Should we judge the motives of others?

Not everyone who preaches Christ does so with pure motives or a pure heart. Some do so out of selfish ambition, not out of love, some even to add to afflictions of those who do preach with sincerity. But Paul says, basically, “so what?!” He will still rejoice because Christ is preached. (read Phil 1:15-18)Continue reading “Should we judge the motives of others?”

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?”

The devil doesn’t care if you know a false Jesus.

“The devil doesn’t care at all if you know Jesus or love Jesus or pray to Jesus – as long as it is a false Jesus, a make-believe Jesus, a Jesus who is not there, and who therefore cannot save.” – David Guzik, Enduring Word App John says in his letter, “Beloved, do not believeContinue reading “The devil doesn’t care if you know a false Jesus.”

Don’t allow the enemy to use past wounds for future gains

I’m sharing this previous post again today just in case someone else, besides just me, needs it….❤️ What should have been a day of relaxing and laughing with friends while tubing on the Little River in the Smoky Mountains turned into a terrifying moment for me. I had floated that river for years. The sunContinue reading “Don’t allow the enemy to use past wounds for future gains”

When Your MOOD Swings!

Have you ever had a mood swing? Have your emotions ever flip-flopped? Mine sure have! And Naomi seems to be able to relate as well! After Ruth meets Boaz, she goes home and tells Naomi all that has happened (see Ruth 2). Naomi says, “Blessed be the name of the LORD, who has not forsakenContinue reading “When Your MOOD Swings!”

They say you can’t kill a succulent

They say you can’t kill a succulent.Well, I did. And that fact, sparked what I’m about to say. I have to continually be aware of my ability to fail. The fact that they say you can’t kill a succulent, and I did, helps me know this about myself. I overwatered it. It’s dead. Likewise, ifContinue reading “They say you can’t kill a succulent”

Have you experienced this?

I know I’m slow-walking through the end of Second Timothy. It’s just so packed-full of truth that even parts of sentences stop me in my tracks. “Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world,” (2 Tim 4:9) Those who love the world, it’s comforts and pleasuresContinue reading “Have you experienced this?”

Let’s Put out the fires of wrong thinking.

Yesterday, we looked at Paul’s description of end time days being full of people who are lovers of themselves and how this self-enthroned living can lead to most of the other characteristics he lists in 2 Tim 3:1-5. I think it is important to be on guard to some of the ways the evil oneContinue reading “Let’s Put out the fires of wrong thinking.”

What to do with the sin failure of those we’ve respected.

I sat with one of my kids last night listening as he shared his dismay over the downfall of Ravi Zacharias. He had heard him at the famed Passion Conferences which has impacted thousands of college students. I won’t go into the details, but I will say that many are reeling from the news thatContinue reading “What to do with the sin failure of those we’ve respected.”

Do you know who you believe?

There will come a point, and it probably has already, when you have to ask yourself who do you believe? Maybe you ask yourself this a lot lately- Do you believe the world or God? If ever we’ve needed to resolve to be resolved about this question, it is now! The world’s truth and God’sContinue reading “Do you know who you believe?”

Nothing to FEAR

Take a slow read of these words the Apostle Paul penned so very long ago. May we take them to heart in this day. May we not live in fear, but be warned and so very careful about who we allow to speak into our lives – “If anyoneteaches otherwiseand does not consentto wholesome words,evenContinue reading “Nothing to FEAR”

Drinking and Dancing…well sorta

Drinking and dancing. Now, those topics could “open a can of worms” as we like to say here in the south. And here,in the south,in the Bible Belt,…we’ve known since we’ve known much of anything, that Baptists don’t drink and some won’t even dance. Well, not in public anyways! But THE APOSTLE Paul says, “NoContinue reading “Drinking and Dancing…well sorta”

Hold on!

As I pick up my Bible again to I Timothy, here’s Timothy, he’s Paul’s prodigy. He’s wise beyond his years and well studied in the Scriptures. He is trusted with evangelizing and teaching in the early churches in Corinth and Thessalonica. Yet, Paul feels the need to warn Timothy with strong words, “I charge youContinue reading “Hold on!”

Hold on. Do you know who you are?

Do you know who you are? I’m not talking about some enneagram number or other test to help you discover yourself. No, this is powerful.This is supernatural.And it’s TRUE. If Jesus is your Savior, YOU are the church of the LIVING GOD, the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Tim 3:15) As the churchContinue reading “Hold on. Do you know who you are?”

One way… everything else is FAKE NEWS!

Paul continues on in teaching sound doctrine and gives us the bedrock statement of our faith, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all,” (1 Tim 2:5-6) One God.One Mediator.Jesus.No other way. If we say we follow Christ, it alsoContinue reading “One way… everything else is FAKE NEWS!”

Questions I’m asking myself

If I’m trying to please men, I can’t walk worthy of the God who calls me. (Read Thessalonians 2:4-12) It’s so easy to want others to affirm us, to like us, to praise us. We long for position and power. And those in ministry are not immune. Book sales, social media likes, twitter followers, speakingContinue reading “Questions I’m asking myself”

We need TRUTH in this CRAZY world

I find myself shaking my head over and over. You too? It’s like the world has gone crazy, and all at once. Cities are being burned by rioters. And some in the media stand in front of the flames calling what’s happening “peaceful protests”. It seems we are being lied to about all kinds ofContinue reading “We need TRUTH in this CRAZY world”

Beware of those who twist Scripture for their own gain

Jesus walks into the temple and drives out those who were buying and selling there. (Luke 19:45-46) And many, who seldom talk about Scripture, point to these verses to justify the violence in our country associated with the Black Lives Matter movement rioting. But let’s not be so quick to fall for this. If weContinue reading “Beware of those who twist Scripture for their own gain”