Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Determination by Debra Webb-Reddick


Thursday, December 11, 2014

What Sort Of Interfaith Ministries are appropriate?

What sort of interfaith ministries are appropriate?

In a time of limited resources, many churches and Christian organizations seek ways to make an impact by working with other organizations on a wide array of issues such as disaster relief, poverty and education. But many have concerns regarding our responsibility to defend "the faith . . . once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3). Is cooperating with a non-Christian group acceptable, according to the Bible? Can a Christian organization join forces with a Muslim or Hindu group to minister to others? What sorts of interfaith ministries are appropriate?

Let us be clear: Christians are to care for the needy in tangible ways (
Luke 10:25-37). But what is the best way to go about providing that care? Is interfaith cooperation necessary or effective? Is an interfaith alliance to feed the hungry tantamount to ecumenism and doctrinal compromise?

A primary question to consider is, "Will this particular partnership cause me to compromise a core Christian belief?" If God and His Word are to be honored above all, we must be able to clearly answer this question. Regardless of the social good that could result from a partnership, if a Christian or a church is forced to accept a different view of God, Jesus Christ, Scripture, salvation, or other essential teaching of Scripture, that partnership is unacceptable. The deed should not undermine the creed.

For example, some social organizations will not accept a group unless it adopts a policy of non-discrimination in hiring, promotion, and firing, including a statement that it does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, nationality, or marital status. In other words, in order to cooperate, a church would be required to employ anyone who applies, even those in disagreement with the church's beliefs.

Another policy sometimes forced upon a church concerns the use of "coercive practices," such as requiring clients to participate in religious classes. Agreeing to a "non-coercive" program would be difficult for most Christian organizations seeking to honor God's Word. If a Christian rescue mission cannot evangelize those who enter its doors, then that mission will not be effective. Churches should be wary of any affiliation that requires the signing of such a policy.

Another question to consider is, "Will this particular partnership honor God?" A partnership may not require acceding to a different belief, but it could associate a Christian organization with those who dishonor God. Even if a church is allowed to maintain its own doctrinal statement and hiring policy, it may need to think twice about inferences others make based on the partnership. Sometimes the particular name of a project could raise questions; if a Bible-believing church joins "The Ecumenical Consortium of the Friends of Allah," then there is a problem. Honoring God must remain top priority, and our testimony is important.

A third important question is, "Will our work be better together in this matter?" Some projects work better with one group in leadership. A smaller scale is sometimes more efficient. Other projects require a large group from a wide variety of backgrounds. This is more a matter of logistics than of doctrine, but is important to consider as the goal is to help others, not simply to partner for the sake of unity.

So, as long as biblical doctrine is not compromised, Christian testimony is not sullied, and resources are not squandered, then, yes, a Christian organization is free to partner with other groups to accomplish a God-honoring project.

Our goal must always be to love God and love others. If a partnership can help in this mission, then there is no reason not to at least consider it. No single group can do all things, but together much good can be accomplished. In certain social issues, such as fighting poverty and providing disaster relief, there are many opportunities to cooperate with other groups to help those in need. When we do, we honor our Lord, show love to others, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of many.

As Jesus said, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (
Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Biblical Questions and Signs Of the Times

