“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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:24-27). The gospel writers make it clear that one of the outstanding features of Jesus’ ministry was that he freely and naturally exercised this authority. People sensed that they were under the immediate influence of God. Jesus’ words struck at the heart; they were clear, strong, unequivocal, simple, and mysterious.Read More
A year after settling into our new home, we had the idea to have a little, informal block party and invite the neighbors around us whom we knew — about 15 or 20 people.
At the time, I had no grandiose visions of what God could do with that small step; I just thought it would be fun to get some neighbors together.
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His heart is to bless. Blessings are not just nice words. They are powerful for conveying the love of God to the people of this world. What is blessing? To express good wishes or to offer prayer to God for someone’s welfare and benefit. What a wonderful thing—to ask for good to happen in another’s life. God’s intention is to bless—and we are the conveyors of His blessing. We are His image to the world desperately needing Him. We reflect what He is like. God sent us out to reveal Himself. The verse above expresses our God’s love and care for us…Read More
To understand the concept of the banner let’s go to the first place in scripture where God is identified as “Jehovah Nissi,” which means, “The LORD is my banner.” The children of Israel were wandering through the wilderness on their way to the promised land when the Amalekites attacked (Exodus 17:8). Moses sent Joshua to lead the army into battle but told him that he would stand on the top of the hill overlooking the battle with his arms raised to the Lord. As long as Moses kept his arms raised in worship, the Israelites were winning. If Moses’s arms started to drop, the Israelites started to lose the battle. When Aaron, Moses’s brother, noticed this trend, he and Hurr climbed the hill and put a rock under Moses to sit on. Aaron and Hurr then stood on either side of Moses holding up his arms.Read More
More than half of the states in the U.S. have what is known as “stand your ground” laws, which allows individuals to defend or protect themselves by use of force, rather than just running away. God has given us a “stand your ground” law, too (See Matthew 10:1; Luke 9:1, 10:19; Ephesians 6:11; just to name a few). We have a list of promises—guaranteed blessings—that belong to us. But we have to stand against our enemy to take them and receive them. To stand your ground means to refuse to change position—to refuse to move from one place to another—to refuse to retreat or lose your advantage in the face of opposition.Read More
I love watching the sunrise on the horizon of Lake Michigan, and it always reminds me of the dawning of the new life of faith. The black-painted sky gradually thins and stars lose their sparkle against the graying morning. On the horizon, where the sun hides low like a lion in tall grass, the darkness melts before the advancing, red-tinged light. A fire is coming. And then it shoots out across the landscape—just a small ray—but the darkness has no chance against it. Then the brilliant arch advances. By the time the full orb rides on the horizon, its radiant heat is already drying the night air and warming my face.Read More
Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.
Three Types of People
1. Natural Person (Self-Directed Life)
(Someone who has not received Christ.)
Self is on the throne, directing decisions and actions (represented by the dots), often resulting in frustration. Jesus is outside the life.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” is from 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV). We’ve seen this recognizable Scripture on plaques, shirts, tablecloths, and maybe even on face masks due to our present times. It is a verse that people find meaning in no matter how strong their faith is in God. It is attached to one of the most celebrated segments of Scripture among believers today. First Corinthians 13, for those who may not know, is the verse commonly used in wedding ceremonies, recounting how love is not puffed up, not envious, endures all things, and never fails.Read More
One of the top search phrases leading people to Bible.org is this question, “What does God say about me?” That could be a natural question for anyone to ask who does not already know the Bible’s teachings. But, a lot of times, that question is wrapped up in mega insecurity, even among Christians. Perhaps this question is constantly rolling over in your mind.Read More
When I was fighting cancer, I knew how important it was to know the Word and to act on it for health and healing. Had it not been for the Word of God — knowing that God’s Word works, that God would never lie and that He keeps His promises — I would not be alive today. God sent His Word, and I was healed.
But when our daughter, Lisa, was born with a condition similar to cerebral palsy and brain damage, my husband and I knew very little about healing. John was the pastor of a traditional church that didn’t teach about healing. Lack of knowledge could have destroyed us (See Hosea 4:6), but somehow we knew that God’s Word was true.