God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

Let’s consider this popular verse. Some will claim this is written to the Jews in exile and does not apply to us today. But, let’s look at this verse and consider the context and see what we can learn about God and his plans for us. Let’s consider these people. God had plans for them. Who were they? Where were they? What does this tell us about the character of God? Does God have plans for us? Are God’s plans good, Continue reading God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

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7 ways to restore the joy of your salvation

It happens to all of us. We have all walked through the slough of despond, a fictional, deep bog in John Bunyan’s allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, into which the protagonist Christian sinks under the weight of his sins and his sense of guilt for them. When that happens, we need to follow David’s example, and cry out to God to “Restore unto me the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51:12)

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3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock

The 3 requirements for fervent effectual prayer are ask, seek, and knock. The Christian life is an active life, it motivates, and it works. You need to ask the will of God. You need to actively seek the answer. Then, you have to put the answer into action. All 3 of these are required. Don’t expect a godly answer and good results without all three. If you never ask the will of God, but seek everywhere for an answer, who knows what Continue reading 3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock

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Caregiver or Clergy – Love in action in the parable of “The Good Samaritan”

What did Jesus teach about serving others? Many leaders in the Christian community are identified as Christian “ministers”. This tradition leads many to equate Christian ministry with clergy or leadership over Christian congregations. In scripture, a “minister” is simply a “servant” and “ministry” relates to “service”. How can one be both a servant to, and an authority over, God’s people?

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Is the LORD really your shepherd?

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) One cannot have it both ways. Either we belong or we don’t. Jesus Himself warned us that there would come a day when many would say, “Lord, in Your name we did many wonderful things,” but He will retort that He never knew us as His own. It is a most serious and sobering thought which should make us search our own hearts and motives and personal relationship to Continue reading Is the LORD really your shepherd?

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101 Bible Verses to Make Personal

Here are my personal favorite and most powerful verses from a life-long love of reading the Holy Bible. I tried to narrow this list to 101 verses, I really did try, but every time I considered removing a verse it caused me to keep it and add another, so the list kept growing. And, even now, there are dozens and hundreds of verses I want to add. If I’ve forgotten your favorite or most important verse, please add it to the comments Continue reading 101 Bible Verses to Make Personal

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101 Proverbs about Money

The Bible has the answers to all of the problems in life. Please read these 101 Proverbs about money. If you are having financial problems, write down 10 verses that apply to your situation to use money wisely and put them into practice in your life.

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Count your many blessings and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

Sometime life’s trials are too difficult to understand. Sometimes life’s troubles are too hard to bare. Sometimes life’s pain is too much to tolerate. When those times come, look to the LORD… I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD himself Continue reading Count your many blessings and it will surprise you what the Lord has done

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Christian vs. Government Authority

There used to be a commercial for Hebrew National hotdogs that claimed they had a better product because “They answered to an even higher authority.” It was a silly commercial, but I still remember that tag line. I have endeavored to make it the tag line for my life. No, I can’t do something that is illegal, immoral, unethical, improper, or dishonest, because I answer to an even higher authority. This should be true of all Christians. God requires Christians to submit to the Continue reading Christian vs. Government Authority

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Give us Barabbas

The man named Barabbas was no accidental coincidence, his name was {Βαραββᾶς, Βαραββα, ὁ (from בַּר son, and אַבָּא father, hence, son of a father} which includes all of us. Every human son/daughter of a father was set free of the curse of sin by the death/burial/resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the ultimate Son of the ultimate Father. The murderous terrorist, who deserved to die, went free and the harmless, undefiled, free-from-sin, lamb of God was sacrificed in his place. Please read Continue reading Give us Barabbas

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