It's been a tough seven months dealing with Covid-19 and lost jobs, income. Just as hard is staying positive and keeping the faith. Jesus is watching over his flock and does not take breaks or vacations. This is the time to pray the most and to establish a deep one on one relationship with Father … Continue reading “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:17-18 Pastor Ross Keeping it 100%
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Ps. 32:11
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Each day presents a different set of obstacles that tend to get in our way. It could be Covid, not getting another round of … Continue reading Courage for today
And my God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 God promises that all our needs will be supplied through his Son, Jesus. Needs differ from wants in that we need food, shelter and clothing plus money to survive. How about a fancy dinner or … Continue reading Needs or Wants?
"For I know the plans I have for you." Declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 Sometimes no matter how much we try to improve our lives it still does not seem to be on the path we desire. The … Continue reading Jeremiah
"So 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 Many will probably say that fear is something that we all go through and there isn't much we can … Continue reading Courage
Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 Imagine if you had to live by faith alone, not by sight. Unfortunately, blind persons are in this predicament, but most adapt wonderfully and even have senses that compensate such as taste, hearing etc. As followers of Christ, … Continue reading Faith
If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:6 Earlier in my walk with Christ I used to feel guilty a lot because I would sin from time to time or be in sin for some period of … Continue reading Confess, that’s all!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will set your paths straight" Proverbs 3:5-6
Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." The reason we cannot please God without faith is that faith is the core element of our relationship with Father God through His Son, … Continue reading Rewards without Faith?
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" - Matt 6:33 "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever … Continue reading Some of my favorite scriptures pt. 2
I can do all things through Christ whom strengthens me - Phil 4:13 And God causes all things to work for good to those who love him and are called to his purpose and will - Romans 8:28 And my God shall supply all your needs In Christ Jesus - Phil 4:19 Delight yourself in … Continue reading Some of my favorite scriptures
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Proverb 3:5-6 Who will you trust when times of uncertainty occur in your life? God does not automatically come to us, in fact its the opposite. … Continue reading Trust
Oftentimes God will test our faith because he wants us to grow spiritually or perhaps he wants to prepare us for a future event. It could be that God is testing us to teach us something that could benefit us one day or even to keep us out of harms way. Some might say that … Continue reading Just a test
I can do all things through Christ whom strengthens me Philippians 4:13 There will be days where we wake up tired, not only physically but also mentally. Jesus is omnipotent meaning all power lies in him. As believers, our Father shares his power with us when we pray to receive it from him. Prayer is … Continue reading Strength In Christ
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned -”Romans 5:12 NASB “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ”Romans 5:8 NASB "If we confess our sins, … Continue reading Sin put us here…
“[I wish] to lie low before God, as in the dust; that I might be nothing, and that God might be all, that I might become as a little child.”- Jonathan Edwards 1703 - 1758 America's Greatest Theologian. Let go of ego and be filled with humility. This leads to you becoming exalted. Followers of … Continue reading Jonathan Edwards
Bible Promise [Jesus said] “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 A few Secrets of True Peace 1. Peace comes from trusting in Jesus’ death “God presented him [Jesus] as a sacrifice … Continue reading When I Need God’s Peace
Put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him. - Colossians 3:10 Everyone who comes to Jesus receives a new character. Think of this as your new identity In Christ. These character traits reflect the nature of Jesus and are: compassion, kindness, … Continue reading Character
Sell your possessions and give…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:33-34 It’s difficult to give your resources away, especially money, if you have little. The Bible says that a woman gave a penny as her offering because that is all she had, but Jesus commended her because she gave … Continue reading Prosperity
In 1828, Noah Webster completed his work, An American Dictionary of the English Language—with pronouncing vocabularies of Scripture, classical and geographical names. This 26-year project contained 70,000 entries and 12,000 new definitions. For the first time in the history of the English language a standardized spelling for vocabulary words was provided. Noah Webster stated in … Continue reading Noah Webster
You have the freedom to make choices; but, having the mind of Christ requires that one possesses the Spirit of the living God. During the time that Jonathan Edwards was a missionary pastor to Native Americans in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, he wrote, among other theological treatises, Freedom of the Will (1754), a brilliant defense of divine … Continue reading Choices
The point of this life is preparation for the world to come: It is not about riches, fame, material possessions, conquest of any kind, status or self-gratification. Want to be a billionaire? Go for it, but the reality is that God grants us the ability to create wealth and we will have to give an … Continue reading What is the reason for our life on earth?
