October 7, 2016

How to Pray

“How to Pray”

These verses aren’t saying that you must pray this prayer every time you pray. Instead, this prayer (known as “the Lord’s Prayer”) should be used as a model of how to pray: to praise God, pray that His will be done, for our daily needs, and for help in daily struggles.

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven,  hallowed be  your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us  this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from  evil. Matthew 6:9‭-‬13

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October 6, 2016

Me, Me, Me

“Me, Me, Me”

Who enjoys spending time with or doing things for selfish people? No one! Here James is highlighting that many of our problems are a result of our own selfishness and greed. He specifically addresses that we often pray to God with false and selfish motives, no matter how we package them.

Prayer is not a method by which our own wills are to be done on earth. Prayer’s purpose is to have God’s will accomplished!

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. James 4:2‭-‬3

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October 5, 2016

He Hears Us

“He Hears Us”

Imagine you are a little kid again. Remember all of those things that you asked for from your parents or guardians? Imagine if they said YES every time. What kind of person would you be today? Spoiled, entitled, demanding? In these verses, the promise is that if we align our prayers with God’s will, He will listen.

God listens and says YES to prayers that further his will and align with what He thinks is good for us, not what we think is good for us. Note that the verse speaks to the fact that we pray according to God’s will, not our own. Our prayer with God should be a conversation and a discovering of God’s will for our lives, not just a list of demands that we want.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14‭-‬15

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October 4, 2016

He Who Gives Generously

“He Who Gives Generously”

Who is the most generous person that you know? What are they generous with? Time, finances, material possessions, hospitality? God’s generosity trumps any person’s generosity that you know—by a long shot. And, he is generous with the most valuable thing there is—life!

In these verses James urges us to ask God for wisdom, among other things. He explains that God “gives generously to all without finding fault,” highlighting that we have a generous God who gives freely to us who do not deserve it. Additionally, James exhorts us to approach God with a sturdy faith because otherwise we are like the waves of the sea—tossed about back and forth unsure of what we believe.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:5‭-‬6

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October 3, 2016

It Will Be Yours

“It Will Be Yours”

What a promise for our prayers! “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” But one thing to consider: who is Jesus talking to? Everyone? No. Jesus was talking to his disciples.

Who or what is a disciple? A disciple is a follower of Jesus who denies his own desire, wants, and comforts and follows Jesus absolutely without question. So Jesus’ promise here is not for any and all people to claim; it is strictly for his disciples, those who deny their own way of life and follow Jesus. As a result, a disciple’s use of prayer is not one of selfish ambition to fulfill his own desires but one that is used to glorify God and further His Name.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:24‭-‬25

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October 2, 2016

Remain in Me and I in You

“Remain in Me and I in You”

Jesus is speaking to his disciples and explaining the importance of remaining connected to Him. He promises that if we remain in him and He in us, then we will “bear much fruit.” Practically, Jesus is promising that if we stay connected to him through Prayer and reading the Bible, then our spiritual lives and connection to Him will be vibrant and fruitful. On the other hand, if we do not remain in him through Prayer and reading the Bible then our spiritual lives and connection with him “withers” and dies. 

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:5‭-‬7

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October 1, 2016

Never Passing Away

“Never Passing Away”

There are 3 things that will never cease to exist: God, the souls of man, and God’s Word. Here Jesus says that both heaven and earth will pass away, but his words will not. The Bible is God’s Word.

John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh,” meaning that God sent his son, Jesus, to earth. His Word is as eternal and as powerful as God himself, and we have access to it at all times even on our smartphones!

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23‭-‬24

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September 30, 2016

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask, Seek, Knock”

Think back at a time in your life when you were persistent with something, really persistent. Odds are, it worked out for you! Even if it did not, Jesus promises that our persistence in prayer will be rewarded. In this passage, Jesus describes prayer as asking, seeking, and knocking.

“Ask,  and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7‭-‬11

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September 29, 2016

No Need to Worry

“No Need to Worry”

Everyday there is so much to be stressed out about. School, a job, a relationship, friends, family and so much more. God offers us a solution to our stress problem in Philippians 4. He says not to be stressed about anything, but in every situation to pray. Prayer is a powerful tool we can use as followers of Christ to interact with God. God promises in this verse to not only hear our prayers but he will also guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, so that our worries become less and less.

