A Lesson From Judas Iscariot

We are going to hear from someone who seems to be the least likely of anyone in the entire Bible to have anything to say. He is the one who betrayed Jesus … Judas Iscariot. Yet, God took the life of Judas and put it in the Bible so that we could learn.   How to Deal with Others’ Faults   I think that if Judas could live his life all over again, he would do it differently. Read More

Risk & Faith

Risk of Compassion Everyday we take risks. Everything about life has to do with taking a risk. Now some risks are bigger than others. Some we don’t want to take. Some we would be foolish to take. When God looks at the risks we take, He sees men and women of great faith. All of us can convert risk into great faith. In fact, that is how faith is developed. It is not by going to a bunch of conferences Read More

The God That Glitters

Our view of money is active rather than passive

Money Talks The way money is used tells a lot about a person. God speaks a lot about money because it is such a temptation to mankind to take our gold and turn it into a god and into a molten calf. We have taken what God gave us to use as a means to an end and made it an end in itself. The Bible says we must choose which way we’re going to go. Lovers of Money We can be religious but Read More

Characteristics of a Great Faith

Today, we are going to talk about two people whom God finds to have the greatest faith. One is a Canaanite woman, of whom He says, “Woman, your faith is great!” And the second person was actually a Roman officer. The Lord says, “It will be done to you according to your faith” (Matt. 9:29). You see, if my faith is little, it will be done to me according to my faith. That means that if Read More

When You Know What’s Right, But Cannot Seem to Do It

Ever had a time when you knew what you were supposed to do … but you just did not do it? Sometimes we know what God is telling us to do, but we have a hard time doing it. And when we intentionally do wrong, it affects ourselves as well as others. Jonah is an example of a person who knew the right thing to do and he just could not do it. The Lord said, “I want you to go and help the Ninevites Read More

If God Asked Us a Question

If God were to ask you a question and the answer to that question would determine your destiny, what would it be? He asked that of Solomon. “… the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, ‘Ask what you wish Me to give to you’” (1 Kings 3:5). We need to think before we answer; that is why our daily devotions are so important. The best way to draw near to the Lord is Read More

Faith in the Making

Faith … it is a word that has been misunderstood, misused, diluted and generalized. Faith has become synonymous to a person’s religious preference. In coming to grips with what is most important, let’s let faith not only be defined, but let’s press on until we let faith define us. “As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ Read More

Faith and Works

How do we get the church out of the church and into the community where God wants it to be? “Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can’t save anyone” (James 2:14). Sideliners When I was younger, I was a sideliner. I wasn’t that good in sports. I left Hawaii during my junior high years and had Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight

“F2F.” Do you know what that means? “Face to face.” There is a new wave of social networking that can cause us to become people who hide in plain sight. In this socially connected world, people are still not connected. Divorce rates are the same. Families are still breaking apart. Greed in America is at its highest peak and everyone is still looking out for number one. People now have Read More

Relationships That Delight God

God delights to carry out His will through His children. God is looking for children who are in healthy relationship with Him through which He can carry out His will. God could do it all, but He wants to run it through us because He delights in carrying out His will through His children when they have a good relationship with Him. God wants to give people encouraging words. God wants to give people Read More