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Norman’s Notes

Taking the Road Less Traveled:
“A verse a day keeps the enemy away and draws us closer to God!”

~ Daily Scripture Notes from Pastor Reggie ~

John 8:31-36

Posted on May 17, 2015 | 0 comments

John 8:31-36

True Freedom:  “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – As the popular saying goes, “Freedom isn’t Free” and today I simply want to remind everyone that in obedience to the Father’s will, Christ paid the price in full so that anyone who believes can truly be free! Do you know the truth for yourself? Have you been set free in Jesus’ name???

Daniel 4:31-34

Posted on May 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Daniel 4:31-34

“Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws. At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation” – Unfortunately, sometimes it takes being humbled before one recognizes the greatness and majesty of God.

Acts 12:3-7

Posted on May 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 12:3-7

“When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands” – No matter how bleak things may appear, believers should never doubt the power of prayer!

Genesis 32:22-26

Posted on May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 32:22-26

“The same night he arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” –  Beloved, when you find yourself in a difficult spot; don’t let discouragement and despair overwhelm you and cause you give up; rather, encourage yourself by remembering: the good things that God has done in your life and hold on to that truth.  For sometimes, you just have to hold on to get to the breakthrough and receive your blessing!

John 17:20-23

Posted on May 13, 2015 | 0 comments

John 17:20-23

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me” – When God’s people are on one accord, then the world will know that Jesus is real and people will believe the message of the gospel and be saved!

Genesis 3:6-13

Posted on May 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 3:6-13

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate” – In this day and age, far too many are willing to pass the buck rather than take responsibility for their actions. Beloved, don’t follow the crowd, be a true believer and let the world know that when you do wrong, the buck stops with you, you acknowledge what you’ve done and you take responsibility for your actions.

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Posted on May 11, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Timothy 2:1-4

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” – If we spent as much time praying for our leaders, as we do complaining about what they do or haven’t done, they’d probably do more of the things we’d like to see, giving us less reason to complain about their actions or inactions. Truly, it would be good to remember that prayer DOES change things!

1 Samuel 1:10-11; 19-20

Posted on May 10, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 1:10-11; 19-20

“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” … They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD” – Each of us reading these verses are an answer to a mother’s prayer. We honor all of the love and sacrifices that our mothers gave to bear us, and we thank the Lord for remembering our mothers and giving us life in His answer to their prayers. Happy Mothers Day!

2 Chronicles 34:15-19

Posted on May 9, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 34:15-19

“Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. So Shaphan carried the book to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “All that was committed to your servants they are doing. And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of the LORD, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen.” Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes” – When you discover the Bible, and let the Word of God sink into your heart and mind, it will change your life!

Luke 17:7-10

Posted on May 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 17:7-10

“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty’” – Many in the church today have forgotten that Christians are God’s servants and are supposed to be doing His will on earth and not their own. Indeed, too many have become derelict in their duty to God and sadly, expect a blessing every time they show up at a Sunday service or mid-week Bible study.

1 Kings 12:4-8

Posted on May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Kings 12:4-8

“Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you.” He said to them, “Go away for three days, then come again to me.” So the people went away. Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him” – Quite often, with age and experience comes wisdom. Unfortunately, there are times when our youthful zeal causes us to disregard such wisdom, often to our own detriment.

John 8:31-36

Posted on May 7, 2015 | 0 comments

John 8:31-36

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – As the popular saying goes, “Freedom isn’t Free” and today I simply want to remind everyone that in obedience to the Father’s will, Christ paid the price in full so that anyone who believes can truly be free!

Matthew 18:21-22

Posted on May 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 18:21-22

“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven” – If you’re being literal and keeping score until you get to 490, then you’ve missed the point of the message. Truly, each of us have sinned against the Lord well more than 490 times and God continues to love and forgive us – so go and do the same with others who have sinned against you.

Nehemiah 2:12-16

Posted on May 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Nehemiah 2:12-16

“So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the one on which I rode. I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire. Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no room for the animal that was under me to pass. Then I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the wall, and I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned. And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work” – You don’t need an audience or a crowd to do what God is calling you to do — all you really need is a willingness to take God at His word and faith in what He has shown you will come to pass.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Posted on May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Peter 1:3-9

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of your souls” – The essence of faith is believing in something and everyone can do that. However, the beauty and value of a saving faith is not just believing, but who are you believing in, the unseen God! Put your faith and trust in God my friends; that is the faith that yields eternal rewards!

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Posted on May 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” – Beloved, If you want your kids to love the Lord, then show them by your example of living for God before them and make the time to talk to them about God – its not rocket science, just common sense.

John 21:20-22

Posted on May 2, 2015 | 0 comments

John 21:20-22

“Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” – It’s very counterproductive to the Body of Christ when some Christians spend more time tearing down other believers than they do edifying fellow saints. Sadly, they do not realize that all they are doing is creating unnecessary division and strife in the body and demonstrating a very poor witness to the world at large.

2 Chronicles 18:9-13

Posted on May 1, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 18:9-13

“Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes. And they were sitting at the threshing floor at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.’” And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.’”And all the prophets prophesied so and said, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph. The LORD will give it into the hand of the king. And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” But Micaiah said, “As the LORD lives, what my God says, that I will speak” – When you speak to people, are you telling them what they want to hear (in an attempt to win favor) or are you telling them what they need to hear from God (in an attempt to bring repentance that leads to salvation)?

Ephesians 6:21-23

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Ephesians 6:21-23

“So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” – It’s important that believers share their ups and downs with one another, so others can pray for and with them. Paul had Tychicus to let others know how things were going; but nowadays we have FB, Twitter, Fellowship after service, as well as phones, texts, letters and emails to let folks know what’s going on in your life. No believer should try and be an island of isolation.  Truly my brothers and sisters, don’t be a lone ranger but rather, keep in touch with those who know and love you and are walking on the journey right beside you!

Judges 6:21-24

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Judges 6:21-24

“Then the angel of the LORD reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight. Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the LORD. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord GOD! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.” But the LORD said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites” – There are many today who live in fear, doubt and depression. But they don’t have to–knowing God’s peace can change your whole outlook on life!

Luke 1:1-4

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 1:1-4

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught” – Contrary to what some believe, the Bible was written down so that anyone could read it for themselves and have an understanding of what they’re learning. God doesn’t want people to have a blind faith; but rather, a reasoned faith that is rooted and grounded in God’s eternal and unchanging word! 

2 Kings 5:8-14

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Kings 5:8-14

“But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come now to me, that he may know that there is a prophet in Israel.” So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean” – Have you ever almost missed out on a blessing from God because you were too angry to exercise a little faith?

Titus 3:3-7

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Titus 3:3-7

“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” – From time to time, it’s good for believers to be reminded of two very important facts: (1) we all have dark secrets and have sinned in our pasts; and (2) it was God’s grace that saved us from ourselves and gave us hope for a brighter future in Him. 

Daniel 6:16-20

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Daniel 6:16-20

“Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”  And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.  Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions.  As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” – Usually, the tribulations we face are not punishments, but rather, opportunities for God to reach someone else through our situation.

Acts 16:16-25

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 16:16-25

“As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.  And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” – Most folks can praise God when His blessings are flowing…but can you keep the praises going when adversity comes to town?

1 Samuel 13:11-14

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 13:11-14

“Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the LORD your God, with which he commanded you. For then the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you” – Although we don’t think about it when we choose to go our own way, disobedience usually comes at a high price. Therefore, if you want to be established in your comings and goings; be obedient to the Word of God!

1 Timothy 1:13-16

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Timothy 1:13-16

“Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life”  – Sometimes we need to remember that we were not always in Sync with God; and that if he can save us, then he can save anyone…

Psalm 20:1-5

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Psalm 20:1-5

“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!” – Intercession is one way of showing the Lord that we care about those He cares about!

Mark 8:14-18

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Mark 8:14-18

“Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?” – One of the biggest hurdles in the church today is that so many believers attempt to discern and comprehend spiritual truths with natural understanding.

Ezra 10:1-2

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Ezra 10:1-2

“While Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly. And Shecaniah the son of Jehiel, of the sons of Elam, addressed Ezra: “We have broken faith with our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land, but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this” – As long as there is an acknowledgement of sin and a willingness to repent and return to the Lord; then there is always hope that the Lord will move and work things out!

1 Peter 4:12-16

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Peter 4:12-16

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name” – There is a difference between being persecuted for your faith and suffering the consequences of our actions. Unfortunately, many in the church today have muddled the meanings and are getting it twisted. Being persecuted for your faith means that the only thing you’ve done “wrong” is follow Christ and you’re being attacked for that. That is NOT the same as when you do wrong and have to suffer though the consequences of your actions! Reaping what you’ve sown DOES NOT mean you’re not under attack from the enemy!

Exodus 10:4-7

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Exodus 10:4-7

“Tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country, and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the land. And they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field, and they shall fill your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God. Do you not yet understand that Egypt is ruined?” – When everyone else can see the problem but you; most likely the problem is with you and not them.

Matthew 9:9-13

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 9:9-13

“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.  And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners? But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” – If successfully making the case for Christ is your goal, you’ll be sure to have flexibility in how you roll. Jesus was the same with those at the top of the social order and with those who were considered the lowest of the low in society — and if you’re going to walk in His footsteps, you’ll have to do the same.

Jeremiah 14:13-15

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 14:13-15

“Then I said: “Ah, Lord GOD, behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’” And the LORD said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed” – Attention, attention! There are false prophets in the land today; some even in pulpits! Let the Church beware; let the Church say Amen!

John 1:43-51

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 | 0 comments

John 1:43-51

“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” – People will define you based on where you come from; God will define you based on where you’re going. Therefore, on this highway called life, do not allow others to limit you based on how you began; rather let the power of Calvary show you how to reach the full potential God placed inside of you and finish strong!

Exodus 5:19-23

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Exodus 5:19-23

“The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; and they said to them, “The LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Then Moses turned to the LORD and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all” – Even when things make no sense and we don’t understand; we must yet trust in God’s perfect will!

2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Corinthians 13:11-14

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” – In this day and age, where we see so many Christians continually attacking one another and being divided over trivial things, the Church as a whole needs to go back to the basics and learn what it is to strive for unity in Christ, have sweet fellowship with each other and greet one another with Holy Kisses…

Psalm 62:1-8

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Psalm 62:1-8

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah. For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” – When it seems that you can’t go on any further, that is when you need to call on the Lord…He’s just a prayer away, so give him a call TODAY!

Titus 2:7-8

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 | 1 comment

Titus 2:7-8

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” – In many ways, Christians are our own worst enemy. When we do not practice what we preach and have unbiblical practices in the doctrines we teach, then we cannot blame Satan or anyone else as to why others avoid us like the plague. If you want people to receive your testimony, then let your witness before them be one that shows a godly lifestyle based on sound biblical doctrine.

Deuteronomy 6:10-14

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 6:10-14

“And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you” – Have you been so blessed by God that you have forgotten that the Lord is the one those manifold and abundant blessings came from?

Acts 23:12-15

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 23:12-15

“When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.  There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.  They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul.  Now therefore you, along with the council, give notice to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near” – Should ‘godly’ people be involved in plots to kill someone over differences over doctrine and theology?? If you believe that, then what is the biblical basis to justify doing ungodly things to show your godliness? What kind of witness is that???

Judges 6:6-10

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Judges 6:6-10

“And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD. When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery. And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave you their land. And I said to you, ‘I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice” This is a word to America today — we have been greatly blessed as a country by God, but as a nation, we are not following his voice! It’s time for America to repent folks!

Luke 23:32-38

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 23:32-38

“Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour win and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” – Because he was obedient; even unto death on the cross, by faith we can be forgiven in His name!

Isaiah 53:1-6

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Isaiah 53:1-6

“Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” – He who knew not sin became sin that so sinners could be set free from sin!

1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 | 1 comment

1 Corinthians 5:6-8

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?  Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.  Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” – Indeed, the stone that was rejected is now the cornerstone for faith.  Therefore, you should know that although in and of yourself, you cannot make atonement for your sins; nevertheless, if you accept the gift of Grace from God, made possible by the blood of the Lamb, you will be cleansed and now accepted in the Beloved!

Exodus 12:21-28

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Exodus 12:21-28

Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. And when you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. Then the people of Israel went and did so; as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did” – My friends, Passover is upon us…have sprinkled the blood of the Lamb on the doorposts of your heart?

Revelation 5:1-10

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Revelation 5:1-10

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” – No one else could or would do what Jesus did for us. That is why He’s worthy–Only Jesus, Him and Him alone!

Judges 16:18-22

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Judges 16:18-22

“When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands. She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison. But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved” – Beloved, when you dance around with sin, you should know that sooner or later you’re going to have to pay the piper…

2 Timothy 2:22-25

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Timothy 2:22-25

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing, in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth” – Oftentimes in our zeal to defend the faith, we may win the battle of judgmentalism and condemnation, but lose the war for the soul. Why? Simply because too often, we forget that the Lord Himself was a man of humility and meekness. Indeed, it was His gentleness and lovingkindness that drew us to him and that is how we are to be those who need to hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1 Samuel 3:3-9

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 3:3-9

“The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.  Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!”  and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.  And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.  And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.  Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place” – Even now, God is calling, but not all who need to hear understand or recognize His voice. Therefore, let us pray that God would open the understanding of the ears of those who need to hear Him today!