God will give you His peace when you ask for it. So it’s not that He eliminates the worries from the world, He just strengthens you through prayer to see His magnificence in light of these worries. When you compare a test or a job interview to the power of God—the depth and majesty of God is so much greater. So much so, that the worries of the world become small and our understanding of God becomes larger. He is the answer to our stress, all we have to do is pray to God the worries of our heart.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6‭-‬7

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September 27, 2016

Delight in the Lord

“Delight in the Lord”

How hard is it to walk with God when the world keeps tugging at you through temptations? This Psalm emphasizes the difference between those of us who follow Christ and those of us who follow the world. He says a person who delights in the Bible, who finds a joy and peace in following Christ is blessed. The author of this Psalm compares a follower of Christ to a tree to illustrate his point further. While being a follower of the world takes away life, becoming a Christ follower will make you prosper.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  but his delight is in the law of the LORD , and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalms 1:1‭-‬3

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September 24, 2016

God's Promise

“God’s Promise”

Imagine a world where everyone keeps their promises. Wouldn’t that be incredible? But, there is only one man that has ever lived that keeps his promises forever, Jesus Christ. Here Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples. He explains the importance of his words and the Bible as things that will never pass away.

Even Heaven and Earth will pass away, and be made new, but God’s words will never pass away or change! This should serve as a comfort to us as we live by these words, instructions, and promises that never expire or become obsolete. 

Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:34‭-‬35

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September 23, 2016

The Word of God Endures Forever

“The Word of God Endures Forever”

Life happens quickly, one day its blistering hot in early August and then we’re watching the snow fall down in January. Seasons come and go, just like our life here on Earth. In this passage we are compared to grass and flowers because a season is just what our 80-90 year life looks like to God. Everything is constantly changing, people come and people go. New job, new house, new state your living in.

As time passes, nothing really stays the same. We are a people of change and transition. Things can get a little exhausting moving throughout life with almost every variable changing all the time. Yet God promises one thing that will never change -- Himself. God never changes. He will always be the same, He always has been the same. His Word will endure the test of time, because the Word is God. Therefore, when we read God’s Word we can know and find stability in clinging to the one thing that will never change -- the Bible and our God.

The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:7‭-‬8

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September 21, 2016

How to Be Successful

“How to Be Successful”

Today’s world is filled with “get rich quick” schemes and infinite self-betterment books. Why? Every person on earth has an innate desire to be successful, but so often we mistakenly believe that success is found in money, power, status, our job, or anything else in the world. Here is where the Bible is clear on answering this question: want to be successful? You have to know the Bible, meditate on it, trust in the Lord, and be obedient to God’s word.

THAT is true success. God’s word will never lead you astray therefore if you are careful to read the very breath of God you will learn just what God wants for your life. God is a GOOD God, so we can be confident that His word and His path for our life will lead us down the road of success.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

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September 20, 2016

God's Very Breath

“God’s Very Breath”

Once we know that reading the Bible is something we are to do, we can come to see just how it impacts us as believers. The whole Bible was written by one Author, God! He literally breathed out every single word, comma and period in this book, and used men to record it! He perfectly ordained this book to be a guide to us, a source of His voice for us and a place of rest for us in any and all circumstances.

God is a Teacher, a Trainer, a Rebuker, and a Corrector. God wants everything good for us in our lives, but sometimes we think we know what is better for our own lives. Yet, the more we read His word the better we can understand His plan for us. And, even more so, the more we engage with God through the scriptures the more He will equip and teach us to be ready for anything that possibly can come our way. How satisfying is that!

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17

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September 19, 2016

Purpose of the Word

“Purpose of the Word”

What’s the point of reading the Bible? How can something written so long ago still apply to me today? The Bible or the Word of God was written in such a way that these words are eternal truths. All the answers to almost every question you have can be answered through God’s word, you just have to know where to look. The Word has the ability to penetrate you, make you a new person and to carve out the bad and make room for the good.

The Word also makes new our thoughts and attitudes of our heart. Our hearts can be deceitful and tell us things that are not always true. However, the Word is always true. We have to be careful of the feelings of our hearts because our hearts were tainted to be lovers of the world and we must teach them through reading the Bible to be lovers of God.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

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September 18, 2016

Live Your Life in Him

“Live Your Life in Him”

What does it mean to live my life IN Jesus? How do I become rooted and built in Him? Receiving Christ and trusting in Him completely is one decision, but the process of being made like Jesus and continuing to live your life IN him takes time. We must seek to know Him more through prayer and through reading his word, the Bible.

