Inexpressible Joy!

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy… 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)

Would you describe your life as filled with an inexpressible joy? It can be! I’m not talking about a shallow sense of happiness or a fake-it-till-you-make-it disposition, but actual deep-down joy! Continue reading


Our Acceptable Service

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 (NASB) 

When was the last time you said thank you to someone and expressed your appreciation for them? Thanksgiving reminds us to show gratitude for all that God and others have done for us and mean to us. Continue reading


For Such a Time As This

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”  Esther 4:12-16 (NIV)

Esther was one of the most remarkable women in the Bible! Her heroism has been celebrated for generations. She is credited for saving the entire Jewish race because she seized the moment and shattered the darkness of evil in her time! Continue reading


Hope for Doubters

… when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen Him, they didn’t believe her. Mark 16:11 (NLT)

If you’ve ever doubted God in your life, you’re in good company! Looking back, it’s almost comical that the first doubters were Christ followers! You would think it would be the skeptics and religious leaders that had Him crucified! Continue reading


Maximizing Your Opportunities

Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. Mark 16:2 (NLT)

The first people to see the risen Christ were the three women who followed Jesus. What a reward for their faithfulness! They maximized their opportunities to serve, even when what they did didn’t seem like much. We may not think that what we have to give will make a difference.  We may diminish the value of the impact we can make. But, God doesn’t! He says that even a cup of cold water given in His name will not go without a reward. Continue reading


The Next Step

“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Mark 12:34b (NLT)

When the teacher of religious law heard Jesus’ response as to the most important commandment to love God and love others, he replied,

“Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. And I know it is important to love Him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.” (Vs. 32-33) 

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Fighting from Victory

And I got it, thank God! In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, He brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. 2 Corinthians 2:14 (MSG) 

Do you live your life fighting for victory or fighting from victory? Continue reading


Faith that Amazes!

We’ve never seen anything like this before! Mark 2:12b (NLT) 

What the world is looking for today is that which has never been seen before! Tired of religion and equally unimpressed with the religious leaders of their day, people were drawn to the message and miracles of Jesus. He spoke with authority and compassion and lived with authenticity. Continue reading


Lighting Your World

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life…. Philippians 2:14-16 (NLT) 

Christ followers have a choice. We can curse the darkness around us or we can light a candle. Which do you choose? Continue reading


Faith Rising

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:1-3 (NIV)

God wants you and me to shine with the brilliance of His light and glory! Where? Continue reading