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God has Forgiven our Debts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 7:41, " A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. " Background Turn on the news and you’re bound to hear a story about the economy. Sides might argue over whether it is doing well, getting better,...

God’s Authority in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:10, “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have the power to crucify You, and the power to release You?’” Background On The Cosby Show , Bill Cosby played an ob/gyn doctor married to a lawyer,...

Follow As a Loyal Subject

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:12, “From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, ‘If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.’” Background Elvis Presley was, well, the King of Rock and...

Performing a Miracle in You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 2:8, " And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it. " Background The first miracle that Jesus the man performed occurred at the wedding in Cana. The wedding party had...

The Title of Christian

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:19, “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Background If you are one of a particular group of about 68 million Americans, then you are someone who tweets....

Make All Things New

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:21, “So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews,” but rather, “This Man said, I am King of the Jews.”’” Background There are so many things I love about the movie Star Trek II: The...

Producing Fruit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Galatians 5:19, "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and lewdness." Background As I was sitting in my car one morning, waiting for the engine to warm up, I decided to stare at the clock. I wanted to see the 3 turn...

Hatred Toward Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Proverbs 6:16, " These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him. " Background We hate a lot of things, don't we? This time of year, many of us hate the humidity. A few months back, we were hating the cold...

Memorizing God’s Word

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:22, “Pilate answered, ‘What I have written, I have written.’” Background When I performed a quick search online of trite sayings, the first article I read listed this one at the top: It is what it is. And I couldn’t help but laugh because...

Don’t Let Your Faith Get Lost

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 22:7, " Isaac turned to Abraham and said, 'Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'We have the fire and the wood,' his son said, 'but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?' " Background I don't know about your family, but the moment...

Where You Put Your Energy

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:23, “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.” Background I recently saw a funny...

The Reputation of Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 8:50, " But when Jesus heard it, He answered, 'Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.' " Background Our family went to Busch Gardens this weekend, so we spent some time maneuvering through crowds and waiting in lines. We...

No Substitutes for Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:24, “They said therefore among themselves, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,’ that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.’ Therefore...

Choices in the Light of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 13:18, " And he said to him, 'I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, " Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat...

Thank God for Mom

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:25, “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” Background In 1955, money took on a whole new perspective. But it wasn’t the currency that was in the news that...

Lighten Your Burden

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:19, " And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. " Background George Muller was a pastor and mighty servant of God in Europe during the 19 th century. One day he was speaking with a...

The Good Times

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:29, “Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.” Background Just one sip of Gatorade takes me back forty years to the cool, autumn...

Be Finished With Your Old Ways

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Background I can still hear my mom asking me, “Are you finished with that?” I usually had been playing with a...

Pray For Fearless Words

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 6:19, " Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. " Background Do you know someone who is mighty in prayer? Do you have people in your...

Pray for the Big and the Small

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 1:27, " For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. " Background Over the several years that I have worked where I currently do, three coworkers have shared with me some of the...

Self-Control Through The Spirit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:32, “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.” Background If you are familiar with the movie, Mommie Dearest , then you know something about the irrational behavior and home life of the Hollywood...

Don’t Miss Out

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 9:27, " But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in...

Becoming Like Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:41, “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.” Background There is an old nursery rhyme called There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly that...

Getting Your Attention

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 2:28, " So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and did not pursue Israel anymore, nor did they fight anymore. " Background There are many cities that have emergency sirens all throughout the town. When something enormous threatens the...

Prepare for Sunday Worship

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 21:12, " Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. " Background I don't know if you went...

Be The Best for the Worst

Scripture Our verse for today is from 1 Timothy 1:15-16, " Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience...

Overwhelmed by God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:2, “Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.’” Background If your...

Love Your Spouse

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 5:28, " So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. " Background I was praying recently, and like many of you do for your own, I was thanking God for the wonderful wife...

Arms Length

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:10, “Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.” Background You would have to work mighty hard to convince me that you have not witnessed something amazing. Even if you are more reluctant to throw around the word “miracle” than most others...

Ears to Hear

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 11:18, " When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, 'Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.' " Background How do you handle correction? My daughter had an incident with one of her friends last...

Heavenly Vision

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 26:19, " Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. " Background Paul's conversion from a persecutor of Christians to the most vocal and devoted follower of Christ is a powerful testimony to the saving power of Jesus. The zeal with...

God Will Reveal Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:14, “Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.” Background Isn’t it a fascinating phenomenon to go from not believing something to believing? How can we explain what happens within...

