Friendship with the World (James 4:1-6)

Have you ever heard a preacher say, I don't drink, and I don't chew, and I don't hang out with those who do? That's a very bad attempt at humor, number one. Number two it makes light of, and even pokes fun at the call to holiness. As Christians, we are called to a different... Continue Reading →

The Key to a Right Relationship

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. How many times have we heard that verse? Did you know that's not the whole verse? 2 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?" The phrase; do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers,... Continue Reading →

My Testimony: A More Sure Word

In The Beginning When I was a kid, I would come home from school, get a snack, and turn on the TV. One afternoon at the age of eight or nine, I did my routine and saw a tall man; with piercing eyes, a long pointy nose, and hair styled to look like a ski... Continue Reading →

Devotion: God is God

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; - Psalm 19:7 NKJV. The law of the Lord is perfect, and the testimony of the Lord is sure. The Bible begins with the words, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." No explanation is given for where God... Continue Reading →

Jeremiah: Parallels of the American Church

The last few days, I have been reading the book of Jeremiah for my devotional time, and I have seen many parallels between ancient Israel and modern-day America. No, this is not a prophecy post; I am just going to share a few observations and thoughts from what I have read the last few mornings.... Continue Reading →

Two kinds of Wisdom (James 3:13-18)

What do you do when you don't know what to do? Do you call a friend, do you pray, do you wing it? The answer may depend on the situation. Whatever you do, you want to make the right decision; you want to make a wise decision. How do you make a wise decision? That... Continue Reading →

Taming the Tongue (James 3:1-12)

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. We may have said this as kids, but we know it's not true; words do hurt. Ephesians 4:29 NKJV "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." We know... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Life

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV It's amazing to think about these words to the Prophet Jeremiah. Before God formed Jeremiah in the womb, He had already set his course. Proverbs 16:9 tells us that a man can plan... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Trust

"It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes." - Psalm 118:9 NKJV "Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help." - Psalm 146:3 NKJV How many times do we find ourselves putting our trust in a politician's promises, a business bargain, or even a pastor's... Continue Reading →

Living for Eternity

The other day I was watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. The guys had just bought a time machine from a movie. Penny saw it and told them they were pathetic and devoted too much time to toys and playing games. The only one bothered by it was Leonard, who proceeded to box... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Rest

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NKJV Come to Me, were the first words on my mind a few... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Courage

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV). Just as Joshua was commanded to be strong and courageous, Timothy was instructed not to let anyone look down on him because of his young age. 1 Timothy... Continue Reading →

How’s Your Relationship?

A relationship with Jesus is common vernacular in the church today. It is such a common phrase you probably do not give much thought to it. But have you ever stopped to ponder the meaning of the phrase? We all know the implication behind the phrase is salvation. After that, it is about what living... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Persecution

"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10 NKJV Yesterday Grace Life Church in Alberta, Canada met in an undisclosed location after the government put three fences around the church building and put locked chains... Continue Reading →

Faith And Works (James 2:14-26)

Today we are looking at James 2:14-26 and the relationship between faith and works. Before we get to the text, I acknowledge that there is significant debate about this subject. Some say James contradicts the teachings of Paul, but Scripturally this cannot be so.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,... Continue Reading →

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