OF SIN: Sin is the great block and bar to our happiness, the procurer of all miseries to man, both here and hereafter: take away sin and nothing can hurt us: for death, temporal, spiritual, and eternal, is the wages of it. Sin, and man for sin, is the object of the wrath of God. … Continue reading John Bunyan
Jesus was going to help his followers understand by telling them some stories. But there was a further twist. The stories would be parables. In these parables, Jesus told his disciples some family secrets, but with other bystanders overhearing. By using parables, the truly interested (believers) would understand, but the others, only vaguely curious (unbelievers), … Continue reading Why did Jesus speak in Parables?
James 4-6 "But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Explanation: If God makes heavy demands of his people, he supplies the grace to comply with the commands as the quotation from Proverbs 3:34 (quoted also in 1 Pet. 5:5) shows. The … Continue reading A Greater Grace
What appearance in a dream did Solomon see soon after his father died? God asked him what he should give him. 1 Kings 3:2–15.What did Solomon choose? Wisdom to govern his people well. What did God promise to give him that he had not asked for? Riches and honor. King Solomon was the richest human … Continue reading Is it better to ask for wisdom rather than riches?
Matthew tells us that God commands us not to worry, here is why: Trust God’s Provision, Not Your Own (6:25–34) SUPPORTING IDEA: Jesus’ followers must be motivated by confidence in the Father’s provision for their basic needs. In this passage, we find the word worry or worrying six times. The word Therefore at the beginning … Continue reading Do You Worry?
"...observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go …”1 Kings 2:3 In the eyes of the world prosperity means success and wealth. … Continue reading True Success
The gravity of the situation is summarized in 3:23: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God thus has provided a righteousness for unrighteous people through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The way of forgiveness and freedom has been offered to all, Jews and Gentiles, through the sacrificial death of Christ. … Continue reading What does “Justification By Faith” mean?
The Book of Revelation tells us more about heaven than any other book in the Bible. A good place to start is to read chapters 21 and 22. God’s Presence “Now the dwelling of God is with men [i.e. people], and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will … Continue reading What Will Heaven Be Like?
The Holy Spirit dwells in all who believe in the name of Jesus. The primary purpose of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is efficiency in testimony and service. It has to do rather with gifts for service than with graces of character. It is the impartation of spiritual power or gifts in service and … Continue reading What is the primary importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20) Establishing a solid relationship with the person who created you is not the easiest thing to accomplish. It takes the willingness to … Continue reading A deep and intimate relationship to Jesus
If we suffer we shall also reign with him - 2 Tim. 2:12 The highest bidder for the crown of glory is the lowliest wearer of the cross of self-denial. - A. J. Gordon We all want to share in God's glory. The truth is that all who believe and honor Jesus do share in … Continue reading Crown of Glory
Him they compelled to bear his cross - Matt 27:32 There are many Christians of whom this is true. They are compelled to bear the cross, but how does it come? It comes by their running away from it. They make up their minds they won’t have Christ’s cross; and they find when the cross … Continue reading You can run, but you cannot hide…
"As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" John 20:21 We should never leave our room until we have seen the face of our dear Master, Christ, and have realized that we are being sent forth by Him to do His will, and to finish the work which He has given us … Continue reading Preparation in the Morning
"Dear Abba, strengthen my spirit with your encouragement today so that I can stay in the center of your will for my life today. Grant me greater strength than that of Samson, greater Love than David, greater wisdom than Solomon, greater courage than Job, greater leadership than Joshua and greater faith than Abraham"~ Pastor Ross … Continue reading Jesus First
I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land - Gen. 28:15 "With thee,” companionship; “Keep thee,” guardianship; “Bring thee,” guidance. From Thoughts from the quiet hour - D.L. Moody editor. Jesus was guiding Abraham into the promise land. He was Abraham's … Continue reading Confidant – Watchman – Compass
"in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" - 1 Corinthians 15:52 Scientists have computed that it takes one-fiftieth of a second to blink an eye and that a person blinks 25 times … Continue reading WILL YOU BE READY?