2 Peter 2:1-3

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Peter 2:1-3

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words” – My friends, the only way to avoid being deceived by the false prophets and teachers that can readily be found in churches and on the radio and TV today, is to read your Bible daily! Don’t let someone else tell you what the Bible says, study God’s word regularly and know what’s in the Bible for yourself

Isaiah 12

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Isaiah 12

“You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Praise the LORD, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!” – If you read these verses today, then you have at least one reason to praise the Lord! If you take a moment to reflect on what God has done in your life, I’m sure you can find quite a few more!! Don’t let the rocks cry out before you, take some time to give thanks and praise to the LORD GOD TODAY!!!

Mark 14:3-9

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Mark 14:3-9

“As he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” – Rather than think on and complain about what others aren’t doing for the poor, take it upon yourself to go out and help them—be a DOER of the Word!

Ezekiel 36:22-26

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Ezekiel 36:22-26

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh” – Sometimes, the Church needs to be reminded that it was God who brought us out, established us in new dwellings and turned our hearts and lives around – because sadly, too many in the Church today seem to have forgotten what God has done in their lives and think they turned it around all by themselves!

1 Corinthians 2:11; 1 John 2:19

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 2:11; 1 John 2:19

“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God…They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us” – Indeed, none of us really know the true heart and intentions of someone else. Truly, only time and their actions will make what is hidden in their hearts known. However, from time to time, inklings of who people really are can be seen.  Unfortunately, far too often in the world of the Church, we become so enamored with charismatic personalities that we overlook obvious signs that such “church rock stars” may not be all they appear to be. Remember Saints, while Judas walked with the Lord and was one of the twelve, in the end he betrayed him with a kiss — for as the old adage goes, “All that glitters is not gold!” 

2 Chronicles 34:1-7

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 34:1-7

“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.  And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father; and he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images.  And they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and he cut down the incense altars that stood above them. And he broke in pieces the Asherim and the carved and the metal images, and he made dust of them and scattered it over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.  He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.  And in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far as Naphtali, in their ruins all around, he broke down the altars and beat the Asherim and the images into powder and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel. Then he returned to Jerusalem” – It’s never too late (or early) to set things right, put your house in order and clean it up for the Lord!

John 8:28-32

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 | 0 comments

John 8:28-32

“When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.  As he spake these words, many believed on him.  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” – Many will hear the Word of God, but sadly, not all who hear will continue in the Word until the end. As we run this race of Christianity, we have to realize that it is not a sprint; but rather, a marathon.  Therefore my beloved, pace yourself and continue in the Word — be in it to win it and don’t give up!

1 Kings 19:13-18

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Kings 19:13-18

“And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him” – Discouragement causes us to think that we’re the only ones standing for God. But when you take a moment to stop looking at yourself, you’ll find that God has faithful servants all over, sold out to His will, just like you.

Matthew 12:33-35

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 12:33-35

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil” – No matter how hard we try to mask it, sooner or later, who we really are will eventually come out. Therefore, if you do not like who you see when you take a look in the mirror of your soul, then make the changes in your heart today, and in time, a new you will be seen both inside and out!

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 17:5-8

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” – Quite often, our condition in life is a result of the choices that we make. Therefore beloved, I pray that you choose wisely. 

Romans 5:3-5

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Romans 5:3-5

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” – He died for us when we were weak, so that through experiences and perseverance coupled with obedience to the Holy Spirit and God’s love, we can be strong In Him.

Psalm 127:1; Proverbs 3:5-8

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Psalm 127:1; Proverbs 3:5-8

“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain…Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” (Psalm 127:1; Proverbs 3:5-8) – If you want to have good and lasting success, put your faith, confidence and hope in the Lord – be not wise in your own ways, but commit and establish all you plan in the Lord!

Acts 23:16-24

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 23:16-24

“Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush, so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune, for he has something to tell him.” So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.” The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?” And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him. But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of their men are lying in ambush for him, who have bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him. And now they are ready, waiting for your consent.” So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of these things.” Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night. Also provide mounts for Paul to ride and bring him safely to Felix the governor”  – When God has an appointment scheduled for you, He’ll make sure you get there – and He’ll even send along an escort of nearly 500 soldiers to let the enemy know He aint playin!

Genesis 11:1-7

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 11:1-7

“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech” – Can you imagine how powerful the witness of the Church could be if all of God’s Children were actually on one accord, being one people, with the sole purpose of lifting up the name of Jesus??

2 Timothy 3:10-13

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Timothy 3:10-13

“You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” – Anyone trying to tell you that Christians will not have setbacks, challenges, trials and/or persecutions either doesn’t know their Bible, or simply isn’t being honest with you.  Believers should know two things: (1) that in this life, Tribulations will come; and (2) that God is able to deliver them out of each and every one!

Psalm 100

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Psalm 100

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” –Believers should have a testimony of joy because they know all that God has done for them. When believers do otherwise, they either do not know or have forgotten what God has done!

Luke 13:10-14

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 13:10-14

“Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day” – When leaders in the Church become so angry and indignant over the timing of God’s miracles, it makes you wonder if they ever even know the Lord!!

1 Samuel 10:1-7

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 10:1-7

“Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head and kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you to be prince over his people Israel? And you shall reign over the people of the LORD and you will save them from the hand of their surrounding enemies. And this shall be the sign to you that the LORD has anointed you to be prince over his heritage. When you depart from me today, you will meet two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has ceased to care about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’ Then you shall go on from there farther and come to the oak of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand. After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying. Then the Spirit of the LORD will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. Now when these signs meet you, do what your hand finds to do, for God is with you” – When you allow the Holy Spirit to come into your heart, then God will clean you from the inside out and turn you into a new person.

Acts 1:12-14

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 1:12-14

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” – If the church wants to see more of the move and power of God in these dark and evil days, then its leaders need to be on one accord and unified in prayer.

1 Chronicles 28:1-4

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Chronicles 28:1-4

“David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions that served the king, the commanders of thousands, the commanders of hundreds, the stewards of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the seasoned warriors. Then King David rose to his feet and said: “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God, and I made preparations for building. But God said to me, ‘You may not build a house for my name, for you are a man of war and have shed blood.’ Yet the LORD God of Israel chose me from all my father’s house to be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father’s house, and among my father’s sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel” – Rather than complain about what you did not do, give thanks to the Lord for what he gave you the grace to do. When we complete God’s purpose in our lives, there is contentment, joy and a sense of fulfillment!

Acts 9:11-19

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 9:11-19

“And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened” – In today’s world, there are so many who are blind…but yet so few who will go and help the blind receive their sight. Yes, God’s grace is amazing; but it’s up to His children to take it to those who need it! Are YOU available for the Lord so that God can open someone else’s eyes?

Micah 2:1-5

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Micah 2:1-5

“Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. Therefore thus says the LORD: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster. In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, “We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! To an apostate he allots our fields.” Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the LORD” – When you do wrong and oppress others, not only is God watching you, but your actions can bring ruin to your entire family!

Romans 12:9-18

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Romans 12:9-18

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” – Here in Romans, Paul give us a few house rules that the Church seems to forget from time to time!

Jonah 2:1-6

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Jonah 2:1-6

“Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish,  saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.  You threw me into the depths, into the heart of the seas, and the current overcame me. All Your breakers and Your billows swept over me. But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple. The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, LORD my God!” – What will it take for God to get your full attention?? Make it easy for yourself, seek Him earnestly BEFORE calamity comes!

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God” – Most of us find a way to justify whatever it is we do. Yet God’s judgment is not based on our self-interests, but on what is right and true.  Therefore when the Lord renders judgment, not only will it be perfect, but it will also bring to light the real motivation behind our actions.

Genesis 24:12-21

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 24:12-21

“And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.” She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not” – Beloved, when you pray, don’t be afraid and speak in generalities; but rather be bold and petition God in specifics! For If it matters to you, then it may well matter to God!!

2 Timothy 4:2-4

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Timothy 4:2-4

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” – Sadly, as I look across the Church today, it appears that the time Paul of spoke in these verses is already here. Therefore, it’s more important than ever that the faithful study and know their Bibles and live and practice what they preach: so that the truth of the Gospel can be seen and known by those looking for hope in these dark and evil days!

Proverbs 1:8-16

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Proverbs 1:8-16

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse”— my son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood” – Beloved, give careful attention to who you spend your time with — for it could have life-altering consequences!

Matthew 2:13-16

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 2:13-16

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men” – When God sets the ball in motion, you can’t stop it; no matter how hard you try.

Ezra 5:2-5

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Ezra 5:2-5

“Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God that is in Jerusalem, and the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.  At the same time Tattenai the governor of the province Beyond the River and Shethar-bozenai and their associates came to them and spoke to them thus: “Who gave you a decree to build this house and to finish this structure?”  They also asked them this: “What are the names of the men who are building this building?”  But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews, and they did not stop them until the report should reach Darius and then an answer be returned by letter concerning it” – Sometimes, you can’t let others distract you from what God has told you to do; you just have to trust in the Lord and get it done!

Matthew 2:11-14

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 2:11-14

“And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.  And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.  Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”  And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt” – God is always speaking, sometimes even in dreams; but the real question is, are you always listening?

Micah 5:2-4

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Micah 5:2-4

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth” – It doesn’t matter whether you’re small or great, or what others think of you; all that matters is what God thinks of you and who God says you are!

John 4:9-19

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 | 0 comments

John 4:9-19

“The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet” – If you are going to start a walk with God, the first, and most important, step; is to be honest with Him. Sometimes though, folks who have been walking with the Lord for a while, forget the importance of honesty.

Jeremiah 38:17-20

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 38:17-20

“Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If you will surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then your life shall be spared, and this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. But if you do not surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.” King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I am afraid of the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest I be handed over to them and they deal cruelly with me.” Jeremiah said, “You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the LORD in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared” – We all have to make choices in life; thus when you choose, don’t let your fears point you to a foolish choice; but rather, let God lead you and choose wisely.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe” – Well, since 2012 has come and gone, its obvious that the Mayans’ predictions that the world would end in that year was not true after all.  So I guess the Mayans were not as all knowing as so many have made them out to be?  Hmmm…and now that you know the Mayans have been proven wrong (no surprise there, right?), perhaps it’s time for you to consider listening to the Word of God?

Genesis 18:8-15

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 18:8-15

“Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.   They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah.  So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?”  The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’   Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”  But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. He said, “No, but you did laugh” – You know, it’s ok to be able to admit when you’re wrong…ESPECIALLY since God already knows that you’re wrong.

Luke 19:36-40

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 19:36-40

“And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.  As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives— the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”  He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” – Are you spending more time complaining about what God isn’t doing than praising Him for what he’s already done?  Are the stone crying out while you remain silent?  If so, it might be time to stop with the complaining and get your praise on!!

Exodus 32:1-2

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Exodus 32:1-2

“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”  So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me” – My friends, faith is not about seeing; it’s about believing. The Israelites lost faith because they wanted a God they could see; despite the fact that they all had just witnessed His miraculous powers with their own eyes, as He delivered them out of the bondage of Egypt. Sadly, many believers today fall into the same trap, and make for themselves gods of gold, silver, ivory and wood.

Acts 6:1-7

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 6:1-7

“Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.  And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.  These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.  And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith” – Everyone has a place and a purpose in the Body. The church works best when everyone understands their role and is at their post!

Jeremiah 44:15-18

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 44:15-18

“Then all the men who knew that their wives had made offerings to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great assembly, all the people who lived in Pathros in the land of Egypt, answered Jeremiah: “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you. But we will do everything that we have vowed, make offerings to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we did, both we and our fathers, our kings and our officials, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, and prospered, and saw no disaster. But since we left off making offerings to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine” – Sadly, a stubborn and rebellious people will refuse to accept the fact that it is their own actions of disobedience and rebellion against God that puts them in the condition they find themselves in and continually complain to the Lord about. 

1 Timothy 5:17-20

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Timothy 5:17-20

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear” – With all of the highly publicized church scandals involving pastors and/or teachers we see far too often, it’s easy to overlook the faithful servants of God who are dedicated to the work of the ministry and are getting it done without fanfare or incident.  If the pastor and/or teacher of your church is faithful in word and in deed, then every now and then just let them know that you appreciate the work they’re doing.

Job 1:4-5

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Job 1:4-5

“His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually” – Men, part of your duty as being a father is to pray over and intercede for your children; and you must do this regularly and continually. Pastors, this also applies to you in regards to your congregation as well!

Ephesians 5:15-21

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Ephesians 5:15-21

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” – How do you think others see your witness and walk with Christ?  Are you a joyful person, thankful for life and full of love? Or do they see the opposite: A grouchy, always complaining person who’s hard to get along with? Remember friends, how you walk with the Lord is the witness for Christ you leave with others!

2 Kings 22:15-20

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Kings 22:15-20

“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me,  Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read.  Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched.  But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard,  because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the LORD.  Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place’” – God will hear a heart that is truly contrite and actually repentant!

1 Timothy 1:3-7

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Timothy 1:3-7

“As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.  The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions” – Not everyone is called to teach. Therefore, one should carefully examine their motives and use spiritual discernment before embracing the ministry; otherwise they risk going out in their own strength and giving God a bad name, speaking on things they do not know or understand! 

Genesis 29:21-27

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 29:21-27

“Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.”  So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast.  But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her.  (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.)  And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”  Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.  Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years” – Beloved, don’t be surprised when the deeds we’ve done to others land on our doorstep – because sooner or later, we all reap the harvest from the seeds we’ve sown.

Philippians 4:8-9

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Philippians 4:8-9

“Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you” – Saints, when pastors and teachers encourage you to do good things in accordance with scripture, listen to them…but if they are not practicing what they preach; then don’t follow their teaching or let them deceive you and lead you astray!

2 Chronicles 5:11-14

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 5:11-14

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets): It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God” – When God’s people get on one accord, they make a beautiful, joyful noise – a symphony of praise and worship that can usher in the presence of God almighty!

