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The Good of God

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
When we say “good”, what do we mean? We are talking about God conforming our ways to those of Christ. This verse reaffirms that God is working in everything, every situation and circumstance. God takes things that the enemy has planned for evil and He turns those things around and makes them "good". God isn't working these things in order to fulfill our desires but to fulfill His purpose. God acting in our lives for good can only be claimed by those who love Him and have been called by Him. Who is called? Anyone that the Holy Spirit draws into relationship with Christ. Once called by God, we have new mind sets. We trust God in all situations. Although what may be happening at the time is not very pleasant, God is working in that situation for our long-term “good”.
It is vital to remember that God is working all things for His plan, not…

Stretching Faith Forward

Philippians 3:12-17 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.

We must keep moving forward in our faith in God and our walk with Jesus Christ. So many times we get slapped in the face by our past. We must learn to leave the past where it belongs, behind us! Vince Gill once sang a song t…

Speaking the Truth- A Lesson from Jeremiah

Jeremiah 23:16-24:
Thus saith theLordof hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of theLord. They say still unto them that despise me, TheLordhath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. For who hath stood in the counsel of theLord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of theLordis gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of theLordshall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, …

Being a Man of God

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Men, it’s time to first grow up and show up. When we were children, we thought like children. We were self-absorbed, concerned only about our needs and no one else’s. We wanted things our way and we were seldom willing to compromise our position. Our friends were most important to us. Hanging out with the boys was how we spent most of our time outside of school and all of our time during the summer. We ran rampant through the streets, playing, and cutting up from dusk till dawn. All that mattered was getting our play time in with the boys and having fun. We were not concerned with the trivial matters of life. No way! There was football to play, hoops to shoot, balls to hit.
During those years and even as we got a little older, it was always about us, and how we could be the best at everything we did. It was about what we nee…

Life is a Precious Gift

This is not a normal post that I would put together. I usually study a passage or a verse of scripture and then expound upon it by writing something that inspires me as I study the scripture. This is a little different.

I have heard some people say that they wish they would die. They feel that life has become so bad that they do not want to have anything more to do with it. The struggles of this life have knocked them down, drug them through the mud, and they are ready to give up. They spend their days longing for death and awakening to each new day hoping that it will be the last one. They have lost all hope for this life. They see no need to go on. They have no desire to live.

Everyday there are many people that take their own life whom think this way. They think there is no way out of their situation, no means to a better end. They have decided to end their story of life. Those that do not muster the courage to take their own lives, beg for death to arrive quickly. It is very sad t…

Sex: Social Satisfaction or Stimulated Suffering?

Sex-Crazed Culture

This is an excerpt, chapter 1, from my latest ebook.  The book's points and values will be largely based on 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
Sex. In today’s culture, it’s everywhere you look. Sex is on billboards, on television, in magazines, in movies, and running rampant on the Internet. You can’t go to a halfway decent movie without there being four or five sex scenes, which hardly ever portray a married couple having sex. Magazines tell us what we need to wear, what we need to eat, how we need to live in order to be sexy. Billboards are plastered with images of how a sexy man or woman should look. Television series are portraying scenes of teenagers making a choice about sex. Those choices are almost always to have sex. There are pills designed to “enhance” your sex life. There are books that give instructions on how to have a “better” sex life. There are even birthday, celebration, and holiday cards that portray sexual images or insinuations. Everywhere you look, sex,…

God's Word Never Fails

This is a very beautiful flower that grows under a tree in our back yard. They bloom out in many different colors. We have had white, red, orange, yellow, and then pink as the one displayed here. I've noticed something about these beauties of nature; they don't live very long lives. They stay closed up in pale green, shell-like buds for a few weeks before they bloom into something majestic and breath taking. Shortly after springing from their dull shelter, they start to whither and eventually fall right off the stem. Their beauty is here long enough for us to get a glimpse of their glory and then they are gone, vanished before having time to really be gazed upon.

The life process of this pretty, little flower reminds me of a verse from Isaiah. "The grass may whither and the flower may fade, but the Word of God stands forever." You see friends, God reveals His power and glory to us in small fragments in which we can handle. The work of His hand can be found all aroun…

What Does it Mean to be Born Again?

John 3: 1-8
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

I imagine that this was probably a pretty hard teaching in Jesus' day. In fact, still today, it can be a difficult teaching to understand for the one that is not led by the Spirit. J…

The Parable of the Sower

I was studying the Parable of the Sower last night in preparation for Bible study at church. During my preparation, I encountered what was, to me, new revelation about the parable. I’m not going to list it here in this post because of the length, but the parable can be found in Matthew 13:1-23. You will probably have to scan through the Scripture in order to see the connections I attempt to make here.
Before we start, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions. What is the seed that is being sown in this parable?      It’s God’s word.  Does God’s word ever fail?      No, it does not. Then it is safe to say that when no fruit is produced from the seed, it is not because the seed fails, it is because of the condition of the soil.
Take a look at verse 6. Where it reads, “having no root”, what do you think that means? It means that they heard the word but didn’t do anything with it. They didn’t study it, test it, or apply it to their lives. They had no understanding!
Let’s look at verse 7 toge…

Knowing Jesus Better- Part 2

Thank you for joining in again today as we discover more about the person of Jesus Christ. You know, Jesus was incarnated in the way that humans were originally created- without sin. We like to compare Jesus to humanity and draw conclusions about his nature from there. Really, we should be looking at Jesus as the example for humanity and how we become more like him, not how we dissect him into being more like us. Let’s discover more ways that we are like Jesus.
Mark 4:37-40- And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? Jesus had been teaching these men, preaching around them, and performing mira…

Imitating Christ's Humilty

Sometimes we like to think too much of ourselves. It's all about what we have done, what we have accomplished. We like to pat ourselves on the back when things are going good, not giving thanks and glory to God. Really, we are nothing, God is everything. We can't do anything without Him and through Him, all things are possible. The Bible says that if a man think of himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Jesus, the Son of God, one with God, divested Himself of all Deity and came down to the earth and became a servant. He set the standard. He came to serve man and to show love, kindness, and compassion. He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but Himself nothing. The Bible says, do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourself. Jesus humiliated himself for us in His chastisement and on the cross. He did not think of Himself as being too good although He is God and because …

Knowing Jesus Better

We know Jesus as the Son of God, God in the flesh, Savior, Deliverer, Redeemer, Rescuer; He was a man of sorrows and a man without sin. He was a friend of sinners. He taught with authority. He knew the word frontwards and backwards; He was the Word. He was tempted in the same ways we are. He is the judge, the Holy Lamb of God.
How well do we really know Him? He possessed the characteristics that we see in people today. He was caring and compassionate, He showed emotion. He was a preacher of the truth. Seldom do we really look into the scriptures to realize that Jesus was a lot like we are.
Mark 1:31- “And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her”. Here we witness one of Jesus’ many acts of kindness and compassion. This was Simon’s mother-in-law who was sick with a fever. When Jesus saw this lady suffering with a fever, he simply took her by the hand and lifted her up. What’s amazing about this is he didn’t say a word. He just took her hand …