Thomas Edison said: “No one can study chemistry and see the wonderful way in which certain elements combine with the nicety of the most delicate machine ever invented, and not come to the inevitable conclusion that there is a Big Engineer who is running this universe.” Answer: Jesus is our creator and he formed each … Continue reading Who is the creator of all things both visible and invisible?
We love, because he first loved us 1 John 4:19 A minister remarked: “When Mary and Martha sent to Jesus their message, it was not, ‘Lord, he loveth Thee,’ but, ‘Lord, he whom thou lovest is sick.’ ” It is not our imperfect love to Him that comforts us, but His perfect love to us.—Christian … Continue reading True Love
Instead of asking the Lord for material things ask Him to keep you in the center of His will with guidance by His Spirit. Why? "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8-9 First Miracle from Jesus: The Wedding at Cana - The mother of … Continue reading Materialism
John 15:5. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing...Here we have the key verse of the passage, although it only expands what we have already learned on the first paragraph. Gromacki writes, "Christ … Continue reading Got Vine?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 Reconciliation, Illumination and Regeneration: Jesus reconciles us to Father God because we have been separated, along with Eve and Adam since the fall of mankind. Jesus is the truth. The … Continue reading The Only Way
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord … I know that … whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day - John 11:21, 22, 23, Beware, … Continue reading Don’t Underestimate God
Westminster Confession: They, whom God hath accepted in his Beloved, effectually called, and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved. (XVII.1) The doctrine declares that the regenerate are saved through persevering in faith and Christian … Continue reading PERSEVERANCE
Have you ever heard of this man? Rich Mullins was the genius musician behind such worship classics like “Awesome God”. He lived without material wealth despite earning millions from his royalties. Rich was a prolific Christian lyricist who personified Matthew 6:25 Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about … Continue reading Rich Mullins
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. ACTS 4:12 The gospel proclaims that the God who saved Israel from Egypt, Jonah from the fish’s belly, the psalmist from death, and the soldiers from drowning (Exod. 15:2; Jon. 2:9; … Continue reading SALVATION: JESUS RESCUES HIS PEOPLE FROM SIN
I would not have known what sin was except through the law. ROMANS 7:7 Its first function is to be a mirror reflecting to us both the perfect righteousness of God and our own sinfulness and shortcomings. Thus “the law bids us, as we try to fulfill its requirements, and become wearied in our weakness … Continue reading GOD’S MORAL LAW HAS THREE PURPOSES
The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. EXODUS 32:16 The Bible is both fully human and fully divine. So all its manifold contents—histories, prophecies, poems, songs, wisdom writings, sermons, statistics, letters, and whatever else—should be received as from God, and all that Bible writers … Continue reading SCRIPTURE IS THE WORD OF GOD
Whatever hinders us from receiving a blessing that God is willing to bestow upon us is not humility, but the mockery of it. A genuine humility will ever feel the need of the largest measures of grace, and will be perfected just in the degree in which that grace is bestowed. The truly humble man … Continue reading Stay Humble
It's all about a personal relationship with Jesus. You must be born again. Whatever the outward circumstances, conversion is a conscious decision that must be taken by every man, woman or child in the privacy of their hearts. It is a new relationship with God. "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … … Continue reading Personal Relationship
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. The end of the ages has come in Christ, and service … Continue reading JOY WHILE GOING THROUGH TRIALS?
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline" Life can be filled with trials, uncertainty and despair, but we know this already. The key is to trust the one who is 100% God/100% Human - Jesus! You can always be fully confident In … Continue reading No Fear
"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you … Continue reading HOW DO I KNOW THAT I AM SAVED?