Biblical Questions and Signs Of the Times

Today, (18 Nov 14), Samantha and I were at the laundromat and a guy approached Sam claiming to be MOSES reborn! Is there any Biblical, Scriptural evidence to back up such a claim?
Everybody is looking at the RFID chip as the potential “Mark of the Beast”. I, myself even held this belief. Is it possible that we are being deceived into focusing upon this so as to not see or be aware of the REAL Mark?
In the Christian world, there is a strong belief and following of the Pope as the head of the Church. However, the Roman Church (headquartered at the Vatican) is not the Church as established by Jesus Christ. In fact, The Catholic (Roman) Church follows the belief that the Pope is himself, Jesus Christ in the flesh! By what authority save that granted by the Catholic Church itself? Does this in itself, constitute heresy, making the Papacy FALSE PROPHETS, if not worse?
The Bible teaches us that we are to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20) By what authority did the Roman Church change that holy day from the Seventh day of the week (Saturday) to the First day of the week (Sunday)?
By going to church on Sundays, are we in essence attempting to honor the Sabbath on the WRONG day? And if not, What makes Sunday so holy?
By what authority were the Ten Commandments (The Law of God as handed down to Moses by God) changed to what we have today (The Law of God as changed by Man)?
If the Roman Church as it exists today is NOT the Church established by Christ…then WHAT IS IT REALLY?
Is it true that when Pagan Rome became Papal Rome, they put on the Clothes of Christ but underneath they remained to this very day, a pagan people….(honoring and worshipping statues, idols, continuing to practice pagan rituals, idolatry, sexual immorality, indulgences)?
Does the Protestant church, once at odds with the Roman church, now in agreement with the policies and practices dictated from the Vatican, really accept the Pope as it’s head?
Is Ecumenism really a good thing for the Church or a “Sign of the Times?”
Does the “image of the beast” represent the form of apostate Protestantism/Catholicism which will be developed when the Vatican shall seek the aid of civil powers for the enforcement of their dogmas (One World Order)?
Is the change of the Sabbath anything less than the sign or mark of the authority of the Roman church – “the mark of the beast”?

Does any error accepted by the Christian Church strike more boldly against the authority of God in Heaven than the modern doctrine so rapidly gaining ground, that God’s law is no longer binding upon men?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Exodus 15:23-27

When they came to Marah, they could not drink its' water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)  So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?"

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into water, and the water became fit to drink.

Then the Lord issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. He said, "If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you."

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

The Lord's Love can change bitterness to sweetness, darkness to light and can overcome all evil.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

He's Alive!

He's Alive!

That you may know . . . the exceeding greatness of His power . . . which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.   Ephesians 1:18-20, NKJV

God the Father split history in two when He flexed the divine, eternal muscle of His will and exerted His power on His Son's behalf! How He must have eagerly anticipated and rejoiced in the vindication and resurrection of His Son! His power was so mightily tremendous that Jesus was:

Raised up from the dead!

Raised up without our sin!

Raised up to life!

Raised up through the walls of the tomb!

Raised up past the guards!

Raised up through all His invisible enemies!

Raised up to a position of authority over the entire universe! Raised up to be seated at the right hand of God!

Jesus was raised up! He's alive!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thank Him Now

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities.   Isaiah 53:5, NIV

Perhaps thinking to satisfy the crowd's thirst for blood without actually going so far as to execute Jesus, Pilate had Him flogged. The flogging would have ripped the flesh off of His back, exposing His internal organs. History records that flogging victims either passed into unconsciousness, went insane, or died. The miracle is not that Jesus survived the whipping, but that He submitted to it! How easy it would have been for Him to defy them and, without cursing but in righteous judgment, send them all to hell!

Why? Why would God allow His Son to endure such physical torture? The answer had been given years earlier, when Isaiah solemnly prophesied, "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. . . . He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isa. 53:4-5, NIV).

Thank Him now for bearing God's judgment that should have been yours!


Friday, April 18, 2014


You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.   Romans 6:18, NIV

With blood flowing from His wounds and streaming down His face from the thorns in His brow, Jesus stood before Pilate. As part of the Passover celebration, it was Pilate's custom to release any prisoner the crowd chose. It just so happened that "at that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So . . . Pilate asked them, 'Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?'" (Matt. 27:16-17, NIV)

The rulers shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!" (John 18:40, NIV). Barabbas! Barabbas was a thief and a murderer and a rabble-rouser! The religious leaders of Israel were demanding that Barabbas be set free and Jesus be crucified. And so Barabbas became the first person to be set free by the death of Jesus.

