As a College-educated Young Adult, I Had a Problem with the Bible! I did not see it as relevant or reliable. It was hard for me to accept the Bible’s teachings as trustworthy when I was not sure it was God’s Word. Actually, I wasn’t convinced a book that old could be relevant today… until it dawned on

My high school biology textbook taught the theory of evolution as a proven fact. I had no reason to doubt it. Like millions of unsuspecting students, I assumed that “science” had established its validity beyond question. So, when I became a Christian, I did my best to harmonize my education with what was in the

Nothing Can Stop You! If you are like me, you want to finish the work God gave you to do. And it’s not always easy, but I have good news. When Jesus lives in your heart, you have the power to break every barrier.Christ’s Spirit equips you to overcome every challenge you face.I can’t wait to

Watching church services on Facebook and YouTube in our sweats this past year has definitely helped us keep our faith and hope in God. Still, there’s no substitute for attending an in-person worship service and experiencing the immersing grace of the Holy Spirit! If you have not been in church for the last year, it’s time to

Have you ever wished you could grow faster in the Lord and have more wisdom, grace, and power to overcome your challenges?I wish I had some fancy shortcut to share with you, but I don’t.  Do you remember the race between the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise wasn’t the fastest thing on four legs,

“Pleading the blood” of Christ means presenting a legal case in the presence of God, but this is a case you are guaranteed to win. The blood assures your acceptance with God and the fullness of His grace. It gives you power over the enemy and frees you to pray for yourself and others like

If you have heard the Christmas story from childhood, familiarity may blind you to what a supernatural event this really was. Angels appeared to ordinary people! A priest was struck dumb! A virgin birth! The Son of God was born in a stable and laid in a manger! Prophetic words were spoken out spontaneously with

  The patriarch Job at one point cried out, “Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, that my Prosecutor had written a book! Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, and bind it on me like a crown.” (Job 31:35b-36) Job desperately wanted God’s perspective on what he was going through and would have

God challenges us to believe we are what His Word declares us to be. As God’s people, we are radically changed when we meditate in God’s Word. (Romans 12:2) The new thoughts of God’s Word  replace the old, worldly thoughts upon which we once acted. Our behavior changes when our actions are based on the

Your identity determines your destiny! Here’s why I say that. Your opinion of who you are determines which opportunities you accept and which you turn away from. Some people’s identity statements are: “Nobody loves me.” “I can’t do that.” “I’m such a failure.” “My parents were poor, so I guess I will be too.” “I’m not as

Jesus’ third Beatitude about meekness is for all practical purposes totally lost on English readers today. No one is sure exactly what “meek” means, and some are pretty convinced that what it does mean is something they never intend to be. Does meek mean weak? Does it refer to wimps? Actually, it does! One Merriam-Webster definition

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” —Matthew 5:4  Have you ever had a dream that died? Sure, we all have…a marriage that didn’t last, parents who weren’t there, a business that failed, a loved one who died, mistakes that cost us dearly, or perhaps being unable to achieve a goal. Every time a

He Turns Paupers into PrincesImagine, if you will, the crown prince of a kingdom stepping through the ornate gates of his palace and strolling down the streets of the city until he sees a poor beggar. He stuns those following him by saying, “Do you see this poor beggar? The riches of my palace and

Recently, our Bible study small group went through Romans 8. What an awesome chapter! It begins with the best news ever, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) That’s certainly good news for those of us who have discovered we are far from perfect. But verse one

In 1859, men working the Willard Claim in Northern California found a 54-pound nugget, which they nicknamed the “Dogtown Nugget.” They discovered it at the foot of Sawmill Peak, a mere four miles from where I live in the town of Paradise. At the time, this was the largest gold nugget ever found, and it

  When people attend a social event, unless they are total wallflowers, they try to sit near the important and popular guests, hoping to schmooze a little, get noticed, make a business acquaintance. Perhaps some suppose that if they can only get close enough, the success of others will somehow rub off on them. Jesus,

A few days ago I was helping count an offering at my church. In it was a collection of pennies that had obviously been collected from the street, probably picked up out of a gutter. These coins were scratched, battered, and scarred, having been run over time and again, to the point where Mr. Lincoln could scarcely

It was a struggle for me as a newly “saved” Christian to believe. I didn’t know the Word. I hadn’t heard very much of it preached or taught. I had not experienced many answers to prayer other than the amazing change that happened when I accepted Jesus. I did not have the faith of older, mature

One day the Lord sent the prophet Samuel to the house of Jesse the Bethlehemite to choose one of his sons as the next king of Israel. Jesse brought the young men before the prophet. Eliab was so striking that Samuel thought surely he was the one. But the Lord responded: The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not

As Jesus walked the earth, He shared his way of living with his disciples, who lived and walked alongside Him. He frequently spoke of the invisible God, whom He called His Father. Of all the names of God, Father is the most important. When we are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, He becomes our Father,

If God is such a good God, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Does God allow evil to teach us moral lessons through our sufferings? The following video message is a comprehensive overview of God and human suffering that draws positive conclusions about the role of God in the world

Have you ever experienced that deep relaxing feeling at the end of a long day when you finally lie down in the bed and sigh, “Ahhhh.” That can happen in the altar when you are being prayed for. As the power of the Holy Spirit touches you, you relax so completely that you can no

I have to admit my life is governed by thoughts. False thoughts maim, cripple and hold me back. True thoughts free me to be myself, as God made me. Most of us struggle inwardly with thoughts like these: “I can’t…” “I’m not good enough.” “I’m not smart enough.” “If only I were taller (shorter, better looking,

As a young man in college, I wondered what my purpose in life was. I remember sitting cross-legged under a tree, determined to figure it out. When that failed, I went to the beach. Maybe the fresh ocean air or walking barefoot in wet sand would speak to my heart. Where was fulfillment to be