Five Ingredients to Build Love for a Lifetime

As some of you might know, marriage is something that requires maintenance. Marriage is a live entity — it’s something dynamic. Anything that is living requires maintenance and marriage requires maintenance. When we are courting, we think that marriage is trouble-free. It seems like everything is going to be smooth. It seems that way because you are dating; each person is putting his or her Read More

Disciplining Yourself for the Purpose of Godliness

As we grow, there are certain character qualities of maturity that need to become evident. One of those things is learning about how to discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. We’re going to talk about the state of your heart in which you will make the best decisions and you won’t always feel that wonderful, because there will be times when your emotions will drop and you’ll be in Read More

The Power of Words

How we relate to one another with words is vital. Words can be powerful and deliver death or life. Words can heal or words can kill. We experience the power of words when we have been dealt a death blow by someone’s misfired words. Conversely, we experience that same power when we have been encouraged, motivated or ignited again by someone’s words. “… See how great a forest is set aflame Read More

The Gift of Serving

Serving has been given a bad rap. If you are called servants, it means you earn minimum wage, you’re first to get laid off, you’re the lowest part of the food chain and you’re not that talented. In the Kingdom of God, however, serving others is given the highest place of all. “And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. And He said to them, Read More

Moving Beyond Good Intentions

We all need to get beyond good intentions. The Bible talks about that. In fact, it speaks pretty seriously about getting beyond just good intentions. The Book of Matthew chronicles a story that speaks about getting beyond good intentions. “‘What do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but Read More

Mary: Learning to Listen

We live in a fast-forward world where busy-ness is equated with importance and success. We think that because someone is busy, that person must be important. But the Lord says that the way the world sees things is not how He sees them. And the result of our busy-ness is just that — busy-ness. We’ve become too busy to listen anymore. One person from whom we can learn Godly listening is through Read More

Christmas is For-giving

Forgiveness is something that touches every decision of our lives. There is one characteristic about forgiveness that is often overlooked; but first, let us begin with a classic Christmas scripture. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Jesus came for His people because we need to be delivered from the devastating Read More

A Season of Remembering

We must never, ever forget the miracles, the times God provided and the times when God brought something impossible to pass. Throughout the Old Testament, God told the Israelites to remember. He delivered them out of slavery in Egypt by working many miracles. Then He moved them into a new land that would be strange to them. And God knew that they would need to reflect back and remember just how Read More

God’s Formula for Great Gain

How would you define success? We live in a society that says the more money you have, the more success that equals and the more success, the more money. If we can’t handle worldly wealth, how will God ever entrust to us true spiritual riches? The way we handle money tests our greed factor and is the barometer of that factor. Religion = A Means to an End God becomes a means to an end and Read More

Helping One Another Through Difficulties

We often tell God, “Take away our burdens; bear ours!” But He says, “If you really want to know My heart and fulfill My plan, bear one another’s burdens.” “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby Read More