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
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
Food for thought... If a legitimate, Biblical, Christ-following life is a sweet, buttercream frosted, double chocolate cupcake, the only way to have this is with Jesus as the batter itself, providing all the necessary ingredients for a life with God in the Spirit. One cannot simply dress up a world-centered, stuff-loving, fiber bran muffin life with a few Jesus sprinkles on top and claim to be a cupcake. You cannot fool God and your actions will always give away your true ing
Wednesday Devo: And he[Jesus] said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. - Matthew 22:37-39 Do you ever feel like this picture portrays how to operate your Christian life? If you can turn this knob while pulling that lever and minding this dial, then you are kind of doing it right. All these instruct
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19 What did Jesus mean when he said “fishers of men(all people)”?
He was talking about catching people for Christ, by sharing the Gospel with them (Matt. 28:19).
This was the task given to every believer before Jesus left the earth. So now we know what we are supposed to be fishing for, but are we fishing for other things instead? Everyone is trying to catch something. Fishing
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
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24 The Bible makes it pretty clear. Build your life on obeying Christ and His words; abiding in Christ.
When we abide in Christ, we glorify God(John 15:7-8). Every aspect of our lives should be built around giving God glory. Straight from Jesus’ mouth to us - Loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
- Matthew 10:30-31 We often think we need something else. Something to make us different, to make us special. Maybe it’s something we put on, certain people we hang out with, or something we do. The truth is, we don’t need anything to make