Just a test

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

Rich Mullins

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

Only One God

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

Stay the Course

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

Happy Father’s Day

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

Promise Land

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

Saintly Spirits

"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

Praise

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

Baptism

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

Peace

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

Am I Saved?

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 💯

Liquid Church

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

Psalm 100

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

Genealogy

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

Persecution

"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

Doubting

"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 💯

Patience

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

Humility

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

“Got Fruit?”

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 💯

Wisdom or Wealth

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

Do Not Judge…

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…

Sharing The Gospel

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

God’s Breath

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

Confession

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

Jealousy = Disorder

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

All About Him

The spotlight is in you, not on you. Believers are already taken care of and have all needs met through the glorious riches In Christ. It's not about us, it's about Jesus! So, shine your light on someone else. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as … Continue reading All About Him

The Tongue

Apostle James said, "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell" We've all had those moments when we'd wished we had never opened our mouths … Continue reading The Tongue

Perseverance

Mission, Passion and Persistence The above three character traits always lead to success. Think of the life and times of Jesus. His mission was to end the bonds of slavery to sin for all mankind through the ultimate sacrifice of himself at Calvary. Jesus' passion for mankind led him to do the opposite of what … Continue reading Perseverance

Trials Are Good

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the … Continue reading Trials Are Good

Righteous Anger

There is a thing called righteous anger. For example, Jesus was angry at the money changers as he entered the Temple to preach. He overturned the tables of the merchants who were selling goods at the Holy Temple of God. Before you get angry, take a deep breath and ask yourself if this emotion is … Continue reading Righteous Anger

Humble Priests

From Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood - and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father-to Him be the glory and … Continue reading Humble Priests

Imagine This!

But as it is written, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength! Pastor RossKeeping it 💯

The Narrow Gate

Solomon was succinct and to the point when he defined the lifestyle of true followers of Jesus: "The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person" Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12‬:‭13‬ It applies to every person because all will be held accountable on the day of judgment. … Continue reading The Narrow Gate

Handling Temptations

Temptations come in various forms and everyone is tempted from time to time as was Jesus. Jesus rebuked Satan by saying flee from me. Like Jesus, we need to recognize temptation immediately and rebuke it. Prayer is key and staying busy. Remember, God doesn't tempt anyone so consider the source. Resist temptation and it will … Continue reading Handling Temptations

In Christ

Ever wonder why we always conclude our prayers by saying, "In Christ?" The Apostles always ended their prayers this way, especially Paul. The reason is that once you've accepted the Lord Jesus into your life you become immediately surrounded by His Spirit in the same way that he was surrounded by Father God's Spirit when … Continue reading In Christ

Wealth In Christ

There is absolutely nothing in God’s Word against accumulating wealth. In fact, in the days of Jesus’ 1/2 brother James’ church, there were wealthy Christians who owned vast parcels of land. Without these wealthy Christians the church would not have been able to flourish and help the needy. While the Lord gives us the ability … Continue reading Wealth In Christ

Intimacy With God

“The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He May strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” - 2 Chronicles 16:9 It’s all about your relationship to Father God through Jesus. Cast all cares and burdens upon Him and give Him all your attention, heart, mind, soul and strength … Continue reading Intimacy With God

Habits

We all have habits such as waking up early, going to bed late or even drinking too much coffee! There are seven spiritual habits that all followers of Jesus must abide by in order to achieve the type of life that Father God has planned for us. The first and foremost is prayer. Prayer was … Continue reading Habits

Right Relationships

Right Relationships Proverbs 27:17 To become the people God wants us to be, it’s essential that we choose the right relationships. They are extremely important because without them, we will be unable to accomplish much in life. We should pursue relationships with people who: • Build our confidence in God as well as in ourselves. … Continue reading Right Relationships

In God’s Love

Encourage each other In Christ to strengthen your faith. Always pray In Spirit and continue to show unconditional love in all situations you find yourself in each day. Our greatest hope is eternal life and it’s coming soon. Stay strong and courageous. Pastor RossKeeping it 💯 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy … Continue reading In God’s Love

