Monday, June 5th, 2017

Every time we feel stepped on and get hurt, we have one of two options: stay broken before God or build of walls of defense. Just remember that in a bitter soul God’s seed cannot grow. This is why Paul tells us to “Get rid of all bitterness…” (Ephesians 4:31).… Read the rest

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The Bible tells us, “Keep a sharp eye out for weed…a thistle or two…can ruin a whole garden. Watch out…don’t trade away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite” (Hebrews 12:15). We have to remove any and all distractions that would keep us from God’s Word.… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

“Remodeling the heart is not always pleasant. We don’t object when the Carpenter adds a few shelves, but He’s been known to gut the entire west wing. He has such high aspirations for you. God envisions a complete restoration. He won’t stop until He is finished” (Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus). And He won’t be finished until we have been shaped “along the…lines…of His Son” (Romans 8:29).… Read the rest

Monday, May 29th, 2017

“God loves to decorate. Let him live long enough in a heart, and that heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child’s tear untouched” (Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus). It’s not enough for Him to own you; He wants to change you.… Read the rest

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Our natural tendency when we feel walked on is to build up walls. No one likes to get hurt, and we will pay a great price to ensure we are not. But God calls us to stay broken and open to Him, especially since that price was already paid by Him. Forgive. Let things go. You will never regret it.… Read the rest

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

The true God-centered people of God will always reproduce the nature of Him in their worlds around them. Fruit happens (this should be a bumper sticker). But the fact is, as we deepen our faith in God, fruit will develop on the branches of our lives. It’s just the natural by-product of His presence within us. “When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing” (John 15:5).… Read the rest

Friday, May 26th, 2017

“The natural condition for human life is shared rootedness in one another. Just like a tree is rooted in the earth and where it gets nourishment, human beings were created to be rooted in the hearts of other human beings. The very assurance that somebody loves me, is for me, pays attention to me, and watches over me, is the indispensable condition of a healthy, stable life. Our well-being depends on it” (Dallas Willard).… Read the rest

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

No matter what’s going on, no matter what the world may suggest, no matter where the winds might blow, may we bow to no other but God. Paul writes, “Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). As the ageless hymn so powerfully states, “All other ground is sinking sand.”… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Solomon is not suggesting that we surrender our ability to think, just that we understand that in the end, God gets the last word. The late E.V. Hill once said, “Do everything you can as if there’s no God. But once you’ve done everything you can do, trust as if there’s ONLY God.”… Read the rest

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine or religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus Himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus” (Max Lucado).… Read the rest

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

The greater the intimacy we have in God, the greater the awe we will have of God. Paul tells us that “no one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it – what God has arranged for those who LOVE Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). If we would make God our wonder, it’s promised that we would see the wonders of our God.… Read the rest

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Arsene Houssaye wrote, “Tell me whom you love, and I will tell you who you are.” The Scriptures tell us that the mouth speaks that which is in our hearts. We could say in reverse, ‘what lies in our hearts, our mouths will speak.’ As Jesus said, “All who love Me will do what I say” (John 14:23). So check your heart – it says a lot.… Read the rest

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Charles Spurgeon stated, “If God does not save a man by truth, He certainly will not save them by lies. And if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then let’s do without the revival; we will keep to the old truth, no matter, come what may.” While we can do great things without God, we just can’t do anything eternal.… Read the rest

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

A.W. Tozer once said, “Worship is the missing jewel of the church.” I’ve heard it said that we are becoming a generation of people who worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship. If we’re going to be a people of worship, we must forget what lies around us and focus first on Who it is that is within us.… Read the rest

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing” (Albert Schweitzer). Remember, vision is caught, not taught. Despite what our words may suggest, our actions will always speak louder. “Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching” (Titus 2:7).… Read the rest

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Leadership is a patient quality of which the Lord gives. It is an awesome responsibility as well as audacious. Thus, I’m always suspicious of those who want its authority without paying the epoch price. As wine tastes best with age (so they tell me), so is leadership. I guess we could say, then, “There is no leadership, before its time.”… Read the rest

Monday, May 15th, 2017

I think one of the great tragedies of our generation is how prematurely we give someone a title – especially the title of leader. Let’s be honest, it’s a right that’s earned over time. If we prescribe anything less, we’ve ultimately undermined the very authority the word represents.… Read the rest

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Paul encouraged the church in Corinth, “Finish what you started…” (2 Corinthians 8:10). He wrote in Hebrews, “Finish the race…” (Hebrews 12:1), and went on to say, “Keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish” (Hebrews 12:2). Be a finisher.… Read the rest