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DownTime

Believe it or not, it's okay to have some downtime.

Happy Thanksgiving

There is always something to be thankful for, even though it may not seem that way when everything is crashing down and our life is coming apart at the seams.

Is it possible to KNOW God?

Wouldn’t it be great to really KNOW God?

A High View of God

Recent years have seen an increase in teaching that emphasizes God’s love, forgiveness, and intimate presence with His people.

Fooling Ourselves

"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves." --James 1:22 (NLT)

ADOPTION: An Expression of Love

Because you are God’s children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into us to call out, “Abba! Father!” --Galatians 4:6 (GW)

Taking a Leap of Faith

There is an old adage that many of us have either forgotten or never heard.

An Open Book

There is an old saying that says, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” We become ‘open books’ as we share our thoughts and our interests with others.

Mixed Messages

There seems to be much confusion among those who profess to be Christian.

Zero Tolerance

The idea of a ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ has caught on like wildfire in the 21st Century.

Year's End Whirlwind

Is it just me, or do the last two months of the year go by in a * blink of the eye * for you as well?

Changes

“And I see changes happening every day.” –From the LOGGINS & MESSINA LP, "Mother Lode" (1974)

In the Beginning

In the beginning was God, and everything He created was good. At least, that’s how the story goes.

A Clean Slate

The New Year is a time many people like to look at as a clean slate. The past is behind them and the New Year brings an opportunity to start afresh.

From Bad to Worse

In the 24 th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus paints a glum picture of the future when he is pressed by his disciples to tell them about the “last days.”

Truth Is Not Subjective

There is only ONE God, and it’s not you!

Knowledge Without Humility

“Knowledge shall increase, but wisdom shall wane.”

Prepared for the Worst

When a disaster strikes, many people have no idea what they should do.

Sharing Christ With Others

In a discussion about sharing Christ with others, one person had this to say…

Idle Gossip

Some people think gossip is a good thing.

Every Careless Word

On the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.   A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37 (RSV) In this day and age, people around the world have probably the greatest ability and opportunity to communicate to others than ever before. Think about it. With our current technology, we can digitally communicate our thoughts to people we do not even know, via a myriad of electronic devices. All this is possible

A Double Whammy

One Verse — Two topics

The Lord Our God

According to an article in the April 22nd, 2007 edition of (the now defunct newspaper), The Arizona Star , referring to Christ as Lord is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Between Darkness and Light

Why do so many of us who claim the name of Christ, find ourselves 'walking a razor's edge' between the darkness of this world and light of Christ?

Mainstream Christianity

The word “mainstream” is a barbarism of the words main and stream . They really do not belong together when using proper English.

Going Above and Beyond

Going Beyond What is Required or Expected

Learning to Pray Like Moses

Prayer is a scary, awkward proposition for many people. It's the kind of activity that they would just as soon leave to the religious professionals.

Praying When Tempted

Temptation is tough. It is a test. It is an enticement to do wrong. It may involve great pleasure, a chance to escape risk, or illegitimate gain. Whatever the offering, it is usually attractive.

Five Finger Prayer

Here is a wonderful aid to getting into a good habit of daily prayer.

Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer

Do you find prayer intimidating? Have you ever said, “I don't know how to pray”?

When You Pray

What to do when you pray, according to what Jesus taught.

Praying for Help

Breaking down The Lord's Prayer in a meaningful way. Our Father who art in heaven Lord, help me remember throughout the day, that you not only rule the universe, but you also know me and love me with a father’s heart. Hallowed be thy name I thank and praise you for the beauty of the world and the blessings of your grace and love. Thy kingdom come Help me spread your joy and kindness and shine your light in the lives of my family, friends, and everyone I meet today. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Show me the plans you have for me, and help me follow your will with a faithful spirit. Give us this day our daily bread You give me everything I need for a good and happy life. Let me use these gifts for your glory, and also generously share them. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us Help me see others through your eyes of compassion and fully forgive them, just as you have forgiven me. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil Be

Persistence in Prayer

Do you ever feel impatient with God? Does He seem late in answering your requests or meeting your needs?

Daily Prayer

Daily prayer is a blessing, not a chore.

Nehemiah’s Model Prayer

Nehemiah’s model prayer offers several important lessons about the discipline of prayer.

Connecting with God

Prayer is powerful! So powerful, in fact, that it can have a more significant impact than anything else you do!

God Answers Fervent Prayer

Prayer is not a gimmick by which we charm or coerce God into giving us what we want. Prayer is a sober-minded acknowledgment of our true situation before the Lord and an admission of our need for His divine help.

Aspects of Prayer

Eight aspects of prayer to help you enhance your prayer time. 1. Worship – Worship focuses on magnifying the Lord because of His character…who He is. So choose different parts of His character and worship Him according to some or all of those characteristics. Lord, I worship You because of Your FAITHFULNESS. Even though I feel all alone, I know you are here with me. 2. Confession – his is the time in prayer where you honestly confess where you’ve sinned to the Lord. It is important to deal with ATTITUDES and ACTIONS. Jesus, I know that what I did yesterday was wrong, and my attitude was worse. Please forgive me. 3. Intercession – Intercession is when you pray for OTHERS. It is important to pray for others, because you may be the only one who does. You can pray for them, their salvation, their needs and growth, etc. One of the most powerful ways to show that you care for someone is to pray for them! 4. Pe

Not Just, But Also

Faith is NOT JUST BELIEVING RIGHTLY,  BUT ALSO a matter of LIVING RIGHTLY!

Opinionated and Narrow Minded

False Positives

Life is replete with 'false positives'.

Your Witness Bugs Me

Even the bugs of the earth offer us a lesson from God -- when we take time to consider them! There is a story of a fallen angel that came to Satan looking for a challenging assignment. This fallen angel felt that the majority of Christians are pushovers when their faith is challenged (see I Need a Real Challenge! for complete story). Today as I was reflecting upon the message of that story, I thought of three types of bugs that I used to play with as a child; the stink bug, the rolly-polly (pronounced roll-e-poll-e), and the lady bug. You see, when I was a kid, I learned that when you poke a stick a stink bug, he would stop walking and rear-up his hind quarters, as if to say, “Leave me alone or I’ll raise a stink!” Of course, he never really raised a stink until I stepped on him; and I always stepped on him, because I didn’t like the way he responded to my poking at him. The rolly-polly (Armadillidium vulgare or Pill-bug) was a different matter. Every time I poked him with a stick, he

The Word GOD

Sick to my Soul

I am sick to my soul with carnality.

Clean Thoughts

I'm not sure why, but it seems that God's Spirit likes to communicate with me while I'm taking a shower.