New Years Resolutions

“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Php 3:13 NKJV  Be honest: How many of last year’s resolutions did you keep? They say, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” We keep promising ourselves we’ll do better. But “resolutions” only happen when you’re “resolute.” That means having a mind that’s made up. So here are four resolutions you need to make up your mind to keep this year: (1) Take time for what really matters. Get up earlier in … [Read more...]

Instead of Worrying, Pray

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.” Php 4:6 CEV One Bible teacher writes: “The pressures of our times have many of us caught in a web of the most acceptable, yet energy-draining sin in the Christian family: worry. Chances are good you woke up this morning, stepped out of bed, and before doing anything, strapped on your well-worn backpack of anxiety. You started the day not with a prayer on your mind, but loaded down by worry. What a dreadful habit! Jesus challenged His … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Prepare for 2018

You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. Psalm 139:5 TPT As we move through the holiday season with all of its fun, distractions, stress and busyness, we don’t always want to think about preparing for 2018. But, knowing God has already gone into our future to prepare the way should inspire us to prepare our hearts for what he has already … [Read more...]

Strengthen Your Faith (Part 3)

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Ps 56:3 NKJV Faith is like a muscle; trouble may strain it, but in the end it grows stronger. David understood this truth. He was continually hounded by his enemies. Even as he was being anointed to sit on the throne of Israel, Saul was still occupying it. But instead of losing faith in God’s promise, David declared that “the Lord has chosen everyone who is faithful to be his very own, and he answers my prayers” (Ps 4:3 CEV). When the Philistines … [Read more...]

Strengthen Your Faith (Part 2)

“Position yourselves, stand still and see the [deliverance] of the Lord, who is with you.” 2Ch 20:17 NKJV When you doubt God you disappoint Him, because He deserves better. So you must seek to strengthen your faith, because faith honors God and God honors faith. And He will send opportunities disguised as problems designed to strengthen your faith. When Job lost his health, his wealth, and his children, the Bible says he “fell to the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20 NKJV). Job didn’t worship God … [Read more...]

Jesus Is Always at Work, Be Amazed!

Mark 7:32-33, 37 (NIV) 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. 33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue. 37People were overwhelmed with amazement. "He has done everything well," they said. "He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak." Jesus returned to the Decapolis region some time after being asked to leave. … [Read more...]

Strengthen Your Faith (Part 1)

“The act of faith…set them above the crowd.” Heb 11:2 TM The Bible says: “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd” (vv. 1-2 TM). The heroes of faith listed in Hebrews chapter eleven were far from perfect. Noah believed God, built the ark, and saved his family. But when he came … [Read more...]

The Name of the Lord

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NIV) 3I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! 4He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. The name of the LORD is the sum of His attributes. Notice that when Moses says He will proclaim the name of the LORD, he proclaims the character of God. Whenever we read of 'the name of the LORD' we should see this implied. He is great! His greatness should be … [Read more...]

If Christ Had Not Come

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Jn 1:29 Scholars disagree as to the exact date of Christ’s birth. Nor do they know if the Church of the Nativity that’s visited every day by pilgrims in Bethlehem, is the exact location of His birth. Nor can any of us comprehend how by the Holy Spirit, a virgin girl could conceive a child. But here’s the good news: You don’t have to know when, where, or howJesus was born, you just need to know why. “For God so loved the world, … [Read more...]

What is Christmas All About?

CHRISTMAS EVE – “Nothing…can separate us from God’s love.” Ro 8:39 CEV That first Christmas, God did something extraordinary. Max Lucado puts it this way: “Stepping from the throne, He removed His robe of light and wrapped Himself in skin: pigmented human skin. The light of the universe entered a dark, wet womb. He whom angels worshiped nestled Himself in the placenta of a peasant, was birthed into the cold night, and then slept on a cow’s hay. Mary didn’t know whether to give Him milk or … [Read more...]