Stop Testing God

Over the past few weeks, I have been saddened by pastors and churches ignoring the government recommendations to not gather in large groups and to practice social distancing. Pastors are holding worship services. Pastors are being arrested. All of this is because of the defiance to the government. There is separation of church and state. […]

My Prayer, My Life

Consider how often you pray. Do you pray only when you are in church? Do you pray before meals? Do you pray only when you need something? Maybe you pray every morning or every evening. Consider your prayer life. The Psalmist speaks of prayer life as just that – his life. For some, this may […]

Words to Live By Series Outlines

Words to Live By: Meek 2-12-17 1strecognize poor of spirit (spiritually bankrupt, true knowledge of ourselves) 2ndcomes mourning (sacred grief) [Matthew 5:5] “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle[the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.” [Galatians […]

Stay True

Paul told the Philippians to “stay true to the Lord.” This is all about being totally committed to God, not letting anything come between you and your relationship to God. In Matthew 5, we read that those who are pure in heart are blessed. They will see God! How awesome is that?! Staying true to […]

Coming Closer

My dog Max is laying on the sofa by my side as I type this devotion. If I get up and go into the kitchen, I have moved away from him. We then are not as close in position. When it comes to God, some people will say they feel like God isn’t around, like […]

Return to Me

People many times say that God is hiding from them, that they cannot tell if He’s around. The truth is that God never moved—you did! Again and again, we read in the Bible of people who fall short, people who do not walk with God. A holy God cannot look sin in the face. Even […]

He Restores

I have been studying Jeremiah this month. One of the most quoted verses in Jeremiah is Jeremiah 29:11: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Many times this verse is not used in […]

You Don’t Know

“Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and […]

Exiting the Cave Outline

Exiting the Cave Basic Review of 1 Kings 17-18 Main Passage 1 Kings 19 There’s a great and strong wind. There’s an There’s a fire. There is the sound of a low whisper – a still small voice. How do you recognize God’s presence? Desire the Presence of God “Draw near to God, and He […]