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The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:5

In the message “Stand Our Ground” we began with a statement that our Christian walk involves a process of renewing our mind. Paul wrote to the Romans about this renewal as an on-going process of transformation (Romans 12:2). He also wrote about a renewed mind as something which has already occurred; “But we have the […]

Stand Our Ground

1 Corinthians 10:13

Our Christian walk of growing closer to God and becoming more like His Son involves a process of “renewing our mind” (Romans 12:2). Our mind is renewed as we begin to consider things of eternal value rather than the fading things of the world. But no matter how far we mature in our walk, distractions […]

Live Above The Noise

Matthew 6:33

[Note: This message was originally sent out in 2009 when we were traveling. Tonight, as I read about priorities and the busyness of life, I can see it is a message I need to hear again!] Today is day thirty-two of our traveling “journey.” I put journey in quotes because I’m not exactly sure what […]

Give Him All The Glory

Genesis 41:16

Joseph had some difficult times in his early years. His brothers tried to kill him and then sold him to the Midianites. The Midianites, in turn, sold him as a slave to Potiphar who was one of Pharaoh’s officials. Joseph was then falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown in prison where he sat for […]

The Watchman

Ezekiel 3:17-18

Ezekiel was called to be a prophet after being taken captive to Babylon. Since the beginning of his ministry Ezekiel knew his path would be difficult; he knew the people would not be receptive to his message; “The people to whom I {God} am sending you are obstinate and stubborn” (Ezekiel 2:4). And yet, from […]

Our Family is Hurting

This morning we were once again greeted with news of devastation somewhere in the world. This time it was tornadoes in the central US, specifically in the city of Joplin. Almost 100 people killed; thousands grieving. I don’t personally know anyone in Joplin, but I know many in Joplin through email. Many receive my email […]

Always Seek His Counsel

Joshua 7:3-4

As Moses was about to die, he transferred leadership of Israel to Joshua. God gave His approval of Joshua with the instructions, “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go” (Joshua […]

Know Him Better

Ephesians 1:16-17

When a child is born into a family, there is almost an instant bond of love. The parent and child spend LOTS of time together and truly begin to know each other. The parent knows the needs of the child, and the child knows the parent as the provider of comfort and security. But as […]

Join The Battle

Ephesians 6:12

In the message “We Will Overcome” we were encouraged to hold on to Jesus when our strength fades and we become weary. We saw that our faith (not our strength) ensures we will overcome and receive the gift of eternal life. We can take great comfort in knowing Jesus will carry us and not let […]

We Will Overcome

Revelation 2:7

God’s Word contains many passages which encourage us in our struggles. Paul tells us to “press on toward the goal” (Philippians 3:14), “run a good race” (Galatians 5:7), and “fight the good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7). Each of these acknowledge the struggle and exhort us to keep moving forward. But there are times we become […]

The Examined Life

Psalm 139:23-24

We’ve heard it said, and it proves to be true, the unexamined life is not worth living. If we flow through life without evaluating who we are and what we believe, we have not really lived. Deep down, we all desire to take a stand and live according to a consistent set of beliefs. This […]

His Perfect Way

2 Samuel 22:31

In the message “A Living Sanctuary” we considered our call to praise and worship ALWAYS, and that this can only occur as we trust God with all our heart and release control into His hands. We seem to often come back to this theme. Perhaps this is because releasing control is one of our major […]