Revelation 2:12-17

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Revelation 2:12-17

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.  “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.  So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” – Although this rebuke was written to the Church of Pergamum centuries ago, I would venture to say that there are a more than a few churches in this day and age that God is speaking to right now about this very thing! Could your church be one of them???

Genesis 38:13-19; 24-26

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Genesis 38:13-19; 24-26

“And when Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,” she took off her widow’s garments and covered herself with a veil, wrapping herself up, and sat at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she had not been given to him in marriage.  When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.  He turned to her at the roadside and said, “Come, let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?”  He answered, “I will send you a young goat from the flock.” And she said, “If you give me a pledge, until you send it—”  He said, “What pledge shall I give you?” She replied, “Your signet and your cord and your staff that is in your hand.” So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.  Then she arose and went away, and taking off her veil she put on the garments of her widowhood. … About three months later Judah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has been immoral. Moreover, she is pregnant by immorality.” And Judah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned.”  As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please identify whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.”  Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again” – Before getting so self-righteous and rushing to condemn another, make sure you are not being a hypocrite and guilty of committing the same sins!

Luke 24:18-27

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 24:18-27

“Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” – Sadly, many Christians ignore the Old Testament, and yet, Jesus clearly shows us that “Moses and the Prophets” have prophetic gems waiting for us to discover. If you want to be thoroughly grounded in Scripture, spend some quality time in the Old Testament!

Numbers 13:27-33

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Numbers 13:27-33

“And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.  However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.”  But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”  Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”  So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.  And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them” – How big or small you see the challenges before you really comes down to how big or small you see your God!

Luke 10:38-42

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 10:38-42

“While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “LORD, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her” – In your walk with Christ, are you overly anxious and easily distracted by things that don’t matter that much in the overall scheme, or are you doing the needful and necessary things and striving to make the right choices?

1 Samuel 30:3-6

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 30:3-6

“And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God” – As we live our lives, there will be times of sorrow and great tragedy…but even in the depths of our grief and anguish, when it seems that all have turned against you, it is in those dark hours that the believer has to reach out in faith and find strength in the Lord our God!

Romans 12:3-8

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Romans 12:3-8

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the standard of one’s faith; if service, in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness” – Everyone has a gift; that is why in the Body of Christ, we’re all important to one another. Encourage each other to walk and live in their God given gifts so that we minister one to another in love and the world can see the reality of the Love of Christ.

Joshua 9:8-16

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Joshua 9:8-16

“They said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” Then Joshua asked them, “Who are you and where do you come from?”  They replied to him, “Your servants have come from a far away land because of the reputation of the LORD your God. For we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt,  and all that He did to the two Amorite kings beyond the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan, who was in Ashtaroth.  So our elders and all the inhabitants of our land told us, ‘Take provisions with you for the journey; go and meet them and say, “We are your servants. Please make a treaty with us.”’  This bread of ours was warm when we took it from our houses as food on the day we left to come to you. But take a look, it is now dry and crumbly.  These wineskins were new when we filled them, but look, they are cracked. And these clothes and sandals of ours are worn out from the extremely long journey.”  Then the men (of Israel) took some of their provisions, but did not seek the LORD’s counsel.  So Joshua established peace with them and made a treaty to let them live, and the leaders of the community swore an oath to them.  Three days after making the treaty with them, they heard that the Gibeonites were their neighbors, living among them” – Even when you THINK you know the way to go, it’s always best to seek the Lord’s counsel just to be sure, so that you KNOW you’re in harmony with the will of the Lord!

Luke 18:18-27

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 18:18-27

“And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’”  And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.”  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.  Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”  Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?”  But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” – Friend, there is nothing wrong with being rich…as long as you remember that money is a great tool, but a horrible god that cannot save!

Deuteronomy 12:8-9

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 12:8-9

“You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes, for you have not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance that the LORD your God is giving you” – It is good for the church to be reminded that before people came to the Lord, each one did according to his own mind. Therefore, the body of Christ should not expect or demand that people coming to see what living for the Lord is about should live according to the Lord because they have not yet come into the full knowledge of God. If that seems unreasonable, just take a minute to remember how your life was before coming to God and then it will all become clear once again…

Mark 8:34-38

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Mark 8:34-38

“And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” – There are two things a believer must know. The first is that you can’t buy your way into heaven, no matter how rich you are. The second is that the road less traveled, the one that has suffering, the one with the cross, is the one the true believer must take. Unfortunately, many may find the right road, but few are willing to take it because they’re unwilling to endure for the sake of the cross and think that they can simply buy their way out of suffering. That is not how it works.  Friend, when you come to that fork in the road, remember money can’t buy salvation and enduring suffering for His sake leads to eternal life in the end!

Numbers 16:20-27

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Numbers 16:20-27

“And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?” And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.” Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.” So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram” – Sometimes, avoiding calamity can be as simple as not keeping bad company or by moving away from a bad situation when the Lord lets you know that it’s time to go.

John 18:35-38

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 | 0 comments

John 18:35-38

Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”  Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world— to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him” – Many people claim to know of Jesus; but sadly, very few truly understand his purpose for coming to earth or even take or make the time to listen to the truth of which He speaks; even in the church!

Ezra 6:6-11

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Ezra 6:6-11

“Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your associates the governors who are in the province Beyond the River, keep away. Let the work on this house of God alone. Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. Moreover, I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God. The cost is to be paid to these men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province from Beyond the River. And whatever is needed—bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests at Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made a dunghill” – When you put your faith and trust in God, not only will He will move on your behalf and silence your adversaries, but he will also supply you with all of the resources you’ll need, so that you can complete what He’s called you to do!

Matthew 22:15-22

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 22:15-22

“Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away” – There are some, even within the church, who may appear to be spiritual, but secretly have another agenda that is more political than it is of God. Friends, don’t be deceived, but rather beware of those who will seek to try and twist everything in the church into a political talking point. Sadly, looking at the church today, it seems that such folk are succeeding in getting many in the church to give to Caesar the things of God. Beloved, if Jesus kept the church and state separate, then so should we — Keep politics out of the church!

2 Kings 23:1-3

Posted on Jan 25, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Kings 23:1-3

“Then the king sent, and all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem were gathered to him. Then the king went to the LORD’S temple with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, as well as the priests and the prophets — all the people from the youngest to the oldest. As they listened, he read all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the LORD’S temple. Next, the king stood by the pillar, and made a covenant in the presence of the LORD to follow the LORD and to keep His commands, His decrees, and His statutes with all his mind and with all his heart, and to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book; all the people agreed to the covenant” – No matter who you are or what you’ve done in the past, you can always begin anew with God. All it takes is to read his Word to in order to know what he expects, repent from the things you have done and commit to walking anew with the Lord! Why wait, rededicate yourself to God today!!

Philippians 4:10-13

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Philippians 4:10-13

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:10-13) – Indeed, most folks can say “Thank you, Lord” when things are going well; but not all do the same when things are tough. Truly, into each life, a little rain must fall; but our thankfulness to God shouldn’t stop because there are clouds in the sky and we can’t see the sun. For just as the sun is still there behind the clouds, God has promised never to leave or forsake us!

Judges 2:8-13

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Judges 2:8-13

“And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110 years.  And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.  And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.  And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.  And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger.  They abandoned the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth” – Parents, if we do not teach our children about the Lord and His ways, after we are gone, it is very possible that they will be influenced by the world and turn away from the Lord and begin to worship other gods!

Revelation 2:2-5

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Revelation 2:2-5

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” – My brothers and sisters, if it seems that your walk with Christ is lackluster or maybe even stagnant, it may well be that you have fallen away from your first love. If that is the case, then perhaps it’s time to repent, renew your commitment to Him and fall in love with Him all over again!

2 Chronicles 35:20-23

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 35:20-23

“Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out to meet him. But he sent envoys to him, saying, “What have we to do with each other, king of Judah? I am not coming against you this day, but against the house with which I am at war. And God has commanded me to hurry. Cease opposing God, who is with me, lest he destroy you.” Nevertheless, Josiah did not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but came to fight in the plain of Megiddo. And the archers shot King Josiah. And the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am badly wounded” – How many of us bring destruction in our lives because we refuse to recognize the move and the hand of God?

Matthew 7:1-5

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 7:1-5

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” – Quite often, because we are so quick to judge others, we are unable to see the obstacles in front of us and the ditches in our own paths. Indeed, we need to stop worrying about pebbles in the paths of others and spend more time focusing on the road we’re traveling on so we can avoid the boulders and pitfalls we don’t see ahead of us because we’re too busy looking at others’ walk so intently! And if we truly want to be more fruitful and productive in our own walk and our own ministries, then we need to stay in our lanes and pay attention to the road in front of us and stop trying to determine what others are doing and where they’re going!!

Deuteronomy 4:1-6

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 4:1-6

“And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you. Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at Baal-peor, for the LORD your God destroyed from among you all the men who followed the Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the LORD your God are all alive today. See, I have taught you statutes and rules, as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do them in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people” – The knowledgeable and understanding person is the one who knows that people should not try and add to or subtract from God’s word; and the wise man or woman is one who knows that knowing, keeping and obeying God’s commandments is true wisdom indeed!

Matthew 25:32-40

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 25:32-40

“Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” – Be mindful of how you treat others; for God is watching, always watching…

Judges 2:20-23

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Judges 2:20-23

“So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he said, “Because this people has transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, in order to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not.” So the LORD left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua” – In the face of difficult times, rather than complain that God is not fixing everything for you; perhaps you should realize that oftentimes He allows some of the challenges we face so we can be tested and hopefully learn and grow from the trials we’re enduring…

Ephesians 6:12-17

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 | 0 comments

Ephesians 6:12-17

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” – If you plan to win the war, then you must be properly armed for the battle!

Isaiah 1:3-6

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Isaiah 1:3-6

“The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding trough, but Israel does not know; My people do not understand.” Oh sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the LORD; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs on Him. Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling? The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick. From the sole of the foot even to the head, no spot is uninjured— wounds, welts, and festering sores not cleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil” – Sadly, some people will go through hell and then some and STILL refuse to come to the Lord. Hopefully this passage isn’t stepping on YOUR toes and you know when enough is enough and already have (or will) humble yourself before God.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” – In this day and age, the reality is that sex sells. Nevertheless, if we are to live for God, we cannot simply conform to the standards of the world, but rather, believers must strive to be holy for the God we serve is Holy. Regardless of what others say, Holiness is yet right!

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel” – If your desire to be a leader of God’s people, then you must first learn to be a follower of God, then become knowledgeable in his Word and finally you must be a Keeper of His Word!

Acts 1:4-5; 8

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 1:4-5; 8

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now … But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” – Far too often, Believers are trying to do God’s work in their own strength; rather than wait for the leading and unction of the Holy Spirit to come upon them and empower them to do God’s will. Victory will be yours if you wait on Him to make the way before you!

Psalm 3

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Psalm 3

“O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah. But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah” – Do you find yourself being attacked from every side and there doesn’t seem to be a way of escape? Are those closing in on you already rejoicing at your defeat? When it seems that all is lost, that is when you have to hold on to God the most. Trust in Him and know that He will not let you be overcome or defeated! Know that God will be your shield and that the Lord’s deliverance and blessings will be upon His people!!

Galatians 5:16-18

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Galatians 5:16-18

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” – Beloved, there is a war within and either the Flesh or the Spirit will win. It’s one or the other; you can’t live by both. Moreover, no matter how long we have been walking with the Lord or how deep and spiritual we believe ourselves to be, we all have that internal struggle and how we wage that war determines the degree that we emulate Christ in our daily lives. Finally, while believers may lose skirmishes and battles here and there from time to time, they should not be not discouraged or feel defeated, because in the darkest hour of need, God can help them find the strength in Him to walk by the Spirit victoriously and win the war!

Malachi 3:4-6

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Malachi 3:4-6

“Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts. “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” – If you find yourself in need of having someone in your corner; then you would do well to live right in accordance with the laws of God. Then you will have a sure witness who cannot be bought and will not change His standard of truth and righteous living. When God is pleading your case, you can trust that you will not be consumed!

Luke 8:11-15

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Luke 8:11-15

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” – The question we all must answer is what is the condition of our heart towards the things of God? Is it Way side, Stony, Thorny or Good Ground? If the condition is not where it should be, then its time to get to work!

2 Kings 6:15-17

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 | 0 comments

2 Kings 6:15-17

“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” – Very often, there are things going on all around us that we do not realize because we look, but do not see. Today, I pray that the Lord will increase your faith so that your eyes will be opened and that you can take a deeper look at things happening around you and see what’s been right in front of you all along…

Matthew 13:24-30

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Matthew 13:24-30

“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” – Because we all share this earth together, we should not be so quick to uproot folks who we think are weeds because in doing so, we may inadvertently uproot the wheat we were supposed to be nurturing.

1 Chronicles 22:7-14

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 | 0 comments

1 Chronicles 22:7-14

“David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided“ – Because we love our Children, we as parents strive to do all that we can to give them the tools and resources they need to succeed. However, no matter how much we do for them, we cannot lives their lives for them, nor can we make the walk of faith for them – that they have to do on their own. Truly, the best we can do for our children is to do as David did for Solomon: Walk the talk ourselves and charge our children to live for God and the rest is on them!

Romans 8:35-39

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Romans 8:35-39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” – When things are out of sorts and seem to be spinning out of control, it’s easy to forget that the Lord is right there with us. Truly, it is in these times of crisis that we must return to Romans and remind ourselves that no matter what is going on, God is still in control and nothing can separate us from the Love of Christ; nothing at all!

