Daring Faith

You Are Invited

Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and…

Go!

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) What are you waiting for?  Think about that for a moment.  What is the thing that you know you should be doing, but you create a million excuses to justify why you haven’t…

Add Action to Your Faith

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 (NIV) Faith is made up of belief (based on God’s Word) and action that aligns with your belief.  Think of it this way.  If you are looking for a new job, is it enough to only believe…

Everyone Is Important to God

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that…

Bring Your Burdens to Jesus

If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (CEV)…

Be Generous

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 2 Corinthians 2:1 (NLT) We all have a gift. Some are good at cooking, others are good at organizing. Some are good at offering a…

Time to Expand

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. Proverbs 11:24 (MSG) As we become more generous with our time and resources, we have the ability to touch more lives. We are given the opportunity to speak to more people. We have the chance to reach…

Take Action to Make It Happen

And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6 (NLT) Have you ever set a goal but did nothing to accomplish it? You spent time planning how to meet the goal, but…

Where Is Your Treasure

Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasure is. Matthew 6:20-21 (CEV) Each of us have people or things that we carry close to our hearts. As an example, parents hold a special…

What an Honor

The way in which you have proved yourselves by this service will bring honor and praise to God. You believed the message about Christ, and you obeyed it by sharing generously with God’s people and with everyone else. 2 Corinthians 9:13 (CEV) Honor is defined as showing respect to or holding in high esteem. It…

Don’t Panic

Remember your history, your long and rich history. I am God, the only God you’ve had or ever will have— incomparable, irreplaceable— From the very beginning telling you what the ending will be, All along letting you in on what is going to happen, Assuring you, ‘I’m in this for the long haul, I’ll do…

Time to Ponder

At the Lord’s direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress. Numbers 33:2a (NLT) God has given each of us a role to play in history. We read of the heroes of faith in (Hebrews 11). Each of them had a story to tell. But the way they stirred up their faith was reminding…

God Keeps His Promises

This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.  Habakkuk 2:3 (NLT) After placing an order at a fast food restaurant, do you ever doubt that the employees will…

The Real Battle

Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.  Ephesians 6:12 (NCV) It’s always important to remember that our fight here on earth is ultimately a spiritual fight.  There is an enemy (satan)…

God Is Always on Time

God does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing. Ecclesiastes 3:11b (NCV) The Bible tells us that God does everything just right and on time.  Let’s break this into two parts.  First, God knows how to answer your prayers just right.  He knows how to mend…

Expect It to Multiply

“Some seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, MULTIPLYING thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times.” Mark 4:8 If you plant an apple seed, do you only expect to get one apple in return? Of course not!  You would expect the seed to grow into an apple tree with…

Plant in Faith

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, BUT they sing as they return with the harvest.” Psalm 126:5-6 (NLT) As farmers plant their seeds, they know in advance that some of them may not grow. But that does not cause them to…

Plant Often

“Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too! You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other.” Ecclesiastes 11:6 (TEV) Farmers don’t just plant one crop and expect to take care of their families for the rest of their lives. They know…

Plant It

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like someone who plants seed in the ground. Night and day, whether the person is asleep or awake, the seed still grows, but the person does not know how it grows.” Mark 4:26-27 (NCV) As any farmer can tell you, seeds are worthless unless they are planted. You…

Find a Seed

God said, “Let the land have seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their varieties.” Genesis 1:11 God has provided seeds to each of us which are designed to produce more of what we plant. Our seeds can be our time or our support for those in need. Our…

Motivate Others

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that…

Use Your Gift

Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s gifts of grace. 1 Peter 4:10 (NCV) Have you ever bought or made what you thought was the perfect gift for someone? You spent time deciding what the gift would be. You waited with anticipation to see the…

A Living Sacrifice

Since God has shown us his great mercy, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.  Romans 12:1 We should offer our lives to God as a living sacrifice.  The interesting thing about a…

Give Yourself Completely to God

“Give yourselves completely to God, every part of you, for you have been brought back to life, and you are tools in God’s hands, used for His good purpose.” Romans 6:13 The bible tells us to give ourselves completely to God.  The word “complete” implies that God wants all or every part of you.  It’s…

Give It Up

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. Mark 8:35 (NLT) It is easy to do the things we want to in life, but in the end, the…

Help My Unbelief

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 (NLT) At times, God will ask us to take a huge step of faith. He will ask us to do something that seems…

Dream 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, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) Many times we keep God in a box. We hear that we…

Be Confident

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) We all have faith in things we cannot see. For those of you sitting down, you have faith that the item you are sitting on…

Feed The Dog

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) There is a story about an elder who tells his grandson that inside each of us, there is a gray dog and a white dog doing battle. The gray dog possesses qualities typically understood as negative, including envy, greed, sorrow, anger, resentment,…