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Monday, March 19, 2018

God's Family

We serve and worship a God who loves us, never changes, and desires an intimate relationship with us! As Paul declared to the church, "God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." - Corinthians 1:9

Some of us were born in to good families. Others were born in to dysfunctional, unhealthy, or broken families. Praise God that He calls all of us, regardless of our biological upbringing, to a perfect family with God, Himself, as our Father!

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”  12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,  for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:11-13

May we strive to love Him (and His family) more each day. Amen?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Above all Else

There are so many pressures on us these days. As believers we should want to be the very best at so many duties and titles we have: Husband, Wife, Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, Worker, Christian, Neighbor, Friend, etc.. But let’s be honest, sometimes it wears us out, and then we can feel defeated.

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus instructs us to: Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

You cannot be the “best” at any of those things mentioned above unless you are right with God. We need to focus on just one thing – being a man or woman of God who loves and follows Him with all our heart. Then everything else will fall in to place. 

Take a deep breath, say “Thank You Jesus”, and work on that relationship. You’ll be amazed how things will fall in to place when you get that one right.

Love God with all you got. He's got great plans for you.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Destiny Discovered

Listen to the words of Jesus: “Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. "If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." – John 12:44-50

Jesus came so we (sinners) can be reconciled to God! To see and believe in Jesus is to know God. It is a 180 turn from the darkness to the light, and condemnation to forgiveness. Jesus’ offer to “follow Him” is available to all.

What does “turning to your destiny in Christ” look like in your life?

Discover it and follow Him today. Amen?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Turn to Your Destiny

John’s death marks a turn toward the cross in Jesus’ ministry. This was His destiny.  John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.  When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick – Matthew 14:12-14

 Using Jesus’ example let’s look at three markers that occur as we fulfill our destiny:

1. Turning Point (towards your destiny) - Alone on that mountain in prayerful mourning, Jesus grieved John’s death, as He anticipated His own. What events happen in our lives that can become “turning points”?

2. Change in Behavior (to purposeful ministry) - From this point forward, Jesus more intensely taught upon and demonstrated the revolutionary nature of His “upside down” kingdom. What kind of changes happen as we give ourselves to Jesus?

3. Resistance increases (world vs. Christ) - Consequently, the religious tension that eventually nailed Jesus to the cross dramatically escalated. What do we experience in the form of resistance by those who do not follow Jesus?

Turn to your destiny – turn to Christ.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


We have all heard the saying, “I’ve fallen but I can’t get up!” The person could not stand up by their own power. They were crying out for help and assistance to get them back on their feet again. We have a choice; to get up with God’s forgiveness, healing, promises and direction - or stay down; broken, hopeless, and lost.

Paul writes in Philippians 4: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Victory comes when you let go of the past so you can look forward to the future. It is only by His grace that you can truly forget what has been done to you. You have to say: “God, give me the grace” - To let go of my past - To forgive what has happened to me - That when I mess up – I can Get Up!

Christ will give you strength – Amen?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


We used to live at one of the higher elevations in Butler Co., Ohio, and on a clear night the sky is awesome with countless number of stars. One thing that my wife watches is the moon, and no she isn’t a moon worshiper but a creator worshiper! In the course of 30 days the moon appears to change. Sometimes it is just a sliver of light. Then it will grow as the days go by to a quarter, half, then 3 quarters of light. Then especially it seems in the Fall the whole moon will be glowing and would light up our whole farm!

This is not light created by the moon. It cannot generate any illumination on its own. The light that we see is based on how the moon is turned toward the sun. We see a little or a lot. When it is positioned just right we get the whole effect.

God wants us to position ourselves so that we will be turned just right with God and on His path of righteousness that we will be illuminating the full light of Jesus Christ in our lives, in our homes, in our families, and at our church. We cannot generate any light of our own. It all comes from God’s son, Jesus Christ!

In Matthew 5:14, Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world

Pray for and allow God to reflect the Son's light in your life. 
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:14-16


Tuesday, March 13, 2018


In 1 John chapter 2 we see God’s protection - “If anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the righteous One." It is because of our relationship with Jesus Christ that we can stand before the Father and get to heaven. We would not stand a chance without Him.

There is a story about a poor boy many years ago who had heard that the great evangelist, Dwight L Moody, was going to be preaching for one night at a church way across town. The boy so wanted to hear him that he took off bright and early and it took him the whole day to get to that big church across town. When he got there he saw a big staircase leading to a big door. He made it up the stairs and as he was walking in the door a big hand came down and grabbed him, and said what do you think your doing? He explained that he had taken all day to get there a and he was there for the services. The big man said you cannot come in here looking like that so be gone!

The boy was crushed, but decided he had not come all this way to be turned back out to the street. So he tried the side doors, the windows, and all around the building, but could not find a way inside. He walked back to the bottom of the big staircase sat down and began to cry. He did not notice but another big man was standing in front of him. “What’s  wrong son?” he asked. The boy still sobbing explained what had happened. When he was through with his story the big man put out his hand, and said, “Take my hand and come with me”. He did and climbed the big stairs again, but this time the big door was opened and he was allowed in. He walked hand in hand with the man to the front of the church where the big man and him sat on the front pew. A few minutes later the service started , and the big man walked up to the pulpit as Dwight L Moody was introduced.

Jesus Christ will do the same to us. We just have to put our hand in His! Amen?