Ezekiel 18:20-22

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Ezekiel 18:20-22

“The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live” – While man judges on appearances, God judges according to righteous judgment tempered by his mercy. Indeed, while one may be able to mislead others as to their true intentions, God looks at the heart. Therefore, true repentance can mean the difference between life and death; so make sure you’re actually striving to change, because you can’t fool God!

Acts 2:44-47

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Acts 2:44-47

“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” – When there is true unity and oneness in the Church, wants disappear, needs are met, joy and contentment flourish and the body of Christ continues to grow!

Lamentations 3:21-24

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 | 0 comments

Lamentations 3:21-24

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him” – If you are reading this, the Lord has been merciful to you and you have been blessed to see a new year. Keep hope alive everyday and make the best of this unspeakable gift called life by reaching higher heights in God in 2015. Happy New Year from the Friendship Community Church Family!!

Romans 10:13-15

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Romans 10:13-15

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” – For many people, Christmas is simply a paid day off from work, or, if they have to work, double-time pay. If we who are called by his name, do not go out and tell people what Christmas is really about, then they never will know. Therefore, let us be true to the calling that we’ve been given and be faithful messengers and witnesses unto the Lord and preach the message of Redemption and Salvation through the gospel which began with the birth of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 9:6-7

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Isaiah 9:6-7

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” – The best gift at Christmas isn’t found under the tree. The everlasting Father has given us His son, but we have to receive Him by faith into our hearts, and then we’ll understand the true meaning of Christmas! Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours!

John 6:5-13

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 | 0 comments

John 6:5-13

“Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten” – Because God already knows what He is going to do, He isn’t dependent on our resources — indeed, He has more than enough within Himself to accomplish His will!  Sadly, too often, we in the Church limit what God is able to do because we look at situations based on our own limited resources, rather than the boundless depths of the Lord!

1 Chronicles 16:8-14

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Chronicles 16:8-14

“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Israel his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth” – Sad to say and see, but sometimes, especially during the Christmas season, so many saints get caught up in what they want, that they forget to be thankful for what they ALREADY have! I pray you are not one of the unthankful ones; but rather, my beloved, are continually giving thanks unto the Lord for the blessings He’s already poured into your life and praising Him for the blessings yet to come!

Philippians 4:4-7

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Philippians 4:4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – When you can rejoice in the Lord, you will be reasonable; and when you are reasonable, you will not be anxious; and when you are not anxious, you will be prayerful; and when you are prayerful, you will be thankful; and when you are thankful, you will be at peace and on guard to stay at peace. Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Thessalonians 2:11-13

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Thessalonians 2:11-13

“For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” – What separates believers from others is the Word. Everyone else rejects the Word as a work and vehicle of man used to control others…but believers, true believers, know and understand that the Bible is THE Word — God’s Word to mankind that has the innate power to create new life in those who choose to believe by faith!

Numbers 17:1-8

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Numbers 17:1-8

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, and get from them staffs, one for each fathers’ house, from all their chiefs according to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs. Write each man’s name on his staff, and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers’ house. Then you shall deposit them in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you. The staff of the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid Myself of the Israelites’ complaints that they have been making about you.” So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and each of their leaders gave him a staff, one for each of the leaders of their ancestral houses, 12 staffs in all. Aaron’s staff was among them. Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the tent of the testimony. The next day Moses entered the tent of the testimony and saw that Aaron’s staff, representing the house of Levi, had sprouted, formed buds, blossomed, and produced almonds!” – When God’s people have their doubts about what should be done, rather than squabble amongst themselves, they should simply ask God – for he will surely reveal His will and make His choice known clearly to all…

James 2:14-19

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 | 0 comments

James 2:14-19

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” – We all know that without faith you will not believe on the Son of God. However, if after you have believed and come into a newness of life, and you’re not willing to do the work of sharing your new life with others, you might want to make sure that your faith was truly alive at the at the start or were you simply running on an emotional high?!?

Acts 7:51-60

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 7:51-60

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.” Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep” – Forgiveness: Jesus did it at Calvary; Stephen did it in Jerusalem; but the question is will YOU (or can you) forgive those who are persecuting you? And if not, you should know that you will not find forgiveness when you are in need of the same…

1 Samuel 15:24-31

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 15:24-31

“Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin and return with me that I may worship the Lord.” And Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” As Samuel turned to go away, Saul seized the skirt of his robe, and it tore. And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the Lord your God.” So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the Lord.” – When you are more concerned with what people think, rather than focusing on whether or not you’re obeying God — the end result will be an Epic Fail for you!

1 Peter 4:8-11

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 | 1 comment

1 Peter 4:8-11

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” – In Church, we are to love and serve one another continuously. All of us have something to contribute because God has blessed each one with a gift. So no one should be the bench, never hoping or expecting to contribute; but rather, everyone is to be in the game, either on the field or on the sidelines about to enter the field; working in harmony with each other, to the praise and glory of God!

Jeremiah 7:2-7

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 7:2-7

“Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’ “For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever”A true preacher will tell you the truth and not mislead you with deceptive words! Truly, if you’re going to walk with God, then you have to be with God and if you’re going to be with God, then you MUST do as He says – it’s THAT simple; and that’s the TRUTH, so help me God!

1 Thessalonians 1:4-8

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Thessalonians 1:4-8

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything” – One sign of a true disciple, is that they will go out and share their faith in order to create more disciples. Indeed, it’s a wonderful thing to come to know God for yourself; but the greater work is to bring to others that same knowledge so that they in turn become disciples and go out and share what was given to them!

Deuteronomy 34:1-5

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 34:1-5

“Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD” – Oftentimes, in the will of God it is not for us to cross over, but rather for us to be strong in the Lord and do all that we can, so that those following us can make it over. Consider a few of the last words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”

Romans 14:1-6

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 | 1 comment

Romans 14:1-6

“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God” – Church, why are we arguing over things that matter very little in the whole scheme of things? If we are to truly be a people of God, then let us stop majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors!

2 Chronicles 26:16-20

Posted on May 31, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 26:16-20

“But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the LORD who were men of valor, and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the LORD God.” Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the LORD, by the altar of incense. And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the LORD had struck him” – Beloved, stay in your OWN lane! Be content with such as you have and avoid the pitfalls of being motivated by the envy of what others are doing and of making success your primary goal. For when you make the pursuit of success your primary goal, quite often, that path may lead to pride, which will, more often than not, lead to a disastrous and humbling fall!

Acts 5:25-29

Posted on May 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 5:25-29

“And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men” – Beloved, in this walk of faith with the Lord, there will be times when the trying of your faith will require you to make the hard call. Therefore, make sure that as you walk with him you are also strengthening your relationship with God so when you have to make that hard call, you also know He will answer you in your time of need!

2 Samuel 24:2-4

Posted on May 29, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Samuel 24:2-4

“So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, “Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.” But Joab said to the king, “May the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel” – A true friend will not simply be a yes man (or a yes woman) and rubber stamp what they know to be wrong; but rather, will speak the truth in love — even when they know that their counsel may not be considered or even heard at all.

Romans 13:1-4

Posted on May 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Romans 13:1-4

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” – Just one word for today: VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Let Your Voice be Heard!! Have Your Say In Who Governs Over You!  No Excuses!!! If you Don’t Vote today, then Don’t Complain Tomorrow!!  

Genesis 4:8-14

Posted on May 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 4:8-14

“Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me” – The sad thing about Cain and Abel is that Cain was not sorry that he killed his own brother, but rather that he felt the consequences of his actions were too harsh – and so it is with some people today; who are neither repentant or remorseful about the wrongs that they have done!

1 Corinthians 10:6-12

Posted on May 26, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 10:6-12

“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” – One can avoid many unnecessary troubles and heartaches by learning how not to repeat the mistakes of others (or even their own mistakes). Indeed, it is foolish to think you can repeat mistakes from the past and expect a different outcome. Therefore, one would be wise to watch and learn from what has already been done before, rather than to repeat what has been done before and fall into the School of Hard Knocks!

Jeremiah 6:16-19

Posted on May 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 6:16-19

“Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’ Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them. Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not paid attention to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it” – The more things change, the more they remain the same. As it was yesterday, so it is today. Israel continually rejected God’s pleas to change and as a result they suffered the consequences for their disobedience. And so it will be with all those today who hear God’s Words, but pay them no mind…Choose wisely my friend as the ball has been put in your court!

Matthew 10:7-13

Posted on May 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 10:7-13

“And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you” – So how did God’s servants go from the Apostles going out in Jesus’ name, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, raising the dead and doing other miracles for FREE in Biblical times; to Pastors and Teachers today going out in their own name, preaching the gospel and demanding and receiving honorariums today??? Lord Have Mercy, What changed Saints!?!?!? Perhaps it’s time for the Church to go back to Bible 101 and figure it out!!!

1 Samuel 16:4-7

Posted on May 23, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 16:4-7

“Samuel did what the Lord commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably? And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” – When one chooses style over substance, they should not be surprised when things end up not being what they seem. If you want to end up with a better group of people around you, then follow the Lord and look to the heart of those who you bring into your inner circle…Indeed, while it is true that there is a time and place for appearance and style, remember that quality and character are ALWAYS on time!

1 Corinthians 12:14-18

Posted on May 22, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 12:14-18

“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” – One of the biggest problems in the Church today, is all of the divisions and schisms that come from a lack of understanding of this passage. Again, God arranges the members of the body as HE chooses; not as man desires!

Psalm 35:1-8

Posted on May 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 35:1-8

“Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help! Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!” Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me! Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away! Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them! For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life. Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!” – A word of intercession and encouragement for my brothers and sisters in the faith everywhere who are in the midst of trials — Know that no weapon formed against you shall prosper and I pray that the enemy’s plans and intentions against you be thwarted, by the power of the holy spirit in Jesus’ name; AMEN!!!

John 5:2-9

Posted on May 20, 2014 | 0 comments

John 5:2-9

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath” – One reason why many do not improve their situations, is quite simply because they do not recognize the bridge to a better life that God puts right in front of them…

Jeremiah 42:12-17

Posted on May 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 42:12-17

“I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land. But if you say, ‘We will not remain in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the LORD your God and saying, ‘No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we shall not see war or hear the sound of the trumpet or be hungry for bread, and we will dwell there,’ then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there, then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die. All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. They shall have no remnant or survivor from the disaster that I will bring upon them” – Contrary to a popular, yet false, belief: there ARE consequences for willful disobedience to the expressed Word of God; even for God’s people! Therefore, stay in God’s will even when it doesn’t make sense; that is what faith is all about!

Matthew 18:26-31

Posted on May 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 18:26-31

“So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place” – Are you giving to others the same mercy which you have received yourself; or do you mistakenly believe you did it all on your own and justify being heartless and unmerciful to others? No matter who you are, or how high or low your station in life may be; sooner or later, we ALL reap what we sow!

Numbers 20:2-5

Posted on May 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Numbers 20:2-5

“Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink” – Do you find yourself contending against the Lord when things don’t go your way? If so, then you’ve reached Meribah and take it from me, that is NOT a good place to be! Instead of grumbling against the Lord when times are tough, trust in Him, even when things are not going according to YOUR plan, and soon you will find yourself thanking and praising him and that you’ve left Meribah far, far behind!

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Posted on May 16, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Timothy 2:1-8

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” – Many in the church do not want to hear this, but the truth remains that Christians are to be intercessors for all in authority, including those who you may not agree with politically. Remember, Christ prayed for each of us, even when we were in rebellion against Him!

Judges 9:16-20

Posted on May 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Judges 9:16-20

“Now therefore, if you acted in good faith and integrity when you made Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house and have done to him as his deeds deserved— for my father fought for you and risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian, and you have risen up against my father’s house this day and have killed his sons, seventy men on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his female servant, king over the leaders of Shechem, because he is your relative— if you then have acted in good faith and integrity with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you. But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and devour the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the leaders of Shechem and from Beth-millo and devour Abimelech” – When you repay kindness with evil, deception and treachery, you should be aware that the same will eventually find its way to your own doorstep.

Acts 24:1-5

Posted on May 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 24:1-5

“And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul. And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” – When the world cannot refute the truth that you speak and live, don’t be surprised when they start making up stuff to tarnish your witness in their desperate attempt to diminish your powerful witness and testimony; but rather, hold your peace and let the Lord fight your battles and victory will be yours!

1 Kings 12:20-24

Posted on May 13, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Kings 12:20-24

“And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah only. When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, ‘Thus says the LORD, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives the people of Israel. Every man return to his home, for this thing is from me.’” So they listened to the word of the LORD and went home again, according to the word of the LORD” – Although many things happen that we do not completely understand, ultimately, if you are going to take God at His Word, then you have to know that all things happen according to God’s plans and purpose and therefore, you must trust in His infinite and perfect wisdom.

Matthew 7:3-5

Posted on May 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 7:3-5

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” – Quite often, we are unable to see the obstacles in front of us and the ditches in our own paths, because we are simply too busy worrying about pebbles in the paths of others! If you want to be more fruitful and productive in your walk, spend more time focusing on yourself than on everyone else; Stay in YOUR OWN lane!

Genesis 3:1-5

Posted on May 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 3:1-5

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” – Brothers and Sisters, if you do not read and study your Bible, then you really won’t know what God said. Don’t rely on second hand information — make time each day to read the Bible for yourself so that you will not be deceived by anyone!

Acts 19:32-34

Posted on May 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 19:32-34

“Meanwhile, some were shouting one thing and some another, because the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. Then some of the crowd gave Alexander advice when the Jews pushed him to the front. So motioning with his hand, Alexander wanted to make his defense to the people. But when they recognized that he was a Jew, a united cry went up from all of them for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” – Mobs are defined by two things: ignorance and irrationality. Don’t be a follower of the crowd; rather be calm and informed, knowledgeable and full of self-control.

