You are the beloved of God

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for [and by] Jesus Christ; may mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.  (Jude 1:1b-2)

Are you in Christ?  Then God wants multiply His peace in your heart and His mercy in your life.

Are you in Christ?  Then He is keeping you secure in His love, holding on to you as His precious treasure that nothing can ever snatch out of His hand.

Are you in Christ?  Then remember this.  No matter what you’ve done, no matter where or who you’ve been, Jesus has made a way for you to find hope in this truth…

If you’re in Christ, you are the beloved of God.

–Pastor Phillip

God’s promise to you is peace

Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.  (2 John 1:3)

Sometimes the greatest truths of God are also the simplest.  Sometimes the deepest revelations don’t come from more books, but more belief.

Do you believe God has grace for you?  Do you believe God has mercy for you?  Do you believe God has peace for you?  You must!

If you’re in Christ, that means all of Jesus’ obedience is credited to you and all of the favor He deserves from the Father now rests on you.  Grace doesn’t always mean pleasant circumstances, but it guarantees purpose and power and peace to all who will receive it by faith in Christ.

Trust Him today.  Believe His word, and rest in this truth.

God’s promise to you is peace.

–Pastor Phillip

God has an eternal inheritance for you

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… (1 Peter 1:3-4)

It is not your good performance that saves you, but God’s great mercy.  It is not a dry duty or set of ideals to which He saved you, but a hope and a future that is brilliant and bright and glowing with glory.

It is not only for peace in this life that God saved you, but for an eternal reward that will far outshine even the most magnificent treasures of Earth, and that’s not even the best news of all.

The best news is that it’s a reward that rests on His grace alone, so it can never be taken from you!

Whether your circumstances are up or down right now, set your eyes toward the finish line, and be encouraged by this hope-inspiring truth.

God has an eternal inheritance for you.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your guaranteed inheritance

For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.  Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.  (Hebrews 10:34-35)

The world has its values system of what matters and what doesn’t, and it teaches us to safeguard what we hold to be most valuable.  Yet, in this life we have far less control than we imagine, and in light of this vulnerability, how do we deal with the inevitability of loss?

We fix our eyes on the one thing we can never lose: Jesus Himself.

It is Christ who is our cherished possession, and His love that is our greatest reward.  If the uncertainty of life has you down, you can be lifted up by re-orienting your values system around this one simple truth.

Jesus is your guaranteed inheritance.

–Pastor Phillip

God made you an eternal heir

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Titus 3

GOD MADE YOU AN ETERNAL HEIR

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  (Titus 3:5-7)

When God saved you, it was not so that you would become an employee, but so that you could be part of the family.

When God saved you, it wasn’t so that He could give you the “minimum required grace” to get to heaven, but so that He could show His lavish love through your life.

When God saved you, it wasn’t just so you could live a better life now, but so you could be part of His Kingdom forever and ever.

Here’s more good news… You didn’t earn this blessing, so you have no need to fear losing it!

Not only that, but you also have no right to feel entitled to it.  Just receive it with joy and thanksgiving and let this truth fill your heart with grateful confidence: God made you an eternal heir.

-Pastor Phillip

In Christ, you are never second-class

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 10

IN CHRIST, YOU ARE NEVER SECOND-CLASS

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him.  (Romans 10:12)

There are no second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God.

Yes, there are differing levels of reward based on faithfulness, but this is the distinction between how many trips to the buffet line we take, not the difference between who gets only leftovers and who gets to sit down at the feast.

In Christ, you have been given the full blessing of His grace, full rights as a citizen of the Kingdom, full acceptance as a son or daughter of the King!

Walk with confidence today as you rejoice in this truth.  No matter your background or level of ability, Jesus paid the price for your place at the table, and in Christ, you are never second-class.

-Pastor Phillip


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God wants to give you a legacy

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 45

GOD WANTS TO GIVE YOU A LEGACY

In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.  (Psalm 45:16)

All throughout Scripture we see the theme of “passing it on.”

Moses leaves the Ten Commandments to teach the children of Israel how to follow God.

David leaves instructions for his son Solomon to build the temple.

Jesus gives His Great Commission to His disciples and sends the Holy Spirit to empower them to complete it.

It is God’s way, the way of all life, to ensure the survival and thriving of the next generation by investing in their success.  This is not just an individual thing, either.  Whole nations and people groups have lasted through the ages because people cared enough to leave behind something worthwhile for those that would follow.

May it be so with us, with you.

Maybe you have children, or maybe you don’t.  Maybe you’re part of a church or organization, or maybe you’re not.  Whatever your situation though, know this.  God designed your life to matter, not just for the moments you’re here on earth, but for generations to come.  He has put people in your life that need your love, your encouragement, your investment in their success.

This means that as you’re willing to reach out beyond yourself in constructive ways, you’re not just doing a nice thing.  You’re doing a godly thing, and paving the way to reap great hope from this long-term truth: God wants to give you a legacy.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus is your ultimate inheritance

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 13

JESUS IS YOUR ULTIMATE INHERITANCE

And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this He has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus… (Acts 13:32-33a)

Inheritance rights are a big deal.  All throughout history and even in our own day, it’s more common than not to see families squabble and fight over who gets the most valuable items or amounts after a loved one dies.

Why is this?  Because we all want to have the best portion of the inheritance.

Make no mistake about this, though.  Above silver and gold, above lands and property, above stocks and bonds and heirlooms and memories and anything else you might receive, there is one thing you have coming to you that is far more valuable than anything else.  Not only that, but there is one thing you can pass on as a legacy that outshines anything else, too.

Jesus.

Maybe your family situation is pristine or maybe it’s problematic.  Maybe you have a great inheritance coming to you or maybe there’s nothing left but a string of unkept promises.  Maybe you have a great ability to leave an inheritance for those you love, or maybe you find yourself lacking in more ways than one.

Whatever your circumstance, don’t miss this simple but powerful promise from God.  If you’re in Christ, then Jesus Himself is God’s gift to you.  His presence is yours to experience, His power yours in which to walk.  His love is there for your peace, and His grace is yours in which to stand.

Rest in this promise today, and as you do, may you find hope in this truth: Jesus is your ultimate inheritance.

-Pastor Phillip

p.s. To learn more about God’s INCREDIBLE inheritance for you in Christ, check out my teaching series “Inheritance” by CLICKING HERE.


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God has a greater treasure for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 32

GOD HAS A GREATER TREASURE FOR YOU

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.  (Psalm 32:10)

How often do we hear the story of the celebrity or millionaire who has everything the world says we need to be happy, and is completely miserable?

How often do we hear of the the sports star or rock star or all-star actor who self-destructs at the height of their career because they lived only for themselves?

You may wish for more money or fame, thinking those things will make you happy, but if you’re a child of God, you have already been promised a more precious treasure than all the glitter the world can give.

The love of God.

May you trust in the Lord in whatever situation comes your way, and may your heart be filled with hope as you rest in this truth: God has a greater treasure for you.

-Pastor Phillip


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