A Life Full of Blessings

The Proverbs show us the way to joyful, abundant, Christ-honoring living, a life full of God's blessings. Do you want to experience this kind of life? Now first things first: realize that the Proverbs are not so much guaranteed promises from God but rather are general principles from God that guide the way we live as... Continue Reading →

153 Fish!

Everyone loves surprises. Let me rephrase that: everyone loves GOOD surprises. Let me rephrase that once more: after the initial shock of being surprised wears off and their heart rate returns to normal, everyone loves the blessings received by good surprises. In John 21:1-14, we read a story of an encounter Jesus had with his... Continue Reading →

Washing Feet

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are his ambassadors everywhere we go and with everything that we do. As an ambassador, we are his representatives. Another way to say it is this: everything we do, we do in his name. That's a big deal. We represent Jesus. Wow. On earth, Jesus served others. In one... Continue Reading →

God’s Blessings

For the first-centuries followers of Jesus living in Ephesus, there were many reasons to first and foremost see themselves as Ephesians. Like the mantra from another movie, you could almost here the people of that city shouting, “We. Are. Ephesians!” From the grand temple to Artemis (the goddess of fertility) to the massive amphitheater to... Continue Reading →

Overcome Evil With Good

The Golden Rule is NOT "do unto others as they do unto you" NOR is it "do unto others before they do unto you." Rather, it is "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12). Or, as we taught our kids when they were younger, "treat others the way you... Continue Reading →

Abraham & Isaac

It's fascinating to think about the conversations that Isaac would have had with his father growing up. Abraham would have told his son all about God's promises and God's faithfulness in generations gone by. He would have told Isaac about God our Creator, about Adam and Eve in the Garden, about the Fall, and about... Continue Reading →

Father Abraham

Heroes are heroes for a reason. Although they are not perfect people (only Jesus is perfect), the heroes of our faith inspire us to believe in God, follow God's way, and impact the world in eternally positive ways. Abraham is one of my heroes. Abraham was blessed to be a blessing to all nations. God... Continue Reading →

The Blessing of Testing

Students take tests to measure their learning and progress. Sports teams talk about games against challenging opponents as games that test the caliber of the team. Tests can be easy or difficult, long or short. When you are prepared for them they can be very rewarding as you pass the test. Life's tests have a purpose.... Continue Reading →

The Life You Were Called to Live

God has an incredible plan for your life. Will you follow in the way of Christ? This is the life you were called to live. 1 Peter 3:8-12 8 Now finally, all of you should be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers, and be compassionate and humble, 9 not paying back evil for evil or insult... Continue Reading →

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