Exodus 5:20-6:1

Posted on May 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Exodus 5:20-6:1

“They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.” But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” – When the Lord makes a promise to move on behalf of His people, that doesn’t necessarily mean He’ll fix everything overnight. Don’t be discouraged and don’t lose hope. Rather, trust in the Lord and keep the faith as you wait on the Lord to fulfill His Word — and know that he always keeps His promises!

John 14:26-27

Posted on May 8, 2014 | 0 comments

John 14:26-27

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” – The difference between the world’s peace and God’s peace is quite simple: the world’s Peace is a temporary calm, one that can be readily undone by the next storm to hit. However, the peace of God, not only surpasses the understanding of man, but will continue and remain, even during and after the next storm and the one after that; because quite simply, God’s peace doesn’t end. This is why true believers do not fear death, as they know it’s simply the transition from this life to the next, with the peace of God moving right along with them into eternity. If you’ve never experienced God’s peace, there is no time like the present, so what are you waiting for? Make your peace with God today!

Genesis 31:8-12

Posted on May 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 31:8-12

“If he said, ‘The spotted shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me. In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’ And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you” – Oftentimes, because things don’t change the moment we run into persecution, we mistakenly believe that God is blind or uncaring to our misfortune. Beloved, that is so far from the truth! In times of distress, you have to remind yourself that God sees all and knows all; and take comfort in knowing that at the appointed time, God WILL move in our situation!

John 8:3-8

Posted on May 6, 2014 | 0 comments

John 8:3-8

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground” – Sadly, in our zeal to correct and/or condemn others, quite often, we overlook our own failings and sins…

Psalm 78:3-7

Posted on May 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 78:3-7

“Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” – If we want our children to love and know God, we have to teach them – and believe me, they’ll best learn from following the examples we live before them!

Luke 7:12-15

Posted on May 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 7:12-15

“As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother” – A little compassion can make a profound change in the life of others. Don’t just say the things Jesus said, but also do the things that Jesus did! As Jesus had compassion on others, those who say they are His disciples should desire to do the same!!!

Ezekiel 11:17-21

Posted on May 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Ezekiel 11:17-21

“‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD” – Beloved, choices have consequences — so it’s important not to simply act on feelings or emotions, but rather to think about the choices you make. And as a rule of thumb, keep in mind that yielding to God brings restoration and blessings; resisting God, not so much.

Romans 7:15-19

Posted on May 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Romans 7:15-19

“For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do” – The reality is that EVERBODY sins. This does not excuse or justify our sins, but rather, simply showing that we all need the Lord’s grace to save us, for none of us walk on water or are without sin!

Numbers 14:1-4

Posted on May 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Numbers 14:1-4

“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt” – Its only when you lose trust and faith in God, that you try to convince yourself that going backwards is the right thing to do! Friend, no matter how bad things look, hold on to God’s unchanging hand and keep on moving forward!

1 Samuel 30:3-6

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 30:3-6

“And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God”  –  As we live our lives, there will be times of sorrow and great tragedy — but even those troubling times, as we wrestle in the depths of our grief and anguish, and when it seems that all have turned against you (sometimes even close family and friends), it is in those dark hours that the believer must reach out in faith and find renewed courage and strength in the Lord our God!

Colossians 3:15-16

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Colossians 3:15-16

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” – If believers want to have a powerful witness and testimony, then they must have the peace that comes from knowing and walking with Christ,  and receiving the wisdom that comes from His Word—both which only come from a regular discipline of prayer, study of the Word and fellowship one with another.

Luke 12:35-38

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 12:35-38

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants!” – How are you spending your days while the Lord is away? Are you watching, waiting and ready for his return; or are you stumbling around in darkness, sleeping and unprepared? Beloved, don’t be ashamed and caught unawares when the Lord returns; indeed, the choice is yours — make ready today!!

2 Chronicles 16:7-10

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 16:7-10

“Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time. – No matter who we are or how long we’ve been walking with God, from time to time, we all fall short. Therefore, when the Lord sends us a word of correction, don’t be mad, just be thankful that he loves you enough to chastise you and repent.

Acts 20:33-35

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 20:33-35

“I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive” – When I listen to so many believers talking about “what God is gonna do for them”, it would appear that many in the church today have either never read these verses or are considering others before themselves. Again, Jesus said it’s better to give than receive; so rather than spend all your time waiting for God to bless you, how about being a blessing to someone else today.

Genesis 39:21-23

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 39:21-23

“But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. The warden put all the prisoners who were in the prison under Joseph’s authority, and he was responsible for everything that was done there. The warden did not bother with anything under Josephs authority, because the Lord was with him, and the Lord made everything that he did successful” – No matter how bad things got, Joseph made the best of it and was blessed by the Lord. Can you say you’re doing the same? Instead of complaining and blaming, how about rejoicing in tribulation and trusting God to work it all out for your good (as the Bible teaches us)!

Psalm 147:7-11

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 147:7-11

“Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love” – Beloved, before you open your mouth to ask the Lord for more stuff, perhaps you should take some time to thank Him for the things he’s already blessed you with?

Acts 18:9-11

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 18:9-11

“Then the Lord said to Paul in a night vision, “Don’t be afraid, but keep on speaking and don’t be silent. For I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to hurt you, because I have many people in this city.” And he stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them” – From time to time, everyone in ministry gets discouraged and needs some support. In that regard, this is just a reminder to all of God’s faithful servants to be encouraged in your ministry and know that the Lord is with us and will strengthen us in all we do. Therefore my beloved, take heart, stay in the race and press on to the finish line!

Genesis 15:1-4

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 15:1-4

“The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward will be very great. But Abram said, Lord God, what can You give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? Abram continued, Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir. Now the word of the Lord came to him: This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir” – It’s ok to have doubts, as long as you work through them with the Lord.

3 John 1:9-10

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 | 0 comments

3 John 1:9-10

“I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us. This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church”How do you treat your fellow believers? Do you receive them in the Lord’s name? Or do you slander them with gossip and rumors? Further, do you have contempt for those who are willing to do for the Lord what you are not? Remember, God is watching!

Luke 23:32-38

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 23:32-38

“Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour win and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”Because he was obedient; even unto death on the cross, by faith we can be forgiven in His name!

1 Kings 8:38-39

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Kings 8:38-39

“Whatever prayer or petition anyone from Your people Israel might have — each man knowing his own afflictions and spreading out his hands toward this temple — may You hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and may You forgive, act, and repay the man, according to all his ways, since You know his heart, for You alone know every human heart” – When you come before the Lord in prayer; be sincere; for God already knows what’s in your heart. While one can appear to be and sound pious in prayer; if their heart doesn’t agree with their words, know that God is not swayed by insincerity, but responds according to the heart!

James 1:22-25

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 | 0 comments

James 1:22-25

“Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works — this person will be blessed in what he does” – Nowadays, lots of folk hear the Word, but sadly, not all who hear, will go out and DO the word. Be a doer of the word; and make the world a better place – one good deed at a time.

Psalm 142:3-6

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 142:3-6

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path. In the way where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. Look to the right and see; For there is no one who regards me; There is no escape for me; No one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living. Give heed to my cry, For I am brought very low” – When everyone else abandons you; don’t lose heart, because God will not forsake you!

2 Chronicles 34:18-22

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 34:18-22

“Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book” – Before there can be revival, there first must be Repentance!

Mark 1:4-6

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 1:4-6

“John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were flocking to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins. John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey” – Don’t judge a book by its cover, as God’s truth can be spoken by the strangest of messengers!

Song of Solomon 4:9-11

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 | 0 comments

“You have captured my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace. How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride. Your love is much better than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam. Your lips drip sweetness like the honeycomb my bride” – Love and marriage is a beautiful gift from God. Don’t be so spiritual that you miss it or begin to take the gift for granted

John15:21-24

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 | 0 comments

John15:21-24

“They will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin. Now they have no excuse for their sin. The one who hates Me also hates My Father. If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father” – No Excuses!

Isaiah 6:6-8

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Isaiah 6:6-8

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed and your sin is atoned for. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me” – The Lord is looking for volunteers; will you go?

Revelation 3:19-21

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Revelation 3:19-21

“Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne” – Shh–listen carefully. Did you hear that? Jesus is softly knocking at the door of your heart. Will you let him in?

2 Chronicles 31:1

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 31:1

“Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to his possession” – In order for there to be true repentance, there must be a change in one’s heart, which will bring a change in the status quo. If you want to walk in the power of the resurrection of Jesus, then put away the things that deny His power!

Mark 9:38-41

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 9:38-41

“John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward” – Many in the Church today don’t realize that God has followers all over; even in denominations different from their own. Truly, people are not saved by whether or not they agree with your theology, but rather or not they agree with Christ.

Psalm 78:18-20

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 78:18-20

“They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”If the Lord has delivered you and brought you out yesterday, then why do you doubt that He is able to deliver you, meet your need and/or keep you from all hurt, harm and danger today?

John 15:9-12

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 | 0 comments

John 15:9-12

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” – There is a popular song from the 60s, by Hal David and Burt Bacharach titled “What the World Needs Now is Love”. Yet, it is also true that the Church needs love too. Today, let each of us commit to obeying the Lord, abiding in His love and loving one another: for when we do, we witness to the world, what the love they’re desperately searching for really is!

Galatians 1:6-9

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Galatians 1:6-9

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed” – Beware that you are not led astray by false prophets, false teachers and/or false apostles! Salvation is found through Faith in God’s Grace though Jesus Christ and in none other; period!

Genesis 5:21-24

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 5:21-24

“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” – Truly, there are many pursuits a person can follow after here on earth: Love, riches, fame, fortune, family, etc. But the best thing that one can ever hope to attain is to know and walk humbly with God. May your walk with God be blessed today.

Philippians 2:1-5

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Philippians 2:1-5

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” – Every Christian should know that its not about them, but always about someone else. We were put here to love and serve others, so that through our ministering, they can see the love of God for themselves.

Psalm 66:16-20

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 66:16-20

“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!” – One of the reasons people tune believers out is because they’re too busy telling others what’s wrong with them, rather than sharing their personal testimony of God turned their lives around! Testify saints and let people know the goodness of the Lord by telling them what he’s done for you!!!

Luke 4:22-24; 28-29

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 4:22-24; 28-29

“And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown…When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff” – When you faithfully share the Word of Truth and it cuts the heart, oftentimes, even people who ONCE considered you a friend will turn on you in an instant.

1 Corinthians 12:14-18

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 12:14-18

“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” – One of the biggest problems in the Church today, is all of the divisions and schisms that come from a lack of understanding of this passage. Again, God arranges the members of the body as HE chooses; not as man desires!

Jonah 3:9-4:2

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Jonah 3:9-4:2

“Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster”Are you the type of believer who wants God to be merciful to you, but not to others? Don’t you know that God loves the people you don’t?

Hebrews 10:22-25

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Hebrews 10:22-25

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” – As the world gets crazier and crazier, that should cause God’s people to draw nearer to one another rather than forsaking each other.

Revelation 11:9-12

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Revelation 11:9-12

“For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them” – No matter how bad things look, it’s not over until GOD says its over! Be encouraged today!!

1 Corinthians 7:17-20

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 7:17-20

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called” – Generally, when God calls you to service, He wants you to operate in the sphere of influence where you are already known: for your testimony and witness for Christ has the greatest impact on those who best know you.

Mark 2:24-26

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 2:24-26

“And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” – Generally speaking, superficial holiness has no practical purpose or application in the real world.

Jeremiah 42:4-6

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 42:4-6

“Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.” Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the LORD your God sends you to us. Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God” – Everyone says they’ll obey the Lord…but not everyone is actually doing it. Count the cost of the decisions and choices you make BEFORE committing yourself and breaking the vows you made!

Luke 18:6-8

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 18:6-8

“And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” – Now we know that there are lots of Bible scholars around these days, but Saints, can the Lord get a witness???

Acts 26:25-27

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 26:25-27

“But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe” – The gospel is not madness and is never preached in secret. It’s proclaimed openly so that people will openly and unashamedly embrace it…

Deuteronomy 15:7-9

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 15:7-9

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin”Remember, do not condemn; but rather, be considerate and compassionate towards those who have fallen on hard times.

Philippians 1:14-18

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Philippians 1:14-18

“And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice” – Regardless of the motivation and works of others, if you are sincere about your witness for Christ, then God will be glorified and you should rejoice and let the Lord work His will.

Numbers 14:42-45

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Numbers 14:42-45

“Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies. For there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following the LORD, the LORD will not be with you.” But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed out of the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to Hormah” – Insisting on pushing forward when God has already said stop will only end in disaster…

James 1:2-4

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 | 0 comments

James 1:2-4

“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” – As we all know, life is full of tests; even for Christians. However, what many believers seem not to understand is that a successful walk with Christ is not the one that strives to avoid life’s tests; but rather, a walk that faces tests in faith, knowing that Christ is right there with them, helping them to pass each and every one.

Mark 9:21-24

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 9:21-24

“And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” – No matter who you are, there are things that we all struggle with and have not been able to overcome. However, though the power of the Holy Spirit, we CAN gain the victory, but we have to first acknowledge that we need God to help our unbelief.

1 Kings 12:22-24

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Kings 12:22-24

“But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, ‘Thus says the LORD, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives the people of Israel. Every man return to his home, for this thing is from me.’ ”So they listened to the word of the LORD and went home again, according to the word of the LORD”The Lord does not always act in the way that we think or understand. That is why we must have faith to trust that God knows best and wisdom to obey His will; even when we can’t make sense of the move of God.

