Love of the World

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world”... Continue Reading →

The Love of Christ Controls Us!

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” ‭‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭ESV). Tuesday we discussed... Continue Reading →

Firm

“…if you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭ESV).‬‬ The world has tried to sell us a bill of goods. It wants us to believe that the most important thing is self esteem. It wants us to think that we need embrace who we are, whether or... Continue Reading →

Bold As A Lion

"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion"  (Proverbs 28:1 ESV). I looked at this verse differently today. I've always thought that we would be bold as lions when our spiritual lives were up to snuff, when we were finally righteous. Boldness was a badge of honor that we... Continue Reading →

Secret Sins

“For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence” (Psalms 90:7-8 ESV). I don't watch as much football as I used to. But it is still a regular occurrence to hear the... Continue Reading →

What Defiles a Person

“'There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.' And he said, 'What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft,... Continue Reading →

Through Love… Serve

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I remember longing for the day that I would be an adult. I wanted the freedom to do as I pleased, make my own decisions, be my... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I deeply understand the power of forgiveness. But I came about this knowledge in an unconventional manner. Sure, I had some understanding... Continue Reading →

Times of Refreshing

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” ‭‭(Acts‬ ‭3:19-20‬a ESV‬‬). The hike had been arduous, up and down hills, through dense underbrush. It was unseasonably warm and I had a fair bit of gear strapped to my back.... Continue Reading →

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