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Monday, October 31, 2016

Right Sacrifices

God's Word says in Psalm 4:5, "Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord." Most of us would agree and say, Amen to this verse. Take a closer look and underline the phrase “right sacrifices”.
How do we know what sacrifices are considered right in the eyes of the Lord?
We are instructed in what is right by Paul in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (NKJV)
Let’s give to God whatever is true, pure, noble, right, and good. Offer the most excellent praises. Lean and depend on Him.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Our culture teaches us to look out for ourselves and that we deserve some sort of entitlement. It’s pretty obvious. Do we ever consider what God deserves? If we do, then how are we doing? God's Word says in 2 Chronicles 29:29, "When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshipped." They gave of their treasure, time, and talents, but knew there was more.
God has given us everything we have, so we’re just returning it. But our worship is from us! It follows what Jesus said is the greatest thing we can do – love (worship) the Lord, our God, with all our heart, mind, body, and soul.
Regardless who you are God deserves and requires us to worship Him. Right now, thank Him, and praise Him for all He has done for you

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great Examples

Everyone loves to get a compliment. What is the best one someone could give you? Solomon was given a great one. Look what God's Word says in 2 Chronicles 29:2, "He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father, David had done."
He not only did “everything right” but did the right things for God! As a bonus he was compared to a “man after God’s own heart” – his Father David. Pretty cool stuff. Do you know we can be offered this God compliment as well?
1. Love the Lord with everything you got.
2. Follow God's commands by loving those around you in the Name of Jesus.
Jesus promised us eternal life. May we all earn the “Well done good and faithful servant”.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Life Tree

What do we know about the “Tree of Life” that we see in the Bible?

It brings us closer to God both spiritually and eternally. It is a reward to all believers.

It’s mention at the beginning and end of time.

Genesis 2:9 - The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:24
- After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Revelation 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

We are given more information about the tree:

Proverbs 3:18 - She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Proverbs 11:30 - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

Isaiah 40:1-5 - Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

This is our hope and by faith we can go forward. Amen?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hope Delayed

The Book of Proverbs is full of wisdom when it comes to whom we should put our trust. There is one in particular that we should take a look at. Hope delayed (deferred) makes the heart sick, but hope fulfilled is a tree of life. - Proverbs 13:12

What happens when we put our hope in something?

There is excitement, and plans on it becoming a reality. We dream about it, and become impatient when it doesn’t happen in our time frame.

What happens when what we hope in doesn’t become a reality?

There’s a sense of disappointment, and we lose our Focus. Some may stop trusting and give up on Hope.

What happens when what we hope in is fulfilled?

How is Christ the fulfillment of what we hope for?

Hope is deferred but promises and assurances are given. We experience redemption, salvation, eternal hope, and joy. For eternity we will enjoy His presence and peace


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hope Happening

Hope in God’s eyes is not wishful thinking but means a “strong and confident expectation”.
How many times in life do things not turn out as we planned or hoped for? Look at the promises that are made in Proverbs:

Proverbs 10:28 - The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Proverbs 11:7 - Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.
Proverbs 11:23 - The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
Proverbs 23:18 - There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 26:12 - Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

Hope is from God and is always available regardless of what’s happening in the world. Amen?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


My Dad use to say that it’s good to learn something new every day. That’s great advice. When I was younger and in school that was a given (well most days). As I’ve grown it has become apparent that education can happen everywhere. A school building isn’t the only place to attain knowledge and training.  We should always be learning from God. The Bible says in Psalm 143:10, "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God: may your good Spirit lead me on level ground."
Let’s break that down:
“Teach me” – Be a willing learner!
“To do your perfect will” – By obedience and faithfulness!
For You are my God – Acknowledging who He is and what we’re not!
“May Your Good Spirit” – God is for our own good!
“Lead me on level ground” – You start on “level ground” and then grow!
Let’s be sure to follow God’s lesson plans.
We have a lot to learn. Amen?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Making Choices

There is a lot of national talk these days about what is "right or wrong". Abraham Lincoln said, “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

We have a big decision to make in a couple of weeks at the polls. Maybe our focus should be less on the candidates (horizontal) and more on God (vertical). Who do you serve? Joshua said many years ago; But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” - Joshua 24:15

Things like this don’t change much over time.

