Month: March 2024

Hatred vs Rabies

Hatred vs Rabies

Rabies is a life-threatening condition that causes about 60,000 deaths annually worldwide. It is caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system.

The virus is transmitted via bites and scratches from infected animals. History reveals the gruesome fate of those infected; they literally go mad; insanity sets in; and without treatment, it is almost always fatal!

Hate begins and ends in much the same way. It usually starts with nips and bites from infected people, and if left untreated, ultimately it will destroy the host, leading to frothing of the mouth and death of the heart.

There seems to be an awful lot of frothing-at-the-mouth going on these days; a clear indication that the disease of hate is spreading; I pray it does not affect you; the outcome is fatal, if not caught early.


  • Rabid hatred (hostility, loathing, resentment, revenge) toward a certain person, group or idea
  • Reluctance or inability to consider alternate viewpoints on certain subjects
  • Cutting off lifetime friendships, due to opposing opinions or world views
  • Uncivilized dialogue and demeaning talk toward persons with whom you disagree

The Cure

The only cure for hate is love; and true love is only found in one spot, and that is in the heart of the Man we call Jesus. The day of this post, is the Day many celebrate His resurrection from the dead. He was crucified three days earlier by a crowd that was infected by the very disease I am describing.

If you think you may have been infected by this awful disease, there is a cure, but the time to receive that cure is very short, so don’t hesitate. Seek out this Jesus and He will administer the Cure and you will be set free and filled with love.

You will see clearly, and the very people you thought you hated; you will see through a different set of eyes; the eyes of Jesus. You will have compassion instead of animosity, empathy instead of indifference.

Jesus said concerning this generation . . . “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”

Let it not be said of you!

Pastor Rock

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Shining Brightly in a Dark World

Shining Brightly in a Dark World

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3, NIV)

Darkness Around Us

In our world, darkness often seems to prevail.

We see injustice, corruption, and a lack of moral clarity all around us. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the weight of the darkness.

Call to Shine

In this verse, the prophet Daniel offers a powerful reminder that God’s people are called to be a light in the midst of the darkness.

Through our wisdom, our righteousness, and our commitment to leading others to the truth, we can shine brightly like the stars in the night sky.

Path to Wisdom

To shine brightly, we must first seek wisdom.

This means diving into God’s Word, studying his teachings, and allowing his truth to transform our minds and hearts.

As we grow in wisdom, we become more equipped to discern right from wrong and to make choices that honor God and bring light to those around us.

Leading Others

Our calling goes beyond personal growth and transformation.

We are also called to lead others to righteousness, to be beacons of hope and truth in a world that often settles for darkness.

This involves sharing your faith, living out your values, and serving others with compassion and humility.

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Affirming Your Calling

Affirming Your Calling

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.” (2 Peter 1:10, NIV)

Calling of God

God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives.

He calls us to be his children, to walk in his ways, and to participate in his redemptive work in the world.

This calling is not based on our merit or achievements, but solely on his grace and love.

Assurance of Election

Along with this calling comes the assurance of our election – the knowledge that we have been chosen by God to be his own.

This election is not a matter of favoritism or partiality, but a reflection of God’s sovereign will and his desire to redeem a people for himself.

Responsibility of Confirmation

While our calling and election are gifts from God, we have a responsibility to confirm them through our actions and our lives.

The apostle Peter urges us to “make every effort” to affirm our faith and walk in a manner that reflects our identity as God’s chosen ones.

Promise of Stability

When we take this responsibility seriously and confirm our calling and election through our words and deeds, we are promised a life of stability and steadfastness.

The path of obedience and faithfulness will lead us away from stumbling and falling into sin, and will enable us to stand firm in our faith.

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Embracing God’s Perfect Timing

Embracing God’s Perfect Timing

“For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV)

Importance of Timing

In life, timing is everything. Whether it’s catching a flight, meeting a deadline, or taking advantage of an opportunity, the right timing can make all the difference.

The same is true in our spiritual lives. God’s timing is perfect, and he invites us to embrace it.

Time of God’s Favor

The apostle Paul reminds us that there is a specific time when God’s favor is poured out. It’s not a constant or indefinite period, but a specific moment when God’s grace and salvation are available in abundance.

This “time of favor” is a window of opportunity that we must recognize and seize.

Urgency of the Present

Paul’s message is clear: now is the time of God’s favor.

The day of salvation is upon us, and we must respond with a sense of urgency. Too often, we postpone or delay our response to God’s call, thinking that there will always be more time.

But the truth is, we don’t know how long this window of opportunity will remain open.

Embracing the Present

Rather than postponing or delaying, we must embrace the present moment and respond to God’s invitation of grace and salvation.

This means putting aside our excuses, our hesitations, and our distractions, and focusing our hearts and minds on the One who loves us and desires our eternal well-being.

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Power of Prayerful Hands

Power of Prayerful Hands

“I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” (1 Timothy 2:8, NIV)

Importance of Prayer

Prayer is a fundamental aspect of the Christian life. It is the means by which we communicate with our heavenly Father, express our gratitude, make our requests known, and seek his guidance.

In his wisdom, God has chosen to involve us in his work through prayer, inviting us to participate in the unfolding of his plan.

