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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalms 119:105 (NKJV) The verse above tells us that God’s Word (the Bible) is a lamp to our feet.  God will never leave us and will give us clarity concerning our current situation.  It also says that God’s Word will be…

Take Your Next Step

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 (NLT) The Bible carefully explains the strategy of the enemy (the devil). It tells us that he wants to steal our dreams, kill our potential, and destroy the impact that we have…

Past Does Not Determine Future

“…God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting…

Tell Someone

Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved, but anyone who does not believe will be punished.” Mark 16:15-16 NCV We have all been given free access to the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. We were…

Eternal Life

“…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. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that…

Good Deeds

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT It’s easy to believe that our good deeds make a…

Created to Love

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 NLT When people decide to adopt a child, they usually do so because there is an abundance of love in their…

Serve Selflessly

…Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.  Matthew 25:40 (CEV) When interacting with others we often forget that they were created in the image of God.  The verse above tells us that when we serve others, we are really serving the Lord. …

Encourage People with Your Actions

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) Yesterday we discussed the idea of encouraging people with our words.  In today’s post we are focusing on encouraging people with our actions.  The verse above says that we should encourage each other and build each…

Encourage People with Your Words

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29 (NLT) As we are focused on being our best in our relationships, it’s important to encourage others with our words. It’s easy to join the crowd…

Be Present with Others

My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. James 1:19 (CEV) It’s important to be present with the people in our lives.  It’s very easy to become distracted by things such as our smartphones instead of giving the other person our undivided attention.  One of the…

Love is a Command

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12 (NIV) In the verse above we are reminded that what we are about to read is a command.  A command is different from a suggestion.  A suggestion is optional, kind of like an idea or a recommendation that you can choose…

How – In Love

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…” Ephesians 4:15 (NLT) Conflict is a fact of life. Many of us were in conflict in the past, are in conflict now or will be in conflict in the future. As we navigate conflict with others, we need…

Focus – Conduct

“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things. But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet to lead my servants astray…” Revelation…

Goal – Understanding

“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2 (NLT) If you’re like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you’re listening, selectively hear only certain…

Priority-Unity

“… lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (NLT) We live…

Conflict Happens

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Every one of us makes mistakes. Sometimes we hurt others unintentionally. At times we are hurt by others. Things will happen that cause conflict between us. We can choose to…

Interests

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2:3-5 (NLT) It is easy to focus on ourselves or try to…

Thoughts

“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 (NLT) Many…

Log

“First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” Matthew 7:5 (NLT) When there are issues in a relationship, it’s usually easy for us to identify what the other person should have done differently. If only they spent more…

Reverence

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesian 5:21 (NIV) The word submit or submission means to submit under the authority or power of someone else. We submit to the authorities every time we obey the speed limit. We submit to the laws of the U.S. every time we file our taxes (at…

Commandment

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NLT) The Bible tells us to love others the way Jesus loved us. This is a passage we can easily read but not always as easy to live. Jesus loved us based on the overflow of the love…

Focused

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14 (NIV) The Bible promises that whatever we ask in Jesus name, God will do it. But this is not…

Partnership

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19 (NIV) An ox can pull seven times its own weight. But two oxen pulling yoked together and in sync can pull seventeen times their…

Persistence

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You fathers—if…

Passion

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the…

When to Pray

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT) Each of us go through seasons of pressure and pain. We could have a pressing deadline at…

Help Me

“And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13 (NLT) Temptation can come in many forms. For some, it comes in the form of overeating; others can be tempted by physical pleasures. Others can be tempted by laziness or too much time spent on social media. Each person…

Forgive

“…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:12 (NLT) Each of us has felt wronged by another person. It may be something they did intentionally, or it may be our perception of the situation. God reminds us to forgive others. Forgiveness is so important to God that…