Plans for Life

All of us make plans. We plan vacations. You and I plan to get a promotion or a new job. We plan to have a loving, healthy marriage. It’s obviously good to have a plan for everything we do. We shouldn’t just float through life without direction or purpose. We should ask ourselves where our … Read more

Guard Against Disappointment

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Any disappointment we have experienced or are experiencing is not from God. He did not decide that our lives were going too smoothly and we needed to face some hard times so we could stay in touch with reality. However, we make the mistake of thinking that God puts disappointment and hardships on us. “Let … Read more

Walk by Faith

Every child of God has a desire to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). However, when we’re young in our relationship with Him we can have trouble knowing what this means and how to begin to walk by faith. The word “ walk ” in the New Testament means “our daily … Read more

Staying Connected

Mark 4:1-9 is called the Parable of the Sower. Jesus used it to teach about the four different kinds of hearts. It’s a parable about the ways people respond to God’s word. The first thing Jesus says in this parable is that the sower goes out to sow. Later, Jesus explains this statement by saying … Read more

Fear Not- Guard Your Heart

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life,” (Proverbs 4:23 NASB). The second half of this verse shows us that the condition of our hearts will direct our lives, emphasizing the importance of our ability to guard our hearts. If we have anger in our hearts, then anger will … Read more

Unconditional Love: Relationship or Religion

We are created by God to be in relationship with Him and to know Him intimately. We all have different talents and abilities, and a specific calling given to us by our heavenly Father. But the greatest thing we can ever do is to have relationship with Him.  That is to know and love Him, … Read more

Joy of the Lord

When we don’t tap into the spiritual fruit of joy, we negate our source of strength. “…Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”(Nehemiah 8:10b) The truth of this verse turns the world’s definition of strength upside down. The world wants us to think that strength is the ability to … Read more

Righteousness pt 11

It might seem odd to say this, but most of us don’t give much thought to our thoughts. I know we can have thoughts that don’t have any real significance: like what we’re going to have for lunch. However, I want to talk about the deep thoughts of our hearts. These are the thoughts that … Read more

Righteousness Pt 10

How do we avoid the trap of self-righteousness and condemnation? We maintain a consciousness of our righteousness in Christ. When we are mindful of our right-standing with our heavenly Father we can sidestep the deceptions the devil will throw at us. However, this kind of thinking doesn’t happen by accident. It has to be maintained. … Read more

Righteousness pt 9

In my previous posts I’ve written about self-righteousness and condemnation, and how they severely hinder our relationship with Jesus. What we also need to know about these two hindrances is that they can form a cycle in our lives, a cycle that can be difficult to break. It goes like this: Self-righteousness puts us under … Read more

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