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Mercy and Grace: Are They the Same?

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We can find the words grace and mercy used all throughout scripture. Do they mean the same thing? And if not, what is the difference? Mercy is getting a little less punishment or retribution than what you deserve. You were caught by that cop going 30 miles an hour over the limit. Justice says you've got to pay your $300, but the judge is in a good mood that day and he s...

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Meekness is Not Weakness

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In Jesus' most famous sermon, the sermon on the mount, he gives us 8 ways to make your life bless-able by God. Jesus says God blesses those who are gentle; the whole earth will belong to them. Matt 5:5 (NIV) "Blessed are the meek (gentle), for they will inherit the earth." In our hard driving, ego driven, market driven culture you don't hear a whole lot about gentleness...

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3 Ways to Know if You Really Have Integrity

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Scripture says, "God blesses those who are pure in heart." So what does it meant to be pure in heart? That's not a term that we use in today's language. We don't talk about, "she's got a pure heart." The word for "pure in heart" today is the word "integrity." Matthew 5:8 "God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God." What does it mean to have integrity...

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Exchanging YOUR Weakness for HIS Strength

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Our strength is limited. God's strength is unlimited. Our strength is finite. God's strength is infinite. Our strength is exhaustible, that's why we get exhausted. God's strength is inexhaustible. God never runs out of energy. God never gets tired. So, we need to depend on God's strength not our own. You want God's blessing in your life? We need to depend on God for our s...

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What Kind of Worker are You?

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King Solomon is accepted by most scholars to have been the richest man to ever live and the wisest man to have ever lived. He studied science, philosophy, and the world religions. One of the universal subject of life that Solomon focuses on in Ecclesiastes is work. Eccl 2:22 So what do people get in this life for all their hard work? Solomon says there are two extreme r...

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How to Face an Uncertain New Year (Part 2)

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New Year, new you! 365 new opportunities! What other saying often accompany the new year? In part one of this blog series, we learned that the new year can actually be a time of fear for many people. But, how do we move ahead into 2018 in spite of our fears? Read part one if you missed it, HERE. We learned that in order to face an uncertain future, we must set up a plan...

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How to Face an Uncertain New Year (Part 1)

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Some people get excited when a new year rolls around. They see it as a clean slate, a fresh start. Out with the old, and in with the new. But for many, the new year can feel like 365 days of uncertainty. How do you face an uncertain future? So, as 2018 rapidly approached, here's three promises of success from God's Word. God says, "If you do these three things, I guarante...

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All I Want for Christmas... Is a Peaceful Family (Part 1)

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How do you keep family dysfunction from ruining your Christmas? What decisions can you make to bring peace into your holiday celebration this year? Are you willing to become a peacemaker? Matt. 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Over the next two blog posts I want to give you seven steps according to God's Word for resolving confli...

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All I Want for Christmas... Is a Peaceful Family (Part 2)

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What does it mean to become a peacemaker?This Christmas season commit to becoming an agent of reconciliation in a world filled with conflict. Become a bridge builder not a wall builder. If you missed part one of this blog series, CLICK HERE. 4. I LISTEN FOR THEIR HURT PERSPECTIVE I listen for their hurt and their perspective. How many times have you heard me say, "hur...

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How Does God REALLY See Me? (Part 2)

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When you begin to see yourself as God really sees you, you will be healed from the pain of rejection because it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks if God says I'm acceptable and valuable and lovable. CLICK HERE to read part one of this blog. 2. I AM VALUABLE. You are valuable because of His grace. You are valuable. You are worth something. How much do you think y...

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