Pick Up Your Cross

Pick Up Your Cross

Jesus said that only when something dies can it create new life. I know that in this context he was talking about himself, alluding to his own necessary death on the cross so that New Life might be accessible to all. “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will […]

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Don’t Make a Resolution: Be Resolute!

Don’t Make a Resolution: Be Resolute!

Ultimately, those who are successful don’t make resolutions for success. They find success because of the resolve they establish before they begin. They set their hearts and minds on something greater and they pursue that change for that greater purpose. They do not waver. Instead, they sacrifice. They put their wants and desires behind them and do all the hard things until they get through the change, the circumstance, or the ordeal. They persevere, relentlessly, until it has been achieved or overcome.

If you intend to make a change in your life[…]

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The Little Things

The Little Things

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” — Luke 16:10 NIV

While Jesus spoke these words to admonish us to take care in handling what’s been entrusted to us, it’s interesting to see how this truth applies to us in the way in which we deal with our relationships; especially the one we have with Him. We all use this truth to gauge how far we will go in trusting others…

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I Am Free!

I Am Free!

I am free. I have been freed from the chains of the law. When I try to uphold the law and live according to the law — for the purposes of accomplishing the law — it leads to death (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul spoke of this, and explained that it is through knowing the law that we are aware of our sin (Romans 7:7). […]

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Approaching the Throne

Approaching the Throne

I approached God this morning on my knees. As my king, I approach the throne as his servant. Humbly requesting attendance with him. And I asked him to hold his blessings and his instructions for me until I confessed my sins to him.

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Convinced Our Words Can Change

Convinced Our Words Can Change

We so often believe that if we could only say the right thing, we could change others’ hearts,  minds, or attitudes. How arrogant we are! Did not Jesus walk the earth? Did he not speak the words of truth to everyone? If, then, his direct words of love and truth did not always affect a change, why are we so convinced that our words can […]

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Stoop So Low

Stoop So Low

During my current study of the Gospel of John, attention has been brought to the situation at the Last Supper where Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. Being mindful that the author was retelling these stories some 40-50 years after the fact, and that he provides the special privilege of seeing and explaining to us both the practical and the spiritual implications of this and other […]

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The Briefing

The Briefing

Jesus, the Man While Jesus was unquestionably “fully human” and “fully God”, we must recognize that being fully human did, in fact, bring significant limitations.  While Jesus was clearly connected to God, it was also a requirement of his humanity to be disconnected from God at the same time. Jesus received his power from the Father, but Jesus admitted that there were things the Father […]

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Jesus, Rescue Me!

Jesus, Rescue Me!

How many times has Jesus called out to me and asked me to climb out of the boat? And how many of those times he asked, did I? But in the times I did, I was amazed at how easily I could do things I didn’t think I could do; things I could only do with Jesus leading. He makes me bold, and gives me […]

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Holding On

Holding On

Fifteen years ago, it was easy. Everything I thought I knew had been wrong, and Jesus showed me — gave me — a new way: His way. It made so much sense, and life seemed simpler then. The kids were young with minimal activities, and I had just discovered God’s awesome power and love. So I was “all in” in those days. Whatever God asked through his Word or the Church, I didn’t question, regardless of the challenge. I just acted in faith. Some may call that “passion” or “zeal”. Others may have called it naïveté.

But whatever, it was real and powerful, and I was given the strength and confidence to make big changes in my own life…

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