DEVOTION: The Blood of Jesus

I woke up at five this morning, and had thoughts of the blood of Jesus. It seemed unusual to me, to be thinking specifically about the blood of Jesus so early in the morning. My next thought was, I should read Spurgeon's book on the power of the blood today. I got my phone and... Continue Reading →

Patience and Perseverance (James 5:7-12)

As James begins to wrap up his letter, he circles back to the subject of endurance he started with; in chapter one, James spoke about the necessity of enduring trials and how we grow through them. In chapter five, he talks about enduring harsh treatment and persecution. In the Church today, there is much emphasis... 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 LSB “According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be... Continue Reading →

Words of Warning for the Wealthy (James 5:1-6)

Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Deconstruction

There goes another one, I think to myself, each time I read of another celebrity Christian deconstructing their faith. Why do people deconstruct? There isn’t one reason, and each person has their own story. Deconstruction is all about the story. I’m not going to respond as other people have reacted; many will say I need... 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 →

Walking in Love and the Will of God (James 4:11-17)

Last week in our James study, we talked about the importance of humility as we approach God. As we finish chapter four this week, we will look at our relationship with other believers; and the importance of depending upon God. James 4:11-12 NKJV "Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil... Continue Reading →

Reading the Bible Devotionally

I frequently post on the importance of Bible study, going deeper into the text, and reading old books. But today, I want to give you some tips to help you read the Bible devotionally. Typically when we think of devotions, we think of a plan on the Bible app or reading a Devotional book. While... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Portion and Promise

"The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words." Psalm 119:57 ESV "In Him every need is met, whether in life or in death. With God as your portion you are rich indeed, for He will supply your need, comfrot your heart, relieve your grief, guide your steps, walk with you in a... Continue Reading →

Cultural Trends and the Church

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in... Continue Reading →

Devotion: Diligence

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."II Timothy 2:15 NKJV Understanding Scripture in its context is important. We need to get the story right, and we need to understand that all of Scripture points to Jesus. In studying Scripture,... Continue Reading →

Drawing Near to God (James 4:7-10)

In his second letter, Peter writes, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and brotherly kindness love.” For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful... Continue Reading →

Repentance, Reformation, and Revival

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and I have spent the last several hours thinking about what to write. I have read some posts by well-known Christian leaders, politicians, and the President of the United States. As much as this is a day that depicts unity; and is full of prayers for God's blessing... Continue Reading →

Let the Church be the Church

I miss seeing a pulpit on the platform at church, I even miss the fact that we call it a platform. I know that's a strange thing to hear in this day and age. Really, it's strange because Pastor Steve was the only pastor I had seen standing behind a wooden pulpit, a big one.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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