CS Lewis once suggested that the most difficult hurdle to overcome in a person's salvation is their realization that they're actually lost without Christ in the first place.
Most people ignore their faults & wrong behaviors, but if ever asked to seriously examine...read >>
Today we continue our mini-series on the fourth lesson in humility wherein our Good Shepherd instructs us on how--practically speaking--He leaves the 99 to seek the one wandering lost sheep in His fold.
Have you ever been in sin and sought by the Savior?
Have you...read >>
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make 'em drink."
Ever heard that one? Of course you have. By nature, we are like that, too. No matter how obvious the evidence, sometimes we just refuse to believe the truth, especially when the truth hurts. Our defense...read >>
Are you stricken with sin? When you look upon your life, your past, your present... do you feel stuck in your situation?
Well, friend, there is hope... real hope. Though you & others may have labeled you irreparable, Jesus has not. He has the authority & power to...read >>
"I know we're supposed to forgive everyone their sin against us, but..."
Ever heard or said that before? If we only realized what it reveals about the heart that holds tighter to sin that to its Savior.
So, is Jesus teaching a salvation by works here? That God's...read >>
Matthew introduces us to the cousin of the King of kings: John the Baptist. He's a bit odd. He wears a cloak of camel's hair, eats honey & locusts, lives out in the wilderness, calling men from all over to "Repent, for the Kingdom is at hand."
How would you define...read >>
It's a bitter sweet day. We've arrived at the end of our study in Genesis. Today we bury a couple of patriarchs. These men were tools in the hands of God to work His will, bless His people, and glorify His name. It is the end of Genesis, the end of The...read >>
It's a familiar request, one recited quite often by Christians around the world. But do we know what it means? Have we considered what we're asking of God:
"Forgive us as our sins AS we forgive others."
"Forgive us, Lord, the way that we forgive others."...read >>
We have beheld such wisdom, patience & love in these last chapters of Genesis. But one final test would prove necessary in determining whether or not Joseph's brothers were fit to faithfully lead the 12 tribes of Israel.
Jacob had granted permission to take...read >>
How long have you lingered under the crushing weight of guilt?
Does there remain any unconfessed failures or grievances against others that our enemy clouds out Christ with?
If God loves youâ€”and you know He doesâ€”He will lovingly, but often painfully,...read >>
We left a lot unanswered last week. So this week we're gonna take another peek into the first 8 verses of chapter 35 again, as well as the next 7.
Our goal is to keep it simple this week: three smaller sections of Scripture with one main point made for each. Can...read >>
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so does a fool to his folly." -Pv26.11
Any idea what that means? Of course you do! How many times have we buried the hatchet, only to leave that handle sticking so we can grab it back again when we "need" it? O how often we return to...read >>
Has the Lord ever faithfully yanked back on your chain? Perhaps He sovereignly let it out just far enough to remind you of your great need of Him, of your sin, bringing you to repentance again.
If that sounds familiar, you're in good company with father...read >>
Notice how little we hear about hell these days? There are actually church billboards that read "no sin or condemnation spoken here". Yikes! Is it any wonder why we don't value our Savior much? It's hard to cherish someone we think saves us from so little.
Last week was tough for many of us. Realizing the reality of God's sovereign control over wind and waves, over death and life, over sickness and health can be humbling and discouraging when you're in the thick of it. But, truth be told, there is no better backdrop...read >>