Ask the Father daily in prayer and He will answer. BELIEVE! Christ must be the center of your life. Dare to be a Disciple of Jesus. Even you can make a difference in the lives of others by acting out God’s will in your daily life.Friends are special gifts from God. Give to others cheerfully. … Continue reading A Spiritual ABC
Faith is the key to living the Christian life. It is the total trust in God's power and grace for our lives. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"Hebrews 11:1 Our hope in God is built upon prayer, reading the scriptures, exercising the principles of our faith … Continue reading Apostle Paul’s Favorite Word is FAITH
Who was the first Deacon in the Christian church? Phoebe, patron of the church at Cenchreae, yes it was a woman! Phoebe was a dedicated follower of Christ and worked diligently to spread the Gospel. She clearly understood Col 3:23 "Whatever you do, do your work [a]heartily, as for the Lord [b]rather than for men" … Continue reading Phoebe
Psalm 12:25 "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 15:30 “Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones. ”Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Luke 4:22 "And all were speaking well of … Continue reading KIND WORDS ARE PLEASANT TO HEAR
The greatest female revivalist of the 20th Century was Aimee Semple McPherson who was Born October, 1890 and died on September, 1944 Aimee was the founder of the International Foursquare Gospel Church - 2 Million members in 30,000 Churches today. When she was 23 years old she had appendicitis and barely survived. After her ordeal … Continue reading Aimee Semple McPherson
“The great achievers in history have been the men and women who could see the invisible and strive to reach it. Explorers, inventors, liberators, and pioneers in every field have always been characterized by the steady eye that sees the invisible and strives for the seemingly impossible. ”Warren W. Wiersbe Hebrews 11:6 "Without faith it … Continue reading Got Faith?
If you're sad and living the Christian life, you need to understand that God wants you to be filled with joy. Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, … Continue reading Verses that remind us to be happy and filled with the Holy Spirit
Life can be extremely difficult at times. We often seek guidance or advice from parents, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. When these people cannot solve are troubles we tend to feel withdrawn or depressed. There is a solution and His name is Jesus. Jesus had more troubles then every person who ever lived combined! He gave … Continue reading JESUS UNDERSTANDS US COMPLETELY
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22) One of the greatest discoveries that you'll ever make in following Jesus is that He never stops guiding you on the path to heaven. If you happen to drift away from Jesus, you will not … Continue reading Cast Your Cares On Jesus
"But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV) Wow! Can you imagine for a moment what this verse means? No one has seen what awaits those In Christ. Not … Continue reading Glimpse of Heaven
All of us In Christ have had to endure various trials in our walk with Jesus. If God loves us so much why would he allow such trials? When we go through times of hardship recognize that this is the time to show faith in Christ. God has different reason(s) for allowing these faith testing … Continue reading Stay Strong and Courageous
If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him. (1 John 3:21, 22) The most important gifts from God are: 1) Jesus 2) Eternal life 3) Peace 4) Joy 5) Righteousness 6) The Holy Spirit … Continue reading Just Ask God
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) Here's how to Rep for Jesus: 1) Pray to God to be used by him to accomplish his heavenly will for your life in service to others. Always … Continue reading REPRESENTATIVES FOR JESUS
"The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8 Jesus' death on the cross defeated Satan's work. Unfortunately, there is a sin that cannot be forgiven. The sin that cannot be forgiven is unbelief. Those who reject the claims of Jesus do not believe that he is the … Continue reading Is there a sin that God cannot forgive?
John 9:1–3 Healing a Man Born Blind: As He was passing by, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples questioned Him: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” "Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works might be displayed … Continue reading WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?
Apostle Paul speaking his last words to the unbelieving leading men of the Jews in Rome: The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying,"Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ " "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, … Continue reading WE ARE PROPHETS AND GREATER THAN THE ANGELS!
Early Christians oftentimes met in other people's homes to pray and worship God. Have you ever felt guilty because you did not go to a church building, cathedral or chapel? Do not feel guilty, those who believe in Jesus are God's church and are interconnected to each other. True worship comes from our heart, mind … Continue reading THE CHURCH IS THE BODY OF CHRIST
"'Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their … Continue reading WHAT WILL BE REMEMBERED?
The term trinity is never mentioned in the bible; however, it's scriptural. The best example I heard while attending seminary was from one of my favorite professors, Dr. Rick Durst. Dr. Durst said to me, "Think of the trinity this way, Father God is the begetter, Jesus is the begotten. Father God and Jesus are … Continue reading Trinity
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God: John 1:1 The Triune God is a very difficult theological term associated with Father God, Holy Spirit and Jesus, but the bottom line is that Jesus … Continue reading WHO IS JESUS?
