“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:5-6 NLT) WhatContinue reading “A Suitable Response (Part 2)”
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Are You Making Honey?
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.””Continue reading “Are You Making Honey?”
What Lies Beneath?
“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? (Galatians 5:7 NLT) God has given me a heart for discipleship. It’s thrilling to watch God’s life grow in a new believer, especially when I know how much of a struggle it’s been for them to change direction inContinue reading “What Lies Beneath?”
When Satan Attacks
“In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:16 NLT) Recently I had the privilege and honor of being among the ones who spoke at my mentor’s Celebration of Life. While the message the Lord gave me came quickly, I struggled forContinue reading “When Satan Attacks”
A Closer Look at Self-Control
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3 NLT) Self-control, or lack thereof, is at the root of a lot of wrong that is done in the name of Jesus. The word that is translated “self-control” in the New Living Translation is translated “temperance”Continue reading “A Closer Look at Self-Control”
Are You a Guy or a Man?
“The disciples were amazed. ‘Who is this man?’ they asked. ‘Even the winds and waves obey Him!’” (Matthew 8:27 NLT) When you’re with a group of men you might see, hear, or smell any number of things, but if you asked why, the common response is: “It’s just a guy thing!” And that’s true evenContinue reading “Are You a Guy or a Man?”
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”
Keeping Our Focus on Jesus
“And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a NLT) Endurance demands training and training demands discipline, neither of which the average professing believer in America has or even desires. How doContinue reading “Keeping Our Focus on Jesus”
What Is Your Choice?
“If by continuing to live I can do more worthwhile work, then I am not sure which I should choose. I am pulled in two directions. I want very much to leave this life and be with Christ, which is a far better thing; but for your sake it is much more important that IContinue reading “What Is Your Choice?”
Why Does God Allow His Children to Suffer?
“If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children.” (Hebrews 12:8 NLT) Today and tomorrow, I’d like for us to look at three reasons why God allows His children to suffer. But before we do, I’m compelled to address anotherContinue reading “Why Does God Allow His Children to Suffer?”