Posture of Prayer

The apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of lifting up “holy hands” when we pray. This is not a literal instruction but a metaphor for the attitude and disposition of our hearts.

We are to approach God with reverence, humility, and a desire for reconciliation with him and with others.

Anger and Disputing

Paul warns against praying with anger or disputing in our hearts.

Anger and conflict cloud our judgment and distort our perspective, making it difficult to discern God’s will.

When we harbor resentment or bitterness towards others, it can hinder our ability to pray effectively.

Power of Unity

Instead, Paul encourages us to pray in a spirit of unity and harmony.

When we come together as a community of believers, lifting our voices in prayer, there is a power and effectiveness that transcends our individual efforts.

As we lay aside our differences and focus on our common purpose, God is pleased to work through our collective prayers.

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Sufficient Grace of God

Sufficient Grace of God

“You know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.” (1 John 3:5, NIV)

Promise of Freedom

Our lives are often weighed down by the burden of sin. We struggle with guilt, shame, and the consequences of our actions.

But the good news is that Jesus came to set us free. He took upon himself the penalty for our sins, making a way for us to experience the grace and forgiveness of God.

Power of Grace

Through his sacrificial death on the cross, Jesus broke the power of sin in our lives.

He demonstrated the depth of God’s love for us and his willingness to go to incredible lengths to restore our relationship with him.

When we place our trust in Jesus, we are forgiven and made new. The weight of our past is lifted, and we can experience true freedom.

Life Without Sin

But the promise of God’s grace goes even further. The apostle John reminds us that in Jesus, there is no sin.

As we walk in obedience to God’s commands and follow the example of Christ, we can live a life that is increasingly free from the influence of sin.

We can experience the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to overcome temptation and live in a way that honors God.

Invitation to Surrender

The key to experiencing this freedom and transformation is surrender.

We must lay down our pride, our self-reliance, and our own efforts to earn God’s favor. Instead, we must humbly acknowledge our need for a Savior and place our trust in Jesus.

We CAN experience the sufficiency of God’s grace, which provides everything we need to live a life that is pleasing to him.

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Clothed in Christ

Clothed in Christ

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”Romans 13:14 (NIV)


As believers, we often find ourselves in a struggle against the desires of the flesh.

These desires can manifest in various forms, such as pride, greed, lust, or envy, and they can lead us astray from the path of righteousness.

Clothing Ourselves in Christ

In this verse, the apostle Paul provides a solution to this ongoing battle. He exhorts us to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.

This metaphor encourages us to put on the character and attributes of Christ, allowing His righteousness to permeate every aspect of our lives.

Living a Righteous Life

When we clothe ourselves in Christ, we begin to live a life of righteousness.

We no longer focus on gratifying the desires of the flesh but instead seek to honor God in our thoughts, words, and actions.

This transformation doesn’t happen overnight, but as we continue to clothe ourselves in Christ daily, we gradually become more like Him.

Power of the Holy Spirit

As we strive to live a righteous life, we must remember that we do not do so in our strength alone.

The Holy Spirit, who resides within us, empowers us to resist the desires of the flesh and to live in a manner that honors God.

Through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and strength, we can overcome temptation and walk in the path of righteousness.

Living a life of righteousness is not an easy task, but it is possible when we clothe ourselves in Christ and rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.

By focusing our thoughts and actions on Christ and seeking to honor Him in all we do, we can experience true freedom from the desires of the flesh and live a life that brings glory to God.

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Fulfillment of God’s Law

Fulfillment of God’s Law

“Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”Romans 10:4 (NIV)

The Pursuit of Righteousness

Throughout history, humanity has sought to achieve righteousness through various means.

The law, given by God to the Israelites, outlined a path to righteousness, but it ultimately proved insufficient.

Despite our best efforts, we consistently fell short of meeting the demands of the law.

Christ: The Fulfillment of the Law

In this verse, the apostle Paul declares that Christ is the culmination of the law, the ultimate fulfillment of its purpose.

By living a sinless life and sacrificing Himself on the cross, Jesus fulfilled the law’s requirements and paved the way for true righteousness.

Righteousness through Faith

The remarkable truth is that Christ’s fulfillment of the law enables us to find righteousness through faith in Him.

We no longer need to rely on our own efforts to achieve righteousness but can receive it as a gift through our belief in Jesus Christ.

A Life of Freedom and Fulfillment

When we place our faith in Christ, we experience a profound transformation.

We are no longer bound by the weight of our sin and the constant pursuit of righteousness through our own works. Instead, we are set free to live a life of fulfillment, guided by the Holy Spirit and empowered by God’s grace.

This freedom allows us to find true purpose and meaning in our relationship with Christ. We no longer strive to earn God’s favor but can rest in the assurance of His love and acceptance.

We can live each day with joy, knowing that our righteousness is not dependent on our own efforts but on the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Christ’s fulfillment of the law has opened the door to righteousness for all who believe.

Through faith in Him, we can experience true freedom and fulfillment, no longer bound by the pursuit of righteousness through our own works.

Embrace this truth and live in the joy and freedom that comes from finding our righteousness in Christ.

