Everyone’s A Theologian!

I am always interested in what people's knee jerk reaction to phrases and saying. When I say a phrase, I am interested in the very first thought and feeling that comes up. When I say, "Everyone is a theologian!" what is the first thought that comes to mind? How does it make you feel? The first time I heard that phrase, I felt a little bit of anxiety and thought to myself, "No, I'm not, I don't know hardly anything about the bible." I am sure most of us might have the same feelings and thoughts, … [Read more...]

An Everlasting Joy

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.1 Peter 1:8-9 Joy was the topic of this past Sunday’s message preached by Pastor Mat. In his message, Mat  gives us a healthy, biblical definition of joy and happiness. Joy is everlasting, happiness is temporary. Often we believe that material comfort will bring us … [Read more...]

Peace from the Son of God

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. If you haven't already, check out the rest of our Advent devotional series! Each day of Advent, we post a brief devotional on a passage taken from The Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Subscribe to the email list to get the devotional in your inbox! In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!Psalm 72:7 (ESV) This morning in Sunday service, Pastor Jody will be speaking on peace. As we anticipate the coming … [Read more...]

Take Heart! Christ Has Come!

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. If you haven't already, check out the rest of our Advent devotional series! Each day of Advent, we post a brief devotional on a passage taken from The Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings. Subscribe to the email list to get the devotional in your inbox! For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you.Isaiah 30:19 Our God is a … [Read more...]

Lessons From God’s Creatures (Part 1)

“My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Ps 27:8 NIV In his book, Talking Dogs, Sam Mason discusses how God can use our pets to speak to us. Looking back on some dogs he has owned and the lessons he learned from them, he writes: “One such occasion was when Ranger, our eleven-pound Italian greyhound, was sitting on my lap as I relaxed in the recliner. I noticed that familiar, endearing little tilt of the head, as he looked me directly in the face. I found myself … [Read more...]

Depend Completely On God

“Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent.” 2Co 3:5-6 NIV Jesus told His disciples, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt 26:41 NKJV). What did He mean by that? He meant that without the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, which He’d just told them they’d soon receive, they weren’t equal to the challenges they were about to face. It wasn’t a matter of His doubting their devotion and willingness to serve Him; … [Read more...]

How to Set Your Goals

“I will give men for you, and people for your life.” Isa 43:4 NKJV Depend on God more than on others. That doesn’t mean you don’t need other people. You do. When God calls someone to do a job, He calls others to stand alongside them. God’s promise is: “I will give men for you, and people for your life.” So ask Him who belongs in your life. In Exodus chapter 17, as long as Moses held his hands up, Israel’s armies prevailed in battle, but when his hands grew tired the battle went the other … [Read more...]

How to Set Your Goals

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Pr 3:5 NIV Trust in God more than in yourself. That doesn’t mean you should go through life doubting and second-guessing yourself, or being afraid to move in case you make a mistake. When you recognize and embrace God’s plan for your life, you tap into the power you need to fulfill it. False humility will handicap you spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, and keep you from moving forward. When God called … [Read more...]

A Spirit or Fear

“God has not given us a spirit of fear.” 2Ti 1:7 NKJV The Bible tells us that fear is a “spirit.” This spirit has a mind that thinks and a voice that speaks, and if you allow it to—it will control you. Today if you’re battling a “spirit of fear,” make this your prayer: “Lord, Your Word says when I seek Your face, You’ll hear me and deliver me from all my fears (See Ps 34:4). So I cast down every anxious thought that rises up against what I know about You and Your power (See 2Co 10:5). I stand on … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Make Ends Meet

“Those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” Ps 34:10 NLT Have you lost your job? Are you facing the possibility of losing your home or going bankrupt? Are you in the toughest place you’ve ever been? Paul “suffered the loss of all things” (Php 3:8 NAS), but he didn’t stay there. He went on to say, “My God shall supply all your need” (Php 4:19 NKJV). And God can do that for you—with or without a paycheck or some other anticipated source of income. The psalmist said, “Those who … [Read more...]