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Straight Not Easy

Isaiah 45:2  “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron,     The KJV reads “I will make the crooked places straight” to read this passages it is easy to see that the Lord is promising to…

If It Is Not Good

1Thessalonians 5: 16-18 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing,  18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.       Give thanks, and rejoice? Pray without ceasing? I know I can hear some of you now….really Brian? Do you know the year I have had? Do…

Expectations

1Johnn 3:1  See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.     We are all called children of God, we are assured of that…

The Gift

Luke 2:10 -11  10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.     The gift, the miracle,…

Always

Romans 11:29  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.     The Christmas season is in full swing. Chances are you are feeling like most of us are. There is a tremendous feeling of pressure to preform, pressure to produce, pressure to be at the top of your game. You might feel…

Two Way Street

Romans 8:32  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?     I know that we hear all of the time from our friends, our loved ones, our co-workers, “hey, I am here for you” ….

Putting God Back Where He Belongs

by Brenden Vowell Every year my fellow Christians begin to complain about Christ being taken out of Christmas, and then that leads to Prayer in school, and then God in the Pledge or on the court houses. I couldn’t help but ask myself if this might be God rather than non-believers. I mean if you…

Whatever you wish?

John 15:7-8  7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.   This is a tricky verse, that is why included the verse after…

Why?

Isaiah 48:10  Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.   Times are tough, there is little doubt about that. People are hurting, and they are feeling alone. I hear, now more than ever, the one question that resonates. Why? Why me, why now, why…

Seeing God

1 John 4:12  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.     Did you read the paper today? Maybe you listened to the radio on the way in, or you caught the news on the T.V. before you started your…

Following your heart?

Proverbs 16:9  The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.     Have you ever spent time planning something then for no real unexplained reason you end up going a different direction? We have all had that happen. You see the heart wants what the heart wants, but The Lord…

Abundant

John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.     The thief comes to destroy, we know that all too well. Many of us might have even spent part of our life running with the thief, and helping him out…

Missed Opportunity

Ephesians 5: 16  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.      At face value to hear this passage might sound pretty bleak. Every day is evil? Every day is the devil’s? Tell me that does not sound depressing! However the Greek word ponēros is derived from the base of a…

How is God Preparing You?

One thing I’ve realized over the years is how God was preparing me for ministry long before I was serving him. When I was in the third grade I fell in love with art. Actually, first I had fallen in love with my teacher and when she hung my drawing on the wall, I fell…

Are You Spiritually Inauthentic: Five Warning Signs

The following was adapted from John Ortberg’s “Surprised by Change: The Goal of Spiritual Life”. It’s based on the idea that Christians can often look to superficial distinctions between themselves and non-believers instead of real transformation brought about by the Holy Spirit. The religious people did it in Jesus’ day so we would be wise…

What’s this about Two Devils?

“Beware of self-righteousness. The black devil of licentiousness destroys his hundreds, but the white devil of self-righteousness destroys his thousands.” – Charles Spurgeon    While there aren’t literally two devils (though many demons), this is a great allegorical statement regarding the danger of self-righteousness. In fact, it is as dangerous, if not more than what we…

We Are The Body

John 20:14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.   The tomb is empty, and the Christ is gone. This has to be the lowest point in Mary, and the disciples lives. Could you imagine the despair, the utter feeling of being totally…

Windows In Our Life

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.       And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. That is a big, favor to ask, and if you pray this prayer then you are asking God please, don’t lead me into temptation, but if I get there…

Just For You

Matthew 9: 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.     There are a couple of passages that reflect this same simplicity Jesus says, and people do. Hey you, get up and follow me…..and…

Rings and Things

Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.     I have not been wearing my wedding ring here lately. My joint has been killing me right where my ring hits, so I am…