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True Transformation

True Transformation

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”Romans 5:19 (NIV)

Acknowledging Our Fallen Nature

In this verse, the apostle Paul draws a stark contrast between the disobedience of Adam and the obedience of Christ.

Adam’s sin brought about a fallen world where disobedience became the norm. As a result, all humanity inherited a sinful nature, prone to rebellion against God’s will.

We often find ourselves struggling with this inherited tendency toward disobedience. It manifests in our thoughts, desires, and actions, leading us astray from God’s perfect design for our lives.

We may feel trapped by our sinful patterns and unable to break free from their grip.

Embracing Christ’s Righteousness

But the good news is that Christ’s obedience has made a way for us to be made righteous.

Through His perfect life and sacrificial death, Jesus fulfilled the demands of God’s law and made it possible for us to be reconciled with God.

When we accept Christ’s righteousness by faith, we experience a profound transformation in our lives. We are no longer bound by sin’s power but are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in obedience to God’s will.

This transformation is not just external but goes deep into our hearts and minds, reshaping our desires, thoughts, and actions.

A Life of Obedience, Purpose, and Fulfillment

As we embrace Christ’s righteousness, we are called to pursue a life of obedience, purpose, and fulfillment.

This means aligning our lives with God’s will, seeking to honor Him in all that we do. It also means finding true fulfillment in our relationship with Christ, rather than seeking empty pleasures in the world.

Living a life of obedience to God’s will may not always be easy, but it is the path to true purpose and fulfillment. As we walk in obedience, we experience the joy of living in alignment with God’s design for our lives.

We find meaning and purpose in serving Him and others, and we experience the peace that comes from knowing that we are living according to His plan.


Christ’s righteousness has the power to transform our lives. By embracing it through faith, we can experience true freedom from sin’s bondage and find the fulfillment and purpose that we were created for.

Continue to walk in obedience to God’s will, knowing that through Christ’s righteousness, you can live a transformed life, filled with meaning and joy.

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Harvest Time

Harvest Time

“Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, ‘Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.'” (Revelation 14:15) (NIV)

Call to Harvest

In this passage, we witness a powerful scene from the Book of Revelation.

An angel emerges from the temple, calling out to another figure sitting on a cloud, urging him to reap the harvest of the earth, for the time has come.

This imagery invites us to reflect on the spiritual significance of harvest time.

Importance of Spiritual Fruitfulness

Throughout Scripture, we find a recurring theme of bearing spiritual fruit.

Just as farmers cultivate crops and reap the harvest, believers are called to nurture their spiritual lives and produce the fruits of righteousness.

These fruits manifest in our actions, attitudes, and character, reflecting the transformative power of God’s grace.

Urgency of the Harvest

The angel’s words, “for the harvest of the earth is ripe,” convey a sense of urgency. The time to reap the spiritual harvest is now.

We are reminded that our time on earth is fleeting, and we must make the most of every opportunity to bear spiritual fruit.

This urgency should spur us to action, inspiring us to deepen our relationship with God and actively seek ways to serve Him and others.

Preparing for the Harvest

As we consider the spiritual harvest, we must examine our own hearts and lives.

  • Are we cultivating the soil of our souls, allowing the Word of God to take root and flourish?
  • Are we pruning away distractions and sin that might hinder our growth?

Heed the call of this passage, recognizing the urgency of the spiritual harvest and embrace the opportunity to bear fruit that will endure for eternity.

Allow the Holy Spirit to work within you, transforming you into a fruitful branch that brings glory to God and bless those around you.

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Overcoming the Dragon

Overcoming the Dragon

Enraged Enemy

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”Revelation 12:17 (NIV)

In this verse, we see the ferocity of the enemy’s rage against those who follow Christ.

The dragon, a symbol of Satan and his forces, is described as enraged, waging war against believers who remain faithful to God’s commands and testify to the truth of Jesus.

Perseverance of the Faithful

Despite the intensity of the enemy’s assault, this verse reminds us that there are those who “keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”

These are believers who persevere, standing firm in their faith and obedience, even in the face of adversity and opposition.

Spiritual Battle

This passage is a stark reminder that as followers of Christ, we are engaged in a spiritual battle against forces that seek to undermine our faith and cause us to stumble.

The enemy is relentless in his attacks, using fear, temptation, and persecution to try to wear us down and turn us away from God.

Victorious Outcome

Yet, even as we recognize the reality of this battle, we can take heart in the knowledge that the ultimate victory belongs to Christ.

He has already triumphed over the dragon, and through His power and strength, we too can overcome the enemy’s assaults. As we persevere in faith and obedience, holding fast to our testimony of Jesus, we will share in His victory.

Stand firm, with unwavering faith and courage, knowing that your perseverance will not be in vain. For the one who overcomes will inherit eternal life and a place in the Kingdom of God.

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Encountering the Risen Christ

Encountering the Risen Christ

Fearful Reaction

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'”Revelation 1:17 (NIV)

In this verse, we witness John’s powerful encounter with the risen Christ.

Overwhelmed by the vision before him, John falls to the ground in fear, as if he were dead.

Reassuring Touch

But in that moment of trembling, Christ reaches out and touches John, offering a comforting and reassuring presence.

With His right hand upon John, Jesus speaks words of comfort and reassurance, dispelling the fear that had overtaken him.

