Insomnia: Bible Tips for a Silent Night

Sleep comes from God and God alone. God designed us with a need for the wonderful gift of rest. When we violate this, it not only robs us of the gift, but of something else down deeper. The effects can be terrible. God’s Plan Often, we hear people say, “I can’t rest because there is too much work to do. I can’t take a day off.” We harm ourselves when we do this. We have to realize Read More

A New Heart, New Season

When I was young, I played basketball. Our team was not that good, and being only five-foot, seven inches tall, I did not play that much. However, if we were winning by about 20 points or more and there were two minutes left, the coach would call, “Cordeiro,” and I would go in to play. I was so excited. When I heard my name, I looked around and thought, “They called my name!” You know Read More

New Beginnings

The enemy will not come after your life. To all those of you who are Christians, he is not going to come after your salvation. Salvation is based on what He has done and not what we do, so your salvation is secure in Christ. What the enemy will go after is your potential: your potential to influence your family, your potential to change things that are around you. Salt Jesus says, “You are 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

The Power of a Thankful Heart

Gratefulness is crucial to receiving God’s best and it’s often missing in our society today. The absence of gratefulness caused the children of Israel in the Old Testament to lose out on entering the Promised Land. The result of ungratefulness is seen in symptoms of grumbling and stress. We have stress hitting us from every direction. One of the results of losing grateful-heartedness is that 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

The Currency of Heaven

I always thought that prayer was like a blank check from God: you just write in the amount and the intended purpose was immaterial or secondary. Matthew 7:8 says, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” How many things will we receive? All things! Then I thought, “No, it can’t be quite like that. I am a parent and if my daughter Read More