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%
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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?
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
"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?
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
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
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?
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
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
EphesusSmyrnaPergamumThyatiraSardisPhiladelphiaLaodicea The seven stars of the Book of Revelation are the angels of the seven churches mentioned and the seven golden lampstands are the seven churches. Jesus writes to each angel of each of the seven churches. He begins with the good news of the ongoings in the church and then segues to what needs … Continue reading The Seven Churches in Revelation