Why Play Make Believe?

Why Play Make Believe?

Perhaps playing make believe sounds a little more innocent than the word hypocrisy. But it is surprising how many people are guilty of this sin. We find the words hypocrisy and hypocrite only a few times in the Bible, but those professing to adhere to and practice beliefs, standards, or principles contrary to his or her true behavior or character was repulsive to Jesus, and Pharisees were a prime example. In Psalm 26: 4 David wrote, ” I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites.” He was not a perfect man, but he found it repulsive to associate with those who were …

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

It will be wonderful to live in heaven where no one will need to try and impress each other. And whether we admit it or not, deep within each life is the desire to be loved and accepted. I believe the most devout and famous preacher long to be accepted by his congregation. Pastors are human, and they want to be loved and accepted. In the largest churches, if attendance dwindled down consistently, pastors would be looking for other churches to pastor. I’m not suggesting the message be watered  down, but he wants to present the gospel in an appealing manner …

Many Believed

We, here at My Journey of Faith Ministries, are so excited to be with you as summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches. This time of year always gives me a sense of excitement, a sense of fresh starts and possibility. I have many favorite stories in God’s Word, but those who know me know that one of my personal favorites takes place in John 4:1-42.  In this chapter we see Jesus leave Judea, and travel in His usual radical way…taking the path avoided by all Jews, the path through Samaria.  On this path, He stops at a …

Faith in Believing

Faith in Believing

I can’t fathom how an atheist makes it through one day, much less a life time. It’s also difficult to understand how someone that believes in God but hasn’t made Jesus Lord of their life can make it through a day. I know Jesus and I struggle, but only because the devil is fighting against me. I always win with Jesus. After Jesus was crucified, He appeared to His disciples when they were meeting behind locked doors. They were filled with joy. Jesus showed them the holes in His hands and the wound in His side. One of Jesus’ disciples, …

Be The One

Be The One

Standing in the crowd of third graders, I was shorter than anyone but I was fast. Two of my classmates had been chosen to be team captains and now they were choosing their friends, the athletes and the popular kids. I desperately hoped they chose me. I wanted to be the one. Mark [9:23], “All things are possible to the one who believes.” HCSB I still want to be the one. I want to be the one who believes. I want to be the one God uses, the one He chooses. God apparently doesn’t choose based on ability, looks or …

Focus on Who Your God Is

Focus on Who Your God Is

A 6-Day Look at a Desperate Dilemma From 2 Chronicles 20 Overview passage:  2 Chronicles 20:1-30 Today’s study:  2 Chronicles 20:5-12 “Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard and said, ‘O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven?  You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.  Power and might are in Your hand and no one can withstand You.  O our God, did You not drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people …

Knowing What You Believe

Knowing What You Believe

Scientists haven’t discovered a tool yet to see human beliefs.  It is actually not until we are faced with a situation that our belief systems are called to the forefront and our actions follow suit. I recall the season that I was discerning the voice of God telling me it was time to leave my job.  I distinctly remember trying to find an alternative to His command so “I” could suffice for the income that would be loss as a result of my leaving.  Yes, I was essentially trying to help God help me! And so once again I heard …