Stop or Start Doing

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 2:42, " Then the king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, 'Did I not make you swear by the Lord, and warn you, saying, " Know for certain that on the day you go out and travel anywhere,...

Empty Tomb

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:15, “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, ‘Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take...

Live Like Someone Else

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” Background Our society today offers no shortage of replicas, duplicates and imitations. Every aisle in the grocery store is filled with generic or store brand items, even packaged so that they look like the real thing...

Known and Be Known

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:16, “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni,’ which is to say, Teacher.” Background Much has been made of the moment when Mary Magdalene recognizes the risen Jesus. Emphasis is usually put on the fact that Mary had seen...

The Heart or the Shell

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 7:15, " It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. " Background I used to have a huge five pound jar of animal crackers on my desk, and when a buddy walked by...

Live Your Day on Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 16:9-10, " Do you still not understand? Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?” Background Sometimes it can be very difficult...

Shower You With His Peace

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:19, “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” Background I happened to be reading...

Receiving Our Instructions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 16:20, " Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. " Background As you go through your day, you may encounter some situations, expected and unexpected, that seem a bit odd. I remember my brother's...

Hands and Side

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:20, “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” Background There is a scene in Jerry Maguire , after Jerry and his relatively new wife have separated, where Jerry comes to...

Don’t Miss Out

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:24, “Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.” Background You made a special, surprise trip to a gathering with the sole purpose of sharing the big news or showing them the latest and greatest, but...

Relationships

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:26, “And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace to you.’” Background As you recall, eight days ago, Thomas had in no uncertain terms told...

Take the Veil Away

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Corinthians 3:16, " Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. " Background Do you remember those 3-D posters that were so popular several years ago? They were computer- generated images that, at first glance, looked like just a bunch...

The Book of Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:1-2, “In the first book, Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.” Background It...

Believe, Trust, and Have Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:25, “The other disciples therefore said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ So he said to them, ‘Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my...

Fear vs. Courage

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 26:35, " Peter said to Him, 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.' And so said all the disciples. " Background Where do these common fears fall on your list of most dreaded items? Fear of flying, fear...

Safety in Egypt

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Jeremiah 42:19, " The Lord has said concerning you, O remnant of Judah, 'Do not go to Egypt!' Know certainly that I have admonished you this day. " Background How have you made this statement in your own words, " Whether it is pleasing or...

The Desired Version

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:30, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.” Background When someone makes a movie, there are generally two versions made - the one that is shown in the theaters and the...

Follow Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 12:26, " Whoever serves Me must follow Me. My servants must be with Me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves Me. " Background It has become common among Christian circles to hear people pray and say, " It's...

Imitate God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 5:1, " Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. " Background The Bible has several things to say about imitating. We are familiar with Paul's bold instructions to the Corinthians to imitate him. Twice he urged them to do as he does, as...

Jesus is There For You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:27, “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’” Background You may not have noticed it at the time, but I’m...

Spiteful Hearts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 21:8, " Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole, and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.' " Background I'm not a big fan of snakes. When...

Live Your Faith

Scripture Our verse for today is from Matthew 6:28-30, " So why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If...

Walk by Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 32:7, " So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies. " Background In the movie, Facing The Giants , the main character and his wife have been trying...

Jesus, When the Storms Blow

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:4, “But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” Background This is not the first time that Jesus went unrecognized, is it? Directly after His resurrection, He was mistaken for...

Live As If On Your Death Bed

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Kings 20:6, “And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My...

Give Back

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:10, “Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’” Background There was a time while I was in eighth grade that my mom and I lived with my eldest sister and her young son. And I vividly remember...

Fishers of Men

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 1:17, " Then Jesus said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.' " Background We did a fair amount of fishing when I was a kid. My dad liked to take us boys to a local pond or...

Humbly – Go, Follow, Feed

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:15, “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’” Background If...

Ask God For A Victory

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 4:22-24, " Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God...

Tune Into God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 11:6, " And the Lord said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.' " Background There...

Be A Good Witness

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end...

Reflect Jesus

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:6, “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’” Background I know a few people, as I’m sure you do, who have...

A Hollow Walk With God

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 16:7, " But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as...

Let Jesus Talk For You

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:25, “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that...

Focus on God’s Future For You

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:3, “He presented Himself alive to them after His suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” Background As Luke concluded his gospel of the...

Taken Up Into The Clouds

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:9, “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Background Most of us can probably remember how things were...

The Church

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:8, " Nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any...

Don’t Gaze At The Wrong Thing

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:10, “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.” Background In many ways, our society has become one of oversensitivity, overreaction, and...