Jesus died, not just in the place of Barabbas, but in your place and mine. Because He died, I am free! Free from my sin and its penalty.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Antidote to Fear

Trust in God; trust also in me.   John 14:1, NIV

Jesus commanded His disciples to "trust in God; trust also in me." The antidote to fear is faith.

When I toss and turn in the middle of the night, worried and fearful over something that is impending in my life or the life of someone I love, I am comforted and calmed as I meditate on Who God is. It helps me plant my faith in Someone Who is bigger than my fears. I just fall back on Who God is and rest in Him. He cannot be less than Himself! And my God is God!

Next time you feel afraid, make up a list - not of your fears but of the characteristics of God. Find a Scripture verse or passage to substantiate each one as you reconsider your situation in light of Who God is. Then, if you feel it would be helpful to list your fears, make sure beside each one you write down the attribute of God that applies. The secret to peace lies in your focus.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Look of Jesus

While [Peter] was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. . . . So Peter went out and wept bitterly.   Luke 22:60-62, NKJV

The night Jesus was betrayed, a man stepped up to Peter in the courtyard of the temple compound and challenged him: "Didn't I see you with [Jesus] in the olive grove?" (John 18:26, NIV). All the tension and anger of the past hours exploded in Peter and tumbled out in a stream of curses as he insisted, "I don't know the man!" Yet as he spoke, he heard the unmistakable sound of a rooster crowing in the distance. At that very moment, a commotion in the breezeway got everyone's attention. With the denial still burning his lips, Peter looked into the eyes of Jesus!

The look of Jesus was like a flaming fire, burning away Peter's hypocrisy and sin. Then as the entourage around Jesus roughly pushed and shoved Him forward, the moment passed. Peter, shaken to the core of his being, went out into the night, where he "wept bitterly," sobbing out his confession to God.

Three days later, Peter knew his sin had been forgiven when he met the risen Christ. Do you have the uneasy feeling that Jesus is "looking" at you? Is your heart burning with shame and guilt? Don't shed tears, shed your pride and come to Him for cleansing and restoration.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

United in Praise

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God.   Isaiah 61:10, NKJV

Who is praising Jesus because you are? If your praise - and mine - is interrupted by . . .

our circumstances or our complaints,

our selfishness or our suffering,

our desires or our depression,

our indifference or our insistence,

or by anything at all . . .

the light will grow dim in our lives as we sink into the mire of self, and instead of causing others to praise Him, we will drag them down into the darkness with us.

So would you praise Him? And keep on praising Him! 

Praise Him for __________. You fill in the blank with an attribute of Christ.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Accountable Before God

To whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.   Luke 12:48, NKJV

When Annas the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching (John 18:19), Jesus answered directly, "I have spoken openly to the world . . . I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said" (John 18:20-21, NIV).

Jesus confronted Annas with the awesome principle that God holds people accountable, not just for what they have heard or know, but for what they have had opportunity to hear and know. And in America, with churches on every corner, with religious radio broadcasts, with Christian television programming, with evangelistic crusades and festivals and services and movies, America has enormous accountability before God!

It doesn't matter if you have ever tuned in to or listened to or read or participated in any of the above. You and I have had the opportunity to do so, and for that we will be held accountable by God.


Sunday, March 2, 2014


"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?"   Luke 6:46, NKJV

Within moments of betraying Jesus, Judas hated himself for what he had done. Jesus' third religious trial was interrupted briefly by a commotion at the doorway as Judas burst onto the scene. With a face that was surely contorted by the wretchedness of conviction, he flung thirty pieces of silver across the temple floor. As the room suddenly grew silent, the clattering coins must have reverberated in the stillness as they skidded and skipped across the marble surface. Thirty pieces of silver! The price that had been paid him by the chief priests for his betrayal! Thirty pieces of silver! The price of a wounded slave! (see Ex. 21:32) Judas sold his Lord for the price of something that, in his culture, was good for nothing!