Overcoming of Fear

Fear is a common human experience, one that can paralyze us and prevent us from experiencing the fullness of God’s presence.

But in this encounter, we see that fear does not have to have the final word. Christ, in His power and authority, reminds us that we need not be afraid.

Abiding Presence

As believers, we can take comfort in knowing that the same Christ who reassured John is with us still. His presence is not limited to a single moment in history, but is an abiding reality that we can access through faith.

When fear threatens to overwhelm us, we can turn to Christ and experience His reassuring touch and His comforting words.

May we, like John, encounter the risen Christ in all His power and glory. And may we find the courage to overcome our fears, drawing strength from His abiding presence and His promise that He is with us always, even to the end of the age.

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Guided by God’s Wisdom

Guided by God’s Wisdom

Promise of Divine Guidance

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

In this verse, we are given a beautiful promise from God: that He will be our guide, our teacher, and our counselor, leading us in the path we should take.

Need for Guidance

Life’s journey is often filled with uncertainty, confusion, and difficult choices. We can easily lose our way, stumbling through the darkness without a clear sense of direction.

But we are not alone in this journey. God, in His infinite wisdom and love, offers to guide us.

Wisdom of God’s Counsel

God’s guidance is not a mere set of instructions or a map to follow blindly. It is a personal, loving counsel that takes into account our unique circumstances and needs.

With His loving eye upon us, God offers wisdom that is tailored to our specific situation, helping us navigate the complexities of life.

Path of Trust

To receive God’s guidance, we must cultivate a heart of trust. We must be willing to surrender our own limited understanding and lean on His wisdom.

As we walk in obedience and faith, God will illuminate the path before us, step by step, leading us into the fullness of His plan.

It takes humility to recognize our need for divine guidance and the courage to trust in God’s wisdom as we journey through life. For in doing so, we can experience the joy and peace of walking in the path He has prepared for us.

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Embracing Wisdom – Guide to a Fruitful Life

Embracing Wisdom – Guide to a Fruitful Life

Call to Wisdom

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.”Proverbs 3:1-2 (NIV)

In this verse, we are presented with a timeless invitation to embrace the wisdom of God, which promises to lead us to a life of abundance and fulfillment.

Path of Obedience

The wisdom of God is not merely a collection of abstract principles or philosophies, but a way of life.

It involves a commitment to obedience, keeping God’s commands at the forefront of our minds and hearts.

Rewards of Wisdom

By walking in obedience to God’s wisdom, we are promised the rewards of a prolonged life, peace, and prosperity.

These are not guarantees of material wealth or an absence of hardship, but rather a deep sense of wholeness, contentment, and the blessing that comes from living in alignment with God’s design.

Source of True Wisdom

Wisdom is not something we can attain through our own efforts or intellect alone. It is a gift from God, a byproduct of our relationship with Him.

As we draw near to God, seeking His face and His ways, we open ourselves to the depths of His wisdom, which transcends the limitations of human understanding.

May we have the courage to embrace the wisdom of God, even when it challenges our preconceptions or calls us to difficult paths. For in doing so, we will find the path to a truly fruitful and abundant life.

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Keeping Calm in Chaos

Keeping Calm in Chaos

Unavoidable Turmoil

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”Matthew 24:6 (NIV)

In this verse, Jesus warns His disciples about the inevitable turmoil and chaos that will come upon the world. Wars, conflicts, and upheaval are an unavoidable part of the human experience.

Temptation to Fear

When confronted with such distressing news and events, our natural response is often one of fear and anxiety.

We may feel overwhelmed by the chaos, uncertain of what the future holds, and tempted to give in to panic or despair.

Call to Trust

Yet, Jesus offers a profound and comforting message: “See to it that you are not alarmed.”

He urges us not to be consumed by fear, but to trust in the sovereignty and control of God, even in the midst of turmoil.

Source of Peace

By anchoring our hearts in the knowledge that God is still in charge, we can find a deep and abiding peace that transcends our circumstances.

We can choose to focus not on the temporary upheavals of this world, but on the eternal promises of our Heavenly Father.

As we navigate times of chaos and uncertainty, cling to the truth that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

In Him, we can find the courage to face whatever comes our way, and the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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Overflow of the Heart: Guarding Our Speech

Overflow of the Heart: Guarding Our Speech

Revealing Words

“You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”Matthew 12:34 (NIV)

In this verse, Jesus addresses the root of our speech – the condition of our hearts.

He reminds us that our words are a reflection of what truly fills us, whether good or evil.

Heart’s Condition

Our words have the power to build up or tear down, to bring life or to inflict harm. But they are merely symptoms of a deeper reality – the state of our inner being.

If our hearts are filled with bitterness, envy, or selfishness, our speech will inevitably reflect those qualities.

The Need for Transformation

As followers of Christ, we are called to cultivate hearts that are aligned with the love and compassion of our Savior.

We must allow God’s truth to penetrate the deepest parts of our being, transforming us from the inside out.

Guarded Tongue

When our hearts are renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit, our speech will naturally follow suit.

We will find ourselves speaking words of encouragement, grace, and truth, as we reflect the character of Christ to those around us.

