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

Connecting Giving to Life

God knows that giving is connected to life. Giving is connected to life as a tree is connected to its roots — it tells us where we’re drawing our source, our livelihood. And God has got to get to the root to make sure our hearts are drawing the right source! “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. Read More

When Your Children Stray

Our youth need to be mentored and discipled, especially along the lines of godly discipline. Too often when our youth go astray, the first thing that we do is look for someone to condemn. But this really doesn’t help anyone. What our children need is our support, our hearts and our minds to come up with practical solutions. Even the most perfect Father has rebellious children. Although the reality Read More

We Should Be Amazed

Grace, sometimes juxtaposed against wrath or judgment, makes you realize how precious it really is. Because we have all sinned, the Bible says that God legally doesn’t have to bless you. But if God were legalistic, we would all perish. We would not make it through one day. We would all be finished. So God came and did something that was so outrageous that even today, the angels are amazed — Read More

When You Know What’s Right

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