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Feeding on God's Word


The Bible tells us that growth is God's will for our life. It is possible to grow old and not ever grow up. I know a lot of old people who are spiritually and emotionally immature. They never grew up. God wants us to be spiritually strong. Growth is God's will. Ephesians 4:14-15 says, "we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by e...

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The Opposite of Fear is Love


"Wherever God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out fear."1 John 4:18 (NCV) A lot of people think the opposite of fear is faith. It's not! The opposite of fear is love. People don't run into a burning building to rescue children because of faith. They do it because of love. Parents will put their lives at risk to protect their families becaus...

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You Aren't Alone


"The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope." (Psalm 34:18 GNT) Life is filled with unexpected circumstances. Some of these circumstances knock you flat on your back. What do you do when your world collapses? After Jesus was killed, his disciples met together but locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders who...

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Total Surrender


Surrender is a word that, in American culture, has some serious baggage. Surrender is typically talked about in a negative way. Yet, followers of Jesus are asked to surrender to God, fully. What does that look like? How do you "surrender to God?" And, what are you surrendering? Surrendering your life to God means you pray (and live out), "your will, Lord, not mine." You ...

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His Grace Sustains


"My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God's grace for you. Stand firm in this grace."1 Peter 5:12 (NLT) There are some things in life that we can't get through on our own, some pains and some temptations that are just too great without HIS sustaining grace. What does that mean, "sustaining grace?" Susta...

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3 Reasons to Choose Forgiveness


It's possible that you are carrying some deep wounds that you've carried for months, maybe even years. When you think about the person who hurt you, it's still as fresh as if it happened this morning. The pain is still there, and you're still filled with resentment. You may be thinking, "Why should I forgive that person who hurt me so much? You have no idea how much they ...

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Forgiveness Sets You Free


At some point in your life, you will feel hurt by another person. Whatever your hurt is, I want to say I am so sorry. This blog isn't intended togloss over your pain, but rather, help you choose what to do next. Whether you've been hurt deeply, intentionally, or unintentionally, you have a say in what you do next.The way you respond to hurt will determine how it affects y...

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No one is immune from temptation. In fact, Jesus was even tempted. So, how did he handle it? What should we do when we face it? In the Bible, Jesus gives you a prayer of deliverance to use when you're tempted. He tells you to pray,"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"(Matthew 6:13 ESV). You can also shorten that prayer to just one word: Help! Prayers do...

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You Don't Need the Approval of Others


Here's a liberating truth for you this morning: You don't need other people's approval to be happy. When we worry about what other people think, we tend to do the popular thing, even if we know it's wrong. Doesn't that sound like something from a teen drama on Netflix? "We tend to do the popular thing, even if we know it's wrong." But, the truth is, that's not just a tee...

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Religion Vs. Relationship


There is a difference between religion and a relationship. Religion is what you do for God; relationship is what God has done for you. A religion is man's attempt at reaching God. A relationship is God reaching out to us, like he did by sending his son to Earth, reaching out to mankind and extending his love and grace to everyone who accepts him. Jesus did not come to gi...

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