This will make us rooted and built more in him and will strengthen our faith. Strengthening our faith is important because it is what we are called to do. We must continue to aim to learn more about God. The journey of knowing God will only increase our thankfulness towards Him as we uncover how unbelievably holy, sovereign and good He is.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6‭-‬7

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The LORD Takes Pleasure in His People

Praise the LORD ! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! 

Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! 

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! 

For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

Psalms 149:1‭-‬4

September 16, 2016

Alive in Spirit

“Alive in Spirit”

In this verse, Peter describes who Christ is. Christ Jesus suffered one time for the sins of many. Think about how many sins that is! He suffered for everyone and He died to save everyone on the Earth from the grasp of sin and bring us back to God. Jesus died in the body, rose from the dead, and gave us his Holy Spirit in order that he can still be with us today. He lives within us. God can now always be with us and we can always access Him because He is alive through the Holy Spirit.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 1 Peter 3:18

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September 15, 2016

Become a Child of God

“Become a Child of God”

In this verse John, the author of this book, is speaking about who Jesus is and what Jesus does for those who receive and do not receive him. Jesus came into the world after making the world, but the people of this world did not recognize him. Still, to this day, we forget to recognize Him.

The world aims to draw us away from Jesus and fill us with false gods and distortions of God’s plan for us. Jesus offers to make us His own. There is something that we must do in order to become a child of God. We have the RIGHT to become children of God when we recognize Jesus as Lord and believe in who He is!

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, John 1:10‭-‬12

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September 14, 2016

Build to Finish

“Build to Finish”

Jesus illustrates a lot of his principles with stories and metaphors. Jesus compares our faith and trust in Him to building a tower. The same way architectural design works, so is it with following Jesus. There is a cost to be His disciple, and before you make such a weighty decision you must be prepared. Jesus doesn’t want us for a day, month, or year.

Jesus wants us for an eternity. Jesus wants us to continually lay down ourselves to be His disciple. It will not be easy, but the reward will be worth it when we are reconnected with our Savior again one day.

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,  saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Luke 14:27‭-‬30

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September 13, 2016

Believe In Your Heart, Profess with Your Mouth

“Believe in Your Heart, Profess with Your Mouth”

“How do I tell God that I trust Him with my life? I want to surrender my life to God, but I don’t know how.” Have you ever had these thoughts? The Bible gives answers to lots of questions, this being one of them. Once we want to surrender our lives to Jesus we must confess that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. Don’t do them in vain, belief is the most important aspect of this decision to hand over the reigns of your life to Jesus Christ.

Confessing with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” means that you acknowledge and accept him as your authority and commanding officer. “Believing in your heart” means that you believe with your very existence that Jesus Christ is who he said he is. Do you believe these things today?

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:9‭-‬11

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September 12, 2016

The Day Will Come

“The Day Will Come”

In this chapter of the book of Acts, Paul is talking to the people of Athens. The people of Athens were ignorant to God and didn’t understand God’s power. Paul goes on to describe who God is and therefore illustrate who we are because of God. He ends the chapter with this verse saying, that we are God’s children. God wants us to repent and believe in His Son.

Jesus will come back and when He does, appointed by God the Father, He will judge the world justly. Only God the Father knows the time and day when Jesus will come back but one thing we can know for sure is that Jesus will come back one day and the best way to be ready for this is to fully believe in Jesus Christ.

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:30‭-‬31

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September 11, 2016

Jesus is Life

“Jesus is Life”

In this verse the author, John, tells us how to share our testimony (or personal story of faith) with others. The only way to have eternal life is to believe in the person and purpose of His Son -- Jesus. If you believe that Jesus was the Son of God, fully man and fully God, died on the cross for all of our sins, and rose again three days later to defeat death and prove that He was indeed who he said he was, then you will have eternal life.

On the contrary, those who reject the person and purpose of Christ will not have eternal life. They will not enter into the Kingdom of God. You must believe with your mind and with your heart.

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11‭-‬13

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September 9, 2016

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

“Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me”

Jesus is speaking to his disciples and He says to them whoever wants to be a follower of Him must deny themselves and take up their cross daily to follow him. What is your cross? What do you have to sacrifice in order to follow Jesus better? That’s what He asks. He could be asking you to give up a habit or a relationship, and sometimes staying in these things could be easier.

