Category Archives: Faith

On Being Kind and Compassionate


Grudges, not talking to one another, gossiping, slander, revenge; I don’t think so, life is too short and fragile.  How much better would life be if we all followed this scripture instead:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, 
forgiving each other, 
just as in Christ God forgave you. 
– Ephesians 4:32

We all have it in us, the fruit of the spirit that is.  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  – Galatians 5:22-23

At the heart of this is to forgive one another, and sometimes that’s really hard to do, especially if the offending party will not apologize or even acknowledge their sin.  But remember this, whatever this person has done to you, it does not compare to what Christ did for you.  As a follower of Christ you need to rise above it.  This will prevent the wrongdoing from contaminating your heart.  I can guarantee that your life will become easier when you accept that apology you never got.  This won’t change the past but it will surely change your future.

You were made for a reason, an anointed purpose.  Your words and actions are important and they can point others to God Himself.  Your life “preaches” and was meant to make a difference.  You have incredible and unbelievable gifts.

Work on using your gifts of the spirit and forgiving others, and while you are at it,  give someone a compliment today.  It will make both their day and yours.
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What God Promises to Do for You


Here’s What God Will Do for You!
“I will supply all your needs according to my riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). 
“I will pursue you with goodness and mercy” (Psalm 23:6). 
“I will never leave you or forsake you so that you can say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not fear, what can man do to me” (Hebrews 13:5-6). 
“If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit” (John 15:5). 
“Wait on me and you will renew your strength; you will mount up with wings like eagles, you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). 
“I will give you words that you need to speak” (Luke 12:12). 
“I will give you wisdom for every new challenge” ( James 1:5). 
“I will be with you and strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). 
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

You Look Different


Hi there!

You, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.
 
Let that thought sink in for a moment. The Spirit of God lives in you and you are not in the realm of the flesh.

If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 

All believers, including you, have this Spirit inside, a Spirit of Christ.

If Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 

Christ is in you, the Spirit of God is in you, can you feel it?

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.

You just read Romans 8:9-11 as it relates to you. You are a work in progress continuously being transformed into God’s image.

God sees you with His big beautiful redemptive eyes.
God looks real good on and inside you.
You do look different today.
Feel good about yourself.
Take heart.

The Recipe to Build Your Faith


The Recipe to Build Your Faith

Ingredients:
Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love. 

Directions:
Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  Stir gently.

The Result:
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Source of this Delicious Recipe:
2 Peter 1:5-8

Silence is Golden


The invitation:
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Mark 6:31, the words of Jesus

Take a moment and sit in silence. And read…
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. – Psalm 62:1

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. – Habakkuk 2:20

God says,
“Be still, and know that I am God; 
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth.” 
– Psalm 46:10

How precious, His whispers…
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. – 1 Kings 19:12

How Jesus starts His glorious day:
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. – Mark 1:35

Maybe it’s true – Silence is Golden!

Promises for Worship Leaders and Pastors


Promises for Worship Leaders and Pastors

– When I am anxious about leading worship through song, I remember…
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10

– When I am questioning my ministry or calling as being useless and empty, I fight this unbelief with…
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. — Isaiah 55:11

– When I am feeling weak, I battle unbelief with the promise of Christ…
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  — 2 Corinthians 12:9 

– When I am battling burnout, I turn things around knowing…
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. — Psalm 32:8

– When I am anxious about facing opponents, I find reassurance with the promise…
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? — Romans 8:31

God Is…


I set out to define who God is, by looking for all the “God is” statements in The Bible and low and behold; I found a total of 50 short phrases that nicely define Him.  
Here’s what the doctor prescribes:
  • For a quick pick-me-up read 40-50 because it’s bound to help
  • If you are just curious, read #1 and it will invite you to read more
  • If you want to be surprised, read numbers 13, 18, 21 and 28
  • If you are feeling scared, insecure, confused, alone or in need, read 12, 13, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, 37, 40, 41 and 47
  • If you’re having a bad day read 25-50, then say thanks to God.
  • If your world is crumbling before your teary eyes, read 1-50, then say a prayer.