Luke 17:11-19

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 17:11-19

“On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well” – We all have been blessed by the Hand of God; but sadly, few of us are truly giving him the Thanks and the Praise for what He has done in our lives!!

Mark 13:32-37

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 13:32-37

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake” – Of course, we do not know the exact day or hour when the Lord will return, but that does not mean we should become so caught up in numerous distractions available today that we forget to stay awake as Jesus commanded us! Beloved, don’t get so caught up in the cares of this world that you are deceptively lulled into a slumber!! Keep your mind sharp and your eyes focused, paying attention to the signs of the time, so that you are ready when the Lord comes down!!!

Mark 10:17-21

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 10:17-21

“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” – Being a good person and doing good things are great; but the true test of character and faith is whether or not you’re willing to truly follow the Lord!

2 Chronicles 32:6-8

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 32:6-8

“And he set combat commanders over the people and gathered them together to him in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah” – For the believer, the key to overcoming impossible odds is to not despair based on what you see, but rather to keep your focus on God and know that He will help you fight your battles and the Victory will be yours!

2 Chronicles 32:1-5

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 32:1-5

“After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and intended to fight against Jerusalem, he planned with his officers and his mighty men to stop the water of the springs that were outside the city; and they helped him. A great many people were gathered, and they stopped all the springs and the brook that flowed through the land, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?” He set to work resolutely and built up all the wall that was broken down and raised towers upon it, and outside it he built another wall, and he strengthened the Millo in the city of David. He also made weapons and shields in abundance” – Never forget that after we put our faith and trust in the Lord, the enemy will come against us to try and test our proclaimed faith. So rather than be alarmed when the trial comes, use the time you have wisely to fortify yourself and be prepared, knowing that God is on your side, come what may!

John 13:34-35

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 | 0 comments

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” – One of the problems plaguing the Church at large today, is that they have forgotten this simple, but most important commandment. Sadly, too many in the church spend more time arguing over doctrine, theology, worship style and other things that have very little to do with keeping the Lord’s commandment to love one another…Lord have mercy on and help your children today!

1 Samuel 14:24-28

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 14:24-28

“And the men of Israel had been hard pressed that day, so Saul had laid an oath on the people, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food until it is evening and I am avenged on my enemies.” So none of the people had tasted food. Now when all the people came to the forest, behold, there was honey on the ground. And when the people entered the forest, behold, the honey was dropping, but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the oath. But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath, so he put out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes became bright. Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint” – Truly, it is not wise to be rash! For when you are, you generally make things difficult and more complicated than they have to be; not only for yourself, but also for those committed to trying to help you!

Colossians 2:16-23

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Colossians 2:16-23

“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” – Beloved, be mindful as to who and what you associate yourself with, even within the Church. For there are many who teach experiences and traditions as if they were as equal to scripture: things that actually have no basis in scripture, no bearing on your walk and spiritual growth and should not be a part of the worship service whatsoever!

Psalm 119:97-104

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 119:97-104

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way” – As you start to meditate on and study the Word regularly, you will find yourself wiser and readily able to avoid the traps and pitfalls that ensnare the wicked so easily…

1 Chronicles 16:8-13

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Chronicles 16:8-13

“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Israel his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones!” – Truly, God has done some wonderful things; but oftentimes believers tend to forget the moves of God in their lives, because their focus and attention is elsewhere. Beloved, this should not be! If you are spending more time complaining to God about what has yet to come to pass than you are being thankful and content for what he has done and is doing in your life today, then you need to correct that starting now!

Matthew 25:19-23

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 25:19-23

“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” – As we all are servants for the Lord, the key to successful servanthood is NOT to compare oneself to others (or to be in a competition with them); but rather, to commit to doing the best you can with what God has given YOU!!

Jeremiah 6:16-17

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 6:16-17

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken” – Sadly, many believers find themselves in more hardship than God intended them to have—but here’s the thing: you can’t blame the Lord for all of the hardships you are facing if you repeatedly refuse to listen to His voice and defiantly choose not to walk in the good way He’s laid out for you!!!

Judges 16:15-18

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Judges 16:15-18

“And she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies.” And when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death. And he told her all his heart, and said to her, “A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up again, for he has told me all his heart.” Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hands” – Be mindful of who you share your innermost secrets with…especially when the folks asking you to trust them have repeatedly proven to NOT have your best interests at heart!

Ruth 1:15-18

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Ruth 1:15-18

“And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more” – As a believer, you should strive to live a life (and by proxy, have a testimony) where those who do not know God will want Him to be their God based on how you live YOUR life in honor to Him!

Luke 9:23-26

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 9:23-26

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” – Far too often, many Christians forget that Jesus clearly stated that we have to take up the cross DAILY as we follow him. Indeed, we can’t be so caught up in the things of this world that we lose sight of the end game, which is to be with the Lord eternally. Therefore, remember to keep your eyes on the prize of eternity with Jesus, and take up your cross and follow him each and every day!

John 3:3-9

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 | 0 comments

John 3:3-9

“Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”Having spiritual understanding is not simply a matter of trying to sound deep with catch phrases and buzz words…rather it is allowing the newness of life in Christ to fashion and shape how you live your life to please God and also loving your neighbor as yourself!

Luke 16:10-12

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 16:10-12

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” – If your desire is to be used by God for his glory in ministry, then you must prove to be faithful in those things that none but God can see; then the Lord who sees you secretly will reward you openly!

John 12:23-26

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 | 0 comments

John 12:23-26

“And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him” – Through his example of self-sacrifice, Jesus shows us that in order to win, we must be also willing to lose…thus, if one would desire to be a TRUE servant of Christ, he must also be willing to die to himself, in order to bear much fruit — both in this world and in the world to come…

Nehemiah 1:2-4

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Nehemiah 1:2-4

“Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire. As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven” – When we hear of the distress of others, we should not be callous and unsympathetic; but rather, the first and least we can do is to pray for God to move in their struggles!

Obadiah 1:1-4

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Obadiah 1:1-4

“The vision of Obadiah. Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised. Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, Who will bring me down to the ground? Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the LORD – Beloved pride is not a good thing to trust in at all. For whether it be a Nation or a person, God will truly humble the prideful and bring them down low.

Numbers 14:40-45

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Numbers 14:40-45

“And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “ Here we are. We will go up to the place that the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.” But Moses said, “Why now are you transgressing the command of the Lord, when that will not succeed? Do not go up, for the Lord is not among you, lest you be struck down before your enemies. For there the Amalekites and the Canaanites are facing you, and you shall fall by the sword. Because you have turned back from following the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.” But they presumed to go up to the heights of the hill country, although neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed out of the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and defeated them and pursued them, even to Hormah” – When you know that the path before you is not the one that God has for you, then you should also know that going down that road will have no good end!

Luke 1:13-17

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 1:13-17

“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared” – When you pray for something, pray with all faith and expectation that God will hear and answer your prayer!

Luke 21:34-36

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 21:34-36

“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man” – Beloved, don’t get so caught up in the things of this world, the day to day grind (that we all must do) or other things that really don’t matter; so much that you’re caught off guard and are taken by complete surprise when what really matters, the day of the Lord, comes upon you unawares! Watch and Pray at all times!!!

John 10:24-28

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 | 0 comments

John 10:24-28

“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” – Do you know who you are listening to? Who are you following?? There are lots of voices out there, so you need to be sure that the one you’re following is truly speaking for Jesus and not about themselves. If you’re not sure, then examine their works – to whom do their works bear witness to, themselves or to the Lord Jesus Christ???

Amos 5:21-24

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Amos 5:21-24

“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” – When we allow injustice to flourish in the land, then we cannot expect the Lord to be pleased with whatever else we do. If we want God to be pleased with our ministries and offerings, let us start by opening the floodgates of justice so that righteousness can flow throughout the land!

Psalm 46:10-11

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 46:10-11

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” – Have you ever considered that one of the main reasons that you may not know God as well as you would like is simply because you’re moving too fast??? Slow down, be still and get to know the Lord thy God!

Leviticus 19:32

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Leviticus 19:32

“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD”One thing that is sorely lacking among young people today is respect for the elders. The way I see so many kids disrespect their parents and other elders nowadays is simply beyond belief. I know I’m an elder myself now, but even when I was young wanna be hoodlum, I STILL had respect for the elders, because I was raised that way. Moreover, its no surprise when you see so many young people in and out of trouble with the law today — quite simply because since they have no respect for their parents and other elders at home, that lack of respect just continues to lead them as they leave the house and go on into society at large. SMH!

Joshua 4:5-7

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Joshua 4:5-7

“And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” – If we want our children to know and understand our faith, then we have to live it before them and we must also take the time to explain and teach it to them.

James 2:14-18

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 | 0 comments

James 2:14-18

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” – Brothers and Sisters, if you’re going to state that you’re a follower of Christ, then you must actually walk in His footsteps and do the works that he did! Indeed, Jesus never came across a person in need and kept going. In the same manner, when God brings those in need across your path, don’t keep going, stop and help as you are able!! Otherwise, your “faith” may be as dead as a doornail!!!

1 Thessalonians 5:13-22

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Thessalonians 5:13-22

“Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” – When it comes to giving us direction and instruction on how to live our lives in a way that pleases God, the Bible is pretty clear and easy to understand. Unfortunately, men get involved, add their two cents, and what God intended to be simple has now become complicated and quite convoluted. SMH!!!

Jonah 3:1-5

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Jonah 3:1-5

“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them” – Before the people of Nineveh could repent, Jonah had to do his part and go and share the word. If you’re wondering why some of those you love haven’t given their lives to the Lord, it may well be that you haven’t done your part and shared the Word of God and His Love with them yet!

Proverbs 31:24-31

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Proverbs 31:24-31

“She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates” – Brothers, if you have a Proverbs 31 Woman, hopefully you’re acknowledging her more than just on Valentines Day…Otherwise, you might be going about it in the wrong way!

Psalms 67

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalms 67

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!”Beloved, no matter what is going on today or even if seems as if the day has gotten away from you, it’s never too late to pray for God’s favor, to praise him for what’s He’s doing in your life and to ask for His blessings to be upon you for the remainder of the day!!!

Matthew 6:1-4

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 6:1-4

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” – When you do the right thing, make sure your motivation is simply because it’s the right thing to do; not because you want others to see what you’re doing. Remember, others can’t see your true motivations, but God does and if you’re doing it for show, the Lord will let you know that he truly sees all and that He doesn’t give out brownie points!

Matthew 5:17-20

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 5:17-20

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” – Indeed, Jesus did not ignore or dismiss the Old Testament (i.e., the Law and the Prophets) and neither should the church today. And while we are under grace in the New Covenant through Christ, the fact remains that if the church today continues to hold the Law and the Prophets in the same regard as did the Pharisees (they preferred their traditions over God’s word), many in the Church may find themselves on the outside looking in when the Lord returns for His saints!

2 Chronicles 33:10-13

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 33:10-13

“The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God” – Oftentimes, we bring unnecessary hardship into our lives and the lives of our loved ones, simply because we refuse to listen and submit to God. Beloved, don’t be like King Manasseh; rather, do yourself a good turn and seek the Lord and His forgiveness and favor now, BEFORE your pride and stubbornness leads to disastrous consequences!

Ezekiel 36:25-27

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Ezekiel 36:25-27

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” – Beloved, are you tired of the way things are and unhappy with the direction life seems to be taking you? If so, and you truly want to be changed — then you have to let God have His way in your life and He will cleanse you from the inside out!

Matthew 15:12-14

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 15:12-14

“Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit” – Beloved, be careful who you submit yourselves to and who you follow after. More importantly, DO NOT blindly follow anyone; but rather, make sure whoever you decide to follow is TRULY following Christ! Otherwise you have no one to blame if you should find yourself at the bottom of a pit, looking up for a way out!!

John 8:3-11

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 | 0 comments

John 8:3-11

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more” – You ever notice how quick so many saints are ready to condemn others who fall short, but disappear when they are reminded of their own failings? The next time you find yourself ready to stone someone for their failings, perhaps you should remember that rather than hurl stones at you for your failings, the Lord shed his blood to save you from your sins!

Exodus 35:24-29

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Exodus 35:24-29

“Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought it as the LORD’s contribution. And every one who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work brought it. And every skillful woman spun with her hands, and they all brought what they had spun in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen. All the women whose hearts stirred them to use their skill spun the goats’ hair. And the leaders brought onyx stones and stones to be set, for the ephod and for the breastpiece, and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense. All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD” – Sadly, far too many in the Church have forgotten that in the Lord’s service, one should give freely as they are moved in their hearts by the Lord…and NOT from guilt or compulsion.

Revelation 12:13-17

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Revelation 12:13-17

“And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea” – When things become difficult, don’t think it strange, but remember that we DO have an enemy that wages war against the Saints of God!

Judges 6:11-16

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Judges 6:11-16

“Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.” And Gideon said to him, “Please, sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” And the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the LORD said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man” – What matters most is not how we think of ourselves, but rather, how the Lord sees us in His eyes!

Acts 5:35-39

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 5:35-39

“And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you are about to do with these men. For before these days Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice” – Indeed, only what you do for Christ will last, so make sure that the purpose and motivation behind all that you do, is to please the Lord who called and saved you!

John 5:2-9; 14

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 | 0 comments

John 5:2-9; 14

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids — blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, ” Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked…Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” – We all know that God is a healer and a deliverer, but the question remains, why do some of us go back to the things that we’ve been delivered from, when we know where those things will take us??? When the Son has set you free, do your part, stay free and don’t turn back to the slavery of sin!