But this process requires vigilance. We must guard our hearts and minds against the influences that would corrupt them, and be intentional about filling ourselves with the Word of God and the things that are pure, noble, and praiseworthy.

May your speech be a testimony to the transformative work of Christ within you, as you strive to let your words flow from a heart that is fully devoted to Him.

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Empowered Witnesses

Empowered Witnesses

Commission and Promise

“Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.”Mark 16:20 (NIV)

In this verse, we see the disciples fulfilling the Great Commission given by Jesus, going out and preaching the gospel to the world.

But they did not go alone – the Lord Himself accompanied them, confirming His word with signs and wonders.

Empowering Presence

The disciples were not left to their own devices, relying solely on their own strength and abilities.

Instead, they were empowered by the presence of the Lord, who worked alongside them, validating their message with supernatural signs.

Confirming Signs

These signs were not mere spectacles or displays of power for their own sake. They served a specific purpose – to confirm the truth of the gospel message being preached.

They were tangible evidence that the words the disciples spoke were not their own, but those of the living God.

Ongoing Testimony

Even today, as we continue to spread the Good News of Christ, we can trust that the Lord is still at work, confirming His word through the transformative power of His Spirit in the lives of those who believe.

While the specific signs may differ, the principle remains the same – God continues to bear witness to the truth of the gospel through the changed lives of His followers.

As you go forth in obedience to the Great Commission, do so with confidence, knowing that the Lord Himself is with you, empowering you and confirming His word through the signs and wonders He performs in and through you.

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Embracing Accountability

Embracing Accountability

Measure of Knowledge

“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”Luke 12:47-48 (NIV)

In these verses, Jesus introduces a principle that emphasizes the importance of responsibility and accountability.

Weight of Understanding

Knowledge and understanding come with a certain level of responsibility.

Those who have been given insight into the will and character of God are held to a higher standard of obedience and faithfulness.

Consequence of Neglect

Jesus warns that those who have a clear understanding of what is expected of them, yet fail to act accordingly, will face greater consequences.

Neglecting the responsibilities that come with knowledge is a serious matter, one that will be met with “many blows.”

Call to Stewardship

However, this principle is not meant to be a source of fear or condemnation. Rather, it is a call to embrace our role as stewards of the knowledge and resources entrusted to us by God.

We are called to use our understanding wisely, to faithfully carry out the tasks set before us, and to honor the trust placed in us.

As you reflect on this principle, do not shrink back from the responsibilities placed upon you. Instead, embrace them with humility, diligence, and a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunities you have been given.

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Facing Fear with Faith

Facing Fear with Faith

Call to Courage

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:4-5 (NIV)

In these verses, Jesus addresses the very real fears that his disciples faced, encouraging them to have courage in the face of danger and even death.

Perspective Shift

Fear is a natural human response, but Jesus challenges us to shift our perspective.

Instead of fearing those who can only harm the body, we are called to fear God, who has authority over our eternal destiny.

Basis of True Courage

This may seem counterintuitive at first, but when we understand God’s character as a loving Father, this fear becomes the foundation for true courage.

We can face earthly threats with boldness, knowing that our lives are in the hands of a God who loves us deeply and desires our ultimate good.

Promise of Protection

Moreover, Jesus assures us that even in the face of physical harm or death, our lives are not ultimately at risk.

God’s protection extends beyond this life, and we can trust that He will keep us safe in His care, both now and for eternity.

As we confront the fears and challenges of this world, cling to the courage that comes from knowing and trusting in our Heavenly Father.

With His strength and protection, we can face even the most daunting circumstances with faith and boldness.

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Finishing the Work

Finishing the Work

Fulfilled Task

“I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” John 17:4 (NIV)

In this powerful statement from Jesus, we see the culmination of His earthly ministry.

He declares that He has completed the task assigned to Him by the Father, bringing glory to God through His obedience and sacrifice.

Purpose Revealed

From the very beginning, Jesus had a clear sense of purpose and mission.

He came to earth not merely to teach or perform miracles, but to fulfill a specific work – the redemption of humanity through His death and resurrection.

Example Set

As followers of Christ, we too have been given a purpose and a mission.

Just as Jesus lived a life of absolute obedience to the Father’s will, we are called to align our lives with God’s plan and to seek to bring Him glory through our actions and choices.

Ongoing Work

While Christ’s work on the cross is complete, the mission to proclaim the good news and make disciples continues.

We are now the hands and feet of Christ in the world, carrying on the work that He began. As we surrender ourselves fully to God’s purposes, we can find true meaning and fulfillment in our lives.

May you, like Jesus, be able to say at the end of your days that you have finished the work God gave you to do. May your life be a testament to His glory, as you faithfully pursue His purposes.

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Living in the Light

Living in the Light

Invitation to Truth

“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:21 (NIV)

In this verse, we are presented with a powerful invitation to live our lives in the light of truth, without hiding or pretense.

Choice We Face

Each of us has a choice: we can continue to dwell in darkness, hiding our true selves and actions, or we can step into the light of truth and authenticity.

The darkness may seem comfortable and safe, but it ultimately leads to a life of deception and isolation.

