Posts by Heritage Church

Disqualification

But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” Exodus 4:13 (NLT) We can sometimes feel that mistakes from our past disqualify us from God operating in and through us. We think that because of past sins (behaviors, choices, actions, failures, etc.) that God will choose to utilize others to fulfill His will on earth.…

Disapproval

But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” Exodus 4:1 (NLT) Living for the approval of others will lead to disaster.  How do you know if you’re living for the approval of others?  When you are consumed (occupied by…

Devaluation

But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 (NLT) We’ve all had that internal battle where we devalue our level of importance or impact. We say phrases such as: I’m not smart enough, I don’t have what…

Inseparable

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in…

Identity

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God… John 1:12 (NIV) It is easy to get wrapped up in the roles we play in life as part of who we are. We are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers.…

Chosen

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16 (NIV) Many of us have witnessed a sports team choosing players. Usually, the one believed to have…

Peace

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV) To understand the meaning of this verse, it helps to understand God’s perspective on peace. We tend to think it just means superficially…

Season for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) Life is made up of different seasons. We have spring, summer, fall and winter as the seasons for weather. We start life as babies, then become children and mature into adulthood. As part of each of these…

A Long Way Off

“To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and…

Demonstration

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV) Everyone starts as a sinner (Romans 3:23). Sin is a death sentence (Romans 6:23). Someone has to pay for it. In the Old Testament, sin was temporarily covered with the blood of animals.…

Notorious

“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” Luke 15:1-2 (NLT) Someone who is notorious is well known generally for their bad deeds. Imagine having a reputation for doing…

Invisible is Visible

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in…

Sick People

“In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean. Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am…

Simple Law

“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord…

Flip the Tables

“Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.” John 2:15 (NLT) Selling items to travelers was normal in the temple. People would travel from great distances to worship…

Unlike Others

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.” Matthew 7:28-29 (NLT) In Jesus times, there were many religious teachers. Their focus was on the law and how to follow it. They could quote the law and let…

He Is Risen from the Dead

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was…

Only Jesus Was Left

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding…

Don’t Judge Others

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding…

Remember Jesus

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant…

Obey Jesus

He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will take you upstairs to a large…

Patience

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) One day Jesus will return again, and we will go through the final judgement. God will let us know where we…

Warn Others

“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Luke 16:27-28 (NIV) Imagine standing at the side of the road. You see a person crossing the street and suddenly there is…

Deal Righteously

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41 (NIV) “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting…

Narrow Gate

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) There are a lot of good people on the…