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Come Learn About God in Your Everyday World

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Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
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Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
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If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
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The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
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The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
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Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
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Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
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Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More

Psalm 114 “Word Pictures of a Radical God”

Do you ponder and wonder and ask how to share God’s omnipotent power with others? The psalmist used word pictures:  “the mountains skipped like rams, the sea fled, the Jordan turned back and the earth trembled." God used "radical" means to remove the barriers that kept the Israelites in bondage. When He delivered them from the Egyptian slavery the earth rejoiced! As the psalmist pondered these "radical" events he began to ask: “why” does the sea flee, "why" did the Jordan turn back, "why" did the mountains skip like rams? Perhaps it was much like the stilling of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples saw the "radical" power of…
Read More

Tonight is the Night

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!   https://goo.gl/KGKunS  Are you ready to learn all God has for us in the book of Joshua? We start tonight...it will be 8 pm CST, 9 pm EST; check your time zone. Watch for the zoom introduction we will head out into Joshua... Remember to Click on this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/775194997 on date and time of the study. Bookmark this link as it will be the same each week. NOTE: the zoom link will be active at the appointed time in your time zone.
Read More

Are you a Morning Person?

They say there are morning people and night people. Morning people begin work long before the sun comes up. Joshua must have been a morning person because chapter 3 begins “Bright and early the next morning Joshua and the contingent of Israelites left Shittim, the place or valley in the land of Moab, and came to the Jordan” Joshua is a man who doesn’t waste daylight! Joshua is a man after my own heart! Early morning is my time to sit with God and read, meditate and enjoy my first cup of coffee. It is quiet, the neighborhood is without traffic and emails are few and far between. Joshua must…
Read More

If Walls Could Talk

They say if walls could talk they would teach us lessons we should learn.  One of those lessons comes right out of scripture in Joshua chapter 1. Joshua needed the assurance that the Israelites would move forward as a cohesive unit to victory.  Joshua confronted the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh about their commitment. They had sought permission from Moses to live on the eastern side of the Jordan because, like Lot, they saw with their eyes the well-watered land and wanted to live there not in the land God had chosen. Faithfully they did live out Eccl 5: “when you make a vow to God do not delay…
Read More

The Man Joshua & You

You have been called by God to disciple another or to your church's ministry pool, but you feel like you are just treading water. The time constraints on your personal life,  sundry problems and never-ending questions to which you have no answers. You feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place. Can you relate?   Perhaps you, like Joshua, need to learn the ropes of servanthood before God is ready to use you as a leader of others. Have you acquired patience, wisdom, the power of prayer, the ability to listen to the voice of God and leadership skills? You know that Just as God trained Joshua…
Read More

“Two-gether” for Ever

In Paul’s words:  “Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life.” Of all the couples of the Bible, not one has more positive words written about them than Aquila and Priscilla. Their lives teach us lessons that we should take to heart. We know little about their life before they met Paul other than Aquila was from the town of Pontus. Pontus Jews were in Jerusalem at Pentecost and Aquila might have been of that contingent. Later, Peter encouraged the many dispersed Jews in Pontus suffering for their faith. Aquila, on the other hand, was in Rome and where our story…
Read More

The “Emmaus” Walk to KnowingGod

Right in the middle of Romans 16, we meet Paul’s “dear friend” Epenetus. His distinction is that he was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. He is only mentioned here in the whole of the NT. We don’t know anything about him as to his position, his family; his vocation. We don’t know how he came to Christ.  What we do know is that he has made the life changing decision to follow Christ and with it came this shocking revelation: there were no churches, no Bibles for him to read, perhaps no other believer to walk alongside him on his “road to Emmaus.” Only Jesus.…
Read More

Do We Need A Heart Change?

The Apostle Professor, Paul, is specifically speaking to the first-century believers and it is now passed on to us: “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.”[Rom 14] …And we could add to that list. We destroy the work of God for the sake of things that have no eternal value. It could be what one wears, tattoos, and foods they eat and the list goes on and on and on. It all happens when we choose to place our standards of righteousness ahead of God’s. Paul continues by saying: it is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you eat.  It is good not…
Read More

It Really Isn’t Complicated!

Salvation is not complicated. The gospel message is as easy as A-B-C. Admit you are a sinner and in need of God’s saving grace. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and therefore ended and abolished the sacrificial system established to cover sins. His blood did it once and for all. Confess to God of your desire to be saved from this abominable sin and be freed, because the gospel is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes. Yet many with their misguided zeal miss what is truly right under their noses. Salvation is a free gift from God just because He loves us. He has chosen you before…
Read More

How Deep Is Your Grief?

The state of Texas is under the gun with “Nightmare Harvey” as the weathermen are calling it. But does how does the loss of a home equate to the loss of a loved one to death without hope? How about the loss of a nation or a people group as we are seeing happen in the Middle East?  Grief is a very real and present emotion. We are even now watching as a part of Texas is inundated by flood waters which they say will go on for days. But, Paul is speaking in the first century and his heart grieves for the loss of his people as they continue…
Read More
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