Courage to Be Seen

Living in the light requires courage and vulnerability. It means being willing to let our lives be exposed to the scrutiny of God and others, with all our flaws and imperfections laid bare.

But it is only in this place of transparency that we can truly experience freedom and healing.

Assurance of God’s Presence

When we choose to live by the truth, we can be assured that our actions are being done “in the sight of God.”

We are not alone in our journey toward authenticity. God sees us, knows us, and invites us to walk in the light of His presence, where there is no need to hide or pretend.

As you embrace the call to live in the light, you may face challenges and criticism from those who prefer the darkness.

However, you can take comfort in knowing that your life is being lived out in the open, with integrity and honesty, before the God who loves you and desires your true freedom.

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Encountering the High and Exalted One

Encountering the High and Exalted One

Majestic God

“For this is what the high and exalted One says—He who lives forever, whose Name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”” Isaiah 57:15 (NIV)

In this verse, we are introduced to a God who is both high and exalted, yet also intimately present with those who are humble and lowly in spirit.

Exalted One

God is described as the “high and exalted One” who “lives forever” and whose “Name is holy.”

These words paint a picture of a God who is supreme, sovereign, and transcendent. He is far above and beyond our understanding, dwelling in a “high and holy place.”

Intimate Presence

Yet, despite His majestic nature, God chooses to live and abide with those who are “contrite and lowly in spirit.”

He does not remain distant or aloof but instead comes near to the humble and brokenhearted, reviving their spirits and hearts.

Reviving Power

This is a profound truth: the God of the universe, the Creator of all things, stoops down to dwell with those who acknowledge their own limitations and brokenness.

He does not demand perfection or self-sufficiency but instead offers His reviving presence to those who recognize their need for Him.

As we gaze upon the majesty of God, we are invited to approach Him with humility and reverence; we also take comfort in knowing that He is not a distant deity but a loving Father who desires to revive our spirits and heal our hearts.

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Finding Joy in Discipline?

Finding Joy in Discipline?

God’s Love

“Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)

We are reminded of the deep and abiding love that God has for His children.

His discipline and punishment are not acts of cruelty or anger, but rather expressions of His love and care for us.


God’s discipline is not meant to harm us or make us feel small. Instead, it serves a greater purpose – to shape us, refine us, and help us grow into the people He has called us to be.

Just as a loving parent corrects a child, so too does God correct us, not out of anger, but out of a desire to see us reach our full potential.


Discipline is often uncomfortable and even painful. It can be easy to resent it or to feel like we’re being punished for our mistakes.

However, if we can shift our perspective and see discipline as a sign of God’s love and care for us, we can begin to find joy in the process.


When we embrace discipline with humility and trust in God’s goodness, we open ourselves up to growth and transformation.

Discipline helps us to shed our selfish tendencies and develop character, patience, and wisdom. It refines us, like gold being purified in the fire, so that we can better reflect the image of Christ within us.

Do not despise the discipline of the Lord, but rather embrace it with gratitude, knowing that it is a sign of His deep and abiding love for you. Through discipline, you can find joy and hope in the process of becoming more like Christ.

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Clean Heart – Confident Faith

Clean Heart – Confident Faith


“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)

We receive a beautiful invitation to approach God with confidence, knowing that our hearts have been cleansed and purified by His grace.


The imagery used here is striking – our hearts are “sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience,” and our bodies are “washed with pure water.”

This speaks to the transformative power of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, which cleanses us from sin and guilt.


But it’s not just about being cleansed – it’s also about having “the full assurance that faith brings.”

We can come before God with a sincere heart, confident in the knowledge that our faith has been made complete through Christ’s work on our behalf.


And because of this cleansing and assurance, we are invited to “draw near to God.”

No longer do we have to stand at a distance, separated by our sin and guilt. Through Christ, we can approach the very throne of grace with boldness, knowing that we are accepted and welcomed by our Heavenly Father.

This is the beauty of the gospel – that we can have a clean heart, a confident faith, and a close relationship with the One who created us.

So draw near, with sincere heart and full assurance, to the God who loves you and has made a way for you to be reconciled to Him.

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The Moment It All Changed

The Moment It All Changed

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”Genesis 3:7 (NIV)

As we look into this verse, we see a pivotal moment in human history – the moment when sin entered the world.

Adam and Eve, who had once enjoyed perfect intimacy with God, now felt the weight of shame and guilt for the first time.


Their eyes were opened, not to a deeper understanding of God’s love, but to their own nakedness and vulnerability.

Suddenly, they were aware of their flaws and shortcomings, and they tried to cover themselves with makeshift garments made from fig leaves.

The Separation

This act was a symbol of the separation that had occurred between them and their Creator. No longer could they walk in perfect harmony with God, as they had in the Garden.

A rift had been created, and they found themselves hiding from the very One who had breathed life into them.

The Hope

But even in this darkest of moments, God’s love shone through. He sought them out, not to condemn, but to offer a way back.

He promised that one day, a Savior would come and crush the head of the serpent – the one who had tempted them into sin.

Although the consequences of their sin were severe, God’s grace was greater still. He provided a way for them to be forgiven and reconciled to Him. And this same grace is available to us today, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

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Embracing Freedom: Living Under Grace

Embracing Freedom: Living Under Grace

“Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.”Galatians 3:23 (NIV)

Imprisoned by the Law

Before the coming of Christ, we were held captive by the law – a system of rules and regulations that, while intended to guide us, ultimately became a prison of sorts.

