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Devotionals


9/24/20

What Does It Mean For A Christian To Be Faithful?

Being close only counts in throwing hand grenades. Real faithfulness is never is a day late, never misses a beat, and never falters. Real faithfulness is committed and exclusive. Being faithful is devoted, dedicated, and loyal.

9/17/20

The Difference Faith Makes In People

In 1966, Landon Gilkey wrote a book based on his journal called Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure. It contains some incredible observations about human nature, law, politics, government, work, religion, and morality. Here is what Gilkey showed me about the difference faith makes in people.

9/10/20

Self Audit

If we want to have and maintain a close walk with God, it is wise to conduct a spiritual audit of our lives.  Just as your body needs a check-up with blood tests and other health appraisal tools, you need a tool to find out where you are spiritually. Fred Smith’s article gives you a checklist that you might want to use. Over the last 12 years, I have reworked, refined, and rephrased his list of 12 questions and expanded it to 15.  It is a good checklist of things to assess how your walk with Christ is going.

9/03/2020

True Grace

These days, Christians are rediscovering the very important doctrine and joyous truth of God’s grace. But there is a new trend that is cheapening and devaluing of grace. With some, grace is becoming the new and deceptive way to continue in sin. They say “God gives me grace so I am free to live as I please.” Well, that is the old antinomianism, that old Gnosticism, and that is from the old devil! Years ago, we got rid most aspects of legalism in evangelical Christianity. But we got a new problem. It is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called “cheap grace.” This week, I want to remind us all as to what grace is truly is. Here are ten clarifications about true grace to help us walk with God.

8/27/20

Our Spoken Word

If we are going to be fully-devoted followers of Christ, our tongues and our speech need be yielded to God too.  So, this week, here are seven admonitions from the Scriptures that tell how God wants us to speak.

 

8/20/20

Part of the World but Not of It

In an article titled “Be Separate,” Billy Graham observed: “To a large extent, the American church has become merged with the world. It has adopted so many of the world’s ideals and standards that it has lost its ability to stem the tide of crime, deception and immorality that is sweeping the nation. For millions of church members there is no deep commitment to the cause of Christ, no regularity of attendance at public worship, no sacrificial giving, no personal religious discipline.”

So, what does separation mean?  How can you and I live a separated life?

8/13/20

Resting in the Sovereignty of God

It is vital that we remember one important and familiar verse. It is Romans 8:28 which says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” When you know that God is sovereign, you will believe that He knows what is best in “all things.”

8/6/20

Godly Finances

Perhaps you are financially struggling? Or you in deep debt and don’t know what to do. Or maybe you just want to honor God more with your money. This week, I want to share ten principles that I have learned from God about money that might help you.

7/30/20

That's Awesome!

The words “amazing” and “awesome” have gotten hijacked by the world in recent years. It seems like every television commercial uses the word “amazing” to describe their product, their event, or their service. Most every conversation I have with someone under the age of 40, the word “awesome” or “amazing” are used multiple times. These words are so over-used that they don’t really describe what is truly amazing and awesome.

7/23/20

Don't Waste Your Mind

Do you know the phrase, “make up your mind?” Well, that is one of the key functions of the mind. The mind is where you sort through alternatives and make choices. And those choices are everything! So, your mind really is a terrible thing to waste!! This week, I want to give you eight choices you must make to develop a healthy mind.

7/16/20

The Perfect Pastor

Most of the Bible characters were not perfect either. Imagine if a search committee considered some of them for a pastoral position.

7/09/20

What Time Is It?

Asking what time it is might be the most important question we can ask as we embark on the third decade of the twenty-first century! What is happening around us? What does this mean for God’s Kingdom? How do we as Christians respond to these events? What does God want us to do in these times of change and turmoil? How do we handle all this?

7/02/20

T.V. Control

Since we are still in this COVID thing, we are watching more television than ever. So this is why I am writing about television. Here are ten suggestions on how you can manage your watching and how you can be in direct control (not remote control) of your television:

6/25/20

Psalms For The Heart

Since we will be studying the Old Testament book of Psalms this summer, I want to introduce you to the many facets of this marvelous book that God gave us: Psalms

6/18/20

Sovereign God

In this crazy life, God is in control

6/11/20

Ways To Be Kind

In 1 Corinthians 13:4, it says “love is kind.” People who are Christ-followers should practice kindness.

6/04/20

Beauty From Broken Things

Stevie Wonder is a living illustration of the wonders God can do withweaknesses. God can take broken things and make beauty. God can take problems and turn them into opportunities.

5/28/20

Add More Humor To Your Life. It Can Be Some Good Medicine

In these email chats I try to talk about things that will help you in your daily walk with God.  This week, I want to talk to you about the value and importance of humor.  In fact, I want you consider adding more humor and laughter to your life. 

5/21/20

In Difficult Times Trust The Lord

Suffering is hard, sometimes excruciating. But, to grow through hard times, you need to covenant with God.

5/14/20

How To Age Gracefully

Since we are all aging, I share ten lessons I am learning from God's word and from others who follow God's Word about aging gracefully.

5/10/20

Don't Forget God!

This is one of the sub-themes of the Old Testament. In Hosea 13:6, God says: "When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me."

4/29/20

Power Over Boredom During Quarenteen

During this COVID-19 quarantine, several people have told me how bored they are. With the social distancing, isolation and self-quarantining, they say it is hard to find things to do. Well, I have a suggestion and it's not more TV!

4/23/20

Don't Surrender to Panic!

If you aspire to be a mature Christian, then we need to know how to handle our emotions with God’s help.  The best place to learn that is in God’s Word, the Bible.

4/16/20

Encouraging Words

How can we be sons and daughters of encouragement? From Barnabas's life, there are five actions we can take to encourage those around us

4/09/20

The Pendulum of Life

10 Important facts about Hope

4/2/20

The Spirit of Stupid

What are the qualities of this and how to spot it when it happens.

3/27/20
Memorize Scripture

Verses For Times of Trouble

3/12/20
Hot Dog Optimism

10 ingredients for developing spiritual optimism and joyous faith in your walk with God.

 
3/5/20
7 Stepping Stones

That God can use to bring His restoration and blessing into your life.

 
2/27/20
Fasting

Why should a Christian concider Fasting? Here are a few reasons.

 
2/20/20
Attendance

10 things that happen when you don't come to church.

 
2/13/20
Life Improvements

10 areas we can grow on and improve in our lives.

 
2/6/20
The Fragrance Of Christ

What it takes to have the fragrance of Christ.

 
1/30/20
The End Of Bitterness

10 ways to prevent and end bitterness in your soul.

 
1/23/20
The End Of Dissappointments

10 Important tools that will help you win over disappointments.

 
1/16/20
The Great Provider

10 Lessons to encourage you who are out-of-work.


 
1/9/20
Your Devotional Time With God

How to have a meaningful devotional time with God.

 
1/2/20
Wisdom From The Word Of God

10 results I have found from the Word.

 
12/26/19
30 Commitments To A Better Life

Here are my personal life plan to become closer to Christ.

 
12/19/19
Christmas!

I bring you good news of great joy!


 
12/12/19
The Baby That Changed The World!

How to live during Christmas

 
12/05/20
Don't Be Afraid

 The spiritual benefits of gratitude.

 
11/28/19
Christian Assets

When your assets can't be devalued in a market crash.

 
11/21/19
Friendship
Why you need East Hills!

 
11/14/19
Why Go To Church?

5 reasons to consider.