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

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

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

Getting Our Attention

The Bible shows that not only does God speak, but He also uses many different ways to get a person’s attention. Sometimes, God uses storms just to get us to listen. The problem is, we often tend to ignore God because we’re reluctant to do what He asks. Let’s take a look at a person in the Bible named Jonah. “The word of the Lord came to Jonah … saying, ‘Arise, go to Ninevah the great Read More

Finding the Keys to Your Community

Every community has its own set of keys — keys that will open doors, keys that will unlock hearts, keys that will release what was once enclosed. If you use the keys to your community, it will save you years of rapping your knuckles on doors to no avail. It will allow access for the Gospel with other attempts fail. Ask God for the keys to your community because every community has them. How Read More