Intellectually Aware or Spiritually Engaged?

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NLT) There are many things we can’t understand intellectually. On a lot of levels even Christianity doesn’t make sense. How can we wrap ourContinue reading “Intellectually Aware or Spiritually Engaged?”

Taking Responsibility for Your Own Heart

“That is why I use these parables, for they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.” (Matthew 13:13 NLT) Is it too much of an understatement to say there are things about God we can’t understand? And is it too great a stretch to believe there areContinue reading “Taking Responsibility for Your Own Heart”

I AM For Your Every Need

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am El-Shaddai – “God Almighty,” serve Me faithfully and live a blameless life.’” (Genesis 17:1 NLT) *The Lord is the answer to our every need. There’s never a need He won’t supply. Sylvia Gunter has put together a very interesting “tool”Continue reading “I AM For Your Every Need”

Are You Turned Off by Worship?

“’Get out of here, Satan,’ Jesus told him. ‘For the Scriptures say, “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”’” (Matthew 4:10 NLT) Our life-defining worship isn’t what we do when gathered with others, it’s how we live our lives from day to day. Many can get excited about the compelling musicContinue reading “Are You Turned Off by Worship?”

What We Don’t Know Can Hurt us … and others!

“What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” (Luke 11:52 NLT) The last few days we’ve been looking at what it means to live a holy life. We’re using 2 Peter 1:5-8 asContinue reading “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt us … and others!”

Will You Be That One?

“For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 NLT) What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail? Spoiler alert! The first thing that comes to mind will give you great insight into where your priorities lie; which kingdom you are most interested in building. For example, if your first thought was: “I’d beginContinue reading “Will You Be That One?”

Who Are You Playing For?

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.’” (Matthew 3:17 NLT) In a recent devotional, Ron Hutchcraft told the story of a young man who was performing his first concert as a pianist. The auditorium was filled with an expectant audience, and at the end theyContinue reading “Who Are You Playing For?”