Listed in Biblical order:
  1. God is a consuming fire – De 4:24
  2. God is a merciful God – De 4:31
  3. God is God of gods and Lord of lords – De 10:17
  4. God is with you – 1 Sam 10:7
  5. God is exalted in his power. – Job 36:22
  6. God is a righteous judge – Ps 7:11
  7. God is my rock – Ps 18:2
  8. God is our refuge and strength – Ps 46:1
  9. God is the King of all the earth – Ps 47:7
  10. God is seated on His holy throne. – Ps 47:8
  11. God is our God for ever and ever – Ps 48:14
  12. God is my help – Ps 54:4
  13. God is for me – Ps 56:9
  14. God is steadfast – Ps 57:7
  15. God is our refuge – Ps 62:8
  16. God is a God who saves – Ps 68:20
  17. God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever – Psalm 73:26
  18. God is a sun and shield – Ps 84:11
  19. God is holy – Ps 99:9
  20. God is in heaven – Ps 115:3
  21. God is full of passion – Ps 116:5
  22. God is flawless – Pr 30:5
  23. God is with us – Is 8:10
  24. God is my salvation – Is 12:2
  25. God is the God of gods – Dan 2:47
  26. God is merciful and forgiving- Dan 9:9
  27. God is righteous in everything He does – Dan 9:14
  28. God is the watchman – Hos 9:8
  29. God is one and there is no other but him – Mk 12:32
  30. God is in your midst – Lk 17:21
  31. God is near – Lk 21:31
  32. God is truthful – Jn 3:33
  33. God is spirit – Jn 4:24
  34. God is the bread that comes down from heaven – Jn 6:33
  35. God is revealed – Ro 1:17
  36. God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord – Ro 6:23
  37. God is for us, who can be against us? – Ro 8:31
  38. God is faithful – 1 Cor 1:9
  39. God is stronger than human strength – 1 Cor 1:25
  40. God is really among you – 1 Cor 14:25
  41. God is able to bless you abundantly – 2 Cor 9:8
  42. God is one – Gal 3:20
  43. God is coming – Col 3:6
  44. God is our witness – Thes 2:5
  45. God is just – 2 Thes 1:6
  46. God is the builder of everything – Heb 3:4
  47. God is treating you as His children – Heb 12:7
  48. God is pleased – Heb 13:16
  49. God is light – 1 Jn 1:5
  50. God is love – 1 Jn 4:8

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Biblical Heros


Biblical Heroes

The bible is for real.
Real people.
Real stories.
Real truths.
Real events.
Real history

The stories are better than any movie you will watch and better than any other book you will read.

However, there is one big difference.  The men and women mentioned in the bible aren’t heroes.

You’ve heard the list of hucksters.
David was a sinner.
Elijah, a coward
Abraham, a Liar.
Jacob, a deceiver.
Noah had drinking problems.
Paul was a murderer.
Thomas doubted.
Peter rejected.
The list goes on and on.

But God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

None of the so-called biblical heroes are real heroes.
None were capable enough.
None were worthy enough.
None were courageous enough.
They were just ordinary sinners like you and me.

What they did have was a way to tap into the extraordinary power of the living God.
There is only one true hero in the bible and that is Jesus.
So if you want to put yourself in the place of a hero, imitate Jesus.
Jesus is the only one with real power.
Jesus had no phone, no Internet, no Facebook, no home, no money to speak of, no email, no blogs and no “how to ” books.
He only travelled about 100 miles from his home base.
His ministry lasted only three years.
His only writing was scribbled in sand.
We only have one or two of his preached sermons.
All he had were twelve friends who came with lots of baggage.

So what did these ragtag men and women have in common?
The answer is “faith.”
That is the only common thread that ties this cast of misfits together.
And that is what you need too.

Faith will propel you to share the Gospel.
Faith will also help the Holy Spirit to dwell with you.