Be a Copycat

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT) When you were young, you may have heard someone tell you that…

He Will Forgive You

But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.  1 John 1:9 (CEB) The word “sin” simply means to miss the mark.  So, when we sin we are missing the mark with actions or thoughts contrary to God’s instructions in…

Brighter Days Are Ahead

His anger lasts only a moment, but his kindness lasts for a lifetime. Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5 (NCV) Let’s be honest.  Like any good parent, God (our Father) isn’t always pleased with our actions.  He wants the absolute best for us, but gives us the…

Be Thankful

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed…

Lead the Way

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16 (NIV) It’s very tempting to be quiet about our faith these days.  People judge Christians, ridicule them, and some don’t take faith in general seriously.  We need to stand up against those…

Know Where You’re Going

…God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12 (NIV) Eternal life is found only in Jesus Christ.  Belief in Jesus (that He was born without sin, died…

Take Your Stand

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.…

Start at the Beginning and Go to the End

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:  that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.  1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (NIV) Jesus…

Stay on Course!

“Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.  It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true…

The Christ in Me is the Hope the World Needs

…Do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?…  2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV) …Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Colossians 1:27 (NIV) When we accept Christ as our Lord, we are inviting Him to live in our hearts.  He becomes a greater part of us and directs us on our journey…

Choosing to Believe God’s Version of Me

Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that…

Gideon Trusts God

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!”. . . . “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the…

Trusting God

In our journey of faith, we have to learn to trust God. At first, we may be focused on our own independence and believe that we are good enough on our own to find our way in life. In reality, we must learn to trust God and allow Him to lead us. With all your…

Faith Is a Journey Everyone Is On

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) From the very beginning of time, God has had a plan for all of us. God provides direction for our lives (whether…

Overcome It

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 (NIV) It has been said that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”   The only way to make a difference against evil is to take action.  One spiritual action we should take is…

Resist It

Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world. That is why you need to put…