October 31, 2017

Pursue Your Dream

‘Look, this dreamer is coming!… let us… kill him.’
 Genesis 37:19–20 NKJV When Joseph dreamed big dreams, how did his brothers respond? ‘Let us… kill him.’Sometimes those closest to you will resent your dream the most, yet with God’s help you can still fulfill it. Andrés Segovia was born in southern Spain and began playing the guitar as a child. In those days, it was considered little more than a folk instrument; serious composers and musicians didn’t respect it. But Segovia saw the potential for classical music on the guitar. He began studying the techniques of classical musicians who played the violin […]
October 30, 2017

Dad, Bless Your Children!

‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Mark 2:5 NKJV Old Testament fathers placed their hands on their children’s heads and spoke certain promises over them, believing the blessing of God can be passed from one generation to another. It’s why ‘Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him.’ (Genesis 28:1 KJV) It’s why Jacob refused to die before blessing his grandchildren (see Genesis 48:14). Children without caring, involved fathers often spend their whole lives searching for a sense of identity and self-worth. Increasingly they’re finding them in the company of rebellious peer groups, street gangs, drug dealers, and on social media and the Internet. And we see […]
October 29, 2017

God’s Undeserved Kindness To You

‘I will surely show you kindness.’
 2 Samuel 9:7 NIV In Bible times, when a new king ascended the throne, he usually killed or banished every member of the old king’s family. So, here’s the story. Jonathan, King Saul’s son, and David, whom Saul hated, were close friends. So close, they made a covenant to protect one another with their lives. After Jonathan and Saul died in battle, Jonathan had one remaining son called Mephibosheth. So, David had him brought to the palace, saying, ‘I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you […]
October 28, 2017

Growing Through Life’s Tests

‘So that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.’
 James 1:4 CEV James writes: ‘Be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything. If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given you… But when you ask…you must have faith… Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm. If you are that kind of person, you […]
October 27, 2017

Has Someone Hurt You?

‘Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall.’
 Proverbs 24:17 NLT In life, you’ll make foes as well as friends. It can’t be avoided; it just comes with the territory. The issue isn’t will you make enemies, the issue is how will you treat them? Our friends bring out the best in us, and oh, how our foes bring out the worst in us! But if you are a follower of Christ, there are three things you can’t do: resent your enemies, retaliate against them, or rejoice when they seem to get their comeuppance. The Bible says: ‘Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t […]
October 26, 2017

Living in God’s Love

‘Live in My love.’
 John 15:9 GWT When someone says, ‘Make yourself at home,’ it means you’re welcome and accepted. And that’s what Jesus means when He says, ‘Live in My love.’ You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you have such a hard time grasping that concept is that you have nothing to compare His love to. Nothing could make God love you more than He does right now, and nothing could make Him love you less. The great irony is that we spend our lives trying to earn His […]
October 25, 2017

Stick With It

‘We praise the ones who endured the most.’
 James 5:11 CEV Observe these six things about persistence: (1) You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. (2) The first two letters in the word goal are ‘go’. (3) Some people dream of doing great things; others wake up and actually do them. (4) Anybody who brags about what they’re going to do tomorrow, probably did the same thing yesterday. (5) You’ll never be what you ought to be, until you’re doing what you ought to be doing. (6) If you’re having trouble thinking outside the […]
October 24, 2017

Understanding God’s Will (3)

‘The Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.’
 Acts 20:23 NIV About 75 percent of believers now live in developing countries, often in anti-Christian environments. Xu Yonghai is one of them. He worked to see the legalization of house churches in China. The government responded by locking him up for two years in a cell 2.4 meters square in a Beijing prison. There was no bathroom, only a pipe in a corner from which water flowed onto the concrete. ‘My cell was the last stop for prisoners sentenced to die,’ he said. ‘At times there were as […]