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

The Gift of Friendship

We live in a world that’s crowded and busy, but lonely. We’re desperate for friends and there’s no better example than Jesus Himself who said, “No longer do I call you slaves … but I have called you friends” (John 15:15). The more we become like Him, the more we become someone who others may call “friend,” because the best way to find a good friend is to start being one. What Read More

How to Grow in the Stretch

Sometimes, God wants to build our faith like building muscles so God will stretch our faith. Nobody likes to be stretched because there is a tug-of-war of what we should do and what we should not do. We do not like to be stretched because it forces us to make a decision. We have to understand that if God is stretching a portion of our life, it is best to cooperate with Him because God is up to Read More

Faith at Work

As we develop a faith for our everyday lives, we especially want to extend that to our workplace — where we spend so much time and have such consistent contact with others. We may not realize it, but our employers, co-workers and customers can either be influenced, impacted by, imposed upon or annoyed by our faith. We may be the only Jesus they will ever know! Let’s look at what the Bible says Read More