Can your faith save you?

Are you rich or are you poor? A rich mentality often becomes “I can do this on my own; I can sustain myself.” The poor can more easily realize “I can’t depend on myself, on my strength, because I have none.” Faith can come easier to us when it’s all we have. What are you … Continue reading

Dreaming or planning?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without … Continue reading

“Plan A”

Isaiah 53:10-12 (NLT) 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the … Continue reading

The Value of Friendship.

Friendship. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” The Bible says in Colossians 3:12-14 that, “Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, … Continue reading

Experience for Experience

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” ~James 1: 2-3~ Ever wonder how your current and past circumstances are going to affect your future? How God will choose to use your life experiences to … Continue reading

7 x 70

In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus answers Peter’s question about how many times he needs to forgive with a parable about a servant who owes a king ten thousands bags of gold. The man should be delivered to torturers since he can’t repay it, but when he begs, the king lets him go. The man leaves the … Continue reading

Lost Valuables

“Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, ‘This Man receives sinners and eats with them.’ So He spoke this parable to them…” Luke 15:1 Not only did Jesus receive the ‘sinners,’ His message attracted these people. Do our words have that kind … Continue reading

forgiveness and the Holy Spirit

If you haven’t gotten a-hold of a copy of Robert Morris’ The God I Never Knew, then I highly recommend you do.  As Morris states within the text, this book was not written with the intent of being “informational,” but rather “transformational.” I am half-way reading through it, and as an already Spirit-filled Christian, my experience … Continue reading

Amish forgiveness and Corrie ten Boom

Extreme examples of forgiveness have a way of drawing attention—even criticism—in our world. Take the Amish families who promptly forgave the murderer of their children and cared for his family, or the concentration camp victim who blessed a former S.S. officer. The world doesn’t know what to make of it. In Luke 23:3-47, we’re given … Continue reading