Peace

Peace

Romans 8:6 says, The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  Look at the last word.  Peace is one of the most underrated things we rarely ask for in prayer. Do we realize that with PEACE, nothing else matters?  So when we are in our own cultural world of rushing, anxiety, stress, task lists etc that we are OPPOSITE of peace. Yet when we surrender to the spirit (and live in…

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Praying for Opportunities

Praying for Opportunities

Just a question – Are you praying for opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with anyone in your purview? If not, why not? Jesus calls us to go and make disciples. I get it, it’s not always comfortable. I’m not someone who believes that everyone needs to be a missionary. After all, Paul acknowledges in Romans 12 that each person has a gift that is unique to them. But we are still called nonetheless. In lieu of…

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Would People Know You’re A Christian?

Would People Know You’re A Christian?

Our childhood next-door neighbor sends out a five-minute weekly recording. It’s always wonderful and I truly look forward to each one. I’ve tried to convince him to make it a podcast to no avail thus far. This week, he was telling a story from years ago about an interaction he had where someone mentioned to him that people would know he was a Christian based on how he acted. My question for you is (and for myself), is, if a…

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Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, ” With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” We as humans tend to be arrogant in our control and our self-confidence. I, myself, am a firm believer in the fact that hard work brings good luck. I believe hard work beats talent. But….as a believer, I also KNOW that God is in control. It’s hard to separate our own disciplines and behaviors from what God provides. I lean on the…

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Mountains and Seas

Mountains and Seas

Challenges in life present opportunities for God to display his miracles.  We all have challenges every day from our health, money, marriage, job stress and more.  We often might feel overwhelmed.  When this lands on us, we need to use it as an opportunity to grow closer to God and let him show his wisdom and power. Mark 11:23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain ‘ Go throw yourself into the sea’ and does not doubt…

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Paul writes of the law and grace

Paul writes of the law and grace

We were reading in Romans 3 and this part hit me over the head: 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. It shows that the whole world is in fact accountable to God and…

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We are all sinners

We are all sinners

In Romans 3, Paul levels the playing field for all of us. Stated plainly multiple times, but culminating in the ever popular Awana verse since it was one of the shortest we ever had to memorize as kids – verse 23. For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Here, Paul ensures that we all know that none of us are righteous and we are all sinful. Any arrogant pride that comes from knowing the Bible…

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Grace Causes Us to Change

Grace Causes Us to Change

There is a great excerpt from my all-time most gifted book, The Ragamuffin Gospel where the author, Brennan Manning, discusses how grace causes us to change that I’d like to share with you. “Getting honest with ourselves does not make us unacceptable to God. It does not distance us from God, but draws us to Him—as nothing else can—and opens us anew to the flow of grace. While Jesus calls each of us to a more perfect life, we cannot…

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Hypocrites

Hypocrites

In Romans Chapter 2, Paul states, 19 if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?22 You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor…

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The Devil at Your Doorstep

The Devil at Your Doorstep

I’ve found that as I’ve been writing this blog in particular, the devil has been eating at me. More temptations, more opportunities for anger, more disappointment. Our lives of faith are not always roses. In fact, the closer we get to the Lord, the more that Satan is waiting for us, doing all he can to pull us further from God. We are “at risk” from his perspective because we’re not abiding by his rules. We are seeking God. I’ve…

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