Following Jesus wholeheartedly isn’t easy. It requires sacrifice. But Jesus gives a promise at the end that whatever you give up or sacrifice in the name of Jesus, he will have life. Jesus says pursuing the world or your own desires will only cause you to stray farther away from Him and separate yourself from eternal life with Him. However, you will save your life when you live to know Him and to follow Him.

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23‭-‬24

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September 8, 2016

Heaven vs. Hell

“Heaven vs. Hell”

Who is the one God sent? Jesus is the one God has sent for us all. Jesus speaks the words of God because He is God. In this verse, we see the dynamic of God the Father and God the Son. The Father loves the Son and trusts Him to do his work, so He places everything in Jesus’ hands. Jesus’ hands bore the weight of all our sin.

When we believe in Jesus’ work of his hands (his death and resurrection) we have eternal life, or in other words, we will someday enter into Heaven. But when we reject that Jesus was the Savior of the world, or we choose to not follow him or believe in him, we will not have eternal life. When we do not allow ourselves to be saved by Jesus we keep God’s wrath on us.

Throughout our life, the debt of our sin will continue to accumulate until the day of our death when we are not promised Heaven, but must suffer an eternity separated from God in hell. A decision to trust and believe in Jesus solidifies your eternity in Heaven.

For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:34‭-‬36

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September 7, 2016

Good News for Everyone

“Good News for Everyone”

What’s so important about the Greeks? The Greeks are YOU and ME! In this verse God declared that both the Jews and the Greeks (this now means everyone in the world) can now turn to God in repentance of their sin and have faith in Jesus. Furthermore this verse signifies that the gospel is for everyone, and Jesus came to die and to save everyone so that we all may enter into a relationship with Him.

how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:20‭-‬21

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September 6, 2016

The Work of Belief

“The Work of Belief”

Here in the book of John, a crowd is following Jesus around and they ask him the question of what they can do to do the works that God requires (to get into Heaven). A perfectly normal question, and Jesus answers it very clearly. He says they must believe in the one He has sent. He, who? He, God.

In other words, all these people have to do to enter into Heaven is believe in Jesus Christ! If you believe in Jesus Christ, wholeheartedly.  Believe in His death on the cross and his resurrection than you can be 100% positive that when the day comes you will enter into Heaven and live a life eternally with Jesus.

Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:28‭-‬29

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September 5, 2016

The Good News

“The Good News”

What is the good news? The good news is that Jesus has come into the world to save us and allow us to enter into the Kingdom of God through a real relationship with Jesus! Sin separates us from God, and because the debt of our sin is so great we cannot get back to God through our own sacrifices and merit.

Therefore, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to come down from Heaven and pay our debt for us on the cross. Therefore, to enter into God’s Kingdom, thanks to Jesus, all we have to do is repent of our sin and believe in the purpose and person of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14‭-‬15

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September 4, 2016

Christ Lives in Me

“Christ Lives in Me”

In this verse Paul says that he has been crucified with Christ, meaning that his old self (all his old beliefs and old ways) have died. He no longer finds life in the things of the world, but instead he says ‘Christ lives in me’. Paul tells us that now Jesus has become his ultimate authority and ruler of his life. He says he lives his life by faith in Jesus, believing that Jesus knows whats best for his life because He loved him and gave Himself for him.

This is also true for you! As you put your trust in Jesus acknowledging that He died for you and gave himself up for you, you allow Christ to live inside of you. Lastly, the verse says that Christ’s death is because of God’s abounding grace -- that if God was not gracious and did not extend grace to us then Christ would have died for nothing.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. Galatians 2:20‭-‬21

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September 3, 2016

Repent and Turn

“Repent and Turn”

Throughout the Old Testament, God continually revealed to His people, through prophets, that the Messiah (savior of God’s people) would suffer. The Old Testament foreshadows the death of Jesus Christ, and furthermore proves that Jesus was indeed God.

The verse continues saying that we must repent (acknowledge ourselves as sinners and ask God’s forgiveness) and turn to God so that our sins may be wiped clean. For whomever believes in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus is cleansed from their sin. The Messiah in this verse is referencing Jesus Christ.

But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, Acts 3:18‭-‬20

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September 2, 2016

Saved by Grace, Not by Works

"Saved by Grace, Not by Works"

Paul is writing a letter to the Christians in the city of Ephesus (hence the name of the book in the Bible is Ephesians). Paul explains earlier in this chapter that all people “were dead in their transgressions and sins” but are now made alive in Christ.

