Devotional

Consistent Trust

Consistent Trust

In the message “Eternal Healing” we saw that God’s plan will often allow trials for the purpose of bringing us to a greater understanding of His glory. God’s desire is for us to turn our eyes from the things we can see and begin to trust the things which are unseen; “for what is seen […]

Eternal Healing

Eternal Healing

John 11:40

In the message “Godly Compassion” we saw how Mary and Martha watched Lazarus become increasingly sick. They knew the healing power of Jesus and had sent for His help, but by the time Jesus arrived Lazarus had died. The sisters were filled with sorrow and cried out; “Lord, if You had been here, my brother […]

Godly Compassion

Godly Compassion

John 11:33,35

As we open our hearts to minister to those around us, we soon discover we live in an imperfect world full of sickness, heartache, and frustrations. Many of us (many more than we realize) are facing trials which are sometimes quite severe. When we are finally invited into someone’s private world and allowed to hear […]

Eternally Secure

Eternally Secure

Ezekiel 36:26-27

In the last two messages we have considered how the gift of eternal life is given to “everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him” (John 6:40). But we also saw that belief is much more than a mere acknowledgement of existence; “Even the demons believe that – and shudder” (James 2:19). Eternal […]

A Belief That Saves

A Belief That Saves

James 2:14,17

In the message “The Father’s Will” we saw that not all who do great things for God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but “only he who does the will of My Father” (Matthew 7:21). We further saw that the Father’s will is “that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall […]

The Father’s Will

The Father’s Will

Matthew 7:21-23

We often consider how God uses all kinds of circumstances to draw us close to His side. The purpose of being drawn close is ultimately to be transformed to the image of His Son and to have intimate fellowship with Him for all eternity. But initially, the purpose of being drawn near is so we […]

A Lifetime of Conviction

A Lifetime of Conviction

Daniel 6:26

Daniel was one of the first captives taken by the Babylonians in 605 BC. Upon his arrival in Babylon, Daniel was selected to receive three years of specialized training (as well as special food and drink) to prepare him for service in the palace. This special treatment would have caused Daniel to violate the laws […]

Such a Time As This

Such a Time As This

Esther 4:14

When the Persians overthrew the Babylonians and allowed the people of Israel to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple in 538 BC, not all the Israelites chose to leave their new home. A whole generation had been born and raised under Babylonian captivity and many had become content with their life. Therefore many Jewish […]

Right Where He Wants Us

Right Where He Wants Us

Genesis 39:20-22

Joseph was the second youngest son of Jacob and was greatly loved by his father. In fact, his brothers developed a jealous hatred for him because their father “loved Joseph more than any of his other sons” (Genesis 37:3). Their hatred for Joseph continued to grow until they “sold him for twenty shekels of silver […]

Resolve To Be Transformed

Resolve To Be Transformed

Romans 12:2

Every year I begin with this message related to goals and resolutions. I’m always surprised at the number of people who speak ill about making resolutions. The discussion is usually focused on how resolutions always fail. Many say that it seems wrong, or at least unwise, to set goals when you are just being set […]

Off The Throne

Off The Throne

Matthew 2:16

After the birth of Jesus, Magi (wise men) came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). When King Herod heard about this, he became greatly disturbed. Herod had been appointed King of the Jews by the Roman government, but he was only partially Jewish […]

The Last Unopened Gift

The Last Unopened Gift

Romans 6:23

Did you see it? You may have missed it…but it was there. Don’t feel bad; most people overlook this one, but there is still time. Today, before the new year gets here, before all the decorations are put away, before all the other gifts are set aside, open it! Romans 6:23 “For the wages of […]