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Friday, March 8, 2019

I’m absolutely convinced that nothing-nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable-absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:38-39 (MSG)

Sometimes in our lives, even when we have declared Jesus as Lord, it can feel as if we’re a thousand miles from Him. It’s hard to describe, but you can feel it in your heart that something just isn’t right. You feel distant from Him.
The truth about it is, that we are the problem. God doesn’t move. He is always constant, never changing, and more stable than we could ever be. So if he stays the same, who has distanced themselves in this relationship? Us.
Thank Jesus He is the great “Bridge Builder” as C.S. Lewis describes Him. He bridges the gap that brings us closer to the love of God. We d...

Monday, September 24, 2018

“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:6 (NLT)

Let’s think about the purposes of salt: preservation, flavor, disinfectant, and it contains a mineral in which our bodies need (sodium). If our speech is seasoned with salt, as it should be, then others will be filled with life after talking to you, you will build them up and make them stronger, as salt does to our food. We also need sodium in our system for our bodies to perform correctly; we need each other to speak words that encourage us so that we can function properly. And all of this is done with the help of the Spirit and His grace.

It is so easy to want to talk about ourselves when talking with others, but we are called to something greater. If we all start speaking with others according to this verse, encouraging one anoth...

Friday, March 2, 2018

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like you’ve let Jesus down? The answer for everyone is typically “yes.” I know I have. Two of Jesus’ closest friends, Peter and Judas (two of his disciples) let him down in the most crucial situation of His life: Peter denied Jesus three times and and Judas betrayed Him into the hands of those who were to crucify Him. Both deeply regretted their actions (read Matthew 26:75 and Matthew 27:5).

Yet, Peter responded in the right way where Judas did not. Judas is an example of “worldly sorrow” where he was unable to bring himself to accept God’s mercy and forgiveness. Whereas, Peter is an example of “godly sorrow”. Maybe it was fear or maybe it was doubt that led Peter to deny Jesus, but it left him feeling so d...

Saturday, October 21, 2017

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature with God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8

These verses should blow our minds every time we read them. The fact that Jesus, who created the world and everything in it, including us, obediently left the Father’s side at the Father’s command to become one of us is just crazy. He stooped from the exaltation and glory of Heaven to come to earth in a cold cave. Just for us. And not only did He live here for 33 years, He then died the most horrific death, at the Father’s command. Just for u...

Friday, May 26, 2017

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts,” says the Lord."  Isaiah 55:9 

One of my biggest struggles I face every day is letting my thoughts consume me. When a challenge arises or self-doubt surfaces, my thoughts overwhelm me- “you aren’t good enough.. you don’t measure up.. you’re unworthy”. But according to this verse, I should be telling myself “Be quiet” because God’s thoughts about me are so much more important and so much higher than mine. His thoughts should be the ones consuming me and overwhelming me in those moments of fear and doubt. 

So what does God think about me? In Ephesians, Paul states in chapter 1 verse 18 that we are His glorious inheritance. Like what? That inheritance all of us look forward to receiving one day? God views us as His inheritance that...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)

C.S. Lewis called pride “the great sin” and stated that it led to every other type of sin. Pride isn’t something written on our foreheads if we are acting out of pride, but it manifests in our actions and leads to “disgrace,” as talked about all through Proverbs. There are so many stories about pride leading to destruction throughout the Bible, but one story I want to point out is about this guy named Uzziah who became king of Judah when he was your all’s age. You can find his whole story in 2 Chronicles 26, but I will summarize. He started off under the mentorship of Zechariah, and he set his heart to seek God. The book states that as long as he sought the Lord, he prospered. As a result, he acquired wealth and fame and became pretty powerful. He, therefore, stopped se...

Friday, March 31, 2017

“But cowards, unbelievers (those without faith), the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars- their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 

When reading through Revelation 21, it brings this sense of security and joy to the reader because of how John describes what he is seeing - Heaven. He saw God dwelling with humanity (v. 3), God wiping away our tears, promising us no more pain or grief, and death no longer existing (v.4), and then the One on the throne (Jesus) tells John He is going to make all things new and that we are His inheritance (v. 5-7). And then you read verse 8, and it’s slightly scary and intimidating. But after John continues to describe the beauty of Heaven. It’s almost as if verse 8 doesn’t fit, but if we believe the Bible to be guided by...

Friday, January 27, 2017

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)

C.S. Lewis called pride “the great sin” and stated that it led to every other type of sin. Pride isn’t something written on our foreheads if we are acting out of pride, but it manifests in our actions and leads to “disgrace,” as talked about all through Proverbs. There are so many stories about pride leading to destruction throughout the Bible, but one story I want to point out is about this guy named Uzziah who became king of Judah when he was your all’s age. You can find his whole story in 2 Chronicles 26, but I will summarize. He started off under the mentorship of Zechariah, and he set his heart to seek God. The book states that as long as he sought the Lord, he prospered. As a result, he acquired wealth and fame and became pretty powerful. He, therefore, stopped se...

Friday, November 25, 2016

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” 

James 2:10 (NIV)

When you first read this verse it seems super scary and intimidating and almost as if it belongs in the Old Testament. If James, the half-brother of Jesus, is talking about the topic of keeping the law, it must be pretty important. This had to have been a problem back in James’ day: Jesus followers picking and choosing which act was a sin and what wasn’t. But according to this verse, if you just break one law it’s as though you break the whole law. It’s like a chain; if one link in the chain snaps, the whole chain is broken. All this points to the importance of obeying Jesus in everything you do. 

As Christ followers, we can’t pick and choose which of God’s words we want to believe and follow and which ones just aren’t for us. God’s word isn’t...

Friday, October 28, 2016

“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know of, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.” Acts 19:13-16 NIV 

Growing up in today’s society, the name of Jesus gets thrown around a lot, and it wasn’t much different back in Paul’s day. God is seen more as a rabbit’s foot for a lot of people, and this was true of myself at one point. I used His name to try to receive luck to play well in a basketball game or do well on a test I didn’...

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