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 NKJV "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore... Continue Reading →

Walking in the Word

Have you ever started putting a shelving unit together, looked at the pictures in the instructions, said to yourself, simple enough, and then proceeded to toss the instructions aside? Then, twenty minutes later, you're looking for them because you have too many screws or that part doesn't connect to where "it's supposed to?" We wouldn't... Continue Reading →

Power for Life

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 LSB). Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I... 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 Word is our Defense

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me stray from Your commandments.11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You." These are the words of Psalm 119:9-11 (LSB).... Continue Reading →

Blameless in the Battle

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, Genesis 17:1 ESV From the moment I woke up this morning, I have been thinking about the phrase, “walk before Me and be blameless.” I wonder what Abraham thought when God said that? It’s... 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, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things... 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 ESV "According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon... 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 NKJV “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As... 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 →

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