A Heart of Joyful Obedience

How do we enter the Kingdom of God? Through obedience to God … that is the only way we enter into the Kingdom. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ Read More

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

Words in Excess: Complaining

Did you know that grumbling and arguing will cause you to make terrible decisions? The Book of James talks about that. “Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look! The Judge is standing at the door! For examples … look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord!” (James 5:9-10). In other words, the Bible is saying, God’s presence is 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

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

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

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