Lay Me Down

John 15:12-14 (NIV) My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. The more in love with Jesus I become the more evident the loveless places in my…

Sincere Love

Romans 12:9 (NIV) Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Have you ever heard the phrase “I love them but I don’t like them” or maybe “love the sinner but hate the sin.” “But” represents a contradiction. Our love for the Lord must be sincere. We must hate what is…

Take a Stand

Psalm 18:32-34 (NLT) God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. “He (or she) who kneels before God can stand before anyone.”…

Consider the Field

Proverbs 31:16 (ESV) She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. “The abundance of our life is not determined by how long we live, but how well we live, Christ makes abundant life possible if we choose to live it now.” (Barbara Brown Taylor) What does…

Love Always

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (ESV) May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. The word “love” is cast about so flippantly. “Love you” ends our texts and talks but do we really love the person who we just claimed to? Do we love them with the same definition…

The Crossing

Joshua 3:5 (ESV) Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. “The mark of a saint is not perfection, but consecration. A saint is not a person without faults, but a man who has given himself without reserve to God. (Brooke Westcott) For forty years the Children of Israel walked in the…

Going the Distance

Revelation 3:10-12 (NLT)  “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who…

The Bondservant

Ephesians 6:4-8 (ESV) Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good…

Time Management

Psalm 90:12 (ESV) So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. The holidays are finally over. It is now time to get back to “normal” life. The junk food is cleared out of the refrigerator. Guests have all gone back home. The house is somewhat in order. Kids…

To Be Continued

Colossians 2:6-7 (AMP) Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established in your faith, just as you…