Cleansed, Cleaned, Bought and Paid For

Scripture: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Cor 5:17 NASB Easter—the Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, a King who made Himself a servant of the people—of those He loved. We know that resurrection signals we also, as new spiritual creatures created in and through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and ascension, will be lifted up into the heavenly places. This beautiful time ahead cannot be fully known by man. In fact, when a human tries to describe the heavenly realm … Continue reading

We Must Lean on Him and His Word

Scripture: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Ps 51:10 KJV When I was a young lad, I learned this verse as a memory verse in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. If you look up the verse in the New American Standard Bible (NASB) today, the word “right” has been changed to “steadfast.” Which one is correct? Both are considered good translations of the Bible. Quick answer – they are both correct. Both are possible meanings of the Hebrew word in context. Let’s ask the Lord to continually to … Continue reading

What are your goals in life?

Scripture: “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscious and a sincere faith.” 1 Tim 1:5. What are your goals in life? Paul had definite goals for his ministry of the Gospel to those who became his disciples. Paul’s goals were centered on spiritual things. And Paul did not set his goals up to be unattainable or unreachable to those he ministered. They are goals that every believer can achieve. Love from a pure heart – a heart not motivated by ulterior urgings or fleshly, selfish pleasures A good conscience – one … Continue reading

THE Way

Scripture: “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6 NASB Have you ever asked anyone for directions? How about using MapQuest or Google Maps? I’ve learned the secret for using Google Maps on my iPhone when I am driving. Plug it in to a charging port or the phone will be dead by the time you get to your destination! Why use Google maps? Because I don’t know the fastest and easiest way to get where I am going. However, with Google maps, I … Continue reading

It’s in the Bible isn’t it?

“Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Ps 119:11 NASB Speaking of memorizing scripture, have you put any of God’s Word in your heart permanently? It’s amazing how different having God’s Word stamped on your heart can be than just knowing the verse is somewhere in the Bible. “Well,” you say to yourself, “I know what it says. Sort of. Kinda. Well, you know, it’s in the Bible isn’t it? Why do I need to memorize it?” Often when we are in conversation with others, if we have to refer to our … Continue reading

The Sacrifice is Great

“Greater love have no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 Jesus spoke about this as a reference to His impending death. Many in our nation lay down their lives for their friends in the foxhole, vehicle or unit they serve with while having also committed to this sacrifice for the nation itself. The sacrifice is great, the ultimate a human being can give. As we honor those who have made that sacrifice for our nation and its principles, let us honor also the King of Kings who gave His life so that … Continue reading

City on a Hill

Matt 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor does anyone light a lamp and place it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Light is referred to often in the Bible. Jesus is the Light of the world. He came into the darkness so that men might see. Sometimes we don’t like … Continue reading

treat people the same way you want them to treat you

 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 7:12 This is a great verse to memorize. It’s good for our growth. Yet how many of us live it out to perfection? Here’s an example: One morning, as I worked out, I heard a tapping on the window of the civilian 24/7 gym’s entry door. The door stays locked, so that non-members can’t get in without a key. The huge window paneled walls on two sides allowed those in the gym to see the door to the parking … Continue reading

Love the Lord your God

Our scripture verse is Matt 22: 37, 38 – “And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.’” (NASB) This was Jesus’ response to the Pharisees who were trying to test him and find fault with him. However, he used this statement to affirm that loving God was the first and greatest commandment. How are you letting God know you love Him first, above all things?

Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NASB) What a great thing that the God of the universe came down to live with us!