Jesus uses the story of the unjust steward to cut across the landscape of everything that has to do with our moral values, life values and priorities. He concludes by saying that there is one choice that settles it all: Who will you serve?
Something about the Christmas season makes us more inclined to recognize the child in us. The encounters of Jesus with children show how we are invited to come as a child to Him. Jesus Himself says, if you don’t, you’ll never enter into the Kingdom.
Jesus calls us to His Table to celebrate and remember that He’s given us Forgiveness (He’s a mighty Savior who has washed us from our sins); Provision (He will be the strength for your every day); Healing (He will heal you in spirit, soul, and body); and Victory (He is the One who has broken the power of sin, temptation, and bondage to, in any way, dominate your life).
All believers have within themselves spiritual gifts that are to be recognized, cultivated and distributed to others. Understanding the distinctive gifts given by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit opens up the "eyes of our understanding" about who we are, who we can become and how the Holy Spirit enhances and expands what we were made to be.
I’m thankful that through Christ Jesus, the One who made all things, I am being recovered from the debris of confusion in a world where most of humankind have lost their identity and their destined individuality. It’s enough to wake you up in the morning with a song.
When asked how Anna and I have made our marriage work for more than six decades, I tell people, “It’s right there in the most practical handbook available—the Word of God”. Here's the story of how we first met...
Christian character. Christlikeness. Sanctification. We often use terms like these, but what do they really mean? Pastor Jack discusses what it means for a believer in Jesus Christ and live out these concepts in everyday life.
What difference does a new year make? We aren’t superstitiously supposing that everything changes because we flip the page of a calendar, but we do know that the Lord is faithful to steward whatever is given to Him. As this New Year begins, I encourage you to let the Holy Spirit fill you afresh and drive out any oppressive works of hell and enter this New Year as a runner, fit to run the race, with all eyes on your loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Bible does not say that all things work together in and of themselves. The Bible says that all things work together for good in a context where people who see the invisible recognize that there is a warfare and a struggle going on that is much larger than this present era.
God’s “hopes” are what He already sees and anticipates ready to be released in His people. All they need to do is align with what He’s ready to do. "The Kingdom of God is at hand" means it is within our reach. The victory is the Lord’s, and the battle is secure. We must enter into the fray, for it does not happen automatically.
God constantly wants to enlarge the boundaries of our dominion and stewardship. For that to happen, He calls us to pray and carry the banner of His love through Jesus Christ to the place where we live and to the world.
There is no more significant moment in my life’s recollection than when, as a teenager, I declared, “Jesus, You can have it all.” I’d opened to everything He had for me when I was ten, but I gave Him everything I had six years later.