Oct 16, 2017

Churchly Experiences

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It is possible to have a religious experience and never become a Christ follower.  You can enter a religious culture that will get you to jump through some hoops, so that you will be “in” or “accepted”, with the assurance that you have arrived.  You may do great works.  You can then spend your life

Jul 8, 2017

Holiness And Change

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So many times in Christian history the church has seen its role to be, resistors to all change.  Most of us like things the way they are without disturbing our routines, and especially our way of thinking.  For some, holiness has been seen as THE way to fight off change.  When this happens the idea

Jun 26, 2017

Two Types of Battles

By |Jun 26, 2017|Commitment, Devotionals, Heart, Spirit, Trust|0 Comments

There is a surrender that leaves some battles to the Lord.  There are other battles that we fight with Him by our side and that we cannot win if we do not fight.  It is important to know the difference.  Our commitment to the struggle is a part of the victory.  He is committed to

Jun 19, 2017

We Know

By |Jun 19, 2017|Christ, Commitment, Devotionals, Trials|0 Comments

We do not know in what manner our life may end, but we do know that we will meet our Lord at the end of the road.  We do not know the tribulations that we will go through at the hands of wicked men, but we do know that He will not abandon us in

Feb 24, 2017

Unconditional Trust

By |Feb 24, 2017|Commitment, Devotionals, Father, Prayer, Surrender, Trust|0 Comments

In some situations our trust in the Lord may be tentative or partial.  We may find it harder to trust God with some matters than with others.  Yet, we know that we are to trust the Lord with everything and at all times.  Fear keeps us from trust.  Failure to let go hampers reliance.  Prayer

Jan 22, 2017

Turn It All Over

By |Jan 22, 2017|Christ, Commitment, Devotionals, Holiness, Spirit, Surrender|0 Comments

Turning our lives over to Jesus is a heavy transaction.  It is not about getting a ticket to Heaven.  Instead, it is to turn our lives over to Him and to live our lives by His teachings now.  It is to put into practice Kingdom of Heaven principles while living on this earth.  It is

Dec 18, 2016

Interruptions And Disruptions

By |Dec 18, 2016|Commitment, Devotionals, Endurance, Patience, Perseverance, Trials|0 Comments

We often make careful plans for our lives, only to find that interruptions come to alter what we had hoped to accomplish.  Our plans get interrupted and our goals get disrupted.  A job change.  A bad diagnosis.  A family problem.  A sick parent, spouse or child.  A fire.  A storm.  An accident.  A bomb.  Persecution. 

Oct 20, 2016

Leaving Family

By |Oct 20, 2016|Christ, Commitment, Devotionals|0 Comments

Abraham was called to leave his family and country.  Jesus also spoke about leaving your family to follow Him.  The disciples did.  Sometimes our families support us in the call of Christ.  Sometimes they may think we have gone too far in our zeal to follow the Lord.  We may even let this subtle pressure

Sep 3, 2016

In Good Hands

By |Sep 3, 2016|Commitment, Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Surrender, Trust|0 Comments

The Psalmist describes the Lord as a keeper who protects and guards.  When we give our lives over to our Father, we are in Good Hands!  He will do us no harm.  He will work His will in circumstances that seem totally against us.  We wonder if we will survive, and all the time He

Feb 8, 2016

Changing Your Default Settings

By |Feb 8, 2016|Choices, Commitment, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Formation, Grace, Growth, Obedience, Time|0 Comments

You make time to do what you want to do.  You are becoming what you do.  Habit.  You are doing what you are becoming.  Character.  You are what you are doing.  Habits shape character.  Character changes habits.  If you want your life to change, then it will be necessary to reset your default settings. This