How do we imitate Christ in our everyday life? Here are three ways Jesus lived a selfless faith on earth.
While the upheaval around the world is causing troubled hearts to be driven by fear, Jesus assures us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
The thought of God commanding angel armies to fight for us, yet reaching down in sweet fellowship with us, is awe-inspiring and humbling.
What words are you putting out into the world? Do they hurt or heal?
Are you keeping first things, first?
Instead of giving time and energy to the what-ifs, we can remind ourselves that an unsure outcome opens the door for God to be glorified in our situation.
Have you heard of God’s indestructible hammer as described in Jeremiah 23? If not, you may never have thought of God’s Word being like a powerful hammer.
Conviction was instant. What would change if we were addicted to helping the lost find Jesus?
What's the difference between the biblical concept of reaping and sowing, and karma?
You were made for this time and this place in history! What comfort we gain in knowing God has not placed us in our current circumstances by accident.
Once there were two missionaries named Paul and Silas. Life didn't turn out as they imagined. What they did with second best changed the world.
Last words have power. And often, deep meaning and significance.
We miss our own planks while pointing out the dust someone else is dealing with.
If Jesus is your Savior, no matter what you are facing in your life, you can set your face like a flint.
The wonderful thing about God’s word is that it is so powerful in changing everything about our lives!
We can start by asking to God help us to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in praying for one another.
We’re living in a topsy-turvy world people are more concerned about what they eat than what they say.
It may be surprising to some, but the Bible actually has a diet plan as well.
At first glance, this verse might seem depressing. But I’d like to encourage us to view it as a verse of great hope.
The joy God brings is able to take away the deepest sorrow.
Because we hear these words recited so often, we can lose the awe that God would bless so extravagantly.
If your plans have been disrupted, instead of turning to fear, choose to trust God, believing He will help you.
Take time to sing in celebration! Jesus was born to save us.
John 3:16 assures us that in the history of the world, not one person ever, has been unloved by God.
Hope is available for the world to receive.
Have you ever had a time when your peace seemed to slip out of you?
When God says no, He’s not trying to harm us.
This instruction from the Lord implies endless times. Endless grace—like God gives to us.
Even if your prayers don’t release you from the situation, they can strengthen your resolve.
Do you remember the first heard time you heard about Jesus?
Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise.
We need to always remember this brevity and uncertainty.
When you pray today, remember Psalm 37:4. Open your heart and ask the Lord to fill you with a fresh delight in Him.
Like Jesus, God was overseeing your life before you were born.
When was the last time you or I held fast to the words of Jesus?
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.
Waiting and hoping in the Lord is something we grow into.
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.
Does it ever seem like the world is getting so steeped in darkness that it’s becoming harder and harder for people to walk faithfully with God?
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.
The great mystery about the Kingdom of God is that it is something we should anticipate and also something that we have current access to in the here and now.
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.
We each can take this charge to care for the church to heart.
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.
In an unprecedented year of viruses and mandates and masks, of political outrage, social issues, riots, and intense national division, the Lord reigns with all wisdom and knowledge.
Lord, thank you that what is happening in my life right now did not take you by surprise.
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.
Sometimes we believe if the person who hurt us passes away, their death will bring peace to our lives. However, in reality, it usually brings more sorrow and regret.
Let’s take a look at our friend, Joshua, in order to gain fuel for our journey in overcoming discouragement.
Jesus showed us how to love those who don't love us, by loving us before we loved Him.
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?
We must never stop relying on God’s goodness.
The imagery that David uses in this passage gives us believers a great sense of security and hope.
How can we combat thoughts that who we are and what we have is not enough?
Unlike those first disciples, we are hesitant to drop what we’re so invested in.
Daniel trusted the sovereign God even when he could not see what the outcome would be. In an out-of-control world, that same God is the one secure anchor we have.
My own strength, be it physical, mental, or emotional, simply doesn’t last.
Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, everything God sees in Him, He now sees in us, too.
If we want to know what God is saying in His Word, our feelings must give way to disciplined and principled study.
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.
The Bible speaks of the True Light, Jesus Christ, who came to light the way for all of mankind.
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?
Why did God provide only one way to heaven? 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.
Isn’t being chosen by Jesus and belonging to Him worth being hated by the world?
All temptation is common. The Bible promises us that we will be able to withstand temptation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
How then do we take it to the next level and begin to go on the offensive against joy-killing thoughts? By purposefully meditating on the good.
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.
We’re not equipped to handle anything on our own. The only true peace in adversity is found in Christ alone.
In listening to Jesus we learn what love is, and how we get to know Love.
If John the Baptist were alive today, his message to the masses would be the same message he preached in the wilderness so long ago.
If genealogies and family histories are fascinating to you, consider looking deeper into Jesus’ timeline.
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.
Do you long to be accepted? Have you struggled with people-pleasing?
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve had a sense of belonging. But after the Fall they felt rejected, experiencing a need to belong.
Show kindness and compassion for all while pursuing justice - this is God’s way.
One of God’s names is Jehovah Jireh which means the Lord will provide, not the Lord might provide.
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.
We only see the immediate, but God sees the grander picture.
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.
The struggle many of us face is how to tote the line between servanthood and bitter martyrdom.
Only God can bring hope to the hopeless, and fearlessness to those who fear.
Here is what truly happens when we practice hospitality: We become the open circuit of God’s grace.
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.
Proverbs 31:8-9 is a clear mandate to be people who stand up for the defenseless and demand justice.
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.
Through His death and resurrection, we know God’s love.
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.
When called by God to do hard things, we can cross our arms in defiance, or, we can humbly accept the command.
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.
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.
Of all the beautiful promises in the Bible, a guarantee of our physical safety isn’t one of them.