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

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

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

God is at Work in the Worst of Times

We all wonder where God is at times, especially when we have no dream or vision, or lack purpose. We wonder where God is when tragedy after tragedy strikes our faith like lightning. In tough times, we wonder if a life of integrity is really worth living. The Book of Ruth is for people of ordinary faith … people like us, who can’t imagine that God could do anything great through us. A vital message Read More

Discovering Hidden Opportunities

Life happens and what you see depends upon your perspective. God has many more opportunities available for us in the future and He wants us to discover what they are, but it all depends on our perspective. What are you seeing? What are you looking for? God will lay out opportunities for us in our future. I am hoping that we can recognize those opportunities and take advantage of them. But it depends Read More