Psalm 149:1-5

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 149:1-5

“Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds” – Contrary to the erroneous perception of some, Christianity is NOT a dead, monotone faith. It is vibrant and full of jubilation and life! And when a believer stops and reflects on all of the Goodness that God has done in their lives, they can’t help but break out in a song of praise! Clap those hands and give Him the praise, somebody!!!

Exodus 12:29-32

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 | 0 comments

Exodus 12:29-32

“At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said. Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!” – In the end, after all the plagues and loss of life, Pharaoh finally asks for a blessing, which perhaps could have been his in the beginning had he simply obeyed God’s command. Friend, don’t let stubbornness and pride cause you to lose a blessing and suffer loss. Harden NOT your heart when you hear His voice, but rather, simply obey and say “Yes, Lord!”

John 11:45-48

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 | 0 comments

John 11:45-48

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him, but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation” – You know, the Pharisees did not deny that Jesus performed miracles; rather, they resisted that change that witnessing and hearing of Jesus’ miracles required them to make — that is, acknowledge that Jesus is real and to believe that he was the only begotten son of God the Father. In a similar vein, today there are all types of signs to let people know that Jesus is real, but just like the Pharisees of old, people continue to resist the truth and not believe. Friend, if you find yourself in this mindset, I beg of you, don’t be a Pharisee! I pray today that you would turn your heart over to the Lord and let God have His way in your life while it is yet day!

John 10:10-16

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 | 0 comments

John 10:10-16

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd” – As you strive to find your way to the peace of the pasture, who will you trust to help you get there, a thief, a hireling or the Good Shepherd?

Psalm 40:1-5

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Psalm 40:1-5

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told” – When all hope seems lost, that is when God will find us! People will fail you time and time again, but you can trust and depend on God!! Many will say they’re all that, but God, only God is the Real Deal; none can compare with God and that is why I sing!!!

Genesis 31:6-12

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 31:6-12

“You know that I have served your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me. If he said, ‘The spotted shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore spotted; and if he said, ‘The striped shall be your wages,’ then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father and given them to me. In the breeding season of the flock I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream that the goats that mated with the flock were striped, spotted, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob,’ and I said, ‘Here I am!’ And he said, ‘Lift up your eyes and see, all the goats that mate with the flock are striped, spotted, and mottled, for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you” – Everyone has a job, whether it be staying at home, working at a company, or for the youth, going to school; we all have to work. And if it should be that we are not appreciated for the work we do, or are being mistreated at our workplace, do not lose heart, for God is not blind and He sees all!

Luke 19:20-26

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 19:20-26

“Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” – A Word to the wise: If you do nothing with all that God has gifted and blessed you with, be aware that even that which you come upon on your own, even that little will be lost in the end.

Exodus 8:1-7

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 | 0 comments

Exodus 8:1-7

“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’ ”And the LORD said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!’ ” So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt” – Because evil has its own dark way of imitating good, one has to be wise and discerning so they are not deceived by counterfeits and fakes!

John 2:13-16

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 | 0 comments

John 2:13-16

“The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade” – It’s sad to say, but there are some churches today that allow similar trading of merchandise and goods as mentioned in the gospels and as a result, stand in dire need of the Lord coming in and driving such merchandisers out and cleansing the House of God!

Exodus 4:10-12

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Exodus 4:10-12

“But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak” – When you are unsure of yourself and are wrestling with self-doubts, that is when you need to turn it over to God and let Him give you the strength and confidence you need to overcome whatever stumbling block that stands in your way!

John 6:1-6

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 | 0 comments

John 6:1-6

“After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do” – Indeed, God already has a plan and knows what He’s going to do about the challenges you face, but nevertheless, we are tested to see if we are willing to move in faith and let God work through us by our faith in Him. Therefore, the question one should be asking in times of trial and testing is not “Is God able?”, but rather, “how am I doing when my faith is being tested??

Genesis 34:20-23

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 34:20-23

“So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, “These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters. Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people—when every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. Will not their livestock, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us” – Beloved, don’t be so quick to join yourself with folks who talk a good game; because truly, not everyone saying they want to be your friend always has your best intentions at heart!

Acts 19:28-32

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 19:28-32

When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul’s companions in travel. But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. And even some of the Asiarchs, who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater. Now some cried out one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together”  – When you get caught up in following the crowd; beware, as you may find yourself in the midst of confusion that most involved have no idea what’s really going on. Not to mention that you may also seriously damage your own witness by being at the wrong place at the wrong time!

Romans 1:16-17

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Romans 1:16-17

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” – In this age of political correctness, when so many are reluctant to stand up for the Gospel to avoid offending others, let me say here and now that I stand with Paul and many others and am NOT ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and if no one else believes it, I KNOW that it continues to be the Power of God that will lead to salvation for ANYONE who would take that step of faith and believe it!

Genesis 40:20-21

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 40:20-21

“On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand” – When your birthday comes around this year, flip the script and do something radical – give gifts to others and be a blessing to someone else, rather than expect everyone else to bless you!

Isaiah 5:1-4

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Isaiah 5:1-4

“Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?” – The Lord’s song of the vineyard still rings true in the lives of so many today. Truly, God has given us everything we need to succeed and be fruitful, but yet so many continue to live very unfruitful lives that continually yield wild grapes (sour). Indeed, if we want to see better harvests in our lives, then the first step is to stop blaming God for our plight and use the gifts, talents and abilities he’s given us for His glory (and not our own). Then we can begin to live lives that yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness!

Mark 12:28-34

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Mark 12:28-34

“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” – When you come to understand that God is more concerned about people and how you’re treating them, than He is about how much you are sacrificing and giving in tithes and offerings, then truly, you are not from the truth of the heart of God!

2 Peter 1:5-8

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 | 0 comments

2 Peter 1:5-8

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” – As a Christian, it should be your desire to be a faithful and effective witness for the Lord. As Peter points out, you reach that goal by adding to and building upon your faith with the seven qualities of godliness that will help you cross the finish line. And if you find yourself lacking in one or more them, don’t become discouraged and quit, but rather, pray to the Lord for His grace to move in those weaker areas so that at the appointed hour, you will be full and complete, lacking nothing!

Exodus 17:9-13

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 | 0 comments

Exodus 17:9-13

So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword” – True friends are those who not only will stand with you in your hour of need, but those who will also keep standing with you until the victory has been won!

Daniel 3:16-20

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Daniel 3:16-20

“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace” – Everyone can stand for God when things are going well; but the face of adversity is the true test of one’s faith and commitment to Christ! Will the Lord still be your God when things DON’T go as you planned???

John 5:24-25

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 | 0 comments

John 5:24-25

“I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life. “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” – Through His word, God is speaking every day; but the real question remains: are you listening to what He is saying???

Genesis 27:19-24; 41

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 27:19-24; 41

“Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.” But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the LORD your God granted me success.” Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.” So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him. He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.” … Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob” – No matter how cool and how slick you think you are; sooner or later, your lies will find you out!

Matthew 9:20-22

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Matthew 9:20-22

“And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well” – There are times when the answer to a problem is right in our reach – indeed, all God wants us to do is to reach out in faith and grab it!

Genesis 5:21-24

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 5:21-24

“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” – Sadly, some folk don’t realize that you can walk with God and still have time to be there for your family. That’s how Enoch was able to have other sons and daughters and STILL have a walk with God that was so tight that eventually God just took him on up! Word to the Wise!!!

Acts 1:21-26

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Acts 1:21-26

“So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles” – Of all of the qualifications that churches should consider when choosing a leader, the most important one, i.e., is this person GOD’s choice? doesn’t seem to matter in the minds of many churches today. Thus, all of the leadership dysfunctions we see in so many churches today should come as no surprise!

Genesis 20:1-5

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 20:1-5

“From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this” – It’s a sad day and a poor witness when those outside the faith operate with more integrity and honesty than those inside the Church!

Genesis 19:15-17

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Genesis 19:15-17

“As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away” – Oftentimes, we find ourselves swept up in the mess swirling all around us because instead of moving forward and getting out, we keep lingering around and looking back! My friend, let this be the year, that when God lets you know that its time to move on, that you take heed to His leading, get thee out and don’t look back!!

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you” – Because Justice is important to God, it should also be just as important to those who know and follow his Word!

Luke 10:25-29

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 10:25-29

“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” – If you have to ask that question, then you will probably ignore the plight of your neighbor when God shows you who your neighbors are…

Proverbs 3:5-8

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Proverbs 3:5-8

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” – If you’re not already doing this, now is the time to make this the one resolution for 2014 that you can actually keep – Trust in God and let him direct your paths in 2014!!

1 Corinthians 2:6-8

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 2:6-8

“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” – When the Word of God is shared, knowledge and true wisdom is given…Yet the problem is that many folks fail to understand the depths of God’s wisdom being shared with them. Let this new year be one in which you recognize and receive the timeless and priceless wisdom that the Lord is trying to impart to you!

Luke 6:46-49

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Luke 6:46-49

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great” – Whether it was good or bad, 2013 has now come to an end and you endured, praise the Lord! Now the question you have to answer for yourself is what kind of foundation will you build upon in 2014? Will it be deep and founded upon the rock; or in the ground with no foundation at all? Happy New Year, my friend; and choose wisely!!!

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 | 0 comments

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” – When you are interacting with those outside of the Church, are you more apt to be a reconciliator or a rebuker???

Acts 24:1-5

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Acts 24:1-5

“And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul. And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying: “Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight, most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. But, to detain you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. For we have found this man a plague, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes” – When the world cannot refute the truth you speak and live, don’t be surprised when they start making up stuff to tarnish your witness in their hope to diminish your witness and testimony; but rather, hold your peace and let the Lord fight your battles!

John 18:35-38

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 | 0 comments

John 18:35-38

Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world— to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him” Many people claim to know of Jesus, but sadly, very few truly understand His purpose for coming to earth or actually listen to the truth of which He speaks!

1 Kings 12:20-24

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Kings 12:20-24

“And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah only. When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, 180,000 chosen warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God: “Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, ‘Thus says the LORD, You shall not go up or fight against your relatives the people of Israel. Every man return to his home, for this thing is from me.’” So they listened to the word of the LORD and went home again, according to the word of the LORD” – Although many things happen that we do not completely understand, ultimately, if you believe the Word, then you have to know that all things happen according to God’s purpose and trust in his infinite wisdom.

John 5:2-9

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 | 0 comments

John 5:2-9

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath” – One reason why many do not improve their situations, is quite simply because they do not recognize the bridge to a better life that God presents to them…

Luke 2:15-20

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Luke 2:15-20

“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them” – If you now understand what Christmas is truly all about, then you, have a duty and an obligation to make it known to others; just as the Shepherds did!

Isaiah 9:6-7

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Isaiah 9:6-7

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” – The best gift at Christmas isn’t found under the tree. The everlasting Father has given us His son, but we have to receive Him by faith into our hearts, and then we’ll understand the true meaning of Christmas! Merry Christmas from Friendship Community Church!

1 Timothy 2:1-8

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Timothy 2:1-8

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” – Many in the church do not want to hear this, but the truth remains that Christians are to be intercessors for all in authority, including those who you may not agree with politically. Remember, Christ prayed for each of us, even when we were in rebellion against Him!

Romans 10:13-15

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Romans 10:13-15

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”– For many people, Christmas is simply a paid day off from work, or, if they have to work, double-time pay. If we who are called by his name, do not go out and tell people what Christmas is really about, then they will never know. Therefore, let us be true to the calling that we’ve been given and be faithful messengers and witnesses unto the Lord and preach the message of Redemption and Salvation through the gospel which began with the birth of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Acts 16:31-34

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Acts 16:31-34

“And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God” – It was a great thing for the Jailer to be saved, but even more wonderful that he was able to rejoice in God with his family! Don’t let this word fall to the ground, but go and do likewise!

Matthew 2:1-6

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Matthew 2:1-6

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” – Have you ever wondered why is it that the Chief Priests and Scribes knew what the Scriptures said regarding the Birth of Christ, but yet did not join the Wise men from the east to find and worship the king? Indeed, knowing something is not the same as understanding its true meaning!

1 Samuel 16:5-7

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Samuel 16:5-7

“And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” – When one chooses style over substance, they should not be surprised when things end up not being what they seem. If you want to end up with a better group of people around you, then follow the Lord and look to the heart of those who you bring into your inner circle…Indeed, while it is true that there is a time and place for appearance and style, remember that quality and character are ALWAYS on time!

Matthew 10:17-20

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Matthew 10:17-20

“Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” – One of the reasons that the church (as a whole) is seeing so many problems today is because it looks to its own words and wisdom in times of crisis rather than allow the Lord to move and speak thru it.

Judges 9:16-20

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 | 0 comments

Judges 9:16-20

“Now therefore, if you acted in good faith and integrity when you made Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house and have done to him as his deeds deserved— for my father fought for you and risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian, and you have risen up against my father’s house this day and have killed his sons, seventy men on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his female servant, king over the leaders of Shechem, because he is your relative— if you then have acted in good faith and integrity with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you. But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and devour the leaders of Shechem and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the leaders of Shechem and from Beth-millo and devour Abimelech” – When you repay kindness with evil, deception and treachery, you should be aware that the same will eventually find its way to your own doorstep.

Psalm 71:14-18

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Psalm 71:14-18

“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come” – If God has done great things in your life (and you KNOW that He has), then don’t keep it to yourself – share your testimony, so that others will come to know how good and great God is!!!

