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Your Most Valuable Possession

Raj was one of six children born into a wealthy *Brahmin* family – the highest caste in the Indian caste system. At the age of twenty-three, Raj encountered Jesus. His family disinherited him. They cut him off. As far as they were concerned he was dead. They even held a funeral service for him. Neither… Read More ›

Your Kingdom Come

Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, has ruled the United Kingdom for nearly seventy years. She is now by far the longest reigning British monarch. Each year, on Christmas Day, the Queen gives a message to the nation. On 25 December 2020, she said, ‘Light brings hope… Jesus is ‘the light of the world’… the… Read More ›

WHAT IS MOLINISM

“Middle knowledge is the most fruitful theological concept I’ve ever encountered.” — William Lane Craig Answer 1: Molinism is an answer to the question, “How can it be true that God is sovereign over all things and that humans can be free and, therefore, morally responsible for their choices and actions?” Christian thinkers who affirm both that… Read More ›

Five Ways to Fulfil Your Potential

In life, many people do not reach their full potential. We can become so caught up in the everyday that it is easier to continue in old patterns rather than change. Yet, we all have a God-given desire to live to our full potential. Perhaps you remember this celebrated biography: |‘Solomon Grundy… Born on a… Read More ›

THE TEMPLE WITHIN US. JOHN 2:15-16

15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of… Read More ›

The Overflow of the Heart

The great evangelist Billy Graham (1918–2018), spoke to more people about Jesus than anyone else in human history. Everytime he spoke many were inspired. He said that before he spoke he liked to fill his heart. He would prepare enough material for five talks so that he could speak ‘*out of the overflow*’. According to… Read More ›

God is Just and God is Merciful

Media headlines frequently express outrage at judges who are ‘soft on crime’ and fail to impose the appropriate penalty for the offence committed. I have noticed that the legal profession does not respect judges who were regarded as too lenient. We expect judges to execute justice. We do not expect them simply to be merciful…. Read More ›

REMINDERS

Joshua had big shoes to follow in the footsteps of Moses. So did Elijah. So did Peter. But when you’ve experienced God and have a vision you’re seeking; it’s encouraging to know he is with you every step of the way! Check out how cool this is… Look at the passage below and how many… Read More ›

Just Relax and Let God Be God

Joyce Meyer tweeted, ‘Just relax and let God be God.’ It is a great comfort to know that a loving God is ultimately in control of everything that happens. Bishop Sandy Millar often says in the face of some tragedy or when things have gone badly wrong: ‘The Lord reigns.’ Many times throughout the Bible,… Read More ›

New Beginnings

Thankful for new beginnings to look ahead to as we started the year off with great expectations for so many hopes and dreams to come to life and truly thrive, may this be a year you experience His fullness of promises fulfilled!  May your rescue be found in knowing your every step is known and… Read More ›

Far Greater to Come : JOHN 2:11-12

11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.JOHN 2: 11-12 ESV 11 ταύτην ἐποίησεν ἀρχὴν τῶν… Read More ›

Divine Acceleration

There are times in our own personal lives, church life and ministry when it feels like we are stuck and unable to move at any pace. At other times, openings begin to appear and it is ‘time to accelerate’. God is the God of acceleration. He is able to speed things up at a much… Read More ›

No Fear

At one level, fear is healthy. ‘Fear’ is an emotion induced by a perceived threat. It is a natural human emotion. It is God-given. It is a basic survival mechanism. It keeps us alive. It protects us from danger. However, there is also such a thing as unhealthy fear. The Greek word commonly used in… Read More ›

JOHN 2: 13-14 THE TEMPLE OF SIN

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there.JOHN 2: 13-14 ESV 13 Καὶ ἐγγὺς ἦν τὸ πάσχα τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ ἀνέβη εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ὁ Ἰησοῦς. 14 καὶ εὗρεν… Read More ›

‘Lord… Give Me Success Today’

*How to Be a Huge Success* is a little book of quotations and tips from a variety of well-known ‘successful’ people. The back cover asks, ‘Are you on a collision course with *fame*, *fortune* or *greatness*?’ This is so often how ‘*success’* is perceived in our society. Perhaps because of some of its negative connotations,… Read More ›

Trust God to Put Things Right

Doing crosswords together and when we are stuck on one clue we don’t give up, we move on to the next clue. Every time we find an answer it helps us in resolving some of the other clues. In the end, we are sometimes able to solve most of the puzzle. In a way, reading… Read More ›

Nothing is Too Hard for the Lord

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation in your life? Is there an apparently irretrievable breakdown in a relationship? A serious health issue? An almost impossible challenge in your job? Is there a habit or an addiction that you are finding hard to break? Whatever challenges you may face in the year ahead, *nothing is… Read More ›