Acquiring Wisdom

Answers to prayer require faith, hope and wisdom. Most people never hear from Jesus because they do not make prayer a priority. Wisdom is freely given to all who believe, to those who ask for it from Father God through Jesus. This wisdom is not what most expect, it’s not worldly wisdom. It’s tapping into … Continue reading Acquiring Wisdom

Paul’s Prayer

Paul’s prayer is not just for the holy and faithful sisters and brothers In Christ at Colosse, it’s for everyone who believes and follows Jesus. Pray this prayer forward today: “For this reason since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the … Continue reading Paul’s Prayer

Forgive…

Jesus taught that we should forgive one another in all situations. While this is not easy to do, Jesus forgave each one of us on the cross for our collective rebellion against Father God. There are consequences for being unforgiving Including God not forgiving you in heaven, health problems from harboring bitterness. If we confess … Continue reading Forgive…

No Fear!

Have you ever been afraid or paranoid in public places, perhaps just afraid of the possibility of imminent danger? To be honest, I have, but then I remembered this verse from Jesus: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of … Continue reading No Fear!

Living Holy

How should we live our lives? Ephesians 5:15-21 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be … Continue reading Living Holy

Righteous Living

How should we live - continued: Colossians 3:12-17 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put … Continue reading Righteous Living

The Spirit

Who is Holy Spirit? In the next few post's the role of the Spirit will be described. To begin, the Spirit is not the Father and is not the Son. The Spirit is only the Spirit of both the Father and the Son and He is coequal to the Father and the Son thus belonging … Continue reading The Spirit

Freedom In Christ

The reason Jesus set us free on the cross was to give us freedom from slavery to sin. Apostle Paul said, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful...I will not be brought under the power of any" -1 Corinthians 6:12 What this means is that we have been freed from … Continue reading Freedom In Christ

Intimacy with God

The best way to start the year is by building an extremely close relationship with God. So many people will say that they believe in God, but leave Jesus out. You cannot have a relationship with Father God without having been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of His Son, Jesus. Jesus is the Son … Continue reading Intimacy with God

Obeying God

Living the life of a follower of Jesus is never easy; however, there is one way to insure that you're living your best life In Christ. Obeying God is how we know that we are who we say we are In Christ. Obedience is the cornerstone to Christian living and it is always rewarded by … Continue reading Obeying God

God’s Will

Believers do not have to comprehend God's will just obey it. How much do you trust God? It is definitely hard sometimes especially if we are facing a situation that is dire whether that is having a complicated surgery or accepting the new job. This is where are faith comes into action. Faith is the … Continue reading God’s Will

Strangers

Sowing the seeds of love... Luke 6:32-45 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from … Continue reading Strangers

Do Not Lose Heart

Going through adversity, for the believers In Christ, will only last as long as it takes for God to accomplish His purpose in us. Everyone goes through unbearably difficult times whether that is facing an illness or needing financial help. How does Jesus fit into our suffering? Jesus suffered on the cross, but it was … Continue reading Do Not Lose Heart

Where is God?

Help, my faith is being challenged... How many times have we faced a situation where we have pretty much exhausted all options and still are in the same predicament? For example, looking for a job. Where is God in all of this, I mean He said that if we pray according to His will he … Continue reading Where is God?

