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Temptation: Tempted or Tested?

Temptation: Tempted or Tested?

July 11, 2019

What’s the difference between being tempted to sin and having our faith tested? It’s an important distinction to make. John 10:10 shows us the key to determining whether we’re being tempted or tested. We see two people, each with a different purpose. The thief brings death and destruction, while Jesus gives abundant life.

Temptation: The Master of Deception

Temptation: The Master of Deception

July 4, 2019

Deception is the act of leading someone to believe something that is not true. It’s presenting a lie in such a way that it looks and feels like the truth. Satan has been a master of deception since the first temptation in the Garden of Eden. And we still fall for it! As with Eve, he tempts us by creating just enough doubt in our minds to draw us away from what God actually says.

The Greatest Commandment: Do You Love Like Jesus?

The Greatest Commandment: Do You Love Like Jesus?

June 27, 2019

According to Jesus, loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength is the Greatest Commandment. But He doesn’t stop there. The second greatest commandment should be an outcome of the first. When we love God with our entire being it naturally creates an awareness of the people around us. Jesus is the perfect example of living in all-out love for God and in loving service to others. So, let me ask, “Do you love like Jesus?”

The Greatest Commandment: How Much Do You Love God?

The Greatest Commandment: How Much Do You Love God?

June 20, 2019

Many Christians have a linear idea of what loving God looks like. We come up with formulas such as, God first, family second, work/school third, etc. While I agree with the order of priorities, we need to go further than just loving God first. Let’s consider the question, “How much do you love God?”

The Greatest Commandment: Do You Really Love God?

The Greatest Commandment: Do You Really Love God?

June 13, 2019

The word, “love” has lost its significance in our culture because we use it to describe our feelings for anyone or anything we like. Saying that we love chocolate or football diminishes our understanding of the Greatest Commandment to love God. Because our concept of love is so skewed, it’s hard to answer the question, “Do you really love God?” What we need is a better understanding of biblical love.

The Greatest Commandment: Are You Listening?

The Greatest Commandment: Are You Listening?

June 6, 2019

What’s the most important thing God wants us to do? That’s the question posed to Jesus in Mark 12. Without hesitation, Jesus zeroed in on Deuteronomy 6:4-5. While the heart of the Greatest Commandment is about loving God, let’s not skip over the Lord’s instructions to listen to what He’s about to say. So before we go further into the Greatest Commandment, I need to ask, “Are you listening?”

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Persecution

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Persecution

May 30, 2019

In today’s passage Jesus tells us to expect hatred, trouble, and persecution if we choose to follow Him. How’s that for truth in advertising? Now, Jesus isn’t talking about the ordinary troubles of life. Nor does He mean the issues that arise from voicing our social and political convictions. The blessing of persecution is the result of suffering on account of Christ. We need to understand the difference between suffering for His sake and suffering for oursake.

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Peacemaking

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Peacemaking

May 23, 2019

Although Jesus knew He was entering enemy territory, He came to Earth as a peacemaker. Actually, making peace between His Father and mankind possible is the entire reason He came. As one who has accepted God’s generous peace offering, the Bible tells me that I am now to be a peacemaker, literally begging others to make peace with God.

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of a Pure Heart

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of a Pure Heart

May 16, 2019

Having a pure heart begins with pure motives. It means you possess a sincerity of heart and a clarity of mind that’s free from self-interest.

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Mercy

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of Mercy

May 9, 2019

One of the ways that Christ’s followers display His righteousness is by having compassion for others. The mercy and forgiveness we receive from Christ compels us to share the mercy that is in Christ. The righteousness of Christ doesn’t make us superior to people without Jesus. It makes us sensitive to their need and calls us to act in compassion.