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Faith is Strengthened Through Storms

Text:  Mark 6:45-52 Faith is Strengthened Through Storms Mark 6:45-52 One of my prayers is that going through storms will result in something marvelous inside of us. The Bibleteaches us that trials make our faith more pure, and today’s text is an example of just this. On the evening that Jesus fed the 5000, The Bible teaches us […]

It’s Not About Rules; It’s About Love

Text:  Romans 13:8-10 Romans 13:8-10 When reading The Bible as a young man, one of the first things I noticed is that the book was thick, the pages were thin and the words were small.  It takes a lot of reading, and at a certain point I felt like it was an endless list of rules. The more I […]

Living a Holy Life in Tough Times

1st Peter 5:6-11 The letter of 1st Peter was written to Christians who were trying to remain faithful during tough times. Peter writes them this wonderful letter of encouragement, hope and instruction while never losing sight of the fact that they will suffer in this life.  Our text today is a summary of the letter telling them […]

Salt of the Earth

DEVOTION: “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” ~ Matthew 5:13 NLT SALT OF THE EARTH: The citizens of this heavenly kingdom (the church) that Jesus preached about […]

Ye Are Christ’s !

“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his […]

Bargaining With God

Sometimes we think we can make deals with God. We hear His commands, but we plan on being faithful later. Or we make light of our rebellious thoughts and actions, thinking they’re only minor offenses in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps we think God will overlook them just as easily as we’ve rationalized them. […]

Courage And The Truth

Few people are brave enough to speak the truth when it could cost them their reputation. Even fewer have the courage to speak the truth when it could cost them everything. The prophets, however, set a different example. “And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, make known to Jerusalem […]

Keep Us From Distraction

It’s easy to get distracted from the good work God intends for us to do. Competing forces vie for our attention; we’re sidetracked by fear or selfishness. We start living our own stories and lose sight of the greater narrative, of which our lives are just one thread. The Jewish exiles who returned to Jerusalem […]

God’s Work Should be Our Priority

The urgency of God’s work is easily lost on us. But to the early church, Jesus’ return seemed imminent. We get a sense of this urgency in Peter’s second letter, where he writes that every moment between now and when Jesus returns is a moment of grace; therefore, believers must work harder than ever to […]