Standing Firm During Difficult Days

“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13 You and I live in difficult days. As Christians, we should not be surprised. The signs of the last days that will usher in the second coming of Christ (Matthew 24) and …

Turning Sadness into Gladness

To grant to those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.” Isaiah 61:3 If you are feeling sad but want to be glad, I have good news for you! Praising God turns sadness into GLADNESS! How do I know? …

Restoration

“For I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17 During a counseling appointment, the Holy Spirit prompted me to ask a lady who was distraught over her life situation this question: “Mam, are you okay?” Tears trickling down her face, her response was “I feel broken inside.” Looking her in the eye and …

Dream Your Dream!

“May He grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your dreams.” Psalm 20:4 The word this week is for dreamers whose dreams have not yet been fully fulfilled. I am one of those dreamers. God graciously gave me a vision or dream for Christian ministry thirty-five years ago. I am happy to say that many facets of the dream …

It’s All About Our Heart

“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 When God looks at you and me, what do you think matters most to Him? Biblically, I believe it is our …

What the World Needs Now is…

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 When I was growing up someone sang a popular song that went something like this: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, It’s the only thing that there is just too little of.” I can’t disagree with the sentiment of this song. Without doubt, our world is love deprived. …

Here and Hereafter

“God has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart….” Ecclesiastes 3:11a Eternity is man’s destiny. As we begin 2013, maybe you and I should remember that all of us have a date with eternity. Solomon says so in our word for your week. God has set eternity in our hearts. Our Creator created …

Walking in God’s Wisdom

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and with all your getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7(KJV) “For wisdom is better than gold and jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 8:11 If you made some resolution or set some personal goals for 2013, was walking in God’s wisdom one of them? A very good Christian friend …

A Christian’s Calling

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be My witnesses….” Acts 1:8a “For we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20 Recently a Christian said to me “Pastor Steve, I just don’t know what my calling is. I don’t know what the Lord wants me to do.” …

Being With Jesus

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 You and I tend to be like the people we associate with. Who do you associate with? And who would people say you act like? In …