Show Up! Blow Up! Throw Up! Grow Up!

“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way moreContinue reading “Show Up! Blow Up! Throw Up! Grow Up!”

Faithfulness Leads to Fruitfulness

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT) As I look back over my life, I can very often gauge the fruitfulness of my life by my faithfulness. In otherContinue reading “Faithfulness Leads to Fruitfulness”

Why Is Faithfulness So Vital?

“Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2 NLT) While travelling with my daughter across some of the western states, we stopped at Yellowstone National Park. I’d heard of “Old Faithful,” but had only seen pictures, so I was looking forward to seeing what all theContinue reading “Why Is Faithfulness So Vital?”

The Exponential Effects of Your Witness

“When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36 NLT) To me the most vital characteristic a Jesus follower must have in order to influence others for Him, is compassion. We fret and make excuse for not reaching out toContinue reading “The Exponential Effects of Your Witness”

When Our Prayers Get Honest! (Part 2)

“I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and He answered me.” (Jonah 2:2 NLT) The story of Jonah is interesting on many levels, not the least being his prayer from within the belly of the large fish the Lord sent to rescue him from the ocean. Just to catch you up, inContinue reading “When Our Prayers Get Honest! (Part 2)”

Whom Will You Choose?

“Choose today whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:15a NLT) Joshua is one of the men I’m looking forward to meeting in heaven. In my mind’s eye I see him as a weathered, rugged looking man who shows his battle scars, not with pride in himself, but as trophies he’s earned in service to his Master.Continue reading “Whom Will You Choose?”

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”

Serving the God Who Strikes!

“God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” (Matthew 26:31 NLT) Though I’ve read the above verse dozens of times, I “saw” it for the first time this morning. Jesus is quoting this verse from Zechariah 13:7 in the context of telling His disciples that they will all desertContinue reading “Serving the God Who Strikes!”

Fruitfulness Grows Out of Faithfulness

“For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me.” (John 15:4b NLT) What is fruitfulness? Which plants bear fruit? Healthy plants, right? What is required for a plant to become and remain healthy? I understand this is an oversimplification, but theyContinue reading “Fruitfulness Grows Out of Faithfulness”

Do You Need to Get Rid of Your “Mistresses?”

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2:14 NLT) Many in our churches across America have been deceived by the lying spirit of Satan, into believing they’re saved and on their way toContinue reading “Do You Need to Get Rid of Your “Mistresses?””