Examining the Offering Confession

"We receive jobs and better jobs, raises, and bonuses, benefits, bills paid off, debts demolished...we command our harvest to come.... angels go get it and bring it to us now in Jesus' name!" These are part of the words I used to say every Sunday after the tithes and offerings were received. But, I have... Continue Reading →

Av: Overcoming Unbelief

Av is the fifth month on the Hebrew calendar. We've all heard that five is a grace number, and Av is a month when we need grace, a grace that overcomes. The ninth of Av (Saturday, August 6, 2022) is a day of mourning and fasting because it is on that day the First and... Continue Reading →

BE! Rooted

Let there be is a phrase repeated in Genesis chapter one as God created all that the world contains. Colossians 2:6-7 LSB "Therefore as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,7 having been firmly rooted and being built up in Him, and having been established in your faith⁠—just as you were instructed⁠—and... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Presumption

Faith in God is not presumption.  What is presumption? “an idea that is taken to be true, and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain.” How do we presume upon God? By proclaiming instead of praying is one way we can presume upon God. Some see faith as... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Give it to God

Just give it to God. How often have we said that to ourselves or had someone say it to us? When we’re stressed, things are piling up, or we don’t know what to do in a situation, we know the answer is to give it to God. So many of us are quick to pray;... Continue Reading →

The Christian’s Source of Strength

When we think of strength, our first thought may be someone who goes to the gym, or we may think of someone we know who has gone through a series of hard times and still holds on to their faith. In paul's second prayer for the church at Ephesus, he focuses on the Christian's source... Continue Reading →

Understanding Grace in the Light of Truth

As I was reading Colossians a few weeks ago, his prayer for the church stuck out to me. I began to think of the other prayers recorded in his letters. In Colossians 1:18, Paul told the Colossians to share the letter with the Laodiceans and to read the letter written to them. The prayers for... Continue Reading →

Contending for The Faith (Jude 1:1-3)

When I look at America today, it is shocking to see what is going on in our nation. From the promotion of things of the vilest sort to corruption in all levels of leadership, the state of the government can seem hopeless. But this post is not about that. As shocking as the state of... 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 →

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 →

Perspective

This morning I was thinking about how easy it is to believe God for things, yet when we go through hard times our faith can be shaken, and we aren't believing anymore. When we think about believing God, it's typically believing God for something and not in the middle of something. As I was thinking,... 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 →

Trials, Trust, & Triumph (James 1:1-8)

In a day when professions of faith abound, and the common question is, how can I know I am saved? The book of James helps us answer that question by giving us several ways to examine our lives to test whether our faith is genuine or not. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV "Examine... Continue Reading →

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