You and I betray Jesus when we call ourselves Christians yet give our hearts to money, or material things, or selfish pursuits, or anyone or anything other than Him. We betray Him when we spend more time on the Internet than in prayer. We betray Him when we spend more time reading the morning newspaper than reading the Bible. Would you confess and repent of your sin of betrayal, ask God to cleanse you, and commit to living a life of love and loyalty to Jesus?


Friday, February 28, 2014

Hungry for God

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. 

2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV

The changes brought about by God's Word in your life and mine are not primarily for the purpose of making us good or successful or happy or wealthy or prosperous or problem free. The primary purpose of these changes is that we might know God fully and intimately so we can reflect Him in all we are and say and do, bringing glory to the One Who created us.

Is your life complete? Do you feel you are waiting for something, but you don't know what? Do you have an aching loneliness, a hunger pain of the spirit, a yearning deep inside yourself for something? For Someone? Then get in touch with your Creator. You are hungry for God. You were created with a capacity to know Him in a personal, permanent, love relationship. That capacity is empty until you establish the relationship with Him for which you were created.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Believe in His Name

There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.   Acts 4:12, NKJV

Although God is the Creator of us all, nowhere does the Bible say we are all His children. On the contrary, there are two conditions you and I must meet before we can be called God's children. One is that we must receive Jesus, or open the door of our hearts and invite Him to come in. The other is that we must believe in His Name.

Believing in His Name means we must be willing to commit our lives to all that He is as represented by His Name. And His Name is Lord Jesus Christ.

The qualification for being a child of God by believing on His Name means much more than just head knowledge. It is not just giving intellectual assent to the fact that the Name Lord Jesus Christ is the label attached to the Person. It means to rest in Jesus, to put all of our trust on Him alone for forgiveness and salvation.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Don't Tolerate Temptation!

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.   James 4:7, NKJV

Temptation, whether in the form of a serving of birthday cake when you're on a diet or the bed of your neighbor's spouse, intensifies through toleration. The toleration leads to a preoccupation of thoughts, and it's not long before we reach out to touch it. At that point, there is almost no turning back.

What temptation have you tolerated, thought about, touched, and toyed with? "It's just one more glass of wine." "It's just a little harmless flirtation." "It's just a magazine at the checkout counter." "It's just one date." Watch out! If you tolerate it, think about it, and toy with it, you are just a step away from actually doing it. So . . . instead of tolerating sin, turn from it NOW!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Filled with the Spirit

Be filled with the Spirit.   Ephesians 5:18, NIV

God has clearly commanded you and me to "be filled with the Spirit." But an unconfessed sin or resistance to His authority will block the "flow" of His life within us. If we do not deal with it, our spiritual lives become stagnant and we lose our attractiveness and usefulness to God. And we have nothing refreshing about us that would draw other people to Christ.

What is hindering you from being filled with the Holy Spirit? To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be under His moment-by-moment control. He has not been given to you so that you can keep Him confined to a particular area in your life. Let Him loose! He is Lord! The amount of power you experience to live a victorious, triumphant Christian life is directly proportional to the freedom you give the Spirit to be Lord of your life!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

On Wings Of Faith

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, . . . and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:2-4, NKJV

I understand that a turkey and an eagle react differently to the threat of a storm. A turkey reacts by running under the barn, hoping the storm won't come near. On the other hand, an eagle leaves the security of its nest and spreads its wings to ride the air currents of the approaching storm, knowing they will carry it higher in the sky than it could soar on its own. Based on your reaction to the storms of life, which are you? A turkey or an eagle?

It's natural for me to be a turkey in my emotions, but I have chosen to be an eagle in my spirit. And as I have spread my wings of faith to embrace the "Wind," placing my trust in Jesus and Jesus alone, I have experienced quiet, "everyday" miracles:

His joy has balanced my pain.

His power has lifted my burden.

His peace has calmed my worries.

