Rules and Benefits go Hand-in-Hand

Psalms 103:1-5 ESV “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and … Continue reading Rules and Benefits go Hand-in-Hand

Renouncing Disgraceful and Underhanded Ways

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 ESV “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of … Continue reading Renouncing Disgraceful and Underhanded Ways

When we Meet Trials and Testing

James 1:2-4,12 ESV “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when … Continue reading When we Meet Trials and Testing

If Only I May Finish My/His Course

Acts 20:17-21 ESV “Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord … Continue reading If Only I May Finish My/His Course

Open Letter to Pastors 2

The Lord Jesus gave me this open letter to pastors to write February 19, 2005, so 17 years ago. Today he led me to go back and look at some of these earlier writings, and this one jumped out at me, and I believe I am to share it with you today, Monday, May 23, … Continue reading Open Letter to Pastors 2

The Floods Have Lifted Up, O Lord

Psalms 93:1-2 ESV “The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.” Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the King of the whole world. … Continue reading The Floods Have Lifted Up, O Lord

Whoever is Believing in Him

John 3:16 ESV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” God is Love We should never read this verse just by itself quickly and then decide it is the summation of the gospel and that all we have … Continue reading Whoever is Believing in Him

The Spirit Helps us in Our Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ESV “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But … Continue reading The Spirit Helps us in Our Weakness

Listening to God and Doing What He Says

James 1:19-20 ESV “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Quick to Hear We live in a very fast-paced society today in America. Young people, especially, are used to images being quickly … Continue reading Listening to God and Doing What He Says

Called by the Will of God

1 Corinthians 1:1 ESV “Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus..” We are All Called (Rom 12:1-8; 1 Co 12:1-31; Eph 4:1-16) We who are in Christ Jesus by genuine faith in Christ are all called of God to his service. He has gifted us each of the … Continue reading Called by the Will of God