Incarnation is Spirit God taking on human flesh in the form of Jesus. Jesus took on the nature and character of The Holy Spirit in order to share His divine qualities with mankind. No one has ever seen God. Moses only saw God in temporary form and the term for this is "Theophany". Remember, God … Continue reading WHAT IS INCARNATION?
Revelation 1:3 says, "Blessed is he/she who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the end is near" The word blessed has many interpretations, but being blessed comes only from God and is transferred to those who, in this verse, read Revelation … Continue reading READING REVELATION BRINGS BLESSING
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" Matthew 7:7 If you've counted on this verse to solve your problems, yet haven't received an answer from God, ask yourself: * Have I prayed in faith. *Is there sin in my life. … Continue reading What Promises?
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our … Continue reading ENEMIES – BORN AGAIN – SAINTS
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness - Dan 9:9 "As a spring lock closes itself, but cannot be unlocked without a key, so we ourselves may run into sin, but cannot return without the key of God’s grace" - Cawdray If you happen to sin today, just agree (to confess in Greek) … Continue reading Mercy and Forgiveness
Matthew 10:37-39 "How much do you love Jesus? The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Anyone finding … Continue reading Loving Jesus
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you- James 4:10 Everyone wants to be praised for working hard and respected for living a righteous life. Someone told me once, "never praise yourself, let others praise you". The best way to be lifted up? Staying humble! The bible tells us to … Continue reading HUMILITY GOES BEFORE HONOR
We've all seen or know someone who prays out loud. To be honest it's annoying and is just what the Pharisees used to do when Jesus was living in Israel. Corporate prayer is different and achieves a Christ centered goal. I'm all for occasional corporate prayer. The way to reach the heart of the Lord … Continue reading Silence is Golden
"TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM" And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 God causes ALL things to benefit the lives of those who believe In Jesus as the Son of God. Sometimes it … Continue reading We Are Covered
Where does that voice in the back of our mind come from, the voice that whispers such things like; do not lie to this person, relations before marriage is wrong, abusing alcohol leads to ruin, stop thinking bad things about people? God will not force you to be obedient to His way of life In … Continue reading Thoughts
Who can live out The Sermon on the Mount? Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two: Matthew 5:41 The Sermon on the Mount is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is two fold. First, it is on earth and is seen in the lives of all who have been … Continue reading Sermon On The Mount
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE PERFECT? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Jesus said many things that were spoken to the ancient Judaic culture and peoples of his day. These sayings also apply to our lives as followers of Christ. Absolutely no one is perfect. Jesus is telling us that … Continue reading Be Perfect…
True wisdom comes from reading the Bible. The Word of God inspired the writers of both the old and new testaments. The Word of God inspires all of us who daily open up its wisdom and become blessed by what we hear from our lord and master, Jesus. The way to experience true and eternal … Continue reading Where Is Wisdom Found?
The term “grace” can be understood in two ways. First, as the character of God who loves and receives fallen mankind solely on the basis of His provisions and promises. It has been defined as the undeserved and unmerited love, acceptance, and forgiveness of God. (See footnote) Its synonym would be mercy. Second, it may … Continue reading Grace
Who is our Father? That depends on whether or not you've been born again of Spirit by the belief that Jesus is the Son of God who has forgiven us of our sin. Without being born again or experiencing Spiritual rebirth your Father is not God and you remain separated from Him. Jesus said, I … Continue reading Who is Father God?
