Is Jesus everything to you? Has it been awhile since you’ve read the Bible or prayed? Maybe you’re facing a trial that has brought you to your knees and you know you need help from above. Do you feel far away from Jesus? Friend, don’t be afraid to call on Him! Whether you’re a new believer or have been a Christ-follower for years, maybe you’ve drifted away from Him and need to find your way back. The truth shall make you free! (see PDF link below) Jesus wants us to abide in H
The Bible is full of God’s promises and our God keeps His promises. The lyrics say it best in today’s message … God never said He would give us silver or gold, or that we’d never feel the fire or shiver in the cold. But He did say we'd never walk through this world alone and to not make this world our home. He never said that fear wouldn't find us in the night or that loneliness was something we'd never have to fight. But He did say He'd be right there by our side and would a
Because we know God’s Word is true, Christ-followers have the assurance of heaven when they leave this earth. The Bible tells us the streets of the heavenly city are pure gold; the foundations are of precious stones; the 12 gates are pearls, it's a place of safety and peace … and the best part about heaven is our LORD and the Lamb are there! Those who have gone before us and were saved by the blood of Jesus will be there too! What a wonderful reunion it will be! Revelation 2
You may recognize the tune to the old song “Locomotion” by Grand Funk Railroad in today’s song by The Cornwell Twins, two brothers whose praise ministry involves, in part, taking old secular songs and giving the lyrics a new Christian twist. Since 1978 Blaine and Boyd have traveled all over the United States proclaiming Christ in revivals, schools and congregations. Start your day with this fun music video, praising the Lord and being encouraged to devote some time with Him i
People tend to worry about what others think about them. The need for acceptance plays a powerful influence on thoughts and feelings, sometimes causing anxiety, codependence and depression. Social media can fuel these harmful thoughts. Friend, Jesus should be our audience of One. He Loves us! Only HE matters. Are we giving Jesus the same amount of time as we do social media? sports? fill-in-the-blank? We have two natures – the “old man”(before accepting Christ) and the “new m
The familiar Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours is one of redemption and forgiveness. Jacob (Israel), Joseph's father, clearly favored his second-youngest son, Joseph, which caused the older boys to hate him (Joseph) and eventually resulted in his banishment into Egyptian slavery. Joseph’s life was one of character, courage, conviction, and commitment. Maybe you remember the song and story (and movie) of Dolly Parton and the coat of many colors that her Mama m
C.S. Lewis once said, “God doesn’t want something from us, He simply wants us.” Our Creator knows us inside and out. He knows the good as well as the bad; there are no secrets with Him. Don’t think that just because you aren’t perfect, you cannot come to the Lord in service or in prayer. Fact is, none of us are perfect … the very reason God humbled Himself and became flesh (Jesus) … we are all sinners in need of a Saviour! We were created by God to do the work of God; to tell
You will surely recognize the old Eagles tune to today’s song, with lyrics adapted to praise Jesus. So sing like nobody else is listening … sing to our Lord with all your heart … because Christ-follower, it was His amazing grace that saved a wretch like you and me! We were lost and blind, but He gave us sight and saved our soul. Now we see clearly … and that gives us a peaceful, easy feeling ... knowing He will never let us down now that we're standing on solid ground. Luke 1
There are many biblical examples of imperfect people God used to accomplish His will … common, everyday people. God wants to use you and me to accomplish His will, too. “The Great Commission” commands us to go and teach others about His saving grace (we are all called). But when a lawyer asked Jesus which was the great commandment, He told him the first and great commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and secondly, to love your neighbor ... not just to
The old saying, “Home is where your heart is” is certainly true from the spiritual standpoint. The Holy Ghost lives in Christ-followers, and Heaven (where God the Father and Jesus live) is our eternal home. Our hearts should be fixed on our Lord and Saviour and where we will spend eternity because this world is temporary, fleeting; we are just traveling through. Our mission is to tell others about the gift of God … salvation by grace through faith ... because of the finished
Is coffee included in your “best part of waking up” routine? Ya just gotta have that cup of Joe? It is said that Americans are drinking more coffee than ever … averaging just over 3 cups per day, per person, with medium roast the favorite. Coffee comes in many varieties -- traditional drip, gourmet, iced, espresso-based, you name it; there are a bajillion flavored-creamer varieties for those who have coffee with their creamer! Without getting into detailed health “benefits” o
Christ-followers, let’s get revolutionary! Revolutionary for Jesus! "Revolution" means “transformative event”. My Jesus transforms sinners into saints! He makes the old man new! He takes us from the bondage of sin and sets us free! Hebrews 8:6 - “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” 2Peter 1:5-7 – “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virt
Trees … there are all kinds, shapes, sizes and colors. Trees are an important part of our world. They provide shelter, shade, wood for building, pulp for making paper; they are homes for insects, birds and other animals. Many types of food come from trees ... fruits and nuts … and their sap provides food for insects and for making maple syrup! They also help keep our air clean and ecosystems healthy. Trees have lots of roots which grow underground to support and strengthen th
When we’re going through a tough time, it is comforting to know we have someone we can count on; someone who understands; someone who loves us; someone so close that we feel comfortable with them seeing us at our worst; someone we can tell our innermost thoughts and secrets to; perhaps someone who has been through the same trial we’re going through; and most important of all, someone who will never leave us or stop loving us, regardless of the circumstances. Those of us who a
Christian artist Matthew West and his daughter Lulu share a story in today’s song, about a young life taken too soon … a special version in honor of Lulu’s friend Sam. The song is a good reminder to us all to be kind to each other and speak Love. Many adults look back at their school years in horror … they somehow “didn’t fit in” and were laughed at, left out, bullied … and the hurt is still with them today. Just because someone is different … short, tall, fat, skinny, pretty
Have You Decided to Live Like a Believer? “I have decided I'm not gonna just live like a believer, I’m gonna ‘BE a Believer’.
I’m gonna turn my back on satan, the deceiver.
There's a wealth of things I professed. Things I told people I believed, but deep inside I was never changed, I'd been deceived. The Holy Spirit made it clear to me, there’s only one way -- that’s with Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Without Jesus? I can’t ‘BE a Believer’.
To ‘think’ I’m saved by simply b
It seems as though there is a new awakening among Millennials. They are said to be the most self-expressive, diverse, educated and connected generation, but many are waking up to the fact that something is missing in their lives. All of the fame, money, possessions, college degree(s) in the world … none of it will get you into heaven. Education does not make one wise -- wisdom comes from God -- and people are feeling the void of Jesus in their lives. Gaming, the latest iPhone
The word “joy” appears in the Bible over 155 times (not including “joyful” and “joyous”). There’s a difference between happiness and joyfulness. We are happy when our circumstances are pleasant and going well. However, happiness is fleeting and superficial because when our circumstances change—as they inevitably do—then our happiness fades away. Joy is lasting and peaceful. Jesus and God’s Word is the key to our joy. We can be joyful in any circumstance and sometimes our inne
Hey, are you joyful today? Are you thankful for all of your blessings? Think of the countless things God gives you without you even having to ask. We may not have everything we want, but He gives us everything we need. Count your blessings, not your problems. Be thankful for your struggles, for without them you wouldn’t have stumbled across your strength! Psalms 89:15 - “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance
We’ve all had friends and family members pass away, and along with death comes the decisions of the departed’s belongings … who gets what … the earthly inheritance. Many a family has argued and even split up over inheritance squabbles. Emotions run high and things are said and done that can’t be taken back, only forgiven. God tells us to lay up our treasures in heaven instead of here on earth; to be more concerned with our spiritual inheritance. Yes, Christ-followers (God’s