The Exchange

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:21, " For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. " Background If you follow football to any...

The One Who Will Return

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:11, “They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw...

Who is In Control of Our Hearts

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today is from Acts 17:11, " Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. " Background &...

What Has God Made Me Into

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 2:2-3, " And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided...

Our New Self In the New Year

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:13, “And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of...

Every Day is Christmas

Scripture DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Our verse for today comes from Matthew 2:22, " But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he...

A Stone’s Throw Away

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:12, “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath’s day journey.” Background & Application If you travel 5,280 feet, you know you have covered exactly one...

Worldly Chains

Scripture Our verse for today is from Acts 28:20, " For this cause therefore I asked to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. " Background In today's world, we sometimes forget just how easy we have it. Hardly...

The Family of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:14, “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.” Background and Application The new testament church is many things, and scripture contains many different metaphors referring to the followers...

God has Authority Over Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 9:21, " Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor, and another for dishonor? " Background Does the potter have power over the clay? That is the question for each of our lives,...

Be Sure of Your Own Commitments

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:16, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.” Background I hope if you had to do something yesterday, that you...

Aim For God’s Standards

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 2:49, " And He said to them, 'Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?' " Background and Application "What else would you expect? They're only teenagers. " If you haven't...

Pray for God’s Glory

Scripture Our verse for today is from James 5:17-18, " Elijah was a man with a nature just like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. and he prayed again, and the heaven...

Why Do We Do What We Do

Scripture Today's focus very is Philippians 2:3-5, " When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead. be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others....

Open your Eyes and Heart

Scripture Our verse for today is from Job 42:5-6, " My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. "  Background and Application Which of us can compare himself to the person of Job? Who has experiences that...

Look for the Extraordinary

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 4:13-16, " Listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;' whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your...

Our Walls of Jericho

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Joshua 1:9, " Have I not given you your orders? Take heart and be strong; have no fear and do not be troubled; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. "  Background This morning the Lord made me think about...

Greatness or Servanthood

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 22:27, " For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. " Background & Application How important do you want...

Consumed with the Magnificence of Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 10:21, " Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross,...

Put Away Foreign Gods

Scripture Our focus verse for today is from Joshua 24:16, " So the people answered and said, 'Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods.' " Background & Application Our culture is littered with the trail of what we like to call " one hit...

Earthen Vessels

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 11:20, " Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. " Background I wonder where you might be on this journey of spiritual renewal and revival? It certainly is not...

Jesus Brings Revival

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 2:21, " Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. " Background & Application I feel like we tend to view revival as something that only a person or church needs if they have been...

The World is Passing Away

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from 1 John 2:16-17, " For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions - is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is...

What God Says is True

Scripture Our verse today focuses on revival and comes from Philippians 2:13, " For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. " Background & Application As we think about revival, two questions come to mind. The first question is why do I need...

Poor In Spirit

Scripture Our focus verse for today is in Isaiah 66:1-2, " 'Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,' says...

The Darkness is Behind Us

Scripture The verse for today comes from James 4:8-10, " Come close to God, and He will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters. Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. Humble yourselves...

Be Meek, and be Jesus

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Matthew 11:29-30, " Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. " Background & Application Meek is...

Reflective of the King we Serve

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:12, " I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. " Background & Application Can you describe what righteousness tastes like?...

The Father of Mercies

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 15:23-24, " 'Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. " Background Jesus continues His teaching with the...

A Pure Heart

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 1:27, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. " Background & Application We often hear about people finding some...

Hold Your Tongue

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 3:17, " But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. "  Background & Application Making peace. That's a concept that rings true around the home, doesn't it? In the...

Seeking Comfort or Courage

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 10:28, " Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. "  Background & Application We've all heard that saying, " be careful...

You Are Being Counted

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 1:2, " Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above. "  Background & Application You are being counted....

Getting Refocused

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 14:31, " Then Joab arose and came to Absalom's house, and said to him, 'Why have your servants set my field on fire?' "  Background & Application You have heard the stories, both in real life and in fiction, of the son or...

More Like the Fallen than the Forgiven

Scripture Our focus this week will be on honesty, and our verse is from Genesis 3:4-5, " Then the serpent said to the woman, 'you will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like...

Is Your Light Shining

Scripture Our verse for today comes right after the beatitudes and is in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Background & Application Is your light shining today? What...

Thankfulness for Regeneration

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Psalm 95:4, " In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. "  Background & Application I wonder how many different ways there are to spend a day. I imagine the number is somewhere near...