So . . . would you spread your wings of faith and soar?!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Radical Love

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."   John 15:13, NIV

We love others

who meet our needs,

whom we get along with,

who make us feel good,

who do things for us,

whom we like.

In essence, our first concern is for our own well-being and having our own needs met, and we love others in proportion to the extent they fulfill those purposes. Our second concern is that others respond positively to our overtures; if they don't, we refuse to continue to love them. But Jesus outlined a radically different kind of love - a love that puts the needs and well-being of others before our own to the extent we would sacrifice our time, our energy, our money, and our thoughts in order to demonstrate it. We are to demonstrate it to others whom we may not like or with whom we may be incompatible or who respond negatively or who may never do anything for us in return! Now that's radical!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Solution to Sin

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.   Ephesians 2:13, NIV

God is righteous and just. But God is also loving and merciful. He cannot be less than Himself. 

Satan, in his temptation of Adam and Eve and in his plan to defeat the purpose of God, failed to take into account the very character of God. He failed to realize one very important thing - how much God loved the man and woman He had created and the depths to which His grace would go in order to bring them back to Himself. 

It never entered Satan's wicked, self-centered imagination that God would commit the fullness of His eternal, divine nature to bring man back into a right relationship with Himself. It never occurred to Satan, who ever seeks his own preeminence, that the Creator of the universe would lay down His own life in atonement for man's sin. But that's exactly what happened. The solution to the problem of sinfulness is the cross of Jesus Christ.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Participating in a Miracle

"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord of hosts.   Zechariah 4:6, NKJV

God never asks us to give Him what we don't have. But He does demand that we give Him all we do have if we want to be a part of what He wishes to do in the lives of those around us!

Remember the servants at the wedding in Cana? They had the thrill of knowing firsthand that water went into the pitcher, but wine came out! They had the unparalleled experience of participating in a miracle! Could you be in danger of missing the thrilling blessing of participating with God in a miracle because, for whatever reason, you won't give Him all that you have? The disciples did not know it at the time, but they were on the verge of participating in a miracle because they gave Jesus everything they had found to feed the crowd: five barley loaves and two small fish! As a result, the entire multitude was fed-and blessed!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Wonderful Someone

"It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."John 16:7, KJV

The very promise Jesus gave us contains a name for the Holy Spirit that reveals the uniqueness of His nearness in our loneliness. This name, "Comforter," is equally translated from the Greek text into six other names, each of which describes a slightly different aspect of the Holy Spirit's precious, personal ministry in our lives:

Comforter: One Who relieves of mental distress

Counselor: One Who gives advice and manages causes

Helper: One Who furnishes relief or support

Intercessor: One Who acts between parties to reconcile differences.

Advocate: One Who pleads the cause of another.

Strengthener: One Who causes strength and endurance

Standby: One Who can be always relied upon

Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to have Someone with these attributes in your life? If you belong to Jesus, you do have that wonderful Someone. You have the Holy Spirit.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

No More Tears!

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.   Revelation 21:4, NKJV

One day, God Himself will take your face in His hands and gently wipe away your tears as He reassures you there will be no more suffering.

There will be no more . . .

suicide bombers or fiery infernos,

broken homes or broken hearts,

broken lives or broken dreams . . . .

No more cancer or strokes or AIDS . . . .

No more war!

You can look forward with hope, because one day there will be no more separation, no more scars, no more suffering - no more tears at all - in My Father's House.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Joy In Jesus!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   Romans 15:13, NKJV

Joy is supremely different than happiness. Happiness, which is an American's inalienable right to pursue, seems to depend more on circumstances or things or people or feelings. Joy is independent of everything except our relationship with God. Someone has defined joy as peace dancing! And Jesus, with eyes that must have sparkled in anticipation of the blessing that His beloved friends were going to receive, explained, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete" (John 15:11, NIV).