Maturing In Christ

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly being pruned by God as we age In Christ. It’s difficult, especially when you’re young and face peer pressure amongst friends that do not share your faith. Sometimes there are cracks in the road and perhaps you’ll stumble in your faith. That’s perfectly normal because let’s … Continue reading Maturing In Christ

Purity of Heart

How can we keep our way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. (Psalms 119:9, 10 NASB) Obey God and leave the consequences to Him Pastor Ross

Grace

“...The purpose of grace is the perfection of the heart, not of the mind.” Jean-Pierre De Caussade

Consolation

Consolation Any increase of faith, hope, and charity and any interior joy that calls and attracts to heavenly things, and to the salvation of one’s soul, inspiring it with peace and quiet in Christ our Lord. - Ignatius of Loyola

Belief In God…

He who says, I believe in God, says more than he can justify, more than he knows, more even than he senses or suspects; he says that God’s reality is more real than his own life, that God is nearer than hands and feet, that he is the most sublime, but also the most common, … Continue reading Belief In God…

In Jesus Salvation Is Found

Salvation is only from God and takes away sin and sin’s punishment while restoring a righteous relationship with Him. The reward of Salvation is eternal life In Jesus. “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”- 1 John 5:11

The Goal

My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;‘Tis His to lead me there–not mine, but His–At any cost, dear Lord, by any road. F. Brook

Triune God

"[T]he Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost [are] three … not in condition, but in degree; not in substance, but in form; not in power, but in aspect; yet of one substance, and of one condition, and of one power, inasmuch as He is one God, from whom these degrees and forms and aspects … Continue reading Triune God

Jeremiah

Who was Jeremiah? Jeremiah was the son of Hilkiah known as, “The Weeping Prophet” due to his laboring for40 years warning the Israelites with a message of doom for their blatant refusal to listen to and obey God. Jeremiah warned the stiff necked unrepentant people of Judah to come back to their God. His warnings … Continue reading Jeremiah

Jesus is God

"In former times, God, who is without form or body, could never be depicted. But now when God is seen in the flesh conversing with men, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter; I worship the Creator of matter who became matter for my sake." —John of … Continue reading Jesus is God

Wisdom

"To know the Word of God, to live the Word of God, to preach the Word, to teach the Word, is the sum of all wisdom, the heart of all Christian service" - Charles E. Fuller

Stick To The Word

"Let us, therefore, foresake the vanity of the crowd and their false teachings, and turn back to the word delivered to us from the beginning."—Polycarp of Smyrna It doesn’t say to avoid the crowd, but to forsake the vanity of the crowd. Remember, we are different and have been “born again” of Spirit. The old … Continue reading Stick To The Word

Feeling Anxious?

"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" Isaiah 41:10 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has … Continue reading Feeling Anxious?

In A Rush?

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 In a rush this morning? Try to get up earlier each day and set a time for prayer. Prayer is the ultimate time saver because, in a way, you’re preparing your future according … Continue reading In A Rush?

Memorize Please

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 Have you memorized this special verse? By now you should have as it’s one of those often quoted scriptures that is filled with meaning. Jesus is letting us know that we need to lead a life … Continue reading Memorize Please

Overcoming Adversity

“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” Job 5:17 Job’s wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:9-10 … Continue reading Overcoming Adversity

God’s Character

What is the character of Father God? But you, O Lord, are a gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. ~Psalm 86:15 GraciousSlow to angerLovingFaithful We are to imitate these saintly character traits in our daily walk. Being gracious to others, not getting angry, but staying humble, loving towards people and staying … Continue reading God’s Character

The Gospel

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that … Continue reading The Gospel

Born Again

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24 You have been: RedeemedForgivenJustifiedReconciledSanctifiedandGlorified … Continue reading Born Again

Walking in Faith

A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way? ~Proverbs 20:24 So, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6 That’s “Living by The Holy Spirit” … Continue reading Walking in Faith

The Narrow Gate

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14 Adam and Eve and all who follow have been given … Continue reading The Narrow Gate

The Greatest Commandment

The Greatest Commandment Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself Matthew 22:37-39

Have You Taken The Test?

Have you taken the test? Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test. 2 Corinthians 13:5 Pastor RossLet’s keep it 💯

Y’Shua

Jesus is Y'Shua “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Where is he now? In us who believe and: Acts 3:21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he … Continue reading Y’Shua

Got Fruit?

The fruit of righteousness will be peace;the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. ~Isaiah 32:17 Pastor RossKeeping it 💯