Are You Living Within Your Margins?

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) Margins are like guardrails on the highway, they help protect us from disaster. We need to set boundaries beyond which we know we exceed to ourContinue reading “Are You Living Within Your Margins?”

The “Couples” of the Bible

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” (Ephesians 6:18 NLT) As we begin a new year, I’d like to point our attention to several “couples” in the Bible. No, these aren’t literal married couples, rather couples of words thatContinue reading “The “Couples” of the Bible”

The Path of Blessing

“And if you do not carry your own cross and follow Me, you cannot be My disciple. But don’t begin until you count the cost.” (Luke 14:27-28a NLT) The path of blessing at times may seem elusive, yet over and over in Scripture it is clearly outlined. For example, in His sermon on the MountContinue reading “The Path of Blessing”

Worship (Part 2)

“For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 NLT) In yesterday’s post we began looking at worship as we gather with others, but I closed with a question I’d like for us to pursue today. I asked: “Does my life really ‘look’ any different thanContinue reading “Worship (Part 2)”

Does God Keep His Promises?

“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.” (Romans 4:20-23 NLT) In yesterday’s post we began looking at liesContinue reading “Does God Keep His Promises?”

Are You Ready for Heaven?

“But I warn you – unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!” (Matthew 5:20 NLT) These words of Jesus were given in the context of His Sermon on the Mount, which was given early in His publicContinue reading “Are You Ready for Heaven?”

Do You Like Jesus?

“The world can’t hate you, but it does hate Me because I accuse it of doing evil.” (John 7:7 NLT) When Jesus walked this earth in human form, people were drawn to Him because of what He could do for them. They came with an agenda, usually, to be healed or ask Him to healContinue reading “Do You Like Jesus?”

The Open Door

“Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven…” (Revelation 4:1a NLT) In a recent reading on my devotional calendar, I read: “Once God is everything to us, so that ‘in Him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28), the door to heaven will stand open before us asContinue reading “The Open Door”

Contract or Commitment?

“Then He said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23 NLT) It’s interesting to me that during Jesus’ earthly ministry He couldn’t go into villages or towns because there were too many peopleContinue reading “Contract or Commitment?”

God Is Able – To Make a Way Through Temptation!

“Since He Himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.” (Hebrews 2:18 NLT) Temptation to sin, to disregard what we know is right, is something every believer holds in common. The temptation may be different in its form, but everyone is tempted by something, evenContinue reading “God Is Able – To Make a Way Through Temptation!