Taking Up Our Cross

Scripture To focus our prayer for today, we will look at 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in...

Make Us More Like Our Savior

Scripture Our prayer verse for today is from Matthew 15:22-23, “And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.’ But He answered her not a word.”  Background & Application I was...

Stop Bailing

Scripture Today’s prayer verse comes from Luke 8:23-25, “As they sailed He fell asleep. and a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we perish!’ Then He arose and rebuked...

Roll Away the Stone

Scripture Our prayer verse for today comes from John 11:5-6, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was Background & Application The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is amazing....

Receive Restoration

Scripture Today’s verse comes from Isaiah 6:1,5, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. So I said, ‘woe is me, for I am undone! because I am a man...

To Be Allowed Back In

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philemon 15-16, “For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave – a beloved brother.”  Background & Application I think you would agree that we are a results-driven...

Distance Between Us and Our Savior

Scripture To continue a focus on repentance, let’s consider Luke 22:60-62, “Immediately while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘before the rooster crows, you will deny Me...

Where Do We Fit Into The Story

Scripture For our focus on repentance today, let’s look at Luke 18:11, 13, “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men...even this tax collector. And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes...

Our 4 Seconds to Repentance

Scripture Today’s verse is Matthew 3:2-3, “Saying, ‘repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ for this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”  Background & Application Four hundred...

Grace – Out of Eden

Scripture Today’s verse is from Genesis 3:22-23, “Then the LORD God said, ‘behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’ – Therefore the...

Neither Do I Condemn You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:7, 9-11, “He said to them, ‘let him that is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.’ but when they heard it, they went away one by one. Jesus stood up and said to her, ‘woman,...

Basking Underneath God’s Grace

Scripture Today’s verse is Romans 5:20, “And the law came in, that the offence might abound. But where the sin did abound, the grace did overabound.”  Background & Application I would assume everyone has experienced a topper at least once in their life, someone whose story is always more dramatic, whose injury...

Our Unique Future

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 14:29-30, “He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’”  Background & Application Each one...

Be Weak, so He Can be Strong

Scripture Our verse will come from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take...

Submit Each Breath

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Psalm 93:5, “Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.”  Background If there’s anything that I could be less qualified to write about, holiness might be at the top of the list. I’m experienced with repentance, I’ve tasted God’s grace, I...

Eating His Food

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from John 4:34, “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’”  Background & Application I think it’s fair to say that Jesus had a lot on his plate during His brief ministry...

We Are Called

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8, “For God did not call us to uncleanness, but unto holiness. therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.”  Background & Application The scriptures are very clear that God has a...

Walk and Grow in Holiness

Scripture Our focus verse for holiness today comes from Exodus 14:15-16, “Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the...

The Holiness Business

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Colossians 3:12-13, “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you...

Where Do You Stand

Scripture Today, our verse comes from John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  Background & Application I’m sure I’m not the first one to say that this verse is where the rubber meets the road for us as followers of Jesus. If following Him is all about relationship, and a...

See How Blind We Are

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Galatians 5:16, “I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”  Background Our days are filled with challenges, and sometimes they begin immediately with a snooze button and can last until our head hits the pillow again...

God Is Greater Than All Our Excuses

Scripture Our focus verse on today comes from 1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  Background & Application God is very gracious in the ways He allows us to worship and...

Ask God for Tunnel Vision

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Background & Application So much of our obedience is tied directly to how much we believe and trust God. In this passage in Matthew,...

Thank God For Your Obedience

Scripture Our verse today comes from Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Background & Application Every five years the US census is done, and...

Our Debt of Love

Scripture Today’s verse comes from Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”  Background I know everyone is aware that our country has a huge national debt. Most of you probably know that you can go on the internet and...

A Burden to Bear

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Galatians 6:1-2, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Background...

Light Momentary Affliction

Scripture Our verse for today regarding a clear conscience comes from 2 Corinthians 4:16-17, “So we do not lose heart. though our outer man is wasting away, our inner man is being renewed day by day. for this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory...

What is Your One Thing?

Scripture For our verse for today, let’s look at Luke 18:22-23, “When Jesus heard this, He said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ but when he heard this,...

God Never Takes a Day Off

Scripture Today’s verse is on our conscience and comes from Philippians 3:12-14, “Not that i have already attained, or am already perfect, but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brothers, I do not count myself to...

Set Your Eyes on Him

Scripture Today, let’s look at John 21:17, 19, “He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, ‘do you love Me?’ and he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know...

