Deciding Who You Will Be

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9). Think about it this way: if the mind of man doesn’t plan, what does the Lord have to direct? He includes us in His plan for our futures. I want to challenge you to take a more active role in your future. Don’t leave it …

Choosing Your Homeland

Jesus Establishes Two Kingdoms “… He was saying to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world’” (John 8:23). Jesus established that there are two intersecting worlds on this globe called earth; two worlds that share the same earth. Each one has its own distinct characteristics — distinct …

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 …

When Prayers Don’t Get Answered

Sometimes when we pray, we receive answers the way we expect. Other times when we pray, we don’t. Paul the apostle prayed to God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what the thorn was or whether it was something physical or spiritual. God answered Paul’s cries by saying, “… My grace is sufficient …

In the Quiet Times

If we’re going to be effective in hearing God and successful in walking with God, we have to develop certain habits. Staying close to God requires that we develop the habit of spending quiet time with our Father, Lord and King. Developing that habit is critical to our growth in Christ. How to Develop a Daily Quiet Time: “Be still, …

Waiting on the Promises

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow! …

An Appointment with God

God has appointments with different people, including us. On Palm Sunday, Jesus had an appointment with Jerusalem, as He rode off from the Mount of Olives and through the gate called Beautiful. He came not on a white stallion, but on a donkey. People didn’t have flags fluttering; they had branches waving. He had a message for Jerusalem because He …

Setting Your Course

God has plans for our future. Do you think He would like you to know those plans? Absolutely! He would not have plans and then not reveal them. So, if God has plans for our new year, do you think you should know them? Yes! How are you going to walk in faith if you do not know His plans? …

Taking a Step Back

Today, potters make vases using newer technology like automatic thermostats and timers in kilns so a signal lets them know when the vessels are ready to be brought out. A long time ago, potters would use the old-fashioned method of making the fire themselves and fanning the flames with bellows. There was an old potter who did not have the …