Are You Planning to Fail?

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT) You’ve likely heard the cliché: “If you’re failing to plan, you’re planning to fail.”Continue reading “Are You Planning to Fail?”

Courage to Fail?

“But no one had the courage to speak favorably about Him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders.” (John 7:13 NLT) Of what do you think when you ponder the term “courage?” As I considered the idea of courage the first “picture” that came to mind was ofContinue reading “Courage to Fail?”

Listening for the Voices

“So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 3:7-8 NLT) Troubles and suffering are common to mankind. No one isContinue reading “Listening for the Voices”

The Paths of Righteousness

“And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. (John 16:8 NLT) Just so we’re all on the same page, at least for purposes of this post, “righteousness” according to Strong’s is: “the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain aContinue reading “The Paths of Righteousness”

Repentance and Salvation

“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10 NLT) Without any desire to judge the intent of a person’s heart when they comeContinue reading “Repentance and Salvation”

Failure and Fullness

“From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” (John 1:16 NLT) Failure, like so many areas and activities of our lives, is relative. Some, unfamiliar with the truth behind Jesus’ sacrifice, would dare say He was a failure. After all, a bright, young, Rabbi got Himself murdered on a cross atContinue reading “Failure and Fullness”

You WILL Run Again!

“Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins!” (Isaiah 53:4 NLT) While in high school I played basketball in a summer league. While jumping for a rebound I came down wrong onContinue reading “You WILL Run Again!”

Learning the Hard Way! (Part 2)

“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” (John 21:18 NLT)Continue reading “Learning the Hard Way! (Part 2)”

God Is Able – To Make a Way Through Temptation! (Part 2)

“And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT) Yesterday we looked at what temptation is and why Satan’s strategy is often so effective. Today I’d like for us to examine more closely, our own strategy to avoid the crippling effects of fallingContinue reading “God Is Able – To Make a Way Through Temptation! (Part 2)”

What Is a Hypocrite?

“It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”” (Matthew 7:5 The Message) Have you ever been called a hypocrite? I have. And it stung.Continue reading “What Is a Hypocrite?”