Stepping out in faith to see what God will do

Throughout scripture, we read various accounts of individuals encountering God, or in the midst of a trial of their faith in God. In each account, one thing becomes noticeable. The act of stepping out in faith to see what God will do. This thought occurred as I started re-reading Jim Cymbala’s book, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. Pastor … More Stepping out in faith to see what God will do

The greatest commandment – the need to love God

  To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompasing. It is no lukewarm endeavor. It is total commitment of our very being – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – to love of the Lord. What is the greatest commandment? When the Sadduccee’s challenged Christ on the doctrine of … More The greatest commandment – the need to love God

Going Forward in Christ

Note to the reader: These devotionals are from Evenings with Jesus – A series of devotional readings for the closet and the family. Taken from the late Reverend William Jay.  Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward… Exodus 14:15 We may consider this command three ways: 1. In reference to the journey of the Israelites. Now, … More Going Forward in Christ

Dilemma of Obedience

This is not about works or grace in the current contextual understanding. It is about hearing the Lord speak to us in our present day lives. Oswald Chambers has this to say: Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9). Every time circumstances press in on … More Dilemma of Obedience

Is there a crisis of the simple message about grace?

Is there a crisis of grace in today’s churches? Reading through a recent edition of Christianity Today, an Op-Ed article by Mark Galli, focuses on the question – Whatever happened to grace? Galli provides three particular anecdotes as the premise for his article. These three focused on his experience at a mega church where an altar call … More Is there a crisis of the simple message about grace?