Devotional

The Courts of God

The Courts of God

Psalm 84:10

The moment we enter through the Gate of Jesus Christ, by believing in Him for the forgiveness of our sins, we dramatically alter our eternity; “I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved” (John 10:9). We were once blind and destined for eternal separation from God, but now we “see” and will […]

Whom We Will Serve

Whom We Will Serve

Joshua 24:15

Joshua led the people of Israel into the promised land of Canaan and helped them fight many battles. Toward the end of his life, Joshua gathered the leaders of Israel for some final encouragement: “You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the […]

Create Lasting Memorials

Create Lasting Memorials

Joshua 4:5-7

After the people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years, God led them across the Jordan river into the promised land of Canaan. This was not an ordinary river crossing. God stopped the Jordan from flowing and allowed the priests to stand in the middle of the river bed, with the ark of […]

Live Daily By Faith

Live Daily By Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7

In the message “Proving Our Faith” we saw how our faith is revealed and strengthened as we walk through our trials. It’s not surprising that we often discuss the importance of faith, for “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). If we desire to live a life pleasing to God, we must […]

Proving Our Faith

Proving Our Faith

1 Peter 1:6-7

We begin our Christian life in faith; “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). And just as we begin our life in faith, so we must also continue to walk in faith; “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him” (Colossians 2:6). We are […]

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 12:1

Running has become a big part of my life. In 2003 I set a goal of running 500 miles for the year. I finished the year with 1500 miles and ran my first marathon in January of 2004. I’ve run many marathons since and have now moved into the strange world of running distances much […]

Grace-Filled Holiness

Grace-Filled Holiness

Romans 6:1-2

We often speak of God’s Word as the absolute truth by which we are to live. We encourage one another to live without compromise and not to be pulled by the temptations of the world. But this type of discussion always implies a standard for Christian living, a standard for holiness. And, as much as […]

Ministering to Nineveh

Ministering to Nineveh

Jonah 4:2

In the message “Follow Him to Nineveh” we discussed the will of God in terms of His general and specific will. We saw that God’s Word has already given a great deal of direction which applies to every Child of God. Our Heavenly Father desires each of His Children to be “conformed to the likeness […]

Follow Him To Nineveh

Follow Him To Nineveh

Jonah 1:2

The subject of God’s will is often one of great concern to growing Christians. Those who have accepted the forgiving grace of Jesus now have a desire to live a life which brings Him glory and honor. We have read we are to present ourselves as “living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1), […]

Give From The Heart

Give From The Heart

Malachi 3:8, 10

In the book of Malachi, God called the people of Israel back to the law He established 800 years earlier with Moses. God spoke of the necessity of a pure sacrifice (Malachi 1:7-8), and the need for the priests to speak a message of truth (Malachi 2:7-8). He also addressed the issue of giving back […]

A Free And Secure Servant

A Free And Secure Servant

John 13:3-5

The night before Jesus was crucified, He was celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples. We traditionally call this the Last Supper. Jesus knew this would be the last time He would eat with His disciples; He knew in just one more day He would be hung on a cross to die. Knowing He only […]

Lift Him Up

Lift Him Up

John 12:32

In the message “Stand Firm On The Rock” we saw how Christ is the solid Rock upon which we have been set. He alone is our stable source of direction and strength. We will need to visit this truth again and again as we continue to answer the call to follow. When Jesus called Peter […]