The Burden of Unforgiveness

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Genesis 50:19-20, “Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is...

God’s Overwhelming Forgiveness

Scripture Our verse for today is from Ephesians 4:32 – 5:1, “and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.”  Background and Application Paul writes earlier in this section in verse 25 that we are members...

Seek to Forgive

Scripture Our focus verse on forgiveness for today comes from Matthew 18:15, 21-22, “’Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. if he hears you, you have gained your brother.’ then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often...

Whiter Than Snow

Scripture Our focus verse is on forgiveness and comes from Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Background It is painfully clear that some of us are good with directions and some of us have been blessed in other...

Meditate on His Things

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy –...

Make Us Swift to Flee Temptation

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Genesis 39:9-10, “’There is no greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?’ So it was, as...

Repent of the Evil in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today is from Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”  Background and Application As we seek Him...

Sexual Immorality in Me

Scripture Our verse today is from 1 Corinthians 5:1, “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even among the pagans.”  Background Let me ask us a question. what if this letter from Paul did not have the Corinthian church’s name on,...

The Spirit Filled Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 6:15, “And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.” It’s all about the Spirit filled life.  Background Our focus verse comes right in the middle of the brief, action-packed encounter that we...

Ask God to Bear Fruit in Us

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. against such things there is no law.”  Background We love lists, don’t we? We like to categorize, label and rank thinks from top to bottom. In...

Walk In Freedom

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”  Background Condemnation is not a word that we use too much these days, is it? In the judicial...

The Path of Jesus Christ

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Genesis 22:2, “Then He 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.’”  Background...

A Deeper Knowledge of Him

Scripture As we take our final look at the Spirit-filled life, our focus verse comes from 1 Peter 3:3-4, “Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the...

Life Was In God’s Hands

Scripture Our focus verse for today is in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  Background How many of us wake up in the morning, immediately feeling like we have all we need to take on the...

God Made Us For A Relationship

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 9:23, “And He said to all, ‘if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”  Background Recently I read in a book an extremely convicting question. The author was talking about being effective for...

Don’t Let Life Keep You Captive

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Jeremiah 29:13-14, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”  Background Doing the same thing every day...

Your Commitment To Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”  Background You have probably heard the Robert Burns quote, “the...

Lord, Prepare Us For Tomorrow

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Joshua 1:9, “Have I not given you your orders? take heart and be strong; have no fear and do not be troubled; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  Background The Lord has made me think recently about Joshua and...

Confess When We Cross The Line

Scripture Our focus this week will be on honesty, and our verse is from Genesis 3:4-5, “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘you will not surely die. for God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,...

Are You Living The Way You Believe

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Galatians 6:3,7, “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”  Background Few people are more to be pitied than the one...

Be Faithful In The Small Things

Scripture Our verse today comes from Matthew 25:21, “The master answered, ‘you did well. you are a good and loyal servant. Because you were loyal with small things, I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my joy with me.’”  Background & Application Each of us has our...

Pray for God’s Name To Be Holy

Scripture Our verse for today is from James 5:17-18, “Elijah was a man with a nature just like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave...

Living The Way Jesus Lived

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 John 2:4-6, “Anyone who says, ‘I know God,’ but does not obey God’s commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if someone obeys God’s teaching, then in that person God’s love has truly reached its goal....

Stop And Think About What You Do

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Philippians 2:3-5, “When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead. be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives...

Noise Of The World

Scripture Our verse for today is from Job 42:5-6, “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Background & Application Which of us can compare himself to the person of Job? Who has experiences that can rival...

We Will Do Greater Things

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 4:13-16, “Listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?...

Greatness Or Servanthood

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 22:27, “For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” Background & Application How important do you want to be?...

Live Differently

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 10:21, “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and...

One Hit Wonders

Scripture Our focus verse for today is from Joshua 24:16, “So the people answered and said, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods.’” Background & Application Our pop culture is littered with the trail of what we like to call “one hit wonders.” It’s...

Live Looking Like Him

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 11:20, “Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.” Background I wonder where you might be on this journey of spiritual renewal and revival? It certainly is not a straight...

Return to Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 2:21, “Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses.” Background & Application I feel like we tend to view revival as something that only a person or church needs if they have been going through...

Call From The World vs. Spirit

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from 1 John 2:16-17, “For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing...

Why Do I Need Revival

Scripture Our verse today focuses on revival and comes from Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Background & Application Two questions come to mind regarding revival. The first question is why do I need to have revival? What...