Generally people look upon youth as a part of our world that is inexperienced and filled with various struggles that must take place to gain a mature understanding of life. My view is that Jesus has brought about His craftsmanship and genius in creating what has the potential to shape our future. The issues that … Continue reading Children
Has God's Kingdom entered your soul? How do you know if your truly saved? There are always going to be true followers of Christ who are known by their fruit and the way in which they conduct their lives. There are always going to be what we refer to as, "Wolves in Sheep' Clothing". Those … Continue reading Purity
The best way to receive from God is to petition Him through Jesus. If you do not ask of Him, you will not receive from Him. God is under no obligation to answer the prayers of those who have rejected Him. You might be thinking, "how come so many people who have no relationship with … Continue reading Believe, Then Receive
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man” (Jas. 1:13). If you feel tempted: "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what … Continue reading Temptation
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11 Try to memorize this verse from Jeremiah as it will give you confidence to keep moving forward in your career path. The Lord knows … Continue reading You Are Covered Under The Jesus Plan
"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing" John 15:5 Grace is really an amazing thing considering that it is a free gift from God and is something that people who deny Christ receive...for … Continue reading Apart From Me…
The Great Commission is to go and make disciples or learners of Christ. We are to accomplish this in the authority of Jesus. Jesus spoke, healed, commanded, instructed and conquered Satan with authority. Lets imitate Jesus by being bold and confident as we share His life and times with those who wear the veil, who … Continue reading Share God’s Word!
Everyone has been guilty at some point of the following: adultery in deed or thought, fornication or "sleeping around", drunkenness, anger that is not righteous, drug use other than for medication, filthy language or swearing, laziness or slacking off, gluttony or over eating. If you have never been involved in these sins you are an … Continue reading Living For Christ
I SURRENDER ALL , ALL TO JESUS...Some people carry burdens all to themselves. In doing so they suffer depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, dissatisfaction, emotional pain and all sorts of unhappiness. There is a better way: Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. "Take my … Continue reading Letting Go
Job replied: Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful? Job 21:13 They spend their days in prosperity, And suddenly they go down to Sheol. Job 21:14 They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways. Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, … Continue reading Heaven or Hell
Repentance: To turn away from sin, to start fresh with the renewal of your spirit towards the things of God. The goal is purity and to be like Jesus. Faith: One of the first gifts from God. Without Faith no one can please God. God rewards Faith because it shows a continuous hope In Christ … Continue reading Road Map to Serving Christ
1 Corinthians 13:4 If God were not patient with us he would not have provided mercy and grace, instead he would have punished us according to the way our sin deserved. We are to do the same by having patience toward each other and abstaining from vengeance, hatred and animosity towards those who wrong us. … Continue reading Love Is Patient
Often I get asked questions about morals and what God says about them in regards to living a Christian life. One question is, can I drink alcohol? Another is, can you be rich as a Christian? There are many moral issues that raise debates on living the Christian life. The reality is that there is … Continue reading Wealth and Alcohol
When do you rely on God? Apostle Paul was acquainted with perilous situations that almost put him in death's grip. God had allowed Paul to experience great hardship during his missionary travels. He was ship wrecked, bitten by a poisonous snake, beat up by mobs of people and left for dead. Where was Jesus during … Continue reading Paul: Humility before Honor
Do you find yourself diving deeper into depravity, idolatry or being more and more focused on yourself? If you are in this predicament you are being given over to the flesh or worldly desires that conflict with the nature of God. The New Hampshire Confession of Faith states, "Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest … Continue reading Who Are You Going To Follow?
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. 1 Peter 1:8-9 "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him … Continue reading Peace, Joy and Righteousness
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are … Continue reading Living By The Holy Spirit
People are always ready to encourage you to give up. "Life is too difficult," they say. "Life is not fair. It hurts too much." But such advice fails to take into account the omnipotent hand of God. Even though we may not understand why painful and discouraging events happen in our lives, we have the … Continue reading Never Give Up
When I first met Jesus I was a teenager at age 19. The impact was powerful and my journey was not easy. God is very powerful and the transformation starts the second you believed that Jesus is the Son of God. Meeting other believers, attending Church services, reading the Bible, letting go of bad habits … Continue reading New Believers
What was the first thing The King of Judah, Jehoshaphat, did when he received word that the Moabites and Ammonites were coming to make war over Judah? Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast for all Judah. Next, he prayed allowed before the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the Temple of the Lord. Then, Jahaziel, son of … Continue reading Placing Faith In Jesus
