A music video classic from 1990 came to mind as I thought about the sermon from last Sunday on Biblical fruit and what grows, or doesn't, on the branches of our lives… Commands in the Bible are not merit for salvation. They are imperatives for bearing fruit. We bear fruit to show our faith, not earn it. We must bear good fruit. Many would recognize that bearing bad fruit is not a positive thing. Most would not hesitate to admit that. Yet, I believe many would say that bearing
Is God a fixed mark on your heart, or just one of many scribblings, having been written, erased, or written over again? "Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” – Deuteronomy 4:39 Is God, and what the Bible tells us about Him, laid to our hearts, with permanence and authority over all our beliefs? The Bible tells us that before Spiritual maturity we are like children, tossed to and fro
Are we to judge or not? Our thoughts on this can affect our sharing of the Gospel, and it merits a closer look. “Judge not, lest ye be judged!” This phrase is often thrown out in haste by believers and non-believers alike when it is brought to their attention that the Bible contradicts something people like to do or think is ok. It comes from the first four verses of Matthew 7. "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and w
Fact: Man-made ultra high voltage power lines can carry 800,000 volts. Fact: A God-made tall thunderstorm cloud can hold over 100,000,000 volts of potential. “Ascribe power to God... whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary... he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!” – Psalm 68:34-35 As humans we love to think we have power. We may try to gain it in success, wealth, friendships, work position, knowledge, retweets, the
I clicked the link... Tuesday morning was the fifth video released revealing the inner workings of Planned Parenthood and their baby body harvesting operation. I watch these videos intentionally. As a Christian, I never want to become complacent as to the levels of depravity that exist in this world we live in. Having watched the first four already, I knew what to expect. They always give a warning of graphic footage. Previously it was lab footage of a PP doctor rummaging thr
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." - Romans 1:16
Paul was under obligation to share the Gospel because Jesus had called him specifically to do just that. Since it was his specific assignment to share the news of Christ, he was not embarrassed by any means, he was eager to preach(Romans 1:15). It seems to be prevalent these days to simply keep to one's self. To hunker down and back into
"Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!" - Psalm 105:4
What a wonderfully encouraging thought, seeking the Lord continually. Though it is often easier read than done. As a child of God and a follower of Christ there may be times when we love God, but we have no drive to seek him. The furnace of our heart no longer rages hot for Him. What then? Do we give up or give in to indifference? By no means!
We must do our very best to s
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.” - Psalm 1:2-3 As we head into summertime and leave the school year behind, schedules and routines begin to change, a little more time frees up. Perfect. What a wonderful time to begin to create the habit of getting into God’s Word and committing some to memory.
But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" - Matthew 4:4
When we see leaves on the trees begin to turn colors, it means one thing, they are dying.
As the amount of light in a day begins to shorten, leading up to autumn, the green begins to leave.
Despite their beautiful appearance, eventually, the leaves will fall.
Jesus tells us that we can only live by His Father's Word a
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
- Hebrews 4:12 The world would have us believe the Bible is old-fashioned, out of date, and that the positions it takes are ‘on the wrong side of history’. The world could not be more wrong. Just as Hebrews 4 states, God’s Word is(not was) living and act
Doing my best to abide by Paul’s words that bodily training is of some value (1 Timothy 4:7), I work out. Some. Three early mornings a week of lifting weights is enough for me. Quiet time follows after, again as Paul states in the same verse we should train for godliness, it being of value in every way. Having been at it for months I began to see parallels between lifting lead weights for strength, and lifting scriptural weights for spiritual growth. We could safely say that