We Are His Footstool

Scripture Our focus verse for today is in Isaiah 66:1-2, “’Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the...

Be Meek – Like Jesus

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Matthew 11:29-30, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Background Having taught us how we need...

Bread of Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:12, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Background & Application Can you describe what righteousness tastes like? Jesus teaches...

We Can’t Earn Mercy

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 15:23-24, " 'Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. " Background Jesus continues His teaching with the...

Clean You Heart

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Background Jesus continues His beatitudes by saying, “Blessed are the pure in...

We Are His Children

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 3:17, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.” Background & Application Who calls you their child? The next beatitude in Matthew 5 reads, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for...

Humility Before God

Scripture The verse for today comes from James 4:8-10, “Come close to God, and He will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds,you doubters. Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. Humble yourselves in the...

Look Up For Help

Scripture Today's focus verse comes from Psalm 121:1-2, " I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. " Background/Application We all need help. Some of us are just more honest about it than others. In...

Patience – Righteousness – Persecution

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Background We’ve all heard that saying, “be careful what you pray for...

Be A Light To The World

Scripture Our verse for today comes right after the beatitudes and is in Matthew 5:16,“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Background Is your light shining today? What would you...

Running The Race

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 12:1, " Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before...

Are You Making The Wrong Choice

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:8, “For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.” Background Many of us remember Audrey Hepburn for her elegance and grace as portrayed on the silver screen in movies like Sabrina, My Fair Lady, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  She was also well-known for...

Press Toward The Mark

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:6, “Now Jacob’s well was there.” Background If you drive around the city of Raleigh and pay special attention, especially in and around the downtown area, you will eventually notice certain signs along the way.  The ones to which I am referring, which have...

God’s Resources Are Limitless

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:10, “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.'” Background In the movie It’s A...

The Hippocratic Oath – Our Allegiance Is To Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 2:22, “Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.” Background In the Aegean Sea, a couple miles off the coast of Turkey, is a...

Masters Of Our Universe

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:32, “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.'” Background Through the years, there have been some very notable and extremely successful...

It Is Him; Do Not Be Afraid

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:20, “But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.'” Background I remember a while back an incident at a local mall that has become too commonplace in our society.  Gun shots were reported that sent hundreds of shoppers fleeing to...

The Five Whys

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 5:39, “I can of Myself do nothing.  As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” Background There was an exchange that went something like this:...

Decide To Let God Decide

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 5:19, “So Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing.  For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.'” Background I have a role...

The Surprise Right In Front Of Us

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:4, “Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.” Background A friend of mine just turned 45.  To celebrate, his wife planned a surprise party for him on the day after his birthday, and sent out invitations to dozens of people.  And...

Infinite God As Man

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 14:11, “And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, ‘The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men.’” Background One of my sweetest childhood memories includes my elementary school library.  There, on...

Our Daily Battles

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 15:31, “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.'” Background I imagine that many of us experience the unending battle of feeling good about ourselves and then feeling like we are failures to some...

As Plain As The Nose On Your Face

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 14:10, “ said in a loud voice, ‘Stand upright on your feet.’  And he sprang up and began walking.” Background Sometimes, as they say, the meaning is as plain as the nose on your face.  And speaking of noses, my best friend once made...

Ask God To Work On Your Heart

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:26, “Jesus answered them and said, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.'” Background A pastor was preaching one evening when a mentally ill man approached...

Run A Straight Race

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 14:9, “He listened to Paul speaking.  And Paul, looking intently at him, that he had faith to be made well.” Background Faith is a big thing with us Christians.  For as much as we are inclined to do, and for all the instructions...

Let The Best Of God Be What You See

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Joshua 2:12, “Now therefore I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a sure sign.” Background A friend was relating the time when a group...

Yield To The Power That Knows No Limits

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 19:2, “So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people.  For the people heard it said that day, ‘The king is grieved for his son.'” Background Remember The Titans is the inspiring movie based on the true story of the...

Taking Steps Toward Jesus

Our verse for today comes from Acts 14:8, “Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet.  He was crippled from birth and had never walked.” When I went to China several years ago on a mission trip, our group went to see a Buddhist...

Let The Real You Be Really You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 18:9, “Then Absalom met the servants of David.  Absalom rode on a mule.  The mule went under the thick boughs of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught in the terebinth; so he was left hanging between heaven and earth. ...

Moments Of Darkness In Your Heart

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 3:20, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” Background A chronotype is the circadian rhythm of an organism that determines if alertness and productivity are greater in the hours of early...