Matthew 10:7-13

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Matthew 10:7-13

“And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you” – So how did we go from the Apostles going out in Jesus’ name, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, raising the dead and doing other miracles for free; to Pastors and Teachers today going out in their own name, preaching the gospel and demanding and receiving honorariums??? What changed??? Perhaps its time for the Church to go back to Bible 101 and figure it out!!!

John 1:14-17

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 | 0 comments

John 1:14-17

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” – The problem with the Pharisees (and many Christians today) is that they were well versed and studied in the Law, but not humble enough to recognize that one needs the fullness that comes from God’s grace through Jesus Christ in order to truly be set free!

Proverbs 15:13; 15

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Proverbs 15:13; 15

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed…All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast” –  Sadly, some folks become so spiritual that they forget how to have fun and enjoy the simple things that God has prepared for us! Yes, we are to be sober-minded and keep focus on the Lord’s work, but C’mon people, its ok to lighten up a bit and laugh a little while you’re living! SMH!!

1 Chronicles 16:8-14

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Chronicles 16:8-14

“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, O offspring of Israel his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth” – Sad to say and see, but sometimes, especially during the Christmas season, so many saints get caught up in what they want, that they forget to be thankful for what they ALREADY have! I pray this isn’t you friend…

Luke 17:12-19

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 | 0 comments

Luke 17:12-19

“And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well” – It’s a sad day when those on the outside are able to recognize the mercy and grace of God as opposed to those on the inside who are ungrateful and take the move of God for granted!

Luke 16:27-31

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Luke 16:27-31

“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” – As it was true in the 1st Century, so it is today. In addition to Moses and the Prophets, we have the Gospels and the Epistles, and people STILL don’t believe; so I am sure even if someone rose from the dead they’d come up with some sort of rationalization to dismiss that as well…

Psalm 35:1-8

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 | 0 comments

Psalm 35:1-8

“Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help! Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!” Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me! Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away! Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them! For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life. Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!” – A word of intercession and encouragement for my brothers and sisters in the faith who are in the midst of trials — may the enemy’s plans and intentions against you be thwarted, in Jesus’ name!!!

Acts 5:25-29

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Acts 5:25-29

“And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men” – Sometimes the trying of your faith will require you to make the hard call. Therefore, make sure that you have a relationship with God so when you make that call, you know he will answer.

Judges 2:20-23

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Judges 2:20-23

“So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he said, “Because this people has transgressed my covenant that I commanded their fathers and have not obeyed my voice, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died, in order to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not.” So the LORD left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua” – In the face of difficult times, rather than complain that God is not fixing everything for you; perhaps you should realize that oftentimes He allows some of the challenges we face so we can be tested, learn and grow therefrom…

Ezra 9:13-15

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Ezra 9:13-15

“And after all that has come upon us for our evil deeds and for our great guilt, seeing that you, our God, have punished us less than our iniquities deserved and have given us such a remnant as this, shall we break your commandments again and intermarry with the peoples who practice these abominations? Would you not be angry with us until you consumed us, so that there should be no remnant, nor any to escape? O LORD, the God of Israel, you are just, for we are left a remnant that has escaped, as it is today. Behold, we are before you in our guilt, for none can stand before you because of this” – Far too often, many in the church forget that it is God’s mercy, that doesn’t give us what we DO deserve, which makes His grace, that is giving us what we don’t deserve, even possible!

Matthew 18:26-31

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Matthew 18:26-31

“So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place” – Are you giving to others the same which you have received yourself; or do you mistakenly believe you did it all on your own and justify being heartless and uncaring to others? No matter who you are, or how high or low your station in life may be; sooner or later, we ALL reap what we sow!

1 Peter 4:14-15

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Peter 4:14-15

“If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler” – Beloved, let it not be that you say you’re being persecuted for your faith, when in reality you’re suffering the consequences of doing things you know you ought not be doing!

2 Samuel 24:2-4

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 | 0 comments

2 Samuel 24:2-4

“So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, “Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.” But Joab said to the king, “May the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel” – A true friend will not simply be a yes man (or a yes woman) and rubber stamp what they know to be wrong; but rather, will speak the truth in love — even when they know that their counsel may not be considered or even heard at all.

Genesis 4:8-14

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Genesis 4:8-14

“Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me” – The sad thing about Cain and Abel is that Cain never was sorry that he killed his own brother, but rather that he felt the consequences of his actions were too harsh – and so it is with some people today; who are neither repentant or remorseful about what they have done!

Matthew 18:15-17

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Matthew 18:15-17

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector” – When a brother or sister sins against you, do you immediately shoot them down or do you strive to find a peaceable resolution as the Lord prescribes?

Ephesians 6:12-17

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Ephesians 6:12-17

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” – If you plan to win the war, then you must be properly armed for the battle!

1 Corinthians 10:6-12

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 10:6-12

“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” – One can avoid much unnecessary troubles and pains by learning how not to repeat the mistakes of others (or even their own mistakes). It is foolish to think you can repeat mistakes from the past and expect a different outcome. Thus, one would be wise to watch and learn from what has already been done before, rather than to fall into the School of Hard Knocks!

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” – As you enjoy this holiday season, be mindful that there are others not as fortunate as you and stand in need of help. Therefore, be a blessing and share your plenty by donating to a mission or a food bank or a charity that serves the poor and those in need. In doing so, not only will you bless others, but you will be blessed as well.

Job 2:7-10

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Job 2:7-10

“So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips” – Even when things are not going as we would like, and hope seems to be fleeting; there is yet something good to give God Thanks for…we just have to have the right perspective.

Deuteronomy 34:1-5

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 34:1-5

“Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD” – Oftentimes, in the will of God it is not for us to cross over, but rather for us to be strong in the Lord and do all that we can, so that those following us can make it over. Consider a few of the last words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”

Romans 14:1-6

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Romans 14:1-6

“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God” –  Church, why are we arguing over things that matter very little in the whole scheme of things? If we are to truly be a people of God, then let us stop majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors!

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 6:18-20

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” – In this day and age, the reality is that sex sells. Nevertheless, if we are to live for God, we cannot simply conform to the standards of the world, but rather, believers must strive to be holy for the God we serve is Holy. Regardless of what others say, Holiness is yet right!

Colossians 4:2-4

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Colossians 4:2-4

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak” – How’s your prayer life? Remember that prayer is the believer’s power line to God. If you want your walk to be bright and your witness to be effective, then you must pray! And if all is well with your soul, then know that there is always someone else that stands in the need of prayer!

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them” – The choice that God gave to Israel, through Christ, He gives to all men today: we all much choose between life and death, between blessings and curses or between obeying God or rebelling against Him. No one can decide for you; it’s the choice we all must make for ourselves. Therefore, I pray that you would choose wisely my friends.

Romans 8:35-39

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Romans 8:35-39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” – When things are out of sorts and seem to be spinning out of control, it’s easy to forget that the Lord is right there with us. Truly, it is in these times of crisis that we must return to Romans and remind ourselves that no matter what is going on, God is still in control and nothing can separate us from the Love of Christ; nothing at all!

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

“And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel” – If you desire to be a leader of God’s people, you must first learn to be a follower of God and a keeper of His Word!

Ezekiel 18:20-22

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Ezekiel 18:20-22

“The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live” – While man judges on appearances, God judges according to righteous judgment tempered by His mercy. Indeed, while one may be able to mislead others as to their true intentions, God looks at the heart. Therefore, true repentance can mean the difference between life and death; so make sure you’re actually striving to change, because you can’t fool God!

Deuteronomy 12:8-9

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Deuteronomy 12:8-9

“You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes, for you have not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance that the LORD your God is giving you” – It is good for the church to be reminded that before people came to the Lord, each one did according to his own mind. Therefore, the body of Christ should not expect or demand that people coming to see what living for the Lord is about should live according to the Lord because they have not yet come into the knowledge of God. If that seems unreasonable, just take a minute to remember how your life was before coming to God and then it will all become clear once again…

Acts 7:54-60

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 | 0 comments

Acts 7:54-60

“Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep” – Forgiveness: Jesus did it at Calvary; Stephen did it in Jerusalem; but the question is will YOU (or can you) forgive those who are persecuting you?

Malachi 3:4-6

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Malachi 3:4-6

“Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts. “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” – If you find yourself in need of having someone in your corner; then you would do well to live right in accordance with the laws of God. Then you will have a sure witness who cannot be bought and will not change His standard of truth and righteous living. When God is pleading your case, you can trust that you will not be consumed!

1 Peter 4:8-11

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Peter 4:8-11

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” – In Church, we are to love and serve one another continuously. All of us have something to contribute because God has blessed each one with a gift. So no one should be the bench, but rather, everyone is to be in the game, working in harmony with each other, to the praise and glory of God!

Numbers 22:27-31

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 | 0 comments

Numbers 22:27-31

“When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she lay down under Balaam. And Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have made a fool of me. I wish I had a sword in my hand, for then I would kill you.” And the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey, on which you have ridden all your life long to this day? Is it my habit to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face” – Excuse me Saints, but when was the last time you heard a donkey (or ANY animal) strike up a conversation with you? Indeed, do you get so out of control in the midst of the moment that you miss what the significance of the moment is? Again, when animals begin to talk, you SHOULD know God is trying to get your attention!!

Numbers 20:2-5

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 | 0 comments

Numbers 20:2-5

“Now there was no water for the congregation. And they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink” – Do you find yourself contending against the Lord when things don’t go your way? If so, then you’ve reached Meribah and take it from me, that is NOT a good place to be! Instead of grumbling against the Lord when times are tough, trust in Him, even when things are not going according to YOUR plan, and soon you will find yourself thanking and praising him and that you’ve left Meribah far, far behind!

1 Thessalonians 2:11-13

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Thessalonians 2:11-13

“For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” – What separates believers from others is the Word. Everyone else rejects the Word as a work and vehicle of man used to control others…but believers, true believers, know and understand that the Bible is THE Word — God’s Word to mankind that has the innate power to create new life in those who believe!

 

1 Thessalonians 1:4-8

Posted on Nov 10, 2013 | 0 comments

1 Thessalonians 1:4-8

“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything” – The sign of a true disciple, is one that goes forth and helps to create more disciples. Indeed, it’s a good thing to come to know God for oneself; but the greater work is to bring to others that same knowledge so that they in turn become disciples and go out and share what was given to them!

Galatians 6:9-10

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Galatians 6:9-10

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” – Saints, we should be able to get along with each other. For when we do not, those outside of the church will conclude that it makes no sense to try to be a part of a body of believers that seems to thrive on tearing one another down, as that is what they’re trying to leave behind in the world! C’mon beloved, at minimal, we should be able to love one another, for this is the command that Jesus left us!

Galatians 5:16-17

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 | 0 comments

Galatians 5:16-17

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” – There is a war within and either the Flesh or the Spirit will win. It’s one or the other; you can’t be both. We all have that internal struggle and how we wage that war determines how we walk in our lives. While believers may lose skirmishes and battles from time to time, they should not be not discouraged because in the hour of need, God can help them to find the strength in Him to walk by the Spirit victoriously and win the war!

Jeremiah 7:2-7

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 7:2-7

“Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’ “For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever” – A true preacher will tell you the truth and not mislead you with deceptive words! Truly, if you’re going to dwell with God, then you have to be with God and if you’re going to be with God, then you MUST do as He says – it’s THAT simple; and that’s the TRUTH, so help me God!

Jeremiah 6:16-19

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Jeremiah 6:16-19

“Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’ Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them. Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not paid attention to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it” – The more things change, the more they remain the same. As it was yesterday, so it is today. Israel continually rejected God’s pleas to change and as a result they suffered the consequences for their disobedience. And so it will be with all those today who hear God’s Words, but pay them no mind…Choose wisely my friend as the ball has been put in your court!

Matthew 13:24-30

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Matthew 13:24-30

“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” – Because we all share this earth together, we should not be so quick to uproot folks who we think are weeds because in doing so, we may inadvertently uproot the wheat we were supposed to be nurturing.

Luke 8:11-15

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Luke 8:11-15

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” – The question we all must answer is what is the condition of our heart towards the things of God? Is it Way side, Stony, Thorny or Good Ground? If the condition is not where it should be, then its time to get to work!

Isaiah 1:3-6

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Isaiah 1:3-6

“The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding trough, ⌊but⌋ Israel does not know; My people do not understand.” Oh sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the LORD; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs ⌊on Him⌋. Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep on rebelling? The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick. From the sole of the foot even to the head, no spot is uninjured— wounds, welts, and festering sores not cleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil” – Sadly, some people will go through hell and then some and STILL refuse to come to the Lord. Hopefully this passage isn’t stepping on YOUR toes and you know when enough is enough and already have (or will) humble yourself before God.

John 6:5-13

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 | 0 comments

John 6:5-13

“Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten” – Because God knows what he is going to do, he isn’t dependent on our resources, and He has more than enough within Himself to accomplish His will. Too often, we limit what God desires to do because we look at situations based on our own limited resources, rather than the boundless depths of the Lord!

Judges 2:8-13

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Judges 2:8-13

“And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110 years. And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger. They abandoned the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth” – Parents, if we do not teach our children about the Lord and His ways, after we are gone, it is very possible that they will be influenced by the world and turn away from God and begin to worship other gods!

James 2:14-19

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 | 0 comments

James 2:14-19

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” – We all know that without faith you will not believe on the Son of God. However, if after you have believed and come into a newness of life, and you’re not willing to do the work of sharing your new life with others, you might want to make sure that your faith was truly alive at the at the start or were you simply running on an emotional high???

Exodus 35:29

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Exodus 35:29

“All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD” – When you truly love the Lord, it is your desire to see God’s work and will done in the earth realm and will gladly use the gifts and talents He blessed you with to see it done!

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