Easy Way Out

Easy Way Out

      The Easy Way Out   What makes us think that, as believers, we’re fine with just coasting through life and not learning/doing as much as we can in order to reach the lost and equip the saved across the street and around the world for God’s glory? Seriously, when is the last time you mentally “checked out” during a sermon, when did you last do your own personal research or Bible study in order to learn the Word of God for yourself? When did you last care enough about another culture or religion to learn the ins …

For Freedom We Are Set Free

For Freedom We Are Set Free

      For Freedom We Are Set Free How often do we take our freedom for granted?  Not only do we tend to get calloused toward the everyday freedoms we have (speech, religion, etc.) but, as Christians, it’s sobering to realize how often we become numb to the personal freedom offered through the Holy Spirit as well.  We go through our day to day lives with narrow thinking, guilty conscious, worry, fear, anxiety, selfishness, and sin.  Yet Christ said in John 10: 10 “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB) This is echoed again …

Gospel Guilt

Gospel Guilt

      Gospel Guilt   Do you really share Jesus with others enough? Do you at all?  If we are honest with ourselves, none of us do as much as we should.  However, many times we allow ourselves to be OK with doing absolutely nothing. It becomes cliché to say, “I really need to do more”, but sometimes we say it so often that it becomes a cop-out or excuse that we think allows us not to do anything at all!  I say this, not to make you feel guilty, but to put a fire under you (as I …

Head Knowledge

Head Knowledge

      Head Knowledge   “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalm 9: 9-10 (NASB) If I told you that I’ve read a thousand books on the designs of airplanes and how to fly one, but have never actually seen or set foot on a plane, would you board a flight I was about to pilot?  Probably not! (If you would- I’d question your sanity.)   Knowing about something and knowing something personally are two very different things.  A lot …

Love and Hate

Love and Hate

    Love and Hate     How much do you hate people?  That’s quite a loaded question isn’t it? I’m sure your initial response is, “I don’t hate people!”  Maybe not, but I think if many of us took the time to really think about how we feel sometimes there may very well be a level of hatred toward others that we’re reluctant to admit is in our hearts.  Still don’t feel like this applies to you?  When was the last time you looked at someone judgmentally, perhaps with a disgusted look on your face, because of something they …

Time is Running Out

Time is Running Out

    Time is Running Out     Have you ever known someone who passed away and you weren’t quite sure of their salvation?  I have, and it always leaves a very disturbing question in my mind: who in my life am I allowing to slip through the cracks?  Ask yourself that same question- how many of your co-workers, teachers, acquaintances, friends and even family members are missing out on eternity with God?  I’m sure every one of us could name at least one person we are directly/indirectly related to who is not a believer.  I think many of us …

Help From the Sanctuary

Help From the Sanctuary

Most days in hospital were pretty easy. One particular evening was rough though. Changes were made to help in the healing process. It was a low moment especially for me. But God being God and full of love and goodness He allowed me to see the reality of the Scripture “He sends help from the Sanctuary”. Think about this!!!!!! An angel in the form of a night nurse from Nigeria came in and took his vitals and then began praying over Danny for healing and touching Him and praying the most amazing peaceful prayer I’ve ever heard.  Then she prophesied …

Assurance

Assurance

When Danny was suddenly ill the first thing I thought was how could I live without him? That thought wasn’t about the money. It was about his presence. Forty four years of relationship was so quickly reduced to a pivotal moment. Sure he’s got life insurance. But I want him! As he has been recovering it’s been quite miraculous. And yet I cling to every moment as it has become even dearer to me. Snoring is even comforting. I may have a little problem even being away from him. He’s independent though so he will help me with that! Lol …

Running to His Arms

Running to His Arms

Galatians 2: 2 – I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preached among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders; for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain.” (NIV)   One of the greatest joys of being the parent of a child comes at the end of the day when you walk into the rooms and you hear “mommy” or “daddy” and that bundle of endless energy comes running toward you with a smile on their face and arms wide …

Running for a Cause

Running for a Cause

Hebrews 12: 1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (NIV)   Why people want to get out of bed at the crack of dawn and run is a foreign concept to me. I cannot understand why anyone would leave a warm bed just to go out in the rain or cold to run five miles. To go to a good estate sale – well we all have …

Running for the Prize

Running for the Prize

1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 – “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have …

Hiding and Being Hidden

Hiding and Being Hidden

My grands love to play hide and seek.  When they were younger if they could not see me they thought they were unseen.  Even when half their bodies were out in the open they felt hidden.  After a while they learned to hide better and be even quieter.  It got harder to find them.  And they got more creative in their places to hide.  Inside closets, underneath blankets, beds and behind furniture.  They are good at it. This morning God speaks to our hearts about hiding and being hidden. Oh beloved, you are hidden in Christ!  Your life is a …