One of the hallmarks of those who are immersed in a love relationship with Jesus and His Father, which they express through abiding obedience, is joy! Joy in Jesus! Joy in living our lives for Him! Joy in abiding . . . and obeying! Joy that is complete, with nothing that needs to be added to make it more so.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Foundation for Faith

"Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock."   Matthew 7:24, NIV

On what foundation are you building your life?

What feels right?

What works?

What everyone else is doing?

How stable is your foundation? When an unexpected crisis comes, will your life remain firm and steadfast, or will it all collapse?

The foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is one on which you and I can build our lives with confidence, knowing it will last, not only for our lifetimes but for all eternity as well.

As Jesus concluded His Sermon on the Mount, He said, "Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock" (Matt. 7:24-25, NIV).  So . . . check your foundation!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Easing Your Burden

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.          1 John 4:7, NKJV

Most of us increase our pain by dwelling on it or by analyzing it. We throw a pity party and expect others to join us. We spiral downward into depression, withdrawing into self-preoccupation. But the way to overcome is not to focus on ourselves or on the pain, but to focus on the needs of others.

Would you get your eyes off yourself and your problems and your pressures and your pain and look around? Who do you know who is suffering or struggling in some way? What can you do for them? Ask God to bring to your attention those you can care for. Because as you do, you will find joy in easing their burden, and in the process, you will ease your own.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Your Future Is Confirmed!

I, John, saw the holy city, . . . coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.   Revelation 21:2, NKJV

Regardless of your present

circumstances or crisis,

pressures or pain,

suffering or sorrow,

failures or frustrations,

danger or disease,

memories or misery,

temptations or trials,

problems or persecutions,

burdens or brokenness,

your situation is temporary compared to eternity. And eternity is going to be spent with Jesus in His Father's house that has been lovingly prepared just for you! That's the truth! Your future has been confirmed!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A personal message from one of IHHM's Area Representatives





Monday, January 27, 2014

Everything Will Be New

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.   Revelation 21:1, NIV

Planet Earth is, at the very least, thousands of years old. Some think it may be millions or billions of years old. And it is showing signs of age. It is getting frayed and worn out. It is being polluted, gouged, stripped, burned, and poisoned, and much of the damage has been willfully and selfishly inflicted by man. But some of the scars are simply due to the wear and tear of age. It was not created to last forever!

In contrast, our heavenly home is going to be brand-new. Not just restored, but created fresh.
What scars of sin or stains of guilt do you bear in your life? . . . in your emotions? in your personality? in your relationships? in your memories? Like planet earth, do you feel abused and gouged and worn out and burned by other people? One day there will be no more scars. Everything - including your heart, mind, emotions, psyche, and memories, past, present, and future - will be made new.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

God Loves Everyone

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.   1 John 4:15, NKJV

God loves each and every person who has ever been born into the human race! God loves:

the Eskimo living in an ice hut,

the Chinese living in a bamboo lodge,

the African living in a mud hut,

the homeless living in a cardboard box,

the Bedouin living in a tent,

the Indian living in a teepee,

the royals living in a palace,

the slum dweller living in a housing project,

God loves the whole world! God loves you! And God loves even me!

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that everyone on Planet Earth is a child of God. But the Bible does say God loves everyone on Planet Earth, and we can call God our Father when we come to Him in a personal relationship through faith in His Son.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greater than We Think

His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.   2 Peter 1:3, NKJV

God is bigger than we think and greater than we think. Nothing is beyond His ability, whether it's
a problem to solve,

a marriage to reconcile,

a memory to heal,

a guilty conscience to cleanse,

a sin to forgive,

a business to save,

a budget to stretch,

another mouth to feed,

or anything else we could name.

