Devotional

Refuse To Be Afraid

Refuse To Be Afraid

Mark 4:39-40

As wars continue around the world, we must remember our true battles are not against flesh and blood – not against terrorism or deceptive governments, not against an oppressive boss or unappreciative spouse, not even against attacks on our health – but “against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). The […]

Gifts To Be Returned

Gifts To Be Returned

1 Samuel 1:27-28

After Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land, the nation was governed by a series of judges. The period of the judges lasted several hundred years and ended with the prophet Samuel. Samuel lived his entire life dedicated to God. In fact, Samuel’s mother dedicated him to God before he was even born. For […]

A Taste of Eternity

A Taste of Eternity

Genesis 29:20

In the message “An Eternal Perspective” we saw the need to consider our life on an eternal time scale and to weigh our current burdens against the eternal glory of Heaven. But there are many believers who are unable to gain strength or comfort from this view of life. Although they know the concept, they […]

An Eternal Perspective

An Eternal Perspective

1 Corinthians 15:19

The path of a “successful” Christian walk is one of daily commitment to Christ and submission to the leading of His Spirit. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Paul understood this commitment when he said, “I die every […]

Be Clean

Be Clean

Matthew 8:2-3

The term leprosy, as used in the Bible, actually refers to a whole variety of skin conditions ranging from rashes, to open sores, to various infectious diseases, and includes true leprosy as we know it today. According to God’s Law given through Moses, a person with leprosy was ceremonially unclean and not allowed to take […]

Immeasurably More

Immeasurably More

Ephesians 3:20

Prayer is a vitally important part of our Christian walk, but it is often greatly misunderstood. Prayer is how we talk with our Heavenly Father. It can never be used to manipulate God or cause Him to do anything outside His perfect will. God is not ours to command; He is not obligated to grant […]

Working All Things For Good

Working All Things For Good

Romans 8:28

In the message “Our Perfect Destiny” we saw that our perfect path is the one in which we obediently follow God one step after the other. There are oftentimes dramatic diversions in our journey, which I do not believe are necessarily caused by God. However, I still believe that God uses these diversions to direct […]

Serve Him in Obedience

Serve Him in Obedience

2 Samuel 6:6-7

In the last few messages we have considered our need to walk with God in continued obedience in order to honor Him and allow us to experience His very best. God’s plan is that we learn to live in His presence and become “conformed to the likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:29). This means we […]

Our Perfect Destiny

Our Perfect Destiny

Numbers 14:20-23

In the message “Don’t Strike The Rock” we saw how Moses disobeyed God’s command with obtaining water from the rock. God called Moses’ disobedience a lack of trust and punished him quite harshly; “Because you did not trust Me enough to honor Me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring […]

Every Moment is a Gift

Every Moment is a Gift

James 4:13-14

[Note: It’s been over five years since we began the cancer walk with our young daughter. All her yearly tests continue to show no signs of cancer – praise God! Her next test will be in August. I wrote the following message in April 2013 as we were in the middle of treatment, but it […]

Don’t Strike The Rock

Don’t Strike The Rock

Numbers 20:10-11

Moses was chosen by God to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. Through Moses, God demonstrated His awesome power and holiness. At the time, there was no one closer to God than Moses. However, even with this wonderfully close relationship, Moses still struggled at times with trusting God. After being led out of […]

A Faithful And Loving Bride

A Faithful And Loving Bride

Ezekiel 6:9

In the message “Living a Holy Life” we saw that though we have freedom in Christ, we are also called to live a life of holiness. As we continue to walk with Jesus, we are called to strive for purity in our worship while understanding that nothing we do can ever add to His gift […]