Your Double Blessing

I love the word ‘*mercy*’. I am so thankful that God is a God of mercy. William Shakespeare captured something of the wonder of mercy in Portia’s speech in *The Merchant of Venice*: |‘The quality of mercy is not strain’d, |It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven |Upon the place beneath: it is *twice… Read More ›

Directions for Life

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to learn the importance of getting good directions and following them. Many of us are like this in life. We charge off in a hurry. We don’t realise the importance of getting good directions for life. If you follow God’s directions for life, you will… Read More ›

God Will Give You Good Things

We all seek happiness. We are all searching for love. We are all desperate for peace. But so often, we look in the wrong places. St Augustine prayed, ‘Lord… you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.’ God is the source of *all good things*…. Read More ›

Battles and Blessings

I have never forgotten a talk I heard where the speaker started by saying that the Christian life is ‘battle and blessing, battle and blessing, battle and blessing, battle and blessing, battle and blessing… battle and blessing…’ At the time I thought, ‘Why is he going on like this? Will it never end?’ But he… Read More ›

JESUS IS THE TRUE TEMPLE. JOHN 2:13-22

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen…. Read More ›

Talk as You Walk

Walking. Apparently, it is one of the best forms of physical exercise. Of course, walking is also a means, and for some people their only means, of transport. Walking for whatever reason is more enjoyable with someone else. Walking and talking is a great way to communicate with family, friends and also with God. The… Read More ›

Best for the Last – JOHN 2: 6-10

6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the… Read More ›

What’s Your Question

Psalm 2:1-12 1. The first question in the Psalms is about Jesus It is all about Jesus. The safest place to be in life is close to Jesus. Paul, preaching the gospel in Antioch, quotes this psalm. He says, ‘We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by… Read More ›

Experience Rescue

Imagine a mountain lake on a crisp fall day. The crackling of the snow beneath my feet as I take it all in. Captivated by beauty. Every detail. The gorgeous blues and the white peaks. The green tips of the trees, the water almost frozen too. And then there’s the shadows: the dark parts. Jagged… Read More ›

Focus on Jesus

Matthew 1:1-25 Resolve to focus your life on Jesus. The Bible is all about Jesus. The New Testament opens with his family tree. As we read the list of Jesus’ ancestors, it is encouraging to see that they include Tamar (the adulteress), Rahab (the prostitute), Ruth (the non-Jewish Moabite), Solomon (who was conceived after King… Read More ›

WHAT IS DIVINE LOVE?

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:13 ESV What does it mean to give your heart to someone? Is it a precondition that we except something in return. Does it mean it allows us the submission of others to our subjective demands. Does it mean that… Read More ›

Worry Your Prayers No More

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.James 1:6‭-‬8 ESV… Read More ›

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Why Trust God? 2021 – New Year Sermon

As we gather to celebrate the coming new year, we are reminded of our past year and what we as believers are called to Trust God and his unfolding plan. Until our faith and trust is grounded in God, we will always be disillusioned and lost. Learn to trust God. 

Learn how Jesus dealt with battles and blessings

Matthew 4:1-22 Jesus’ ministry begins with the blessing of the Holy Spirit at his baptism but, as so often happens after great experiences of the Holy Spirit, battles immediately follow. ‘Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test’ (4:1, MSG). The temptations start with the words, ‘If you are the Son of God…’ (vv.3,6). The… Read More ›

Learn to steer through battles and blessings

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:2To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight,3to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;4to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—5Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,6to understand… Read More ›

Warring With Praises

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, & let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” – ‭‭Psalms 27:13-14‬ At times it feels as though I’m walking in David’s steps. Bipolar feelings warring with PRAISES. Waiting is… Read More ›

You Have Stayed Long Enough

“You have stayed on this mountain long enough” Deuteronomy 1:6  In this story, God finally called the Israelites down.  But can you imagine being stuck somewhere for forty years when you could move forward in less than two weeks?  That’s what happened with the Israelites. They had already been delivered from Egypt and crossed the Red… Read More ›

Immanuel

What a miracle that the God of the universe chose to come to earth as a baby—such grandeur and humility all in one. It can be easy to question how this could be, and that’s exactly what Mary did when the angel Gabriel greeted her with the news that she would conceive the Son of… Read More ›

Shepherd

While the title of shepherd carried a specific meaning to the Jewish people of the time, it can be easy for us to skim over this reference and miss the magnitude of what God is saying about the nature of Jesus. The traditional role of a shepherd was anything but glamorous. In fact, it was… Read More ›

