Are We Ready to Follow God?

Are We Ready to Follow God?

“Elijah came near to all the people and said, ‘How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.’ But the people did not answer him a word.” 1 Kings 18:21 There are questions and then there are questions! Have you ever noticed when you ask someone a question that …

Learning to Walk on Spiritual Feet

Learning to Walk on Spiritual Feet

If we are going to think with Christ­centered minds, it must become a way of life every day. We cannot be sacred on Sunday and secular on Monday. We are sacred all day every day, because we are all ministers under God no matter what our particular professions happen to be. One of the great passages on what it means …

You Can Come Back

You Can Come Back

Days after the tragedy of 9/11 struck our nation’s soul, members of the special forces known as the Green Berets were asked to pack their bags, leave their families and head straight into the heart of warfare. While each of us back home struggled to come to grips with the devastation that came about so suddenly, these men set out …

The Emptying of Christ Explained

The Emptying of Christ Explained

I want to take you to Philippians 2:7. Christ did more than simply lay aside the glory of heaven: He “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” I love this verse because it means that what was thought out and decided in eternity, Christ acted on. So often, our thoughts, beliefs, …

The Benefit of a New Identity

The Benefit of a New Identity

We’ve been looking at a process this week that is very important. You must first know you are united with Jesus Christ, then you must reckon or count it to be so. Now I want to show you that you must yield to your new identity in Christ. Let’s begin with Romans 6:12: “Therefore do not let sin reign in …

Now That Your Debt Has Been Paid

Now That Your Debt Has Been Paid

When you open your utility bills this month, I would like you to think about something. The power and water you are paying for is what you actually used last month. If your bills are like most of ours, December is a busy month. So, your bills may be higher than usual. We all had one debt we could never pay. Our …

How to Find the Heavenly Help You Need

How to Find the Heavenly Help You Need

In the Bible, the word heaven describes three levels of existence (2 Corinthians 12:2). The first heaven is the atmosphere that surrounds the earth, the environment in which we live. The second heaven is what we commonly refer to as outer space. This must be a realm in which angels operate, because in the Bible, angels are often called stars (Job 38:7). …

How to Call 911 in a Spiritual Emergency

How to Call 911 in a Spiritual Emergency

When Christ was tempted in the wilderness, the angels did not come and minister to Jesus until after Satan left. I’ve always wondered, “Why would the angels come after the conflict was over?” The answer, I believe, is sometimes God leaves us alone with only His Word. Sometimes there seems to be little support, little encouragement, no friends—only God’s Word. …

Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

“Follow the Leader” is more than just a child’s game. The newsstands are filled with magazines featuring leaders from the business world, entertainment and sports. Our young people mimic the lifestyles of role models that do not represent a godly influence. Young people, however, are not the only ones to be influenced by our culture. We have adults who will commit …

Look for Opportunities to Encourage

Look for Opportunities to Encourage

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13 Are you one of them? They’re out there right now. There are millions of them. In your city. In your neighborhood. In your church. Perhaps even in your home. You …