Be a Leader

So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders. Acts 20:28 (NLT) Our purpose on earth is not just to look out for ourselves. The Bible reminds us to guard our heart because all that we do flows…

There Is a Plan

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) Paul preached in Jerusalem and when through many trials but God had a plan that Paul was going to Rome (Acts 23:11). God…

Complete the Task

And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race…

Humility and Tears

When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You…

No Fear in the Valley

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me Psalm 23:4 (NKJV) Each of us walk through struggles in life. We face situations that can test us. Situations such as a bad report from the doctor or the loss of a job.…

Live

Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live. Mark 8:35 (LB) Jesus came so we could live an abundant life (John 10:10). He came to show us our purpose. He came to show us what it…

Finish Your Work

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 (NLT) We all have a God-given purpose – to share the Good News of God’s wonderful grace with…

Keep It Simple

I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple—in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on…

Be Content (Part 2)

…I’ve learned to be content in whatever situations I’m in… I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11, 13 (GW) Content is defined as being in a state of peaceful happiness. According to 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 and 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Paul had been through hard times. He was beaten, put in prison,…

Accept Your Calling

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT) You are God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10). You have been created for a purpose.  Sometimes in life, things may not work out the way you planned…

Relationship Success

“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.” John 13:34 (NCV) Whether you are single, planning to get married, or are already married, this verse is a great reminder of how to have success in your relationship. Jesus tells us to love others the…

I Will Conquer This

Have you ever watched a baby focus intently on an object that was out of reach?  They will stare at it, as if they are secretly plotting a grand scheme for how they are going to get it into their hands. The interesting thing is that babies don’t understand the concept of “I can’t.”  They…

Be Content

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 (NIV) It’s easy to compare ourselves to others.  You have…

I Didn’t Sign up for This

You wake up early in the morning and walk into the kitchen.  Even though you just cleaned it yesterday, it looks like a complete disaster.  Dishes are piled to the ceiling.  The counter is a mess and you wonder if your family has ever heard of a dishwasher.  You think to yourself, “I don’t ask…

Hope for Moms

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NIV) Being a mom can be filled with joy, disappointment, happiness, and even discouragement.  There are a variety of expectations placed on…

Don’t Give Up

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 (NLT) There are days when doing the right thing is easy. It just comes naturally and everyone agrees with the actions. There are other days when…