The Man from Gadera • Mark 5

The Man from Gadera • Mark 5

I love this story. This guy was special to Jesus. He started out out as a man filled with over two thousand demons and ended up as the very first Christian preacher. What amazes me is that this man begged Jesus to follow Him, and it says “Jesus did not permit him.” You would think […]

Obedience is Required • John 14:21

Obedience is Required • John 14:21

There’s intense prayer going on for a “revival,” but there’s no revival on the horizon. Prayers for revival may seem to be much wasted energy. Why is that? Prayer fanatics believe that if we pray hard and long enough, then God will be inclined and be moved to respond. Instead, God responds with: “But why […]

Missing Something • Judges 7:4

Missing Something • Judges 7:4

Little by little, God reduced Gideon’s army of 32,000 down to 300. Why would God take a capable person like Gideon and make their circumstances seem impossible? The true victory happened even before the battle began, in verse 15, “…[Gideon] worshipped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, ‘Arise for the LORD has […]

Never Alone • Romans 8:39

Never Alone • Romans 8:39

As followers of Jesus, we are not immune to nor exempt from trials and troubles. During difficult circumstances, one may experience dejection, exhaustion, restlessness, hopelessness, and loneliness. In these times, we must call on Jesus, and He will answer. God will be with us in our troubles (Psalm 91:15). We have certainty that nothing can […]

The Purpose of His Love • 1 John 4:9

The Purpose of His Love • 1 John 4:9

“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9 When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive so many special blessings and opportunities. We are free from sin and become […]

The Book of Love • Hosea 14:4

The Book of Love • Hosea 14:4

When you think of love, which book of the Bible comes to mind? The book of Hosea should be near the top of your list. It’s a radical look on the depths of God’s love for His people. First we read of a faithful husband (the prophet Hosea) who marries a prostitute and continues to […]

The Power of Confession • Leviticus 26:38-46

The Power of Confession • Leviticus 26:38-46

Throughout the Bible, confession is something very profound and powerful. John tells us, “if we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In Leviticus, God promises the people that if they confess their iniquity and unfaithfulness and humble themselves, He would remember […]

Ambidextrous • 1 Chronicles 12:1-2

Ambidextrous • 1 Chronicles 12:1-2

These verses explain how these mighty men could use their right and left hands with equal ease. This is an obvious advantage on the battlefield for a soldier, but what about for us spiritually? There are two issues here: willingness and ability. Are you willing to answer God’s call, even if you’d never choose to […]

I Can Do All Things • Philippians 4:13

I Can Do All Things • Philippians 4:13

We must not forget the context of the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” As the previous verse shows, the “all” refers not only to abounding and being full, but also to suffering, need, and hunger. Often times, believers mistakenly think God’s strength is only for going from an inconvenient […]