Right Thinking

By |May 1st, 2016|

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” – Phil 4:8 (NIV)
In verse 8, Paul discusses the issue of right thinking. So many thoughts flood our minds. It’s up to us to control them. We can decide what we put into our minds – what we allow ourselves to dwell on or to meditate on. We all meditate on something. Is it other people? Is it something going on at work or with our kids or parents? Is it something we wish we’d done or not done? Was it even the game last […]

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Easter – He is Risen!

By |April 20th, 2014|

He is Risen! Most of you have heard these words – this phrase, right? We hear it on Easter. It’s the whole reason for Easter! (Believe it or not – not eggs or bunnies) In this day and time, however, there may be some people, maybe even you, who don’t know what the phrase means. If you do, you’ve probably even spoken them. Yet, are they just words to you? Or, do they really mean something to you?

“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly […]

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Mountaintop to Wilderness

By |November 20th, 2013|

Have you ever had just an awesome experience or spiritual high at some point in your life – and then you seemingly woke up to a nightmare of a situation soon afterwards? Are you there now?

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matt 4:1

Okay – we know Jesus was perfect. But, he must have done something somewhat wrong or that God was a little upset about for this to occur, right? (I mean – he was lead into the wilderness AND allowed to be tempted by the devil?!) Well, actually–no, just the opposite. Jesus is led by the Spirit of God to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil after he was […]

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Is It Possible?

By |November 10th, 2013|

When you hear that “all things are possible with God,” how does that make you feel? Do you feel anything? Is it just a platitude you hear about God or does it influence how you live your life?

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’”—Mark 10:27

Jesus had just told the disciples, in Mark 10:23-25, that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Obviously, a camel can’t go through the eye of a needle… So, is Jesus saying it’s not even possible for someone who is rich […]

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I Believe – Help My Unbelief!

By |November 1st, 2013|

I believe; help my unbelief. Is this statement a contradiction? I don’t think so. I can SO totally relate, can’t you? Have there been times you have felt this way?

And Jesus said to him, “’If you can’? All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”—Mark 9:23-24

A father brought his son who was possessed by a spirit to Jesus for healing. He said to Jesus, “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus, responded incredulously, “If I can?” He then said that what is needed from us – belief. Jesus said that everything – not certain things, not some things – […]

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Hardened Hearts

By |October 31st, 2013|

Did you know our hearts can harden? Even though we’ve seen God work in our lives in the past, why do we sometimes question his doing so today?
And Jesus, aware of this [their conversation], said to them [his disciples], “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?”—Mark 8:17-18
Jesus and the disciples are on a boat. The disciples are concerned because they only brought one loaf of bread. They’re worried about what they will eat. This after seeing Jesus feed thousands of people with just five loaves of […]

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