Whom have you chosen -the things of this world or the things of God?

Today and always choose God. Amen?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Greatest Love

Yesterday I officiated a wedding. I have been blessed seeing the couple grow and mature in the Lord. It was an honor to participate in their wedding and lives. Paul loved the church, the bride of Christ. As he wrote to the church in Corinth, he did so as a Father loving his child with a great word from God.
There are many wonderful things that we can experience in this world, but three: faith, hope, and love come to the top. As I experience life (in other words "as I age") I agree wholeheartedly with Paul's summation of life. 
You don't have to get married to consider these words of love found in 1 Corinthians 13:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Praise God today for His great love offered so freely to us through Jesus. Amen?

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Everyone wants to be a winner! If you believe in Christ as your Savior, then you have the victory. God's Word says in 1 John 5:5, "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."
It’s pretty clear, that belief in Jesus, the Way, Truth, and Life is the only way to peace with God. Need peace?  Seek Jesus.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Being a Christ follower is not a passive activity. Look at the example of the early church. They were constantly meeting, praying, and sharing their faith. We should all seek a “pro-active” kind of faith! God's Word says in Philemon 6, "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith so that you may know every good thing you have in Christ Jesus."
So, what does it mean to be active? It’s pretty clear:
1. Always keep your focus vertical on Jesus.
2. Always be sharing the way to Christ with the world around you.
3. Always let everyone know (starting with God) that everything you have comes from Christ.
Take the risk for Jesus. Live it and give it. Amen?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Know Your Pain

God knows your pain. The Psalmist shares this truth; The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18 

For his anger is but for a moment. His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. - Psalms 30:5

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. - Psalm 147:3

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. - Psalm 61:1

Do not forget the fact that death is the consequence of sin that started in the Garden with Adam and Eve. Jesus died on the cross to release us from the sting of death, which is sin. “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 15:55-57.

But sin is ugly, and the suffering caused by sin is enormous. Sin is something to cry about. Forgiveness should cause us to rejoice.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watches Over

Through the Scripture, Jesus shows us His ability to grieve and feel loss. "When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her, also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit, and was troubled, and said, 'Where have you laid him?' They said, 'Lord, Come and see.' Jesus wept. And so the Jews were saying, 'Behold, how He loved Him!" (John 11:33-36).

Jesus knew that He would soon raise Lazarus from the dead, so why was He so disturbed by the events of that day? There was His great sense of compassion. He hurt to see others hurt. His emotions were pushed to the limit by witnessing the sorrow of Mary. Those with compassion are able to "weep with them that weep" and all Christians ought to have this ability (Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn Romans 12:15).

Jesus continues to watch with compassion over us today as well, as is shown by His standing at the right hand of God ready to receive Steven's spirit as Steven was being murdered for his faith in Jesus (Acts 8:55,56).

Always remember this same Jesus watches over us as well. Amen?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


God sent Jesus to heal the broken hearted... Jesus proclaimed: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has anointed me, and sent me out to preach the gospel to the poor, to restore the broken-hearted; Luke 4:18 His mission is revealed – bring the Good news, and along with it hope and vision. The prophesy is filled freeing the poor, weak, powerless, captive, blind, oppressed, and the brokenhearted through His power. With our brokenness and repentance comes obedience and faith.

Belief in Christ is critically important to help us come out of spiritual slavery, and even more so, to help us in staying out! We need to change our hearts, minds, actions, thoughts, tongues, and attitudes to have freedom from sin. Remember: Freedom has no value unless you remain free!

Jesus was reading a prophesy about Himself found in Isaiah 61:1-2. God promised and Jesus delivered! Amen?

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Hard Times

The Scriptures teach the need for balance in one's life and attitudes. A good passage concerning proper balance is found in the Book of Ecclesiastes. It tells us that there is a time for everything under heaven; "A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing. A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-9).

