Is Seeking God’s Kingdom Your Top Priority?

“Set your heart first on His Kingdom and His goodness…” (Matthew 6:33a – Phillips) In yesterday’s Post we looked at what it means to “Seek” God’s Kingdom, by earnestly and consistently PURSUING God through thorough and persistent study and investigation. Desiring Him above all else, in a similar way as you would desire someone withContinue reading “Is Seeking God’s Kingdom Your Top Priority?”

Seeking FIRST God’s Kingdom

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…” (Matthew 6:33a NLT) In 2 Chronicles 34:3 (NLT) the Bible says: “During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David.” Josiah was only eight years old when he became King of Judah, so inContinue reading “Seeking FIRST God’s Kingdom”

Living Like Jesus Matters

“In this new life…Christ is all that matters…” (Colossians 3:11 NLT) The title of one of the books I’m currently reading is Person of Interest, Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible. It’s written by J. Warner Wallace “America’s foremost cold case Detective.” In Warner’s words: “God didn’t matter to meContinue reading “Living Like Jesus Matters”

What Is Generosity?

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT) Everything we have has been given to us as a grace-gift. “But wait a minute,” you may be thinking. “Didn’t I sacrifice and invest years of my life for myContinue reading “What Is Generosity?”

The Currency of Heaven

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Ephesians 2:8 NLT) If you read yesterday’s Post, you may still be asking, “What does this have to do with the benefits of longing for Jesus, of being generous?” And my answer wouldContinue reading “The Currency of Heaven”

Are You Longing for What Doesn’t Last?

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Mark 8:36-37 NLT) In Mark chapter 8 Jesus is telling His disciples about His impending suffering, death and resurrection. Peter, unable to even begin to comprehend something so terrible, takes Jesus aside,Continue reading “Are You Longing for What Doesn’t Last?”

Holding Life with Open Hands

“The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21b NLT) Suffering loss can be debilitating, and it can take many shapes. If you’re a pet lover, you’ll understand how heartbreaking losing a pet can be. Lola was only five pounds when sheContinue reading “Holding Life with Open Hands”

Martha or Mary?

“But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!’” (Luke 10:41 NLT) Jesus’ ministry was largely financed by women of means who had placed their trust in Him (see Luke 8:2-3). One of those women may have been a woman named Martha. We first meet MarthaContinue reading “Martha or Mary?”

How Can I Know My Purpose?

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:31 NLT) What does the verse above mean? It essentially means that whatever we do – in our home, in private or in public, at work, at play – WHATEVER we do and WHEREVER weContinue reading “How Can I Know My Purpose?”

How Can I Partner With God?

“For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son, so that His Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Romans 8:29 NLT) Once we respond to God’s calling by accepting His invitation to become His child, then the journey of becoming conformed to the likenessContinue reading “How Can I Partner With God?”