Diversity Sharpens You

“For you are all one in Christ.” Gal 3:28 NLT If you limit yourself only to people who think exactly like you, you’ll never grow personally or accomplish what God has in mind for you. You need people who have 20/20 vision where you have blind spots. The way to offset your weak areas is by being able to work with people who are strong in those areas. Instead of looking for those who conform to your opinions, you need someone who loves you enough to challenge your opinions from time to time. Why? … [Read more...]

Encouragement for Single Parents

“Lift the boy up and take him by the hand…for I will make him…great.” Ge 21:18 NIV When you read the story of Hagar and her son Ishmael, you realize how much God cares about single parents. Although Abraham was Ishmael’s father, he sent the boy and his mother away without child support: “[He] took some food and a skin of water…gave them to Hagar…and…sent her off…She went on her way and wandered in the desert” (v. 14 NIV). In many ways Hagar typifies those who walk through the desert of past … [Read more...]

Living “God’s Way”

“What happens when we live God’s way?”  Gal 5:22 MSG Paul writes, “What happens when we live God’s way?…[We gain] a sense of compassion…[and] we find ourselves…not needing to force our way in life” (vv. 22-23 MSG). Let’s think about these two Christlike qualities: (1) You become more compassionate. You stop seeing people as objects that need to be straightened out, or avoided, or used for your own benefit. When Jesus looked at people, “he was moved with compassion” (Mt 9:36). When that happens, … [Read more...]

When Things Don’t Work Out As You Plan

“Whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you.” Ro 15:24 NKJV The world isn’t going to devote itself to making us happy, and only when we accept that can we begin to move forward. Much of the time life doesn’t work out the way we plan. Paul wrote, “Whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you.” But he never got to Spain; instead, he landed in prison. But it was from there he wrote the epistles. So your disappointment may turn out to be God’s appointment! The Bible says, “In his heart a … [Read more...]

Jesus Is Coming Again

“Be ready…the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Mt 24:44 NIV Jesus warned, “Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (v. 11 NKJV). In our generation there have been high-profile preachers who set specific dates for Christ’s second coming, and when it didn’t happen, the press jumped all over it. That having been said, Jesus iscoming again! In Scripture it is referenced more than 300 times. Charles Swindoll says: “Critics have denied it. Cynics have scorned … [Read more...]

How to Get Back Up (Part 1)

“Though I have fallen, I will rise.” Mic 7:8 NIV We all get despondent from time to time. It can happen on the heels of a great success or victory. Counselors say that for every high there is a corresponding low. Or it can be caused by disappointment in people; someone we trusted lets us down and we experience anger and resentment. When we lose a job, we don’t just lose our financial security; sometimes we lose our identity and sense of worth as a person. The cause of our despondency is often … [Read more...]

Make the Most of Your Time`

“Making the most of your time.” Eph 5:16 NAS The life of John Wesley is a great example of the scriptural principle “making the most of your time.” He averaged three sermons a day for fifty-four years, preaching a total of more than 44,000 times in his life. In doing this he traveled by horseback and carriage more than 200,000 miles—about 5,000 miles a year. Even for a very productive man, that would seem to be a full-time effort. Still, Wesley found time to write and edit. His published works … [Read more...]

Think Unselfishly – Give Anonymously

“Be interested in others.” Php 2:4 TLB Paul writes: “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus” (vv. 3-5 TLB). Becoming more unselfish begins with the decision to stop thinking about yourself so much and start looking for ways to help others. If you want to … [Read more...]

Sitting or Serving?

“Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?” Lk 22:27 NKJV The world reveres wealth, power, talent, and fame. And sometimes it regards service as demeaning. But Jesus used a different yardstick when He asked His disciples, “Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?” Then He answered the question by saying, “I am among you as the One who serves.” Paul said that Jesus “emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant” (Php 2:7 GWT). To be a servant you must … [Read more...]

Your Best Days are Ahead

“He heals the brokenhearted.” Ps 147:3 NKJV If you’re trying to recover from a broken relationship, don’t rush into another one. As you become healthy you begin to make healthy choices. Some hurts take a long time to heal, but don’t be discouraged; “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Give God a chance. Take time to search His Word and find out how He feels about you, for that’s the true basis of all self-worth. If God can love and accept you with full knowledge of your … [Read more...]