Daily Devotional

Don’t Mess with the Gospel

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!”
Galatians 1:8, NIV

The Gospel by its very name means “Good News.” It is considered Good News because it announces there is a solution for man’s greatest problem. We know that this “Good News” is received by faith in the grace of God. Forgiveness is not something we earn or even could earn. Forgiveness is a gift that we receive. The greatest need you and I will ever have is the removal and forgiveness of our sins. Knowing that our sin eternally separates us from a Holy God

Don’t Mess with the Gospel2006-12-05T18:21:54-05:00

When Fear Becomes Faith

“…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV

Life is full of challenges. Job security has become a thing of the past. Soaring costs in housing, health care and other basic needs have created an environment filled with opportunities for worry. Problems of every content:encoded confront us every day of our lives and generate enough pressure to stress out any normal person. What do you do with your worry? How do you handle your fears?

When Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, the vast armies of

When Fear Becomes Faith2006-12-05T18:19:16-05:00

When Your Prayers Do Not Work

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Matthew 21:22, NIV

Huh,” you say. “I know what it says, but it sure has not worked for me!” When reading passages like Matthew 21:22, have you ever thought these thoughts? Have you ever concluded that such passages are for other believers but not for you? Have you waged war with prayer against temptation, discouragement, or hardship and failed? So what is up with that?

There are several possible explanations, but let us focus on one of the more common reasons why prayer does not seem to work. The Apostle Paul provides some insight in

When Your Prayers Do Not Work2006-12-05T18:15:23-05:00

Power for the Future

“Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you…The Lord himself will fight for you.
You won’t have to lift a finger in your defense!'”

Exodus 14:13-14, NIV

God’s power does not operate until we move beyond the realm of our possibilities. As long as we can do it in our own strength, there is no need for God to display His power. We must move beyond the abilities of a watching world, which will never see the power of God. This feat is seen clearly in our text as the recently-freed, Hebrew slaves found themselves surrounded by impossibilities. Before them was a sea that could not

Power for the Future2006-12-05T18:07:14-05:00

Just Do It

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
John 13:15, 17,NIV

Jesus had just done the unthinkable. Washed the disciples’ feet with his own two hands and dried them with the towel wrapped around his waist. This was the work of a common house servant. Yet Jesus had magnificently redefined greatness forever in one fell swoop! Then he turns to those closest to Him on this night before His crucifixion and summarizes the lesson in the language of application.

In our day Nike has popularized the

Just Do It2006-12-05T18:05:04-05:00

The Benefits of God’s Word

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants – things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads
and those who hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things which are written in it;
for the time is near.”
Revelation 1:1-3, NKJV

America is engaged in a war. Christians should realize this could be our finest hour. People are searching for spiritual help. The Bible, God’s Word, provides

The Benefits of God’s Word2006-12-05T18:02:01-05:00

Secret Followers of Jesus

“There was a man named Nicodemus…a member of the Jewish ruling council…who came to Jesus at night.”
John 3:1, NIV

Nicodemus came to Jesus at night because he was afraid others might learn he wanted to follow Jesus. Many people today are secret followers of Jesus. Because they are unwilling to stand up for Christ, they rarely have an impact on their world for Christ. Jesus said to Nicodemus that unless he stepped out of the shadows and followed him publicly, he would miss out on the joy of following Christ.

Jesus indicated Nicodemus would always be confused spiritually if he remained a secret

Secret Followers of Jesus2006-12-05T17:55:11-05:00

The Peaceful City

“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Jeremiah 29:7, NIV

In suburbanized America it is not difficult to have a “gated community” mentality – to define all of life by our own environment. The plight of the oppressed, poor and weak easily go undetected in our own secure worlds. But the Gospel turns everything on its head, including how we look at peace and prosperity. According to Jeremiah it is measured more by the world around us than we may desire.

The Israelite hope

The Peaceful City2006-12-05T17:52:44-05:00

Go to Extremes

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He Who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:
Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:13-16, NIV

The word “extreme” is used in almost every area of life today. It is said the X-Generation (teens-20s) is extreme. Extreme sports, such as snow boarding, are growing so rapidly they are even included in the Olympics. You name it…there are extremes in everything. Extreme

Go to Extremes2006-12-05T17:50:31-05:00

Chastisement

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”

Hebrews 12:5-6, NKJV

Ever been spanked by God? It is reasonable to expect that we will, from time to time, be reproved and rebuked by the Lord. It can come by way of His gentle and quiet Spirit whispering lovingly in our heart. But, more often than not, it makes its way like a freight train from the loud lips of a friend. You cannot predict the path from which it will come, only that it will come.

Chastisement2006-12-05T17:47:59-05:00