Prince of Peace

What a gift we have in Jesus, who set aside the glory of heaven to come to earth in order to give us light, life, and healing—He truly is a King worth glorifying! In Isaiah 9:6, God spoke through the prophet and foretold of the coming of Jesus—that among many of His roles, He would… Read More ›

Everlasting Father

While we all have different experiences with our earthly fathers, we know that no relationship is perfect. Whether the name “father” brings fond memories or weighs heavily on our hearts, what a gift we have in Jesus, our perfect, Everlasting Father. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we are blessed with direct access to God…. Read More ›

Mighty God

The words of the prophet Isaiah began to take shape in the form of an infant. Jesus, foretold as Mighty God, was coming to earth, and His power would change everything. Jesus performed countless miracles—He gave sight to the blind, calmed storms with a word, and even brought the dead to life. He possesses power,… Read More ›

Jesus, Our Savior

At the time of Jesus’ birth, the Jewish people anticipated a royal king to deliver them from oppression and establish an earthly kingdom. But what they received through the birth of a child was so much more than deliverance from circumstances and the success of a temporary reign. Instead, God established His eternal kingdom, provided… Read More ›

Going the Distance

Ever feel like the journey you’re on seems to be never ending?! Perhaps you’ve been following the path before you and you suddenly have a freak out moment wondering if you missed your exit or if you somehow didn’t get the memo it would be another dozen years (of what it seems like). We’ve all… Read More ›

A Mustard Seed

Let’s be real for a minute; there’s many times I’ve been tempted to throw out the idea of being made “for a reason” or having a specific calling just because the journey has gotten almost too hard. I’ve oftentimes asked God if he really told me things. If the things I’ve felt called to pursue… Read More ›

Water to Wine – Death to Salvation. John 2:1-5

2 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman,… Read More ›

GOD Calls, Heed. JOHN 1: 46-51

46 Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip… Read More ›

Have you Found Him? JOHN 1: 43-45

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus… Read More ›

Who was Lost? JOHN 1: 40-42

40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of… Read More ›

Ask for Wisdom

Throughout this Plan we’ve learned that wisdom ultimately comes from knowing Jesus Christ and following His ways. When He alone is our foundation, we can walk in freedom, victory, and hope.  But, maybe you don’t feel like you have wisdom. You see other people who appear to be so wise; people seem to hang on… Read More ›

What are you Seeking? JOHN 1:38-39

38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for… Read More ›

The Right Foundation 

In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus is teaching about the foundation we build our lives on. He said that whoever listens to His teaching and follows it is wise. They’ve built their foundation on solid rock, that won’t shift or move when storms come. But whoever hears his teaching and doesn’t follow it is foolish. Their foundation… Read More ›

Set Aside and Follow. JOHN 1:35-37

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God! 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.”JOHN 1: 35-37 ESV 35 Τῇ ἐπαύριον πάλιν εἱστήκει ὁ Ἰωάννης καὶ ἐκ τῶν… Read More ›

DO WE KNOW HIM. JOHN 1: 33-34

33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”JOHN 1:… Read More ›

BEHOLD !! JOHN 1:29

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!JOHN 1: 29 ESV 29 Τῇ ἐπαύριον βλέπει τὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐρχόμενον πρὸς αὐτόν, καὶ λέγει· Ἴδε ὁ ἀμνὸς τοῦ θεοῦ ὁ αἴρων τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου.JOHN 1: 29 SBLGNT What a… Read More ›

THE PROLOGUE. JOHN 1: 1-18.

1 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light… Read More ›

Ushering in the New. JOHN 1: 25-27

25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”JOHN… Read More ›

Renewed in Spirit – Psalm 51:10

 “O God, create a clean heart within me.” renew a right spirit within me (Psa 51:10). How easy it is when we feel guilty to have a wrong spirit, a wrong attitude towards the saints of God, and towards God Himself. Because I am feeling guilty, I start sort of closing myself in, and my… Read More ›

Voice in the Wilderness- JOHN 1: 22-23

22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”JOHN 1: 22-23 22… Read More ›

Knowing Self – JOHN 1:21

21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.”JOHN 1:21 ESV 21 καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτόν· Τί οὖν; σὺ Ἠλίας εἶ; καὶ λέγει· Οὐκ εἰμί. Ὁ προφήτης εἶ σύ; καὶ ἀπεκρίθη· Οὔ.JOHN 1:21 SBLGNT Finally, we see the Jews’ motives when they… Read More ›

