Thank God

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT) Every day we have a choice. We can focus on our problems or God’s promises. We can focus on what we think is missing from our lives, or…

Tell God What You Need

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT) It is easy to worry about things. Each of us have a lot of different things happening all around us. But all of our worrying won’t change anything. Instead of worrying…

Listen to God

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew…

Start Small

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV) Joseph was seventeen when he was sold into slavery…

Think Big

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us…” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) While Joseph was his father’s favorite son, he also had ten older brothers. At seventeen, he began having dreams…

Forgive Irrationally

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV) People make mistakes. They can sometimes hurt us intentionally and other times hurt us unintentionally. We have a choice to hold grudges and continue to nurse hurt feelings toward…

Share Generously

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV) Just is defined as behaving according to what is morally right and fair. God calls us to live a life that…

Love Deeply

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV) God is love (1 John 4:8). We were created out of the overflow of God’s love. God loved us enough to send his Son to cover our sins. Based on this example, we can choose to love…

Confront Humbly

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV) We were created for relationship. God wants us to…

Live at Peace

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (NIV) Every day, we have the choice of how we want to interact with everyone we meet. We can try to get along with and reconcile with others, or we can hold our ground for what we…

Our Sins Separate Us From God

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NLT) Sin means literally “to miss the mark”, like an archer. Sin is not necessarily defined by moral wrongness, by transgressing some set of rules, but instead it is doing anything that…

God Created Us to Be With Him

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 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.”…