January 31, 2018

Be A Peacemaker

‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ Matthew 5:9 NIV Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar told of a little guy who was confronted by three big bullies, any one of whom could have flattened him. And clearly, that’s what they had in mind. But the little guy was very bright. He backed away, drew a line in the dirt, backed up a few more steps, looked into the eyes of the biggest bully and said, ‘I dare you to step across that line!’ The guy did. Then the little boy grinned and said, ‘Good, now we’re both on the same side!’ When you find yourself […]
January 30, 2018

The Answer’s On The Way!

‘Shunem, where there was a great woman.’ 2 Kings 4:8 KJV The Bible refers to this woman as ‘a great woman’. That’s because she had a ‘great’ strategy for her life! She prepared a bedroom in her house for Elisha the prophet to use when he passed through town. As a result she got her heart’s desire: a baby boy. And later when her son died suddenly, God used Elisha to raise him from the dead. Notice three things in this woman’s story: (1) She made room for God. (2) Her dream came to pass. (3) When her dream died, God brought it back […]
January 29, 2018

Learn To Live Within Your Means

‘The borrower is servant to the lender.’ Proverbs 22:7 NKJV Here’s an idea for getting out of debt, and staying out. Instead of referring to it as your ‘credit card’, start seeing it as your ‘debt card’. Next time you have an ‘itch’ to purchase something you don’t need or can’t pay for, that may just stop you from ‘scratching’ it. People generally fall into three categories: (1) the haves (2) the have-nots (3) the have-not-paid-for-what-they-haves. The story is told of a handyman who’d been called out to a millionaire’s mansion to refinish the floors. The rich man’s wife said, ‘Be especially […]
January 28, 2018

Spiritual Growth (3)

‘The Word of God, which effectively works in you who believe.’ 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV Spiritually speaking, you may not be as far along as you’d like to be, but thank God you’re still on the road. At one time you were a stranger to God’s grace, but now you belong to ‘the household of God.’ (Ephesians 2:19 NKJV) Paul writes, ‘You received the Word…which…effectively works in you who believe.’ As long as you keep reading and believing God’s Word, it will keep working in you. Plus, you mature a lot faster when you learn to relax and start living by what God’s Word says […]
January 27, 2018

Spiritual Growth (2)

‘When we grew up, we quit our childish ways.’ 1 Corinthians 13:11 CEV People with strong faith can make you feel ‘less than’, when you compare yourself to them. We can so admire people of faith who testify to amazing changes in their lives—and exude confidence and stability in their relationship with God—that we feel inadequate in comparison. In our heart of hearts, many of us wonder if God doles out His favor according to a merit system. Big tick or gold star for perfect obedience, big strike-out for anything less. But, truth is, faith is a growing thing. It doesn’t […]
January 26, 2018

Spiritual Growth (1)

‘In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.’ Galatians 6:9 NKJV A high-rise construction worker slipped and fell from a scaffold forty floors up. As he was plummeting past the twentieth-floor window, a woman in an office shouted out, ‘How are you doing?’ The man replied, ‘So far, so good!’ Seriously, some days spiritual growth feels like two steps forward and three steps back. It doesn’t come easily; that’s why Paul encourages us not to lose heart. Generally speaking, you don’t notice yourself getting older physically until you see an earlier photo, then it hits you. And […]
January 25, 2018

God Loves Them—You Must Too

‘You know that we Jews are not allowed to have anything to do with other people. But God has shown me that He doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit.’ Acts 10:28 CEV From a Jewish point of view Cornelius, a Gentile, was a bad guy. He ate the wrong food, hung out with the wrong crowd, and swore allegiance to the wrong leader: Caesar. He didn’t quote the Torah or descend from Abraham. He was uncircumcised, unkosher, and unclean. Yet he did two things that got God’s attention. He prayed for spiritual enlightenment, and he was generous to the poor […]
January 24, 2018

Practice Humility

‘Clothe yourselves with humility.’ 1 Peter 5:5 NASB The Bible says: ‘Clothe yourselves with humility… for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble… humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:5–7 NASB) Let’s break this Scripture down into four parts: (1) ‘Clothe yourselves with humility.’ In this context the word clothe refers to a white scarf or apron that was typically worn by servants. Does that mean you have to conform to everybody’s wishes? No; if you do that […]