The law exposed our inability to live up to its demands and left us feeling condemned, trapped in a cycle of sin and guilt.

Revelation of Faith

But then, something remarkable happened: the faith that was to come was revealed. Jesus, the Son of God, broke into our captivity and opened the way to freedom.

Through His life, death, and resurrection, He fulfilled the law and offered us a new way to live – a way of grace and faith.

Stepping into Freedom

Embracing this freedom is not a license to sin or to disregard God’s standards. Rather, it’s an invitation to step out of the prison of the law and into the wide-open spaces of God’s grace.

In Christ, we are no longer bound by the constant demand to measure up, but are empowered to live according to a new principle – the principle of love.

Living Under Grace

Living under grace means allowing the love of God to transform us from the inside out. It means resting in the security of our salvation, not by our own efforts but by the finished work of Christ.

As we lean into this grace, we find that our hearts are changed, and obedience becomes a natural expression of our love for God, not a burdensome duty.

Through Christ, we have been set free from the bondage of the law and invited into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Embrace this freedom and live as those who are truly free, empowered by grace to love God and others with all your heart.

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Path to True Freedom

Path to True Freedom

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”Galatians 1:10 (NIV)

Trap of People-Pleasing

In our pursuit of acceptance and validation, it’s easy to fall into the trap of people-pleasing.

We can become consumed by the desire to win the approval of others, tailoring our words, actions, and even our beliefs to fit the expectations and preferences of those around us.

But this path is ultimately a dead end, leading us into a prison of conformity and inauthenticity.

Pursuit of God’s Approval

In contrast to the endless chase for human approval, there is a higher calling – the pursuit of God’s approval.

This is not about earning His favor through our own efforts or trying to impress Him with our accomplishments; it’s about aligning our hearts and lives with His will, seeking to honor Him in all that we do.

Freedom of Serving Christ

When we shift our focus from pleasing people to serving Christ, a remarkable thing happens: we experience true freedom.

No longer bound by the ever-changing demands and expectations of others, we find liberation in the knowledge that our identity and purpose are rooted in the unchanging love and acceptance of our Heavenly Father.

Living as Servants of Christ

Living as servants of Christ means embracing a life of radical obedience and surrender to His will.

It requires us to let go of our own agendas, ambitions, and desires for approval, and to instead seek His kingdom and righteousness above all else.

As you do this, you discover that His ways are not burdensome but life-giving, leading you into a deeper experience of joy, peace, and purpose.

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Embracing God’s Wisdom

Embracing God’s Wisdom

“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.” – Deuteronomy 18:9 (NIV)

Allure of Detestable Ways

In this world, we are constantly bombarded with temptations to embrace detestable ways – ways that promise fulfillment but ultimately lead us astray.

The nations around us often present a seductive allure, inviting us to adopt their customs, beliefs, and practices. Yet, beneath the surface, these ways are empty and destructive.

Resisting the Allure

Resisting the allure of detestable ways requires wisdom and discernment. It means recognizing that the ways of the world are not aligned with God’s design for our lives.

We must be willing to stand apart, to swim against the current, and to hold onto the truth that God’s ways are infinitely better.

Embracing God’s Wisdom

Embracing God’s wisdom is not just about avoiding the detestable ways of the world; it’s about actively pursuing a path of wholeness and fulfillment.

God’s wisdom is not a set of arbitrary rules but a framework for living that leads to genuine flourishing. When we embrace His wisdom, we discover that His ways are not burdensome but life-giving.

Path to Wholeness

By embracing God’s wisdom, we find ourselves on a path to wholeness – a journey of becoming fully human, as He intended.

This path is not always easy, but it is profound. It requires us to let go of the empty promises of the world and cling to the truth that God’s ways are the only ones that can truly satisfy our deepest longings.

As we walk this path, we find that God’s wisdom transforms us from the inside out. Our perspectives shift, our priorities align, and our lives take on a new depth and richness.

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Breathing In God’s Grace

Breathing In God’s Grace

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NIV)

Focus on What Truly Matters

Our hectic lives often leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from what truly matters.

In the busyness of our days, we can lose sight of the essential things God desires from us: reverence, obedience, love, and wholeheartedness.

Yet, these requirements are not oppressive burdens but invitations to breathe in God’s grace and find fulfillment in aligning our lives with His purposes.


To fear the Lord does not mean to cower in terror but to stand in awe of His majesty and power.

When we recognize our own smallness in comparison to His greatness, our perspective shifts. Reverence helps us realize that our lives are not our own, but gifts from the One who created us.

This humble acknowledgment opens the door to true obedience.

Obedience: Following God’s Path

Obedience is not mere rule-following but a response of love and trust. When we walk in obedience, we allow God’s wisdom to guide our steps.

His commands and decrees are not arbitrary restrictions but signposts pointing us toward the abundant life He desires for us.

As we follow His path, we discover that His ways are indeed for our good.

Embracing the Giver

Love is the heartbeat of our relationship with God.

