Oct 7, 2017

Rely on God

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It is so easy for us to rely on lots of things besides God.  We have a desire for self-sufficiency and independence.  We want to be on our own.  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12, NASB).  We must rely fully on God and not

Sep 5, 2017

Keep Trusting

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When we pray and expect something to happen, that is faith.  When we turn a situation entirely over to God, no matter what happens, that is faith also.  Faith and trust are not determined by what it gets in return.  It is measured by leaning the whole soul on God in the good times and

Aug 30, 2017

The Process of Trust

By |Aug 30, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Trials, Trust|3 Comments

I heard my friend and fellow minister Rev. Richard Prince say in a sermon, “Trusting in Jesus is a process.”  I was arrested by his thought.  Trust is more than a past moment of saving faith.  Trust is indeed a process.  It must be lived out in the midst of all the tests that come

Aug 7, 2017

Captured By Your Emotions

By |Aug 7, 2017|Choices, Crucifixion, Devotionals, Faith, Trust|0 Comments

Emotional balance is not always easy to achieve.  We can allow our emotions to take us places we do not need to go.  We can allow our feelings to eclipse our faith.  We can allow an emotional place to make us miss the very place in which we find ourselves.  Anger can become uncontrolled rage

Jun 18, 2017

Really Knowing God

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Just because you say you are not an atheist does not mean that you know God.  To acknowledge His existence should mean that we want to know Him and align ourselves to Him.  Christians believe that He has been made known in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth as God’s promised Messiah.  If God exists,

Jun 16, 2017

Enter Unity

By |Jun 16, 2017|Baptism, Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Father, Peace|1 Comment

We do not create unity, but we come to the unity that exists in Christ.  The unity we come to is stated this way in Eph 4:4-6 (KJV), “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and

Jun 13, 2017

Where It Will Take You

By |Jun 13, 2017|Christ, Confession, Cross, Devotionals, Discipleship, Faith, Ministry, Suffering|0 Comments

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16).  Just because you have confessed your belief that Jesus is the Messiah does not mean that you know where it will take you.  The Messiah did suffer, and we join His suffering.  We as disciples learn to be disciples through

Jun 12, 2017

God Is Love

By |Jun 12, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Father, Incarnation, Love|0 Comments

The Revelation of a God of love did not come from philosophical deduction or theological theory.  It came from the gift of Christ to the world, through whom the apostles saw, “God is love”.  What other world religion shows such a God?  The god who demands that we kill each other as an expression of

May 28, 2017

Belief And Practice

By |May 28, 2017|Believe, Devotionals, Faith, Works|0 Comments

Belief follows practice, and practice follows belief.  We do what we believe, and we become what we do.  There is no believing without doing.  There is no faith without works.  There is a faith that shapes works and a practiced doing that builds faith and shapes character.  Practice changes habits.  It replaces bad habits with

May 1, 2017

Believe, Obey, Live

By |May 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Life, Obedience|0 Comments

Jewish poetry was not about rhyming words, but about parallel thoughts that modified and complemented each other.  This is true of biblical prose as well.  A great example is John 3:36a (ESV):  ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life.”  This verse by design keeps