All are within His power to "fix." He is more than able to sustain your marriage and your ministry, your faith and your finances, your hope and your health.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Sound of His Voice

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.   John 10:27, NKJV

The Eastern shepherd of Jesus' day raised his sheep primarily in the Judean uplands. The countryside was rocky, hilly, and creased with deep crevices and ravines. Patches of grass were sparse. So the shepherd had to establish a personal relationship with each sheep, nurturing its love and trust in order to lead it to where the path was the smoothest, the grass was the greenest, the water was the cleanest, and the nights were the safest. The shepherd always led the sheep. He knew their names, and when he called them, they recognized his voice and, followed him. When he stopped, the sheep huddled closely around him, pressing against his legs. Their personal relationship with him was based on his voice, which they knew and trusted.

The Bible describes our relationship with Jesus as being similar to the relationship between the Eastern shepherd and his sheep - a relationship based on the sound of His voice. And make no mistake about it, His voice is God's Word, the Holy Bible.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Suitable Helper

Wives, submit to your own husbands. . . . Husbands, love your wives.   Colossians 3:18-19, NKJV

God created them male and female. The primary reason for woman's creation was not to produce children or provide sexual satisfaction or to keep the home but for the mutual happiness of man and woman. Like the Father of the bride, God Himself brought Eve to Adam.

There is not only an equality but a diversity between men and women. Eve was as different from Adam as Adam was different from Eve. But the differences were complementary. Because of the emotional and physical differences, Eve would supply what Adam lacked, and Adam would supply what Eve lacked. Eve would complete Adam as a "helper suitable for him" (Gen. 2:18, NIV)

The same Hebrew word used for "helper" in this instance is used again in Psalm 46:1 when it describes God Himself as being "our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Rather than implying that Eve was somehow less because she was a helper, this term describes her godly characteristic of support for Adam.


Friday, January 17, 2014

Invite the World!

In My Father's house are many mansions.   John 14:2, NKJV

Heaven is a big place! "In my Father's house are many mansions" - room enough for anyone and everyone who chooses to be a member of God's family! So please feel free to invite your entire family - including in-laws and out-laws,
every one of your friends,
all of your neighbors,
the total population of your city,
your state, your nation -
everybody in the whole wide world!

Heaven is a great big place where all are invited to come!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Do You Know Him?

Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations. Psalm 119:89-90, NKJV

The One Who called Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees, promising to fully bless him if he would follow Him in a life of faith is the same Person Who today calls us out of the world and promises to bless us if we follow Him in a life of faith.

The One Who delivered His children from bondage to slavery in Egypt with a titanic display of power is the same Person Who was crucified then rose from the dead to deliver His children today from the bondage of sin.

The One Who halted the entire invasion of Canaan by the Israelites while He extended His grace to one Canaanite prostitute is the same Person today Who stops to care for and extend His grace to sinners.

The One Who answered Elijah's prayer and sent down the fire to consume the sacrifice on Mount Carmel and then sent down the rain to end the three-year drought in Israel is the same Person today Who hears and answers prayer. Do you know Him?


Monday, January 13, 2014

The Greatest Life

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.   Jeremiah 17:7, NKJV

Who is Jesus? He lived two thousand years ago, in an obscure town, in an obscure country, during a relatively dark period in human history that was dominated by the Roman Empire. Yet He stands unequaled and unparalleled in the phenomenal greatness of His life as well as in the stunning impact He has had on history.

As we look back over the past two thousand years, a handful of individuals seem to rise up from our history pages - individuals whose lives or words or accomplishments impacted the entire human race, for good or for bad. Names like Julius Caesar, Martin Luther, Muhammad, Christopher Columbus, Adolf Hitler, Alexander Graham Bell, Jonas Salk, and Mahatma Gandhi come readily to mind. Yet I would heartily agree with Reynolds Price, who in the introduction to his Time magazine cover story on Jesus, wrote, "It would require much exotic calculation . . . to deny that the single most powerful figure - not merely in these two millenniums but in all human history - has been Jesus of Nazareth." Amen!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Come to Him

There is no one righteous, not even one.   Romans 3:10, NIV

"Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves" (Gen. 11:4, NIV).

In their pride, the builders of Babel assumed they could work their way into God's Presence and He would accept them on the basis of what they had done. They were wrong then, and they are still wrong today.