CONFESS AND DENY THE WORLD – JOHN 1:20

20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”JOHN 1:20 ESV 20 καὶ ὡμολόγησεν καὶ οὐκ ἠρνήσατο, καὶ ὡμολόγησεν ὅτι Ἐγὼ οὐκ εἰμὶ ὁ χριστός.JOHN 1:20 SBLGNT Many of us look at this statement by John the Baptist’s reply to the Jews when they asked him, “Who are you?” in… Read More ›

WHO ARE YOU? JOHN 1:19

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”JOHN 1: 19 ESV 19 Καὶ αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ Ἰωάννου ὅτε ἀπέστειλαν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἐξ Ἱεροσολύμων ἱερεῖς καὶ Λευίτας ἵνα ἐρωτήσωσιν αὐτόν· Σὺ τίς εἶ;JOHN 1: 19 SBLGNT In his book… Read More ›

GOD reveals the TRUTH and GRACE in the SON – JOHN 1: 17-18

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.JOHN 1: 17-18 17 ὅτι ὁ νόμος διὰ Μωϋσέως ἐδόθη, ἡ χάρις καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐγένετο. 18… Read More ›

Grace upon Grace – JOHN 1:16

16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.JOHN 1:16 ESV 16 ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ πληρώματος αὐτοῦ ἡμεῖς πάντες ἐλάβομεν, καὶ χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος·JOHN 1:16 SBLGNT From the early witnessing of John the Baptist, here we see the author provides his views which acts as a transition from the Baptist to the… Read More ›

The Perfect Son – John 1:14

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.JOHN 1: 14 ESV 14 Καὶ ὁ λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν, καὶ ἐθεασάμεθα τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, δόξαν ὡς μονογενοῦς παρὰ πατρός, πλήρης χάριτος… Read More ›

Wisdom from Proverbs

The Old Testament book of Proverbs has many writers, but the principal author was most likely King Solomon. While there are dozens of verses that mention wisdom in this book, we’ll focus on some and glean as much truth as we can about wisdom.  Proverbs 12:15 NLTFools think their own way is right, but the… Read More ›

WITNESS – John 1: 6-8

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the lightJohn 1:6-8 ESV 6 Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης· 7 οὗτος ἦλθεν… Read More ›

The Wisest Man

One of the kings of Israel was a man named Solomon. He was the son of David, who is well known in the Bible. When King David died, 1 Kings 2:12 tells us, “Solomon became king and sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.”  King Solomon has quite a… Read More ›

IN THE BEGINNING – JOHN 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light… Read More ›

What is love?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus spoke continuously about love. Not earthly love but the true absolute of Love. A divine love that is sourced from the Father is heaven. Love is the foundation upon which we as believers are called to submit and be enriched by the power of the Holy Spirit. Not of… Read More ›

Love borne of God – ἀγαπάω

1 Jo 5:1  πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ γεγέννηται καὶ πᾶς ὁ ἀγαπῶν τὸν γεννήσαντα ἀγαπᾷ καὶ τὸν γεγεννημένον ἐξ αὐτοῦ 1Jo 5:1 (ESV) — Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born… Read More ›

Expectant Faith Overcomes Fear Every Time

There’s something about taking a risk where the thoughts enter your head: “What if it doesn’t work?” “What if I fail?” “What if they see through me?” “What if I mess it up?” “What if I drown?”   We’ve all been there. When’s the last time you heard that little voice of doubt discouraging you… Read More ›

Stay In The Story

It’s funny how the times I want to give up the most, the road starts to make way towards an obvious turn.  And so I usually think “if I can muster the strength to hang on, I’ll get to see what’s beyond that turn!”  There’s numerous times I’ve wanted to let go for the sake… Read More ›

What is wisdom?

If you look up the definition for wisdom, you’ll find this: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action. We can have all the knowledge in the world stored in our brains, but if we don’t know how to apply it and move that information to action, we don’t have wisdom…. Read More ›

He Can Handle Your Stuff

It was an unexpected message from a close girlfriend that had me wrecked tonight! A girl I didn’t even know had chosen to take her life through suicide (makes me sick to even write this 😦   How bad does it have to get for someone to feel their only relief is to exit their… Read More ›

We get to choose

“You have written and redeemed my story. Let my eyes see you King, shine all around. Let my heart overflow with a passion for your name; let me life be a song revealing who you are….” – Lauren Daigle, singer-songwriter When found in a place of utter brokenness; it’s in the surrender where we can… Read More ›

He heard you

“When you began to plead with God, HE answered you….” Thankful to know that despite my ability to foretell the future; when a prayer is offered up; especially one with thanksgiving or cries of help with repentance; I can trust God is already at work behind the scenes and has set answers into motion!!!  As… Read More ›

What is the ‘Cause’ of Being?

