Where Is My Passion?

“Rejoice in the Lord always” Philippians 4:4             If I had loads of money would my life be better or more satisfying? Am I looking for God’s guidance, wisdom, and direction each day or am I hoping for a miraculous change—a heavenly rescue.             Do I think I will be more useful to God and…

The Spirit of God

“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.”  Joel 2:28           After the Bible study, Chuck sat down with Peter, the teacher, and said, “I have a friend who tells me about being “baptized in the Holy Spirit” which enables him to speak in tongues. I definitely want everything that God has…

Just A Dollar

            The cries for help cascade down with unceasing frequency. Newsletters, celebrities, radio talk-show hosts and TV commentators point out unspeakable atrocities inflicted upon ordinary people around the globe. We are inundated with the verifiable cries for financial help in places we cannot even find on the map. Our hearts break. And just as we…

Time To Choose

  Do not be conformed to this world. . .be transformed ~Romans 12:2 Do you find yourself wrestling with your old nature, your sinful thoughts and selfish decisions every day? In your innermost thoughts, those no other human can know, do you often give in to behavior and thoughts that you would be horrified if…

Book of James

James 1:1-4   James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. Trials and Temptations Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3. because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4. Perseverance must finish…

Stonewall Jackson

General Stonewall Jackson When General Stonewall Jackson lost an arm in battle, his chaplain exclaimed, “Oh, General, what a calamity!” Jackson thanked him for his sympathy, but replied, “You see me wounded, but not depressed, not unhappy. I believe it has been according to God’s holy will, and I acquiesce entirely in it. You may…

Feelings

  “My sheep listen to My voice—no one can snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28   Trent and Pastor Al were going over their weekly study material when Trent said, “I’ve got to admit that sometimes I feel confused about my Christianity, pastor. I feel like someone wandering in the desert without a…

Happy New Year – 2017

Some say “the universe”, some say “fate”, some say “karma”, some say “luck”, some just shake their heads and say “whatever, it’s all good”. But the absolute truth is that God, who created everything with His spoken Word, sent His Son Jesus, the Christ, to live and then die as a sacrifice for our sins….

A Virgin Gives Birth

“A child is born to us, a son is given to us”  Isaiah 9.6 Amidst the various Christmas decorations we see popping up each year stand a variety of what we call Nativity or Manger scenes representing the birth of Christ. These range in size from tabletop to life size. Some even have what are…

By His Stripes We Are Healed?

  “By His wounds you are healed!”  1 Peter 1:24   Partial quotes and quoting out of context are popular among Christians who wish something to be true. In this case, I am talking about a verse found in Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2. In the King James Version it reads, “…and with His…

What’s For Dinner?

“Your words were found and I ate them. . .” Jeremiah 15:16 After fasting forty days and forty nights Jesus was hungry! Incredibly hungry. His body would have been screaming for sustenance. In one translation it says, “And the tempter came to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become…