The Value of Doubt

“When they saw Him, they worshiped Him – but some of them doubted!” (Matthew 28:17 NLT) There are times in our walk with Jesus when what we see with our eyes doesn’t correlate with what we “see” with our mind. I think of the time after Corrie ten Boom had been freed from her NaziContinue reading “The Value of Doubt”

Why Faith In Jesus Is So Vital

“God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT) Faith is a subject that can drive wedges between peopleContinue reading “Why Faith In Jesus Is So Vital”

Factors That Deter: Faithlessness (Part 2)

“Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.” (Hebrews 10:26 NLT) Knowledge can be a dangerous thing, especially when it comes to being a follower of Christ. As in the verse above, knowledge of Jesus – aboutContinue reading “Factors That Deter: Faithlessness (Part 2)”

Spiritual Warfare

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.” (Ephesians 6:13 NLT) In yesterday’s post we looked at an early chapter in the lives of the children of Israel as they began their conquest of the land the Lord had promised them.Continue reading “Spiritual Warfare”

Belief and Hope

“I have the same hope in God that these men have, that He will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15 NLT) As we continue our look into the “couples” of the Bible, today we’ll consider the relationship between hope and belief. While similar in some ways, they stand alone in the emphasisContinue reading “Belief and Hope”

Believer or Belonger?

“’And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.’ He said this to indicate how He was going to die.” (John 12:32-33 NLT) Imagine, like Jesus, being the only one of your kind. Talk about being conspicuous! My second mission’s trip was to the beautiful country of Guatemala. WeContinue reading “Believer or Belonger?”

Is It All Just Emotion?

“But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. (Hebrews 12:35b-36 NLT) A common lie that some believe is that ChristianityContinue reading “Is It All Just Emotion?”

Does Truth Divide?

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.” (John 14:1 NLT) Trusting in the words of God alone can heal, help, and unify. Trusting in the words of men alone can hurt, damage, and divide. How do you know what to believe? It must be measured by what isContinue reading “Does Truth Divide?”

A Closer Look at Faithfulness

“I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of Your faithfulness.” (Psalm 89:1 NLT) It’s interesting to me that the word “faithfulness” doesn’t appear in the King James Version of the New Testament, and only 19 times in the Old Testament, mostly in the Psalms. The word used inContinue reading “A Closer Look at Faithfulness”

Praying Like We Expect an Answer!

“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”   (Mark 11:24 NLT) There are numbers of stories in the Bible that inspire and challenge me, but none more than when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11. I’ve often wondered why HeContinue reading “Praying Like We Expect an Answer!”