Many Thomists find great consolation in the thought that St.Thomas himself was an Aristotelian philosopher, or, if you prefer, that he was an Aristotelian insofar as he was a philosopher. It would be wrong to contradict them, for it seems as hard to refute this assertion as it is to prove it The concept”Aristotelian” is… Read More ›

What is the Moral argument for the existence of God?

The moral argument begins with the fact that all people recognize some moral code (that some things are right, and some things are wrong). Every time we argue over right and wrong, we appeal to a higher law that we assume everyone is aware of, holds to, and is not free to arbitrarily change. Right… Read More ›

Do You Not See It?

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19 At times you look to the distance and all you can see is miles upon miles or days… Read More ›

What Was Meant To Destroy You

“God will use the very thing that was meant to destroy you”  – 1 Samuel 17:1 It was in the valley where the battle was! The giant was there to taunt and haunt the warriors that could not defeat the Philistines. And yet there was a young man who not only was courageous enough to step… Read More ›

Take Courage

“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, & let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalms 27:13-14 At times it feels as though I’m walking in David’s steps. Bipolar feelings warring with praises. We know how… Read More ›

Is His Presence Enough?

“You can have it all Lord; every part of my world; take this life and breathe on this heart that is now yours” – Bethel Music Such profound lyrics after wrestling for even an afternoon with an idea that jumped off the page from a girlfriend’s post earlier in the day. I had stumbled upon it… Read More ›

Persevering in Pain

“Those with the capacity to feel great pain are also those with the capacity to feel deep joy!”  I heard this great response once when asked “Why do you cry so much?” The response was profound: “Same reason I laugh so much….because I’m PAYING attention!” The more you know yourself and your ability to truly… Read More ›

If You Lose Hope

If You Lose Hope // “Dear God, if today I lose my hope, please remind me your plans are bigger than my dreams!” The day in and day out of life can be a real struggle. Sometimes close to unbearable! Especially when it seems as though the point “between” or the waiting time seems to be… Read More ›

Why Must We Wait?

 “I’m sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it’s good for them to wait” – C.S. Lewis Profound words by CS Lewis on waiting. “Why must we always wait?” you may ask. I know I do!  Perhaps, it’s for when the day comes where we don’t have to wait any longer, we… Read More ›

There’s Healing In The Water

I think there’s a misconception about calling and vision. When God calls you on a journey, and you’ve truly decided to step out and trust him, people often think it shouldn’t take long, that it won’t be hard, and we will effortlessly get to the other side. Oftentimes though, I believe it’s in ‘the calling’… Read More ›

Their WIN Can Be Yours

For many of us, the problem doesn’t come in celebrating that their home finally sold, their recent job promotion, the pregnancy announcement, or the newly engaged couple. The part that becomes the most difficult is when you seem to be desiring that same very thing and you get ‘the news’ or discover someone’s ‘win’ in the place… Read More ›

Perseverance. Fight for it

Perseverance. Fight for it //  “You will never value what you don’t have to fight for” – unknown   Challenged by this thought before me and finding myself agreeing with it wholeheartedly! Why is it the things that are the most valued in our lives are the things that accompany the most pain, blood, sweat or… Read More ›

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

Both philosophy and religion are widely used concepts, yet defining them accurately can be challenging due to the wide range of meanings that each has acquired over time. Because religion is a derivative of an ancient Latin phrase that referred to the relationship that existed between man and the gods, most people believe that religion… Read More ›

It’s about the Chase

If I were to bet, there’s a chance you have not heard of Benaiah.  He is the character in the bible as David’s bodyguard.  The impressive part isn’t just that he was King David’s bodyguard; it’s that Benaiah just so happened to kill a LION, in a pit on a snowy day, with his bare… Read More ›

Stay in the Story

Are you continuously finding yourself thinking about that vision you once had, your calling, or what you’re called to fight for?  If you’re anything like me, I often have to be intentional about planning and working out those steps to get there rather than just daydreaming. Part of “waiting” is in the pressing in—a listening… Read More ›

Ask for Wisdom

Throughout this Plan we’ve learned that wisdom ultimately comes from knowing Jesus Christ and following His ways. When He alone is our foundation, we can walk in freedom, victory, and hope.  But, maybe you don’t feel like you have wisdom. You see other people who appear to be so wise; people seem to hang on… Read More ›

The Right Foundation 

In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus is teaching about the foundation we build our lives on. He said that whoever listens to His teaching and follows it is wise. They’ve built their foundation on solid rock, that won’t shift or move when storms come. But whoever hears his teaching and doesn’t follow it is foolish. Their foundation… Read More ›

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