In these verses, Paul is specifying how Christians are saved and have eternal life. By good works? Because we’ve earned it? No! He explains that we are saved by grace (God’s free, unearned favor and forgiveness of sins) and that we have this grace by faith in Jesus Christ, and that alone.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9

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August 25, 2016

Make a joyful noise to the LORD

Make a joyful noise to the LORD , all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 

Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 

With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD !

Psalms 98:4‭-‬6

August 19, 2016

Above all these put on love

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:12‭-‬15

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalms 139:13‭-‬16

Before You Were Born

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5

The Plans

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

The Propitiation for our Sins

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:9‭-‬10

August 17, 2016

August 8, 2016

How to block prosperity preachers on Facebook

First of all, don’t subscribe or ‘like’ their facebook pages.

Second, if you have a friend who follows these prosperity “teachers” and likes to re-share their false propaganda, do this:

In your news feed scroll over to the down arrow at the upper right corner of the post > click on the down arrow > select “Hide all from ___”

That should do the trick!

I’m pretty sure you can do the same thing on your smart phones and devices.

Easy Peasy!!

Prosperity Theology – I don’t believe it!

There seem to be a lot of pastors, preachers, and teachers trying to convince the world that you can receive wealth and health by being positive and faithful, and that it’s God’s will for all of us to receive this type of blessing.

I think that’s a bit misleading and selfish to think that one can go through life without having a single health issue, access to lots of money all the time, and no problems to sort out.

What does the Prosperity Gospel teach people? Does this “gospel” teach people that if they are experiencing problems in life that their faith isn’t strong enough or that God is somehow trying to punish them on purpose because they weren't positive all the time?

If you are sitting in a church where Jesus is not preached you may want to think about attending a new church. There are lots of churches to choose from. It can’t hurt to go church shopping, especially if you are familiar with your bible and are looking for a sound bible-based church.

July 1, 2016

Our Faith

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

1 John 5:4

The Shield of Faith

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

Ephesians 6:16

June 30, 2016

Do It with Gentleness and Respect

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15

Everyone Who Believes In Him

To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Acts 10:43

June 29, 2016

The righteousness from God that depends on faith—

though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

Philippians 3:4‭-‬9

April 23, 2016

The Message of Salvation to All

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

The Message of Salvation to All

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.  But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”  But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”  Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”  But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

Romans 10:1-21

April 10, 2016

Walk In Him

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-7
#OneWord2016 #Walk

April 9, 2016

Things into which Angels long to look

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great MERCY, he has caused us to be born again to a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through FAITH for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your FAITH—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you LOVE him. Though you do not now see him, you BELIEVE in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your FAITH, the salvation of your souls.  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the GRACE that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the GOOD NEWS to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

1 Peter 1:3-12

April 5, 2016

Faith Comes First

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

March 28, 2016

Nothing can separate us from God's Love

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

March 21, 2016

Your faith has made you well

And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

Mark 10:51-52

March 19, 2016

Those who WALK in Integrity #OneWord2016 #Walk

For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who WALK in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

Proverbs 2:6-8


March 16, 2016

Do Not Fear & Only Believe

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Mark 5:36

Things that make you go hmmm...

Jesus said 2 things in this particular situation:

1.) Do not fear


2.) Only believe

That's pretty clear to me. He doesn't want us to be afraid, hence the 'do not fear' part of HIS statement.

He says all we have to do is to 'only believe' - only believe.

Do not fear and only believe.

I just love Him! He makes things so easy for us. We make things hard and he shows us how to keep it simple.

Your faith has made you well

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Mark 5:34

Jesus told the lady that her faith healed her. She truly believed deep down in her heart that Jesus would heal her. She believed it so much that she thought if she could only touch him her problem would be solved. That's exactly what happened! Jesus healed her because of her faith in him. Afterward, he told her to go in peace. She had nothing else to do but to relish in the healing of her disease. I think that's pretty darn cool!

Have you still no faith?

He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

Mark 4:40

Jesus asked a direct question about their faith. Once again Jesus is looking at their faith in Him. Faith is a product of what you will find deep down in a person's heart. Faith matters. Faith in Jesus is a matter of the heart. No one can tell you that your FAITH in God is not good enough. It's not up to them, it's up to Him.

March 11, 2016

Faith for the Forgiveness of Sins

And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 2:5

Jesus saw their faith first and then sins were forgiven.

Forgiveness of sins is a matter of the heart between you and God.

Please don't place limits on God's power by telling people they need to be baptized in order for their sins to be forgiven.

