Oct 28, 2017

Religion, A Burden

By |Oct 28, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Joy, Peace, Trials, Worship|0 Comments

What do you do when religion becomes a burden?  Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  The context of this verse is addressed to the people who had been laden down with the joyless oppressive religion of the Pharisees.  True worship of the Father

Oct 17, 2017

The Blessing Of Crisis

By |Oct 17, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Formation, Growth, Maturity, Prayer, Relationships, Trials|0 Comments

A life crisis may be a catalyst for needed change.   Think of a crisis that became a positive turning point in your life.  It broke the status quo.  It set you on a new path.  It was the beginning of a new maturity.  It produced a deepening in your relationship with your Lord.  A

Sep 19, 2017

You Did Not Deserve It

By |Sep 19, 2017|Devotionals, Encouragement, Father, Grace, Love, Trials|0 Comments

We have seen many sad things happen in individual lives that they did not deserve.  The problem arises when we think we have no value because of what has come our way.  We can feel beat up and beat down by such an occurrence.  We are not worth-less because of what has happened to us. 

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 13, 2017

Rebuilding Your Life

By |Aug 13, 2017|Devotionals, Grace, Hope, Trials, Trust|0 Comments

Storms can rearrange the landscape of your life.  You can be hit by a death, a divorce, a job loss, a rebellious child, a hateful act, a malicious person, a house fire, and even a literal storm.  They leave you with necessary cleanup.  You have to put your life back together in their aftermath.  There

Jul 5, 2017

Bad Things Happen

By |Jul 5, 2017|Choices, Christ, Death, Devotionals, Father, Life, Resurrection, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Just because something bad has happened to you does not mean that something is wrong with you.  That is a lie the enemy tells us.  Neither is it because God has singled you out for some heavy burden just because He is trying to make you stronger.  Christians also get hit by stray bullets, cars,

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

May 30, 2017

Temptation’s Lure

By |May 30, 2017|Choices, Devotionals, Grace, Prayer, Sin, Temptations, Trials|0 Comments

When fishing, you are seeking to attract a fish to your bait, to get the fish to look at it, smell it, follow it, and ultimately bite it.  This is not unlike what the Tempter does to us.  We are surrounded by hundreds of opportunities a day to take the bait.  Go the other way;

Apr 10, 2017

Suffering And Glory

By |Apr 10, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holy Week, Love, Suffering, Trials|0 Comments

Christ’s suffering ended in glory (Heb 2:9-10, I Peter 1:11), and so will ours.  Nothing, including our sufferings, can separate us from God’s love (Rom 8:38-39).  We are commanded to rejoice in persecution (Matt 5:12).  We are to rejoice in suffering because of its outcome (Rom 5:3).  We are to endure suffering as a good

Apr 7, 2017

Fed By A Widow

By |Apr 7, 2017|Deliverance, Devotionals, Encouragement, Faith, God's Word, Trials, Trust|0 Comments

What kind of faith does it take for a widow, with her only son, at the bottom of her resources, in the midst of a true famine and then to obey the call to feed a hungry prophet?  What kind of faith does it require to divide your last meal?  Can God provide out of