Would you trade something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless? Probably not. But that is exactly what God did when He gave His one and only Son to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God.
We’ve increasingly become more heart conscious today. It’s a good thing and causes me to consider what I’m eating more than before. Is it heart healthy? Will it increase my cholesterol? What’s the fat content? We read all the labels and try our best to make the wise decisions for ourselves and the ones we love.
Are you free? We’re fortunate and blessed to live in a “free” nation! We should never forget the price that others paid for the freedoms we enjoy. It’s tragic that so many today live in a “free” nation and, yet, are not free. They are bound by hurts, habits, and hang-ups that enslave them. Others are bound by legalism, trying to earn God’s favor through their achievements.
I had to laugh when my good friend, Dr. Charles Lowery, recalled the story of when he was about 10 years old and his parents took his brother and him to the beach. He said that his parents set their towels and umbrella on the shore and let the boys go out in the water by themselves. In a short while, he said that he and his brother looked up from the water and couldn’t find their parents. As they scanned the beach, he said they spotted them; but, for some reason, they had moved about 20 yards from where they had entered the water.
Have you ever noticed in your Bible how abruptly the book of Acts ends? Unlike most of the 66 books that make up our Bible today, the book of Acts seems like there should be more written. There is! It continues to be written in the lives of each Christ follower throughout history!
Do you control your thoughts, or do they control you? Yesterday, we discovered the power of a thought and how it can produce positive or negative actions. One of the first battles a Christ follower encounters is in the mind. Our minds, and what we think, are battlegrounds between God and Satan.
The scene took place by a campfire at dawn on a beach beside the Sea of Galilee. It was an experience that would change Peter’s life forever. The whole experience was redemptive! Jesus would lovingly restore Simon Peter to ministry with a simple question and a command. Anyone who has fallen can understand the pain of personal failure and the regret that can haunt you with guilt and shame. It’s disabling. You feel washed up. Jesus knew that Peter had to overcome such regrets if he would be restored to accomplish his divine destiny.
How intentional is your faith? In this video story, Vinny and Natasha share the tipping point that brought them into a more intentional faith relationship with Jesus Christ in which they began to experience God’s purpose for their lives and their family. When they took that step of baptism in obedience to Christ, they wanted to send a clear message to their children that would leave them a legacy of faith.
Through the years, it has been one of my greatest honors to baptize entire families at our Super Summer Baptism Celebrations. It’s not uncommon to see three and four generations of one family in the water all being baptized together! I can’t think of anything better than to see families restored by the grace of God! This was the case for the Philippian jailer that asked his prisoners, Paul and Silas, how to be saved in Acts 16.
“Then the Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the King of Ai, his people, his city and his land.” Joshua 8:1 (NIV) Discouragement over the past […]