“‘Don’t be afraid!’ Elisha told him, ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’” 2 Kings 6:16-17a (NIV)

How’s your eyesight?  A friend told his optometrist that the problem was not with his eyes; it was just that his arms were too short to hold what he needed to see!  Some people are blessed with 20/20 eyesight yet suffer from spiritual blindness.  So, let me ask the question again:  How’s your spiritual vision?  When is the last time you had a checkup? Continue reading

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

Everybody has a hidden hurt.  Everybody needs healing. When we make Christ the Commander in Chief of our lives, He heals our deepest hurt. He is the Mighty God.  The unnamed woman in Luke’s Gospel that came to Jesus in desperate need found healing.  It would be a miracle much greater than she even expected.  She was not only healed physically when she touched the edge of His cloak, but Jesus healed an even deeper wound.  He healed her deepest hurt.  Because Jesus is the Mighty God, He has the power to overcome our deepest hurt. Continue reading

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 (NIV)

Last year, the Charlie Brown special A Charlie Brown Christmas aired for the fiftieth time.  It’s a familiar story:  Charlie Brown is so frustrated by the commercialization of the holiday that he finally shouts, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”  Linus, hearing his friend’s question, carries his blanket onstage and, under a spotlight, recites part of the Christmas story from the Bible, including these words:

“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)

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“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

What is your biggest obstacle?  What is that makes you feel stuck?  One of the names for Jesus given in Isaiah 9:6 is El Gibbor – The Mighty God.  He is our strong warrior and champion who fights our battles and gives us the victory!  The truth is Christ, as Commander in Chief of your life, wants to give you the power to overcome your biggest obstacle.  So, what is it?  What has become a barrier in your life, preventing you from experiencing the blessing of God? Continue reading

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

The reason I support Jesus for President is because He is the Mighty God!  The title in Hebrew is El Gibbor and it literally means “Strong Warrior and Champion.”  When you make Christ the Commander in Chief of every decision in your life, you have a Might God who is able to keep every campaign promise He ever made! Continue reading

“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The power to rule over the world belongs now to our Lord and His Messiah, and He will rule forever and ever!’” Revelation 11:15 (TEV)

We live in a fallen and sinful world.  A world over which the Bible says, Satan is the god (little “g”) of this age who blinds the minds of unbelievers and the prince and power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. In 1 John 5:19 the Bible says,

“We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one.”    

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“In everything you do put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Prov. 3:5, 6 (TLB)

Power flows from priorities. When our priorities are aligned with God’s Word and God’s will for our lives, we have the illimitable resources of God available to us – His strength, His provision, His peace, and His direction.  The measure of our success is in direct proportion to the extent we put God first in everything we do.  If you want success in your marriage, put God first in your marriage. If you want success in your business, put God first in your business.  If you want success over your finances, put God first in your finances.  The promise in Proverbs 3:5-6 is the principle for dynamic faith that energizes us to live life in all its fullness! Continue reading

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end….” Isaiah 9:6-7a (NIV2011) 

The titles Isaiah gives for Christ in this prophetic passage reveal the benefit we can experience when we make Christ the Commander in Chief of our lives today.  Because He is the Wonderful Counselor, He offers His followers direction in every decision and, because He is the Mighty God, we have strength in every storm! The final two titles offer us tremendous personal comfort. Continue reading

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end….” Isaiah 9:6-7a (NIV2011) 

Isaiah reveals four titles for Christ that give us insight into what we can expect when Christ is Commander in Chief. Continue reading

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end….” Isaiah 9:6-7a (NIV2011) 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given….”

Over 700 years before Christ, Isaiah foretells the first Advent of Jesus! This passage of prophetic Scripture describes both the humanity and Deity of Christ.  “For to us a child is born,” speaks to His humanity!   Though born of a virgin, the Son of God would take the form of human flesh as a helpless infant!  Yet, while 100% human, He was different!  “… to us a son is given,” This speaks to the Deity of Jesus!  He was both man and God at the same time!  Theologians call this the Incarnation. As fully man, Jesus feels our pain; as God, He offers healing!  As man, Jesus understands the trials and temptations of life; as God, He can give us victory over them. Continue reading

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV2011)

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just elect Jesus for President? One day, the Bible tells us that the government will rest on His shoulders. Thankfully, you and I don’t have to wait until then!  When we make Christ the Commander in Chief of every decision, we not only experience less stress but He gives us all the wisdom we need to make the right choices. Have you done that?  Or are you still trying to control everything in your life?  How’s that working for you?  The wisest decision I ever made was when I surrendered the control of my life to Christ’s care and control.  When the government of our lives and our world rests on Jesus’ shoulders, there will be peace because He is the Prince of Peace!  Because He is called “Wonderful”, there will be nothing dull about His reign!  As Counselor, He alone has the wisdom to rule with perfect justice and, as the Mighty God, He has the power to execute His wise plans.  Continue reading

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.  You’re after one that’s gold eternally.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (MSG)

Competing in his 5th Olympic games this summer in Rio, Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning his 21st career Olympic gold medal on Tuesday night.  Yet, his legendary success was clouded by unimaginable suffering that led him to consider suicide in 2014. Continue reading

All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him.” 2 Samuel 14:14 (NLT) 

God’s Love Reaching…

This verse is an amazing description of God’s love reaching out to you and me!   This verse also elevates the value of human life despite how fragile and transient it is. Continue reading

Hall of Fame college basketball coach, John Wooden, once said, “Your talent is a gift from God. What you do with it is your gift to Him.”  Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best and use your talents every day? Chances are, you don’t. From very early ages, it seems we spend more time fixing our shortcomings than developing our strengths. Now is the time to reverse your course and make a 180-degree turn, using His blessings of talents and strengths to create your gift to Him. Continue reading