Knock it off!

March 10, 2016

Dissecting Romans 10:8-13

The Word is right in front of you when you're reading the Bible. Pray that God will give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

I'm in the mood to dissect in order to comprehend what the text says. Don't take my word for it. Open up your Bibles and read it for yourself.

Let's begin, shall we?

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); (Romans 10:8-13)

The Word of FAITH. Got it!

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:8-13)

So, if I CONFESS with my mouth that JESUS IS LORD and I BELIEVE in MY HEART that GOD raised HIM from the dead......I WILL BE SAVED.

The text doesn't say I might be saved. It says I WILL BE SAVED.

It's not that hard, people. That's why they call it GOOD NEWS.

HE paid the price. HE is the only one who is without sin.

Did you read my previous post? It's the blood of Christ. JESUS paid the price once for all time.

CONFESS and BELIEVE! It's not that hard. Why? Because He loves us that much.


For with the heart one believes and is justified, (Romans 10:8-13)

That's why they call it SAVING FAITH.

and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
(Romans 10:8-13)

You internalize this process with your brain.

Once again, that's why it's called a FAITH that SAVES. That's ultimately how we are redeemed AND forgiven.

For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-13)

Well what do you know? The words are right there in front of you. THINK.

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. (Romans 10:8-13)

God is fair and just. All you have to do is call on Him. Ask him to heal you and open the eyes of your heart.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”(Romans 10:8-13)

EVERYONE......Look at that! Call on the name of the Lord and you WILL be SAVED.

Don't let anyone tell you different.

If anyone tells you something different from what the text says you have to question their motivation to control and manipulate.

There are plenty of great bible-based churches out there that don't misuse or mistreat their congregation.

If you attend a church that says you can't be saved if you don't go to their church stay far far away from them. They are more than likely a cult.

Dissecting Ephesians 1:7

Let's break it down, shall we?

In him we have REDEMPTION through HIS blood (Ephesians 1:7)

Who do we have redemption in? JESUS
How does all this work? Through HIS blood
Who are we talking about? JESUS

the FORGIVENESS of our trespasses (Ephesians 1:7)

So many misinformed people attend churches that believe wholeheartedly you can't be forgiven or redeemed by God unless you are baptized.

According to this verse REDEMPTION comes through the blood of Christ, the FORGIVENESS of our TRESPASSES.

You cannot redeem yourself. You are NOT without sin. You are NOT God. Baptism just like everything else is a product of your FAITH in Christ's work on the cross.

The Bible says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you will be saved. (Look for my next post. We'll dissect that verse too.)

according to the riches of HIS grace (Ephesians 1:7)

According to what? The riches of HIS grace. Who is this about? JESUS

HE is God, you are NOT.

March 9, 2016

Dissecting Titus 3:5

Titus 3:5 sure does tell us a lot. Let's break it down, shall we?

HE saved us (Titus 3:5)

HE saved us. HE is God. HE did it! That was HIS work on the cross. HIS work cannot be duplicated.

NOT because of works done by us in righteousness (Titus 3:5)

Being a good person and doing good things or going through the motions is NOT why HE saved us.

but according to HIS own mercy (Titus 3:5)

This is about HIS mercy. HE is Holy.

by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5)

It's NOT about you. It's about HIM.

Now go read verses 6 and 7 and tell me again who this is about......pray to have eyes that see and ears to hear.

HE Saved Us

To say that good works must be present BEFORE a person is saved is to make salvation dependent on our obedience, which is works-salvation, not salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. As Titus 3:5 declares, “He saved us – not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

March 7, 2016

Walks Not

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  but his delight is in the law of the LORD , and on his law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 1:1-2

March 6, 2016

The Lord did it all

Jesus paid the price in full.
Jesus said to trust him.
It’s that simple.

Whoever Believes

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 6:47

The Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

John 6:35-40

What Must We Do?

Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

John 6:28-29

March 2, 2016

For God So Loved the World

“that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” – John 3:15

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:17

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned already, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” – John 3:18

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” – John 3:19

“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” – John 3:20

“But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” – John 3:21

February 25, 2016

Our Church is reading through The Bible

Our Church is reading through The Bible this year. I’m excited about it because all of Sunday programming is geared toward what we read in The Bible that week. The Junior High and High School kids are following along too!

Right now we are in the Old Testament. We’ve read through Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and are embarking on Deuteronomy this week. I’m impressed that our Church is doing this with the congregation.