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

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

Looking Beyond Pain

We should never allow our pain to make us cold and insensitive to God. How do we look beyond the pain though? By responding to hurt the way our Father tells us to. We imitate Jesus. What did Jesus do in the middle of the most painful moment of His life? He looked ahead to … Read more

Fix Your Eyes

We are all carrying, or have carried, hurts from our past. If we let them, these wounds have the power to influence our decisions for the rest of our lives. We give our pain this power when we are continually thinking about it, replaying it in our minds or coming up with ways that it … Read more

Keeping a soft heart

The people we’re around the most have the easiest access to our hearts, whether we know it or not. Our coworkers, friends and, obviously, our spouses have the ability to speak directly to our hearts. Hopefully this is a good thing in all of our lives. We need people who can speak the Word and … 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 8

As I stated last week, giving into self-righteousness eventually leads to condemnation. Galatians 5:4 declares that we fall from grace when we choose to be justified by law. Romans 3:20 says “…because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified (made righteous) in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge … Read more

Righteousness pt 6

Galatians 1:10b says “Am I trying to please people? If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Many people don’t want to be considered a servant. Everyone would rather be the boss. However, when Jesus’ disciples were arguing about who was the greatest He corrected them by saying … Read more

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