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Obey God

“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.”  Deuteronomy 11:26-27 (NLT) Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the…

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…

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.…

Jesus Died in Our Place

We all “miss the mark” due to sin. We are born separated from God. The price for sin is death. God made the rule that sin has a price to pay. God’s justice demands payment for sin. Boy is this hard! God knows us – our past and present. God knows our wrongs. Yet, God’s…

Jesus Is the Only Way to God

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so…

Religion Versus Relationship

When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so amazed at his teaching. Mark 11:15-16, 18 (NLT) The religious leaders were focused on keeping rules. They even made rules about keeping the…

Who Is This Guy?

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead…

Your Story

They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony; for they did not love their lives but laid them down for him. Revelation 12:11 (NIV) There is one thing about your relationship with God that no one can dispute – your story. You have a unique story about how you came…