Happiness=Forgiveness

   Everyone’s looking for happiness – from diet plans, to dating sites, to shopping trips – we’re looking everywhere. And yet, happiness-producing things are already all around us… if we can see them. 1. Read Romans 14:17 [SEV] “God’s kingdom isn’t about eating and drinking. It is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this […]

Path of Salvation

     The path Jesus took to secure salvation for the world was a costly, painful, difficult one. And yet, it wasn’t “plan B.” God knew from the beginning what it would cost to redeem humanity, and He made us anyway. 1. Read Revelation 13:8 [NKJV] “All who dwell on the earth will worship (the beast), whose names […]

The Kingdom of God

     Jesus talked a lot about God’s “Kingdom.” Over 100 times in the gospels He mentions it, trying to explain it to people whose minds were stuck on a physical kingdom. God’s kingdom isn’t a place, it’s a state of being, where He’s the boss. 1. Read Luke 17:20-21 [MSG] “Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on […]

Powerful Prayer

    Let’s be honest – sometimes prayer feels like a joy and sometimes it feels like a chore. Sometimes it seems fresh and inspired; other times, it’s as mindless as reciting the pledge of allegiance to open school. When we think about the reality of hell though, our prayer life should become focused, urgent and Spirit-led. […]

Erasing Hell- Part 2

    Whether it’s the night before a test, the last 2 minutes of a game, or the startling realization that you hit snooze too many times, urgency produces results. In the same way, understanding there’s a very real hell and an immanent rapture should produce a healthy dose of urgency in our Christian lives.1. Read 1 […]

God’s Plan of Salvation Involves Us

This morning I was studying Isaiah chapter 49.  Notice with me verses 8-9. This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the […]

Do You Believe in Jesus?

Over the past few weeks I have been really looking at the sixteenth chapter of John.  Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death, resurrection, ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.  In the midst of this teaching there are a couple of verses of scripture that establish a theological and practical truth in my life.  In […]