"Beginning to sink, he (Peter) cried, saying, Lord, save me."Matthew 14:30 Our extremities are the Lord's opportunities. Immediately a keen sense of danger forces an anxious cry from us the ear of Jesus hears, and with Him ear and heart go together, and the hand does not long linger. At the last moment we appeal … Continue reading Lord, Help Me…
Isaiah 43:10-12 "You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is … Continue reading Only One God
The Bible says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38). How easy it is to sleep or become careless in our Christian walk. Temptation strikes when we are most vulnerable. When we neglect certain areas of our spiritual lives—such as … Continue reading “WATCH and PRAY”
Don’t Quit! In 1952 Florence Chadwick attempted to swim 26 miles from the coast of California to Catalina Island. After 15 hours, a heavy fog began to block her view, she became disoriented, and she gave up. To her chagrin, Chadwick learned that she had quit just 1 mile short of her destination. Two months … Continue reading Stay the Course
It is a sign that the soul is living in God, if it maintain calmness within through the consciousness of His Presence, while working for Him in active ministrations. Such restfulness will show itself in the commonest ways, in doing common duties at the right time, in preserving a sweetness and evenness of temper in … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day
In the days of Abraham, to start out for a land one had never seen was as great a venture of faith as astronauts going to the moon today. It took a great deal of faith for Abraham to leave Ur of the Chaldees and go to a strange land. Like Abraham, we Christians are … Continue reading Promise Land
King David knew the Son of God He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says, "The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." Matthew 22:43-44 It's a very cool verse in the … Continue reading They Knew the Messiah
"The most saintly spirits are often existing in those who have never distinguished themselves as authors, or left any memorial of themselves to be the theme of the world's talk; but who have led an interior angelic life, having borne their sweet blossoms unseen like the young lily in a sequestered vale on the bank … Continue reading Saintly Spirits
Lord Jesus, Thank you Father God for another day and another opportunity to get closer to you through Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Fill us with your infinite wisdom, knowledge and understanding and thank you for cleansing us of all impurities present, past and future. Today, empower us with your confidence, courage, persistence, diligence, unconditional … Continue reading Praise
Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62 "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath no where to lay his head". Matt 8:19-20 "Follow me, he said, … Continue reading Cost of Following Jesus
Baptism brings up many discussions, especially infant Baptism. Let's make this simple, baptism does not save you in and of itself, God saves you through the sacrifice of His Son and subsequently your belief In Jesus. Baptism is when we die to our old life and rise to newness of life with Christ all by … Continue reading Baptism
Out of the 40,000 or more promises in the Bible that are given to those who devote themselves to Jesus my favorite blessing is having peace. The peace of God is a force that can allow you to stay calm and content under stressful situations, pressure filled assignments at work, dealing with awkward moments, going … Continue reading Peace
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For whoever in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by all. So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. Romans 14:17-19 God … Continue reading PEACE – JOY – RIGHTEOUSNESS
How can you really be sure you know Jesus? By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 1 John 2:3 Pastor RossKeeping it 💯
"Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6 It's easy to take a day off from reading the Bible, praying or sharing the life and times of Jesus. If anyone supposes that with man, living, as … Continue reading God Never Takes a Day Off
Attending Church on Sunday is what the majority of believers do and it is definitely scriptural to assemble together to worship Jesus. Attendance at the church building on Sunday or Wednesday for prayer is not the same as a continual intimate relationship with Jesus because that is between you and Jesus. Reading God's Word and … Continue reading Liquid Church
Giving Thanks: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to … Continue reading Psalm 100
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob then came... Naomi's daughter-in-law was Ruth Ruth was the wife of Boaz whose mother was Rahab (once a prostitute) Ruth was the mother of ObedObed was the father of Jesse Jesse was the father of King David. Jacob and his wife, Rachel had a son named Joseph, he was Jacob's most beloved … Continue reading Genealogy
"All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution"2 Tim. 3:12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness! If you love, follow and obey Jesus as Lord and Savior you have gone through various forms of persecution. Let's face the truth, the world hates us because the world hates Jesus and his … Continue reading Persecution
"He that doubteth is condemned: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23) Jesus said that a person who doubts is someone on a wave being tossed back and forth. When in doubt you need to figure it out! Pastor RossKeeping it 💯
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."John 3:36 It's very simple: believe In Jesus and obey His Commands written in the Word. The benefits are a transformed life, eternity in heaven alongside everyone … Continue reading Obedience or Wrath?
