Overcoming Sin

There is an interesting verse in Genesis chapter four that we have all read countless times, but today I realized God Himself gave us the key to victory over sin. Genesis 4:1-10 LSB "Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, "I have gotten a... Continue Reading →

Power for Life

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 TLV) I have treasured Your word in my heart, so I might not sin against... Continue Reading →

Established in Genesis

Genesis is a book of beginnings. In it, we find the creation, humanity, the flood, the story of redemption begins to unfold, and the nation of people is promised to Abraham. God begins to set things in order very quickly, and certain things established in Genesis carry through the entirety of Scripture. For example, Malachi... Continue Reading →

The Standard of Goodness

We’ve all heard that it is best to rip a band-aid off because it hurts more when you pull it slowly. My childhood memories say that’s true. So, what about the band-aid of “I’m a good person.” Should we slowly pull it off or rip it off by saying, no, none of us are good... Continue Reading →

The Narrow Path (Matthew 7:13-23)

The other day I saw a quote that said the part of the Bible we would like to ignore is the part we need the most. In Matthew chapter seven, we read the words judge not, that you be not judged. And that’s where most people stop. They don’t want to acknowledge that the rest... Continue Reading →

Nevertheless (Revelation 2)

If God wrote you a letter, what do you think He would say? Would He thank you for serving in kids church or for helping as a youth group sponsor? Would He commend you for opening your home for a weekly small group? After He listed your accomplishments and obedience, would it be followed by... Continue Reading →

Understanding Spiritual Words (1 Corinthians 2:12-16)

"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak—not in words taught by human wisdom but in words taught by the Ruach, explaining the spiritual to the spiritual. 14 Now a natural... Continue Reading →

What are you Building? (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

Today as I was reading 1 Corinthians chapters one through five, a few verses from chapter three caught my attention. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 "According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each consider carefully how he... Continue Reading →

Psalm 1

Psalms is a book of songs, prayers, struggle, and encouragement that deals with just about any area of life you can think about. I find myself reading the Psalms when I don't know what to read. I read the Psalms when I'm discouraged and need hope, when I'm overwhelmed with emotion, and overwhelmed by the... Continue Reading →

The Right Kind of Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

I have noticed a pattern with my posts lately that got me to thinking. The pattern has been emphasizing the importance of reading and studying the Bible on a daily basis. I realized growing up Word of Faith, I was taught to give the Word first place and make it final authority in my life.... Continue Reading →

Give Attention to the Word (James 1:19-27)

In the last two weeks we have looked at how to handle temptation, keep a right perspective and how to persevere through trial. This week we will look at a major key in all of those areas, giving attention to the instruction of Scripture. Making Bible reading a priority in life, but not just reading,... Continue Reading →

Abiding in the Word

John 15:1-8 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He trims so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and... Continue Reading →

Valuing the Word of God

John chapter seventeen records Jesus's prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. In verse seventeen, we read, "Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth." Psalm 138:2 NKJV "I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name."... Continue Reading →

Sheep, Goats, and Wolves (Mt. 7:13-23)

Matthew 7:13-23 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” 15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to... Continue Reading →

The Person of the Word

One of the most amazing Bible passages to me is John 1:1-5, 14. The Wuest Expanded Translation puts things into a new perspective. “In the beginning the Word was existing. And the Word was in fellowship with God the Father. And the Word as to his existence was absolute deity. This Word was in the... Continue Reading →

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