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The Practice of Peace: Introduction, Part 2 (Philippians 4:4-9)

God wants you to experience His peace in the middle of your chaos. He wants to train you how to defend that peace and manage your anxieties, worries, and fears. The devil is going to do everything he can to get you to focus on what stresses you out. Instead of being aware, calm, and present for God and others, the devil wants you to be self-absorbed about your problems, your troubles, your worries, and your fears. He wants you to be overly concerned about your health, stressed out about your finances, worried about your children, fearful about the future, or focused on what’s not right in your nation or overly concerned about what’s happening around the world. Continue reading

The Practice of Peace: Introduction, part 1 (Philippians 4:4-9)

God wants you to have peace in your heart and mind. You will need to defend that peace. It will be a fight. It will take work. The devil, the world, your life and your old sinful nature will try to steal and diminish your sense of awareness, calmness and the ability of being present for God and others. When the Bible talks about defending your peace and managing your anxiety it is spiritual warfare on a very personal level. This is no small thing. This is not something to take lightly. If you are not able to manage your anxieties, worries, or fears then it becomes extremely difficult to focus on what God is saying to you and how to love and bless others. When your anxieties are managing you, it becomes all about you, but when you are able to manage your anxieties, it becomes all about God and about others. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 5)

If you follow Jesus, you will eventually discover yourself at a fork in the road. You will have a choice in front of you. Choose God’s will or your will. There are times where God’s will is easy to do and fun to do. However, there are those key moments in your life where God’s will is difficult, it will hurt, and to do God’s will cost you. At that moment, you may be in your Gethsemane. Continue reading

Lord’s Supper (Revelation 12:11)

The devil is pleased when people hold any unbiblical view of him, whether they deny his existence or worship him. The devil always seeks to create confusion about his true nature and purposes. God’s Word exposes Satan’s devious and deceitful nature as the “father of lies” (John 8:44, NASB) and warning us that he “disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14; cf. 2 Cor. 11:3, NASB) so that he can more easily deceive people. The apostle Paul expressed his concern about the devil saying, “Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes” (2 Cor. 2:11, NLT). Later in Ephesians Paul would caution us saying, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil” (v.11, NLT). Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 4)

As you follow Jesus, you will find yourself facing a major dilemma. There will be tension and conflict between your will and God’s will. What you want to do and what God wants to do will not line up. You may find yourself wanting what God wants, but you don’t want to do it the way God wants you to do it.  When your will and God’s don’t line up, for whatever reason, that is when you find yourself in a Gethsemane moment. Continue reading

What to Expect this Year

God is not going to waste this coming year with you. God is going to do something significant in your life. I’m not a prophet, but I can with great confidence say that this year God is going to try to teach you about love: loving Him, loving others and loving you. These lessons on love will come from God’s Word, be illuminated by the Holy Spirit, exemplified by Jesus, and experienced in real life.

These lessons on love will cover five aspects of love.

  • How to receive God’s love
  • How to express love to God
  • How to love others
  • How to receive love from others
  • How to love yourself

God is going to work on those five aspects of love in your life. God is love and He wants you to be like Him. Let’s begin by defining what love is and then unpack each one. What is love? The Bible describes four different types of love. Continue reading

Christmas Unwrapped (Luke 1:26-38)

When we are opening presents around Christmas, I’m the guy that likes to try to guess what it is before I open it. I will look at the shape of the box, shake it a little, smell it and feel how much it weighs to help determine what might actually be inside. The detective in me can’t resist. Sometimes I’m right, but most of the time I’m wrong. Either way, I’m usually confident about what I think is in the present even when I have no clue.

I think we do something similar with the Christmas story. We kind of have an idea of the Christmas story. We shake the Christmas story and hear a little bit of it around Christmas time. We look at the shape of the Christmas story seeing the major figures and getting some idea of the big picture of the Christmas story with Mary, Jospeh, baby Jesus, shepherds and wise men. But the only way you can truly understand and appreciate the Christmas story is to unwrap it, open it up and look closely at the contents. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 3)

If you follow Jesus, you will eventually discover yourself at a crossroads. There will be tension and conflict between your will and God’s will. Your will and God’s will may outright oppose each other. God wants you to do this, but you want to do something completely different. On the other hand, you may find that you both have the same mission and goal in mind, but God wants you to go about it one way and you want to accomplish another way.

When your will and God’s will don’t line up, for whatever reason, that is when you find yourself in a Gethsemane moment. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 2)

Doing God’s will can sometimes be very difficult, and you will find yourself not wanting to do it. What you want and what God wants will be two different things. This could mean you both have the goal in mind, but God’s way of getting it done and your way of getting it done oppose each other. When you discover that doing God’s will in this matter will cost you and hurt you, you are in what is called a Gethsemane moment.

Gethsemane Moment Defined

Today, we are going to continue our examination of your Gethsemane moment. A Gethsemane moment is a time when you are tempted to avoid doing what God wants you to do because you know that doing it will cost you dearly and hurt you deeply. You are not going to want to do it, but you know God wants you to do it. You know it’s the right thing to do, but it will come at great sacrifice on your part. Your Gethsemane involves a battle between your willing spirit to do what is right and your weaknesses to do what is easy. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 1)

Have you ever faced this dilemma? You know what God wants you to do. You know the right thing to do, but it will cost, and it will hurt. By doing this you will probably be misunderstood, rejected, and feel as if those closest to you and even God himself has abandoned you. Have you ever faced something like that? Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane.

Gethsemane Moment Defined

Today, we are going to take a deep look at what I call your Gethsemane moment. A Gethsemane moment is a time when you are tempted to avoid doing what God wants you to do because you know that doing it will cost you dearly and hurt you deeply. You are not going to want to do it, but you know God wants you to do it. You know it’s the right thing to do, but it will come at great sacrifice on your part. Your Gethsemane involves a battle between your willing spirit to do what is right and your weaknesses to do what is easy. Continue reading

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