Being a Christian does not mean a life without sorrow or troubles. It does not mean that expression of sorrow is a sign of weakness. It does mean that we, with the help of God, maintain a balanced perspective in all of life's circumstances. Jesus will be with us during these hard times. Amen?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Walk Like Jesus

You can't do the walk until you know the talk (the Bible!). God's Word says in 1 John 2:6, "Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did." You cannot pattern your life after someone unless you know all about them.

Walking as Jesus did takes us back to WWJD? – What would Jesus do?
-         You need to accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
-         Lead a Spirit filled and directed life.
-         Stay in communication constantly through prayer.
-         Read, study, and meditate on His Word every day.
-         Belong to a Bible believing and teaching church and small group.
Be Jesus’ hands and feet. The world needs you to show Him in your life.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hands Up

Are you feeling burdened or overwhelmed these days? God's Word says in Psalm 16:1, "Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge." That’s good counsel for all of us.
It’s built in to a child’s DNA to reach up when they feel lost or afraid. You see it wherever there are a group of children with their caregivers. Hands go up to be held and reassured. When a child is lifted up it gives them an entirely different perspective and view. Believers are called children of God. He will protect His children, comfort them, and give them a new perspective on life. It’s in our spiritual DNA, but some have just forgotten or repressed it. That leads to a sense of abandonment, fear, and loneliness.
Today and always go to the Father protection, peace, and rest. Hands up!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Let's Go

When a horse isn't moving fast enough the rider must give it a "spur"! Isn’t it ironic that God's Word says in Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Showing God’s love takes motivation sometimes. First check to see how you are serving God and showing Jesus to the world around you. Then encourage other believers to do the same. The result could be world changing.
This week find three believers and "spur" them by praying for, encouraging, and telling them that you want to help them as they follow Christ.
Time that we all pick up the pace.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Questioning God

Do we have the right to question God's plan? God has so many blessings for us if we’re obedient. We need to be still, listen, and think about what He has in store for us. God's Word says in Jonah 4:4, "But the Lord replied, "Have you any right to be angry?""
If God is asking you this question, consider the words of this great song.
Have Thine own way Lord,
Thou art the potter, I am the clay,
Mold me and make me After Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
Be in and follow God’s will for your life today and every day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Never Leave

Jesus gives us His comfort and Promise.

1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." -  John 14:1-7
Matthew 28:18-20 - 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
God will never leave me, I am never alone.
God will never leave you, you are never alone.
Let's use this beautiful truth this week, and apply it to our lives. Amen?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hope for the Lonely

Have you ever felt that something or someone was chosen over you? Sometimes we lose hope and feel alone. True hope can only come from God. Hope is defined by: The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. “Hope” in Scripture means “a strong and confident expectation.”
What does the Bible say about hope? It is mentioned 180 times - 34 times just in Psalms. Here are ten of my favorite on hope.
Psalm 9:18 -But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Psalm 25:3 -No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.
Psalm 25:5 - Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 33:18 - But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
Psalm 33:20 - We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Psalm 37:34 - Hope in the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
Psalm 42:5 - Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 62:5 - Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 130:5 - I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:7 - Put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
Jesus will never leave you. He is our hope. Amen?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Obedience Defense

We tell Satan to leave us alone by being obedient to God. Jesus said to the devil in Matthew 4:10, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only."
This is where having the right heart comes in to play again. To serve like Jesus served should be our goal. When we have reached this level of maturity then our hearts and minds will be in the right place. Life may not be easier, but how to handle it will.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Faith Promises

Think today about what a faithful God has promised you and then think about the promises you have made to Him.
Faith is defined as; “Belief, trust, and loyalty to a person or thing. Christians find their security and hope in God as revealed in Jesus Christ, and say "amen" to that unique relationship to God in the Holy Spirit through love and obedience as expressed in lives of discipleship and service.”
Since God is faithful to us He deserves our faithfulness to Him in return. God's Word says in Hebrews 10:24 says, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Way

We are all given a choice in life, and everyone will choose. Jesus is the Way to God, the Truth on all matters, and the abundant Life for today and all eternity. God's Word says in Psalm 1:6, "For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish".
God knows and guards His own, and it ends in glory. Evilness ends in destruction. What will you choose?
Paul writes, "For everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved"!
Jesus said, "No one comes to Father God except through Me (the Way)".
 Choose God through Jesus. Amen?

