Welcome to the Test (Part 1)

“God tested Abraham.” Ge 22:1 NKJV The Bible says: “God tested Abraham, and said…‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.’ So Abraham…went to the place of which God had told him” (vv. 1-3 NKJV). You say, “Why would God test me?” First, to prove Himself faithful to you. Second, to give you an opportunity to prove yourself faithful to Him. Your tests are God’s … [Read more...]

Barabbas and You

“Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” Lk 23:18 NIV The Bible says: “With one voice they cried out, ‘Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!’ (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder)” (vv.18-19 NIV). And just like Barabbas, we deserve to die for our sins. Four prison walls, thick with fear, hurt, and hate, surround us. We’re incarcerated by our past, our low-road choices, and our high-minded pride. We’ve been found guilty. We sit on the … [Read more...]

Operation Andrew

“Andrew…first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’…And he brought him to Jesus.” Jn 1:40-42 NKJV In the early days of his ministry, Billy Graham wanted to mobilize local Christians to bring their unsaved friends and relatives to his evangelistic meetings. So the Graham team devised “Operation Andrew,” a simple plan whereby church members listed the names of their unsaved friends, began praying for them, and invited them to Billy Graham’s crusades to hear the … [Read more...]

Stop Blaming Others and Accept Responsibility (Part 2)

“Forgetting those things which are behind…[reach] forward to those things which are ahead.” Php 3:13 NKJV Whatever your past may have been, God has a better future in mind for you. But before you can “reach” for it, you must forgive the people who’ve hurt you, forgive yourself, and let it go. When you do that, you’ll likely experience a wide range of emotions. You may feel angry and think life is unfair and it isn’t what you wanted. You always envisioned a husband or wife who’d be there to take … [Read more...]

Stop Blaming Others and Accept Responsibility (Part 1)

“The man said, ‘The woman…gave me some fruit…and I ate it.’” Ge 3:12 NIV The story of Adam and Eve’s failure teaches us two important lessons about God: (1) He won’t accept your excuses. (2) He won’t let you blame other people. He insists that you take responsibility for yourself, and until you do—He can’t bless you like He desires. That means you must make a choice to stop living in the dumpster of past mistakes—your own and other people’s. You must focus on where you’re going and what you’d … [Read more...]

Be Careful What You Say

“The tongue also is a fire.” Jas 3:6 NIV On a windy day in March 1997, a father and son visited Valley Forge National Historic Park, where George Washington stationed the Revolutionary Army during the difficult winter of 1777–1778. The man and his son had something much less historic in mind: They wanted to launch a model rocket. At first they tried using electric ignition wires to light the fuse, but to no avail. So they tried lighting the fuse with a common sparkler, the kind frequently seen … [Read more...]

Trust Your Advocate, Not Your Accuser (Part 2)

“Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one.” Ro 8:33 NCV Paul writes: “Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because God is the One who makes them right. Who can say God’s people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God’s right side, appealing to God for us” (vv. 33-34 NCV). The accusations of Satan splutter and fall like a deflated balloon. Then why, pray tell, do we still hear them? Why do we, as Christians, … [Read more...]

Trust Your Advocate, Not Your Accuser (Part 1)

“The accuser…has been thrown down.” Rev 12:10 NLT The apostle John wrote: “I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens…‘For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night’” (v. 10 NLT). Satan has only one aim: “To steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (Jn 10:10). He’ll steal your peace, kill your dreams, and destroy your future. And he has deputized a horde of silver-tongued demons to help him. He enlists people to … [Read more...]


“You shall have a song…in the night.” Isa 30:29 NKJV Why does the Bible say, “It is good to sing praises to our God” (Ps 147:1 NKJV)? Because when you express the promises of God’s Word in song, your faith is strengthened. The Great Depression of the 1930s hit a businessman named J. C. Penney particularly hard, endangering his very health. Anxious and desperate because of his huge financial losses, Penney sank so low he felt he had nothing left to live for. Even his family and friends shunned … [Read more...]

The Conclusion of the Matter

“Here is the conclusion of the matter.” Ecc 12:13 NIV In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon talks about all the things in life he tried and found to be disappointing: the intellectual pursuit of knowledge, the physical pursuit of pleasure, and the material pursuit of wealth. In the last chapter of Ecclesiastes he bottom-lines it: “Everything is meaningless” (v. 8 NIV). In other words: “Been there, done that—and it’s just the ‘same ol’, same ol’.” Now, penning his last divinely-inspired thoughts, … [Read more...]