Letting Go of What People Think

Have you ever stopped and asked the question: “How much do I care about what other people think?” Dr. Brene Brown, Research Professor from the University of Houston, writes: “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make you everybody but yourself–means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight-and never stop fighting..."

Blessed

What do you think of when thinking of people who are blessed? What qualities would you use to describe them?  Typically, we think people who are blessed have a fortunate life.  If they have a lot of children, or have children who are not getting in trouble, or have children who are on the honor roll and can have a nice bumper sticker put on the back of their car, they are blessed. If they have expensive properties, or a net value of over, let’s say: $200,000, then they are blessed...

The Power of Faith

The Apostle John (an apostle is an eye-witness of Jesus’ resurrection) wrote: “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).  Maybe some of you are not quite there yet. You have questions, criticisms, or are skeptical about  faith in Jesus...

God's Final Judgment

You have a Creator who loves you.  If you say there is no Creator, could you be living in denial?  God has made Himself obvious by creating you (you have a lot of depth!) and creating this world (it is amazing).  When you look in the mirror and you also look at the complexity and beauty of God’s creation, God’s hope is that you will know He exists...

Wait Upon the Lord

Have you ever been in a situation where the future was unknown? Maybe it was where you were going to college, what degree you were going to get, where you were going to live, when you were going to sell your house, when/if you will have another baby, etc.  These are just a few examples.  In these times, it is easy to become anxious and impatient and rush ahead without waiting upon God...

Jesus Is

In his book, Jesus is _______, Pastor Judah Smith demystifies who Jesus is and challenges his readers to find a new way to be human; a new way to exist.  He says that: Jesus is the friend of sinners.   We spend so much of our time judging the news, judging politicians, judging celebrities, judging others...

How Do I Get Saved?

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection from the dead is how you can have that broken relationship with God restored.  God put His one and only Son on the cross to bring you redemption.  Redemption is to be bought out of slavery.  Your slavery to sin.  Your slavery to guilt.  He gives you freedom from your sin by His blood.  His blood is the price that it cost to get you restored in your relationship with God...

Accepting Your Assignment

Are you content?  Why or why not?  Many people are not content because they believe they have not achieved enough.  Dr. Crawford Loritts, a nationally known Bible speaker and author wrote: “We live in a Western culture that worships materialism and achievement.  In our businesses and even in our churches we think something is wrong if we aren’t meeting our quarterly or yearly growth projections….

I Just Can't Forgive

A long time ago, Jesus told a story about a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.  When the king began to settle the accounts, one servant was brought to him that owed him ten thousand talents.  A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years wages for a laborer.  So, this person owed the king millions of dollars!...