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Good Mystery

This week we are looking in Colossians 1:24-28 to see the attributes of how Paul models God’s heart to the world. The third thing that is required is to have the Heart of the message. We see this in verses 26-27: the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people.27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Message says it like this:  The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple.

Six things we can learn about the mystery:
1. We have one faith in common in Christ Jesus.
2.  Salvation has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ. There is nothing we need to do accept believe.
3. The blessings that come from our salvation are experienced by those who belong to Him by faith
4. The hope of glory is for all eternity, and eternal hope = present hope.
5. This relationship with Christ results in hope toward the possibilities of this life prior to Christ’s return.
6.  God does not promise us worldly happiness but eternal hope and joy in our salvation.

Remember that Christ is in all believers – share His glory. Amen?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Together in Mission

In Colossians 1:24-28 we see the attributes of how Paul models God’s heart to the world. The second thing that is required is to have the Heart of a messenger. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness.

The Message says it like this: When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth

The source of Paul’s calling is God’s commission* (with/together)
Our mission is within and with the church - to be able to share to the world the good news (by working together).

There are no Lone Rangers in God’s army, only team (God’s) players. We are on His mission together!

Make sure you are on the right team and you‘ll never lose! Amen?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Who's the Boss?

In Colossians 1:24-28 we see the attributes of how Paul models God’s heart to the world. The first thing that is required is to have the Heart of a servant. We see this in verse 24: Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

Throughout the New Testament you hear him say, I  Paul have become a servant. His identity and life is consumed with sharing the Gospel.

All believers are called to serve & proclaim the Gospel story of Jesus. The issue is not merely to serve Christ, but to serve like Christ. This kind of servant leadership is characterized by setting aside any interest in social standing or political power and submitting to others in order to share their burdens.  Then we can share Christ.

Serve God by sharing His Word. Amen?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

World's Hope

God knew on Christmas that Good Friday was coming, and then the Resurrection. The hope of glory is real, and too important not to share to the world.

To be Jesus to the world - You got to have heart!

On Valentine ’s Day we share our emotional heart. During Lent we see the greatest heart – the heart of God! He loved of us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us, so that through faith we can spend eternity together.

It’s that hope that is found in Colossians 1:24-28. We’ll spend this week looking at Paul’s writing to the church, and how we can apply it to our lives.

Today spend time telling God how much you love Him.

Know and show God’s love to the world around you. Amen?

Monday, October 3, 2016

God’s Trees

The first formal sermon I ever preached was titled, Be a Tree. I based it out of the first Psalm, and a lifetime of experience in seeking to be who the Lord wanted me to be. God's Word in Psalm 1:3 says, "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

As God’s “tree” we should be:
1. Straight (vertical focus and purity)
2. Strong (in the Lord, for He is our strength)
3. Supplying fruit (righteous living and sharing the Gospel)

A child of God should be like that tree: growing strong for the Lord.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


These days it seems that truth is relative and right and wrong have swapped places. Many people believe there is no God, or that they are their own God. Sad times indeed. The Bible is really clear on these issues. To ignore it doesn’t change the truth it contains. Ignorance of God's law is not an excuse for disobedience. God's Word says in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge"
The greatest knowledge one can have is in knowing Jesus Christ as Savior. True wisdom and guidance come from God through His Spirit and His Word. The Apostle Paul wrote these great words; You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.  - 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Sin is sin. Amen? Or Oh me?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

When You’re Weary

God's Word gives a hope and wisdom on just about every subject we'll encounter in life. Matthew 11:28-30 is a very familiar verse for the tired and weary. Those that feel the crushing weight of this world and their sin.  The Law (and the world) is full of expectations of perfection with no real power to achieve it. Jesus’ offer of forgiveness and God’s power leads us to rest, peace, forgiveness, and comfort. It doesn’t seem like a hard choice. But people turn their backs on God all the time.

Another way to say Jesus’ words:
 Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Message)

I think I’ll hang out with Jesus. Amen?