Love One Another

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another." -John 13:34&35 Life can get stressful at times. The bills need paying, the job is stressful or isn't quite what we hoped for; the kids are running around crazy, or we've gotten a cold. During these times of pressure is when we're pushed to our limits - and our true colors show. Whatever is in us comes out of us, and it can be quite revealing - perhaps even embarrassing. But what we need to remember during these times of pressure is what really matters. Seeds may have been planted early on in our lives to suggest we

Are You In Tune?

"Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy." -Psalm 33:3 Did you know that God made us like instruments? He is always singing a song over our lives (Zephaniah 3:17). He made us as "instruments" of His glory, to dispense His "music" (His nature & life) into the world. We don't have to play gospel or Christian music to be truly inspired by Him, or any type of music from real instruments for that matter. Music occurs as we play to our strengths and talents in Him. Sometimes the song is loud and jubilant. Sometimes the song is soft and quiet. But if we allow God to play though us, the music we create can bring others to a saving knowledge of Him. Problems arise in our lives

Fighting with Love

"For you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn't that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren't you living like people of the world?" -1 Corinthians 3:3 Have you ever been short or ill-tempered with somebody? I know I have, and I am not proud of it. We can say we are Christians but we still have bad days - days where we're tired or stressed out, days where it doesn't seem like anything is going right. It is during those days where we can easily succumb to our flesh, or we can choose to let God flow through us in the midst of the challenges we face. The Bible talks about the kind of weapons we use as the

What the World Needs Now

"For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16 What does the world need now? We could brainstorm all day about what we think the world needs: Less war, more peace, less poverty, less sickness, and certainly less problems. But how on earth can we solve all of them? You've probably heard the above verse at one time or another, if not a hundred million times. But instead of reading the words "only begotten Son" I want you to imagine your name there. "For God so loved the world, He gave 'Mary', so that whosoever believes in Jesus would not perish, but have everlasting life." Now I don't want yo

Paths of Righteousness

"The LORD says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'" -Psalm 32:8 Did you know that when we develop habits or thought patterns, we actually begin to create a "rut" in our brains?* That's why habits can become so hard to undo! It's also the reason addictions can be so difficult to break free from. But, when we chose to live for God, He promises to lead us along the best pathways for our lives. All of this involves learning how to make good choices, have good habits, good boundaries, and living a peace-filled, love-filled, joy-filled life, serving Him. When I was younger, I had a lot of depression, and a poor self-image. I couldn'

Measures of Love

"Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you." -Matthew 6:18 Have you ever thought about what heaven will be like? I have heard many stories about people visiting heaven, and it is all very cool to think about! One thing I often think about is how much our actions here on earth make a difference, and what they mean in terms of eternity. Though we don't know for certain until we get to heaven, the Bible does say, "Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20) What does this mean? I think it has to do w

Transformation vs. Conformation

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." -Romans 2:12 I love the movie Alice in Wonderland. Yes, the Tim Burton version is a little on the strange side, but the story is great and the design, costumes, graphics, and set are so creative! There is one point in the movie and in the book where Alice is trapped in a room filled with doors. She can't seem to open any of them. Then, she notices a really small door on the far side of the room. "How am I ever going to fit through that door?!" she must've thought. She becomes distraught with the idea that she could possibly be in this room forever. But she is determined not to let i


"My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck." -Proverbs 3:22 Wisdom is valuable. The Bible says it's worth more that rubies (Proverbs 3:15). True wisdom is mostly caught versus taught. It is thought to come with age, but in reality, wisdom doesn't necessarily have to do with age. (Job 32:7&8) In Eastern cultures, wisdom is highly sought after, and those who are said to have wisdom are very respected. There are good reasons why we should seek after wisdom, especially in our modern age where it seems scarce. But, what exactly does it mean to have wisdom? Here are a few ex

Treasures in the Field

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." -Matthew 13:44 It was Monday night worship practice. Though no one had a heavy heart we knew what was coming - it was our beloved worship director's last day there. We knew we'd miss him but we probably were not quite ready to accept the change. Some of us were talking and cutting up, trying to keep the mood light. He began to speak. "You know guys, we've built a great team here, and I've been so blessed to have each and every one of you as a part of this team. I wanted to share some thoughts with you on how to keep it this

Faultless Ministry

“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry." -2 Corinthians 6:3 Do you have a ministry? The answer is yes! Each of us is called to be a minister. We are first called to someone (Jesus), and then we are called to represent His nature in the world. That is a huge responsibility, but we shouldn't be afraid. I heard ministry aptly described the other day: "...being an ambassador of love and reconciliation." Isn't that awesome? Once you and I are born again, anew in Christ, we are called to be ambassadors of love and reconciliation. But, what about all the stuff that goes on out there? What about the bad reputation Christians get


"We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized." -Hebrews 6:11 There are situations in life that can knock the wind out of us. Obstacles get in the way of our hopes and dreams and keep us from seeing the fulfillment of them. When all seems dark and the light has grown dim, we need to put our hope in something. When we lose hope, we lose desire - we lose our ability to fight for what's important in life. When this happens, it is easy to get stuck in a place of doubt. But, the good news for us is that we can always put our hope and trust in our unfailing heavenly Father, by focusing on His love and promises for us regardless

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