Devotional

Shiny Stones

Shiny Stones

Matthew 10:39

There are many types of monkey that can be captured with nothing more than a hollow wooden ball and a few shiny stones. The wooden ball contains a hole just large enough for the open hand of the monkey to pass through. The shiny stones are placed inside the ball and the ball is then […]

His Burden is Light

His Burden is Light

Matthew 11:28-30

In the message “Preparing God’s People to Serve” we saw how Jesus set the example for ministry by equipping others to serve in His Kingdom. We also saw that each of us have been called to minister as we love Him and build up the body of Christ. Our specific roles in ministry may differ, […]

Preparing God’s People To Serve

Preparing God’s People To Serve

Ephesians 4:11-12

Jesus’ ministry on earth lasted only three short years, but His message continues to be preached today and has spread to nearly every country and language of the world. When Jesus began His ministry, He knew His time would quickly pass; yet rather than trying to preach to the greatest number of people, Jesus focused […]

A New Name

A New Name

Revelation 2:17

Several of our last messages provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the gift of life we have in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to be our necessary and absolutely sufficient sacrifice for sin. His death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb opened the door of grace for an eternally restored relationship […]

The Joy of Restoration

The Joy of Restoration

Romans 5:8-10

In the message “The Pain of Separation” we considered the original relationship between God and man. This was the perfect relationship for which we were created; a relationship where we understand our form, sustenance, blessings, and direction as coming from God; a relationship where we walk in His intimate fellowship every moment of every day. […]

The Pain of Separation

The Pain of Separation

Genesis 3:23-24

When we read the story of creation, we can clearly see how man was created for a blessed and intimate relationship with God. Man was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and given life with God’s own breath (Genesis 2:7). From the very beginning, God intended man to live under His blessing and […]

The Resurrected Life

The Resurrected Life

1 Peter 1:3

We often consider our need to be set free from the deceptive entanglements of the world. Whether this means the sinful temptations of the flesh, the misguided priorities of selfish ambition, or simply the vast number of trivial activities which consume our time, they all hinder our intimacy with God. These “hindrances” of the world […]

Opportunity To Praise

Opportunity To Praise

Psalms 113:3

There are going to be days when we just don’t feel like being thankful. We wake up and don’t seem able to praise. We know we should “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4), and we are trying to learn “the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:12). We want to […]

Where Are You

Where Are You

Genesis 3:8-9

All over the world, people are asking how to strengthen their relationship with God. Many have wandered from His path and become entangled in the weeds. We never actually plan to leave God’s path and become entangled; rather, it seems we simply take a wrong turn and then drift through small steps of compromise. How […]

Boundary Line of Truth

Boundary Line of Truth

Genesis 3:6

In the message “Did God Really Say” we saw how the devil began his deception by causing Eve to doubt what God said; “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat…’?” (Genesis 3:1). He then said God had lied and was actually keeping Eve from something beneficial; “God knows that when you eat of it […]

Did God Really Say

Did God Really Say

Genesis 3:1

The first two chapters of the Bible tell how, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden and created Eve as his companion and helper. Life in the garden was good, but it didn’t take long for the deception of the devil to […]

Highly Valued Mist

Highly Valued Mist

Romans 8:15-17

In the message “More Than Grasshoppers” we considered the spies who were sent into the promised land to evaluate the enemy. We saw that without a proper understanding of God and how we fit into His plan, the enemies in our life will always appear as undefeatable giants. This sense of walking among the giants […]