Priorities [Luke 6:10-11]

After looking around at them all, [Jesus] told [the man with a paralyzed hand], “Stretch out your hand.”  He did so, and his hand was restored.  [The Scribes and Pharisees], however, were filled with rage and started discussing with one another what they might do with Jesus.  (Luke 6:10-11) The religious leaders were more concerned […]

Time to Treasure (Luke 2:19)

But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.  (Luke 2:19) Wonderful things were happening to Mary, and she refused to just let them pass by.  She took time to treasure, to set aside moments for meditating on the things that were taking place in her life. Mary was able […]

God gives you power to strengthen His Church

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 14 GOD GIVES YOU POWER TO STRENGTHEN HIS CHURCH So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the Church.  (1 Corinthians 14:12) Jesus never intended His Church to be a people who only pursue Him with their minds.  He […]

Spirit-led service leads to joy

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 7 SPIRIT-LED SERVICE LEADS TO JOY But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.  (Romans 7:6) Obligation strips the joy out […]

God has Kingdom power just for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 6 GOD HAS KINGDOM POWER JUST FOR YOU And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.  Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of […]

Your trials help you tap in to God’s power

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 4 YOUR TRIALS HELP YOU TAP IN TO GOD’S POWER And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil… And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed […]

God wants to pour new things into your life

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Mark 2 GOD WANTS TO POUR NEW THINGS INTO YOUR LIFE “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2:22) Jesus is […]

God’s Word is your firm foundation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 24 GOD’S WORD IS YOUR FIRM FOUNDATION Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  (Matthew 24:35) There are many things in this world on which to build your life. You can build it on your achievements, always seeking one more win to validate […]

God has the best view of your life

Scripture Notes on Psalm 90 For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.  (Psalm 90:4) God has the greatest perspective of all. Think about it.  The long slow sequence of events that happened in your life to bring you to this […]

Discerning Good and Evil

Why is it sometimes hard to know the “right” choice? “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” -Hebrews 5:14 Life can sure get complicated, can’t it?  Sometimes it’s just hard to know which way to go. In the […]