Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.

“But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ If we want to grow in spiritual maturity we are supposed to constantly practice discerning good from evil. Wouldn’t that require us to call some things “good” and someContinue reading “Read the Word. In context. Speak truth.”

Hey BUSY calendar keeper, here’s some help.

Schools starting.The lazy days of summer are coming to a close whether we want them to or not. We all shift gears. Even those of us without kids going back to school, feel the need to turn things up a notch. Time to schedule.Time to plan. The calendar pages are fresh and clean. My pencilContinue reading “Hey BUSY calendar keeper, here’s some help.”

So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?

So how can we tell if someone truly loves God? John tells us they will love others and keep God’s commands. (1 John 4:20-5:3) And, he tells us, the keeping of God’s commandments won’t seem burdensome (5:3). We will have a holy “want-to”. And Jesus told us, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” (RecordedContinue reading “So, how can we tell if someone truly loves God?”

Are you susceptible to being deceived?

John has been talking about false prophets and antichrists, then he says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) That’s powerful truth. It’s one of my favorite, keep-you-going, verses. The Holy Spirit inside ofContinue reading “Are you susceptible to being deceived?”

So many have misused this verse.

This verse. So many have misunderstood and misused it. I know as a young believer I did. “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John 3:22) For a long time, I thought if I just do what GodContinue reading “So many have misused this verse.”

Life can be so hard when you don’t know who you are…

Life can be so hard if you don’t know who you are…. (A guest post from Ben Jaggers) We have so many choices and so many people telling us who to be or how to act. I wasn’t sure who I was when I was younger. I am sure this is a problem that manyContinue reading “Life can be so hard when you don’t know who you are…”

I see the effect of those who do this, don’t you?

The Apostle Paul said, “Meditate on these things, give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” (I Tim 4:15) Slow down.Sit still.Clear your mind. Give yourself ENTIRELY to thinking about the things of God. Well, I’ll just check my phone first. I probably should throw in a load of laundry.Continue reading “I see the effect of those who do this, don’t you?”

Mary’s Song of Praise

My mother’s heart is full this morning after my daughter’s wedding this weekend (there are a few pics on my page). This morning, I thought about another mother’s heart. Mary. Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus. She came from such humble means. The poor pregnant virgin, had heard the words of the angel, and respondedContinue reading “Mary’s Song of Praise”

Let’s do this!

Guard this.Hold tight to this.Do this. And especially now when others are falling away from the faith. I’ve seen it and it’s disheartening—those I’ve counted as good teachers of the Word, those I’ve thought to be mature believers, turning away from truth, and walking in the ways of the world. The Apostle Paul saw itContinue reading “Let’s do this!”

“My god” always agrees with me

Daniel supernaturally described Nebuchadnezzar‘s dream down to the toes of the image Nebuchadnezzar had seen, and then Daniel interprets all that the dream meant. He tells Nebuchadnezzar that the dream and its meaning had been revealed to him by God. (Daniel 2:27-49) Before we talk about the dream itself, let’s think about Nebuchadnezzar’s reaction. NebuchadnezzarContinue reading ““My god” always agrees with me”

The mocking voices still can’t control the King!

Jesus did what He said He would do.Jesus will do what He says He will do. And the mocking voices of this world still can’t control Him! Just as Jesus said, Judas betrays Him, and Peter denies Him. Christ is beaten, mocked and tried by the religious leaders and then sent to Pilate. (Luke22:47-71) FindingContinue reading “The mocking voices still can’t control the King!”

Have you noticed the lost world increasingly disparaging Christians?

Have you noticed the lost world increasingly trying to disparage Christianity and discredit Christians and even Jesus? Have you noticed some, you thought strong in the faith, compromising on Biblical principles? Have you spoken with a few, even calm, level-headed Christians, who think the End of Days could be approaching? And they are EXCITED! ButContinue reading “Have you noticed the lost world increasingly disparaging Christians?”

The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.

Even when Jesus walked the earth, there were those who pretended to be righteous. They wanted to deliver Him to the power and authority of the governor. They wanted to catch Him in something so the government could contain, control, and ultimately condemn Him. But He perceived their craftiness (Luke 20:23). And so should we!Continue reading “The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.”