God is Near

My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear…I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart. Psalm 38:4, 8 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 David was considered a man after God’s own…

What We Need, Not What We Want

…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out… 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) This verse from 1 Corinthians may not say exactly what we’d like it to say, but it does provide great comfort nonetheless.  Of course…

Restore Them Gently

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV) The bible gives us a blueprint for…

Comparing Apples to Oranges

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside… 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 (NIV) It’s silly to hold non-Christians to Christian standards.  Trying to hold a non-Christian to Christian standards is like seeing a baby eagle and a mature eagle, but…

The Purpose of Kindness

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with…

Is Your Eye Clear?

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first…

Do Not Judge

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Matthew 7:1-2 (NIV) It’s interesting how we want God’s grace and mercy in our lives, but we are quick to judge and…

God Never Promised Everything Would Be Easy

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV) For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29 (NIV) God never promised that life would be easy, without…

God Gave You Blessings for a Reason

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.  Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works…

God Just Wants You to Be Happy

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Many people have thought or been told that God just wants them to be happy, implying that God will give us what we…

Test Me

I am the Lord All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing. Malachi 3:10 (CEV) Have you ever known a person…

Don’t Bury It

“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’” Matthew 25:26-27 (NLT) God is trusting you with resources and He expects…

The Real Purpose

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the…

Be Wise

The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.  Proverbs 21:20 (NLT) There are people who believe they have to spend all the money they have coming into their household.  Some people think they need to spend more than what comes into their household and go into debt.  But that is not…