The main reason that most investors never see any gains in the stock market is that they lack patience. Investments take time and investing in solid companies with good balance sheets and great management generally pays off, but without patience nothing will be gained. The reason I bring this up is that God requires us … Continue reading Patience
Me, Myself and I All of us love attention and the feeling of being accepted by others. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be noticed for either working hard, doing well in school, raising a successful family or for any other righteous pursuit in life. There is always someone who notices everything we do … Continue reading Humility
After drinking a strong cup of coffee I tend to talk too much. It's usually with my wife, daughters, friend or a co-worker. All of us love to talk, but it takes a special person to be patient and listen well. I guess that is why therapists are so popular. On the other hand... Gossip, … Continue reading Empty Chatter
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 Pastor RossKeeping it 💯
Followers of Jesus set their hope in what lies ahead, which is a future to be shared with Father God and His Son, Jesus, in a place called heaven. To get there we must have a high level of faith that centers our thoughts, prayers and love on everything that Jesus teaches us through His … Continue reading Build Yourselves Up
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NASB There is absolutely no reason to worry. In fact, God commands us … Continue reading God’s Command to Stop Worrying
For me and my family there has not been a single individual outside of Jesus that has provided us with more biblical truths, wisdom and love than Dr. Charles Stanley. Without making him an idol, he's the closest thought on my mind when it comes to thinking of anyone who has done more for the … Continue reading Dr. Charles Stanley
Waiting for Jesus is what we live for as followers and as fast as time is going by, it won't be long. No one knows the time, but we need to live our lives in faith upholding all that Jesus represents because he will come like a thief in the night. Could be today, tomorrow? … Continue reading Waiting on Jesus
My most frequent petition of God is for wisdom from above. Solomon was given the greatest amount of wealth anyone ever had because when God asked him what he desired, instead of asking for wealth, his reply was wisdom. Let's hope we can do the same lol! Think accumulated knowledge, common sense, insight, being prudent, … Continue reading Wisdom or Wealth
The famous verse in the hymn, All to Jesus I surrender: All to Jesus I surrender,All to Him I freely give;I will ever love and trust Him,In His presence daily live.I surrender all,I surrender all.All to Thee, my blessed Savior,I surrender all. There are only two paths to follow in this life with one ending … Continue reading All to Jesus I Surrender…
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. In the parable of the unmerciful servant, Jesus uses the number 7 times 70 to make the point … Continue reading How Many Times to Forgive Someone?
"The Holy Spirit is Moving Through Our Locker Room" Says NBA MVP Stephen Curry (Oakland, CA)—My dad may have been playing in the NBA at the time, but the best basketball games I remember from my childhood were the ones between my little brother, Seth, and me on our backyard basketball court in Charlotte, NC. … Continue reading The Spirit is Omnipresent
A seal from God is impenetrable and will never ever be broken. Those who receive The Holy Spirit have a guarantee of living out eternity with Jesus and all of the other saints in perfect peace. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians … Continue reading Sealed By God = Permanent
One of the greatest temptations that we face each day is dealing with our inner thoughts. How many times has what you thought about become a situation where you drum up negative judgments about someone? An example is at work when we are dealing with a co-worker who might be annoying or at school when … Continue reading Do Not Judge…
Apollos, was a Jewish man from Alexandria, who was in Ephesus during Apostle Paul's missionary journey. History tells us that Apollos knew the Old Testament very well and was an excellent speaker who could present the gospel in a way that was effective. When is the last time you shared the gospel? Sharing the gospel … Continue reading Sharing The Gospel
Have you been breathed upon by God? If you have not received the breath of God, you remain spiritually dead. The Holy Spirit has been sent to us in Jesus' place as we wait for the final redemption to come in which we will become glorified and immortal. For now, our lives In Christ are … Continue reading God’s Breath
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 Without sin and human error, we would not learn how to forgive one another. Each of us has and will, from time to time, sin. Some of these sins are … Continue reading Confession
We've all been there, someone is stronger, wealthier, better looking, smarter, thinner etc. Sometimes we wish we were in their shoes. Where does this lead us? God has a unique design for each of us. God created us through Jesus' hands and that means perfection. Instead of dwelling on what could have been, think about … Continue reading Jealousy = Disorder