Have You Thought About Your Retirement Home…After Death?

“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting forContinue reading “Have You Thought About Your Retirement Home…After Death?”

Do You Know Who You Are?

“Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God.” (John 13:3 NLT) The setting for the above verse is the upper room where Jesus and His 12 disciples had their last Passover celebration before Jesus would be betrayed and murdered. It’sContinue reading “Do You Know Who You Are?”

Church Person or Jesus Person?

“For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NLT) There is a common expression that I’ve heard used in various settings that says: “Fake it ‘til you make it!” In some arenas of life that may be appropriate; however,Continue reading “Church Person or Jesus Person?”

Factors That Deter: Faithlessness

“Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and look at My hands. Put your hand into the wound in My side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!’ ‘My Lord and my God!’ Thomas exclaimed.” (John 20:27-28 NLT) Thomas, a member of the original twelve Disciples, has often been referred to as “doubting Thomas”Continue reading “Factors That Deter: Faithlessness”

Joy and Delight

“The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message.” (Matthew 28:8 NLT) Joy isn’t the giddiness experienced by a child as they open gifts at Christmas. It’s a deep, abiding satisfaction that gives evidence of the delightContinue reading “Joy and Delight”

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)”

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?”

What Is Brotherly Affection?

“One day David asked, ‘Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive – anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’” (2 Samuel 9:1 NLT) Saul, who was Israel’s first king, had a son named Jonathan. Jonathan was in line to become king upon his father’s death, but he recognized that he was notContinue reading What Is Brotherly Affection?

Who’s Leading Your Worship?

“But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.” (Exodus 8:19 NLT) Worship is a very serious issue, because worship gives visibility to who and what we are allowing to rule our hearts and lives.Continue reading “Who’s Leading Your Worship?”