It is more than an emotion; it is a deep commitment to embrace the One who first loved us. When we love God with our whole being, our priorities align, and our actions flow from a place of genuine devotion.

Love transforms obedience from a duty to a delight.

Living with Undivided Devotion

To serve God with our entire heart and soul is to live with undivided devotion.

It means bringing every aspect of our lives – our thoughts, desires, decisions, and actions – under the Lordship of Christ. When we do this, we experience a profound sense of purpose and unity, no longer fragmented by competing allegiances or divided affections.

As we breathe in God’s grace and align our lives with His desires, we discover the true freedom and fullness that come from walking in reverence, obedience, love, and wholeheartedness.

Let go of lesser things and cling to the essentials, finding our deepest satisfaction in the One who asks us to give Him our all.

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Putting Away All Malice

Putting Away All Malice

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:8)

Examining Our Hearts

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul instructs believers to meticulously examine their hearts and cast off any sins that have taken root. Although we have been made new in Christ, vestiges of our old nature still rear their ugly heads.

As redeemed saints, we must be brutal in ripping out these sins from our lives. Paul lists several specific ones – unchecked anger, raging fury, spiteful malice, abusive speech.

Like persistent weeds, they can quickly overrun our souls if not eliminated.

Malice in Our Midst

Malice is an especially dangerous weed – its roots dig down deep into the soil of our inner being. It springs up slowly, often unnoticed, but silently chokes out the fruit God desires.

This bitter root produces resentment, jealousy, distrust, and hatred towards others.

Even fellow believers can become targets of our malice. We begin viewing them through suspicious eyes, questioning their motives.

We withdraw, murmur, divide. Unchecked, malice metastasizes, poisoning our fellowship. As God’s chosen ones, we must purge this evil from our midst.

Cultivating Clean Hearts

Eradicating malice requires brutal honesty and courage. We must allow the light of Christ to shine into the hidden crevices of our hearts, exposing malicious motives.

Repentance and forgiveness will wash away past offenses.

Moving forward, we must nurture hearts soft to the leading of the Spirit, quick to extend grace. As malice withers in fertile soil of love, joy and peace will blossom, enriching all our relationships.

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Set Your Mind on Things Above

Set Your Mind on Things Above

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)

Transcending the Temporal

As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to become consumed by earthly concerns – jobs, money, possessions, problems.

These things demand our attention and weigh heavily on our minds. However, Paul exhorts us to lift our thoughts above the temporal things of this world.

Rather than focusing downward on the fleeting things on earth, we are called to gaze upward and set our minds on the eternal realities of God’s kingdom.

We must transcend the temporal mindset that traps us in trivial anxieties. Our perspective should be heavenly, not earthly.

Visualizing Our Eternal Destiny

What does it mean to set our minds on things above? Certainly we must think deeply about our Lord – His character, His promises, His works. But more so, we must visualize by faith the glorious future that awaits all God’s children.

Picture in your mind the splendors of heaven – the radiance, the joy, the beauty beyond measure. Envision the coming Day when you’ll see Christ face to face, perfected in His presence.

When our thoughts are occupied and enthralled by these coming eternal realities, our earthly troubles fade into proper perspective.

Living in Light of Eternity

Setting our minds above transforms how we live each day. Material possessions lose their grip as we realize our true treasures await in heaven.

Status and fame seem foolish pursuits when our names are already written for eternity in God’s book.

Even painful earthly troubles become light and momentary when weighed against the coming glory. By keeping our eyes fixed on the unseen eternal world, we can walk through this present darkness with hope, courage and purpose.

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Sovereign Lord

Sovereign Lord

“Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.” (Acts 4:24)

As we read this verse, we are reminded of the awe-inspiring power of our God. He created absolutely everything – from the vast expanses of outer space, to the deepest oceans, to the tiniest microorganisms.

His creative abilities know no bounds. When we ponder the intricacies of His creation, it can only fill us with wonder.

Our Sovereign Lord holds ultimate authority over all He has made. He governs the universe and sustains all of life by His divine power. We can take great comfort in knowing that such an all-powerful Being cares deeply for us.

Even when chaotic storms arise in our lives, we need not fear, for our Lord reigns over every detail.

Unshakable Kingdom

What confidence and hope this truth instills in us as children of God! Though worldly kingdoms and rulers will crumble in due time, our Sovereign Lord’s kingdom shall never be shaken.

While others scramble after temporary power and riches, we can live at peace knowing our eternal destiny rests securely in His hands.

No agenda conceived in the halls of governments can overturn His purposes. No military force can overwhelm His angelic armies.

There is no philosophical argument can undermine the truth of His Word. Our Lord sits enthroned in the heavens; His rule and reign shall continue unhindered forever.

Our Eternal Security

We must continually renew our perspective and align our thoughts with this transcendent reality. When we face hardships, let us remember the one who spoke light into existence can certainly illuminate our darkness.

When we feel weak, let us draw strength from He who flung stars into space and still sustains them. Our security rests in Him alone.

As adopted heirs to His kingdom, we need not strive for status, provision or stability – these are gifts granted by His grace.

Our calling is simply to align our hearts with His – to love Him, trust Him, worship Him. He shall supply all our needs, now and for eternity.

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