in this world. I find it in First Corinthians chapters 8-10.
In listening to Jesus we learn what love is, and how we get to know Love.
Our lives should be saturated with this one, overarching goal: to meet Jesus. He has already introduced himself to you in his Word. I hope you will continue to meet him there.
It's easy to read through the first half of Exodus like a storybook. And then comes the latter half - covenants and law, rules and instruction. It seems so antiquated. What are we to make of all this?
Here and now, in the midst of the “lonely,” the Lord is worthy to be praised.
Imagine what could be if the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is what we proclaimed to everyone. Imagine what could be if grace drove our entire lives and if it’s what we wished for each and every person.
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve had a sense of belonging. But after the Fall they felt rejected, experiencing a need to belong.
When you were dead, He made you alive!
One of God’s names is Jehovah Jireh which means the Lord will provide, not the Lord might provide.
We may not feel worthy of God’s call, but nevertheless, He makes us complete.
We can trust God to bless our time of rest and make us effective when we return work.
God became flesh to accomplish your redemption. Have you accepted His gift of salvation?
When our temptations feel overpowering, God provides the way out.
Leaving a legacy involves far more than handing down a monetary inheritance or passing on a good family name.
Following the Teacher will occasionally run counter to the world around us.
As with any fruit, we won’t see it and enjoy it right away.
Only God can bring hope to the hopeless, and fearlessness to those who fear.
Below are five ways to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to help lead your children to faith in Jesus Christ.
I love how the Lord employed unlikely people to do extraordinary things.
God, in His faithfulness, walks through the wilderness with us.
Trouble will come, but so will refuge for those have set their hearts on Christ.
For Paul, peace was a real and enduring reality in his life, despite his pain.
God allows things to happen in life that don’t make sense to us… but they do make sense to Him.
God's Word tells us Jesus' reaction to being wrongly accused as a model for what we should do.
God's Word is powerful, living, and active.
The thing that God was trying to communicate was that He wanted our dependence to be on Him.
There is a word in the Bible that I’m so glad is there. I’ve come back to it again and again over the years. I have said many times, “Yeah! That’s the word for it. That’s what I’m feeling right now.”
If you, like multitudes of others, believe not choosing God’s way is choosing your own way, you are misinformed.
Like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight.
So what is rebellion, where does it come from, and do I need to be concerned?
We may not know the things that are happening in the supernatural as well as the natural realm.
Jesus’ disciples were way out in the sea, and Jesus was on the shore. But He saw them toiling and rowing. He never took His eyes off them.
God is my portion when I don’t have enough.
It is quite easy to fool the world around us, but there is One who knows our hearts. And that is all He is really after in the first place.
Prayer is so important when fighting temptation that Jesus told the disciples to do it twice in the same evening.
When life is draining and there seems to be no time or place to rest, these words are reassuring.
The beautiful thing about the real-life game of hide-and-seek is that the seeker is always the winner.
Here are four ways I’ve been learning to include prayer into my daily life.
Forgiven people should be forgiving people.
When we come to pray, we trust Him to answer in the way of His choice, not ours.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
Here are 4 verses that undeniably describe the Trinity.
The more we realize how much Jesus has forgiven us, the more we will love him.
Having a heart after God means that we desire to know His righteousness and are committed to walk in His ways.
Whenever possible, our advocacy should be paired with relationships in order to ensure our words are marked by love.
As people everywhere strive to find happiness, we can look to the Scriptures and know what it really means to be happy.
Over time, it becomes a habit that is easily repeated. Even better, it will soon become the best and most productive part of your day.
One of the names of God is Jehovah Rohi. It speaks of a Good Shepherd.
Of all the beautiful promises in the Bible, a guarantee of our physical safety isn’t one of them.
We are capable through the Spirit living in us to defeat selfishness!
Could God be asking us to lay down stones in active faith first?
Rather than let my thoughts run away with worry, I let God’s word assure me our possessions were under His watchful eye.
Godly sorrow leads to repentance.
It is better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without him.
If your goal is to run with endurance spiritually, then you must do the daily work to build those new habits and persevere.
Jesus gave us the secret to living a worry-free life.
No matter what experiences you’ve had, no matter how wonderful they were, they were just a glimpse of what is still ahead.
God reminds us not to go into the day without being prepared and equipped for battle.
Here are 5 verses from Psalm 25 we can gather when heaviness rears.
How are you making decisions in life? Do you believe it’s all up to you or do you rely on God to direct your steps?
Perhaps the invitation for all of us is to start to listen, not only for the needs of those who are right there in the trenches with us but also to ourselves.
Not sure what the word 'sanctification' means? It's a big word, but it's meaning is simple.
The Bible text is alive. So why do we settle for being once-removed from the source? Why aren’t we meeting God through His Word?
God’s heart towards you is to pardon you and it isn’t dependent on what you did or didn’t do.
When teaching on a specific passage of Scripture, I consider five questions about the Bible text:
God is for unity, Satan is not. So when we are at odds with someone, the enemy is happy.
As we work to truly forgive others, we uncover and discover weaknesses in ourselves.
As you become aware of the depth of God’s love for you, allow that realization to become the driving force in your obedience to Him.
God is able to do far above what we know, expect, and even understand. He did it in Noah’s situation and He can do it in yours.
Maybe like me you have wondered in your own heart, is Proverbs 22:6 a promise or just a proverb?
As you go throughout this day, take time to ponder God’s sovereignty. Meditate on the reality that He is in control of everything.
You were made with a hole in the center of your soul that only one thing fits.
There are lies that immediately sound like lies and then there are those that closely resemble the truth.
A healthy relationship with God mandates a healthy appetite for His Word.
Will you remain under the covering of His shadow?
The right thing is not to defend and not to attack. Just stay the course.
Honestly, like Jonah, wouldn’t most of us want to turn and run in the opposite direction at a request to confront such evil?
Because we have Christ’s Spirit residing in us, we carry His peace, joy, comfort, and love wherever we go.
God had promised his people a land that would be full of blessing. But the way there would stretch their faith.