Knowing Who Jesus Is

God’s favor is that unmerited, unearned, undeserved grace which is given freely to those who know Jesus Christ. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). God doesn’t play favorites based on our appearance, bank accounts, employment status, or worldly acquisitions.  As Christians, we already have God’s favor (Ephesians 2:8). 

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May Grace and Peace be Yours in Abundance

The Bible tells us to attend church so that we can worship God with other believers, be taught His Word, and grow spiritually. The early church was dedicated to the disciples’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and prayer” (Acts 2:42). While the early church did not have a specific church building per se, each day worshipers continued to meet together in the temple courtyards or at each other’s homes (Acts 2:46). Regardless of the physical man-made building, believers delighted in fellowship with each other and enjoyed the teaching of God’s Word.

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Peace of Mind

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~  Philippians 4:7 One dictionary defines peace of mind as a feeling of being safe or protected. Another source claims, peace of mind is a mental state of calmness or tranquility, freedom from worry and anxiety. We often […]

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Ordinary Moments of Grace

There are moments when God grants us a miracle. A drug addict who overcomes the addiction and gives his life to Christ—a devastating traffic crash where everyone walks away—an unexplained sudden healing that baffles medical doctors. In times like these, we boldly acknowledge that God is mindful of us.

God is continuously mindful of us—always present—granting us ordinary moments of grace. Such as, an unexpected encouraging phone call from an old friend when we feel overwhelmed and discouraged. The gift of a 40% off coupon from a stranger standing in line behind us, as we silently pray for enough money to cover our purchase. Maybe the moment of grace is an unexpected refund check in the mail. Or a ‘thank you note’ from your supervisor on a day when you feel like quitting. These are moments, we often dismiss without a second thought.

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A Faith that Is Not Stressed by Stress

James, the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55), became the leader of the church at Jerusalem soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection in 30AD (Acts 1:14 & 12:17). He was called—James the Righteous—by the early Christians. Paul referred to James as one of the pillars of the church (Galatians 2:9). A letter, known as the Letter of James, was written to the Jewish Christians who were under persecution and had been scattered amongst the nations (James 1:1). The letter advised on daily expectations for their attitudes, beliefs, and faith. This letter is the Book of James and is considered the earliest of all the New Testament writings, including the gospels.

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Surveying God’s Written Word

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! ~ Psalm 119:103 Many of us don’t think about the Bible as a book-of-books. Nonetheless, the Bible contains 2 testaments, 66 different books, and depending on the version (KJV, NIV, ASV, etc.)… there are approximately 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 783,173 […]

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Light of the World

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16 At first, I thought that I was supposed to write about “evil begets evil”. But as I listened more carefully, I realized that the message is about “light begets light”. For with you […]

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Beyond What You See

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. ~ Matthew 6:22 Change is hard—lots of change—even harder. Have you ever felt like you were standing on shifting sands? Your left foot going in one direction and your right foot in the other. […]

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Aging Gracefully and Enjoying Life in the Joy of the Lord

My daughter texted me a link to this song. After listing to it, I felt joy in aging gracefully and enjoying life. I texted her back and told her that the song was simply beautiful—And how amazingly happy Gladys Knight looked on the cover—her joyous radiance was evident. I was reminded of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:11, Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.

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To Know Him

The idea, ‘God exist, therefore, I exist—I exist, therefore, God exist’ entered my thoughts this morning. However, God is omnipotent and independent of my existence, while my existence is dependent on God and a testimony to God. No matter how we grapple with reality, it is clear that God exist. We are the proof we often seek. Humans made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)!

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