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November 27, 2016

  “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

  “A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.” –Billy Graham

   As Christians we must be thankful at all times. It is easy to be thankful when all is well and God is blessing us abundantly, but we are to be thankful in all circumsta...

November 6, 2016

  If this past week has shown anything, it is that the United States of America really seems to be in fact divided over many issues. It serves as a reminder that sometimes the divisions that we experience can exist inter-personally. Have you ever felt that way? Torn over a decision? Favoring two different but opposite things? Riding the fence on a decision? There is a lot of this going on in the Old Testament between God, His people, and false gods. The extreme ebb and flow that th...

October 24, 2016

What has following Jesus cost you?

“Following Jesus will cost you something. Following Jesus always costs something.”-Kyle Idleman

2 Timothy 3:12- “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”

The question is: what has following Jesus cost you? This is not a rhetorical question. Seriously, what has following Jesus cost you?

A job?

Healthy relationships with your family? (Luke 12:51-53)

Comfort?

Your freedom?

Friendships? (Matthew 10:22, John 15:19)

He...

September 30, 2016

“I will not waste my life! I will finish my course and finish it well. I will display the Gospel of the grace of God in all I do.”              - John Piper (paraphrasing the Apostle Paul)...

September 17, 2016

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through Him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.

- 2 Corinthians 1:20

Biblical scholars consistently claim that there are over 3,000 promises in the pages of the Bible. They also claim that there are over 2,000 prophecies in the Bible as well. With that said, take some time and meditate on the power and importance of the person of Jesus Christ, especially in light of 2 Corinthians 1:20. He is t...

September 9, 2016

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.”

-John 6:29

John 6:29 is truly a profound part of Scripture. It is part of the what is known as the Bread of Life discourse where Jesus is essentially telling His Hebrew disciples that He was sent from God and far more important than the manna that God had provided for their ancestors in the desert. They knew that story well, but here Jesus was turning the story around in a great way. He was saying that...

September 2, 2016

“You will be praised! You will be praised! With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord!”

  • Kalley Heilengathel

The words above are from the popular worship song Ever Be. The refrain is quite simple but also quite catchy and profound: Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips. Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips. These words match David’s words from Psalm 34:1 – “I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” Li...

August 26, 2016

“Life is like a box of chocolates…….”

- Forrest Gump

I don’t know about the chocolate part but I will agree with Forrest on this; our life or at least how we live our lives is definitely a lot like a box. A box with a choice that is. Like a box we are created to be filled up with one thing or another. So, when it comes to the direction of our lives we can do one of two things to determine how we are filled up. We are either going to strive to fill the box up ourselves with our hopes,...

August 19, 2016

“When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.”                                                                                                                                – A.C. Dixon...

August 11, 2016

“A community of Christians each multiplying the Gospel by going, baptizing, and teaching in the contexts where they live every day. Is anything else, according to the Bible, even considered a church?”
David Platt

I often dream about heaven. I think if we are all honest we dream about it somewhat. What will it be like? What will we see? Who will be there? What will we do? It’s fascinating and encouraging to ponder upon. It really is! Today let me encourage you to think about heaven i...

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