God has said that "All our righteous acts are like filthy rags," (Isa. 64:6, NIV) and "There is no one righteous, not even one," (Rom. 3:10, NIV) and "Without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14, NIV). So how does one get into heaven? Jesus gave clear instructions, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven," (Matt. 7:21, NIV) and "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6, NIV). All religions are man's organized, rebellious, prideful attempt to get around God's stated will and way and work and Word. Instead of arguing with Him, just come to Him through Jesus.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Trust God's Goodness

He will wipe every tear from their eyes.   Revelation 21:4, NIV

One day God will call us forth from the dead, and we will rise again! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! All of our suffering will be over, and God Himself "'will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' He who was seated on the throne said . . . , 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true'" (Rev. 21:4-5, NIV).

When you don't understand why, just trust Him!

Trust His heart! Trust His purpose!

Trust His goodness!

Trust His plan to be bigger than yours!

Trust Him because . . . God is enough.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What a Savior!

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.   John 1:11-12, NKJV

God left His throne at the center of the universe. He set aside His glory, and He humbled Himself as He took on human flesh.

He came to His own - those whom He had created for Himself - but they didn't receive Him.

They contradicted His Word.
         They challenged His authority.
                  They denied His claims.
                           They questioned His motives.
                                    They mocked His power.
                                             They rejected His Person.

And God in Christ submitted Himself to their slapping, spitting, mocking, taunting, flogging, and stripping then allowed them to nail Him to a cross where He gave His own life as a sacrifice for their sin. And mine. And yours. His own death satisfied His own judgment for sin, and we are saved. Hallelujah! What a Savior!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Greater Miracle

"Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."   John 11:14-15, NIV

Jesus was glad Lazarus had died without Him?! What does that mean? We know it doesn't mean He enjoyed knowing that Lazarus had died or that He enjoyed thinking about the family's grief and despair.

Jesus was teaching His disciples - and you and me - a life lesson. And what a life lesson it is! The lesson is this: There is a greater miracle than physical healing! It's the miracle of the Resurrection! Be encouraged!

Even if your prayer is not answered
and your loved one is not healed
and your marriage is not reconciled
and your financial problems are not solved
and your child is not found -

there is hope! Jesus was glad because He knew God would be glorified to a far greater extent by the death and resurrection of Lazarus than He would have been by Lazarus' healing and recovery from sickness.
Would you rejoice with Jesus for the greater miracle that IS coming to you?


Friday, January 3, 2014

Directions for Life

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!   Psalm 119:2, NKJV

God as our Creator has specific directions for our lives. If we live according to His directions, our lives work - we are blessed, and we experience life the way it was meant to be lived. If we ignore or reject His directions, we do so to our own detriment and experience much less than He intended.

All around us are
broken homes,
broken hearts,
broken hopes.

But God never intended us to be broken. He did not just create you and me, plop us down on Planet Earth, and say, "Happy birthday! Now you can guess your way through life." Instead, He has given us directions, which form a pattern that will prevent breakage of our lives and will help to mend the brokenness already present if we follow them.

So . . . open the Creator's manual for life - the Bible - and follow His directions.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Our Eternal God

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   Genesis 1:1, NKJV

The glorious dawn of God's story begins with the stunning yet profoundly simple statement that in the beginning He created everything (Gen. 1:1) - which means that in the beginning, He was already there. He is eternal.

It is impossible to comprehend eternity. It's been defined as three stages of time: everything before Creation, everything that has taken place or will take place from Creation until the end of the world, and everything that will take place after the end of the world. It stretches back further than the human mind can reach - whether through anthropology, or geology, or archaeology.

It stretches ahead further than the human mind can imagine - whether through science fiction, or scientific observation, or telescopes.

God as Creator is eternal and therefore not bound by time. That means He is in your future, and He is in your past, and He surrounds you at present! Would you worship Him now for His eternity?