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Perfect? No, Follow God’s Commandments

Perfect? No, Follow God

“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV) Motivating Monday! What happens when questions are asked and we don’t like the answer? When accepting Jesus as Savior- He is our authority. Choices have to be made- are we taking salvation experiences serious or was it a bluff? If […]

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Accuse: Heart Matters and Releasing Truth

Accuse: Heart Matters and Releasing Truth

Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” (Mark 3:1-3 NIV) Heart Matters… Wednesday has always been known as hump day. The day once completed has the weekend in sight. I like taking this day to discuss deeper matters of the heart. The interactions Jesus had with the Pharisees, are intriguing […]

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Benefit: Eternal Life in Christ Jesus, Reaping….

Benefit: Eternal Life in Christ Jesus, Reaping....

But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 6:22, 23 NIV) Motivating Monday!  Reading through Romans 6 and verse 23 struck like lightening. Have teachings concerning this verse- wages of sin is death, been removed from pastors’ sermons? Thankfully, not all…yet, many no longer teach conviction or turning from sin. Sin? More teachings exist against mature believers to […]

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Commandments: Abiding, God’s Perfect Love

Commandments: Abiding, God

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:3-6 ESV) Hope Hope is a powerful source of movement forward. Jesus is our only hope, all else is […]

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Good Behavior in Christ; Be Prepared

Good Behavior in Christ; Be Prepared

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:14-16 ESV) Motivating Monday! Good behavior in Christ…does meaning differ for every believer? If we […]

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Forget, Avoid Dwelling…God is Doing A New Thing!

Forget, Avoid Dwelling...God is Doing A New Thing!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18, 19 NIV) Forward Friday! We are moving forward! Can you believe it is February 1? This has been a week of basketball games with my daughter cheering. Memories flood my brain and deep in my heart of high school days. When friendships were genuine, students and parents filled the stands with roaring cheers. There is nothing like basketball in […]

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Righteousness: To Be Fulfilled, God’s Plans

Righteousness: To Be Fulfilled, God

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? (Matthew 3:13, 14 NIV) Motivating Monday! As we enter last week of January, let’s not forget words declared over our year, now needing implemented. Not everyone seeks a word to declare, yet…set goals, make resolutions, and generate hope for a more productive year. Hope is not lost, if already sidetracked from initial intentions. God’s mercies are new every morning. I love this promise from God. John, the […]

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Desperate Times: Who Will We Trust?

Desperate Times: Who Will We Trust?

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. (Psalm 55: 22, 23 NIV) Forward Friday! Moving forward takes clear understanding of situation at hand. The world’s motto is desperate times, desperate measures. God’s motto is come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. God promises to meet our every […]

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Truth: Jesus’ Teachings, Real Discipleship

Truth: Jesus

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” (John 8:31-33 NIV) Motivating Monday! Most of the time, truth is never appreciated in the beginning. Although many of us, desire truth at all times. The Pharisees remained puzzled around Jesus, always challenged. I have written beside this scripture in my Bible- like […]

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God’s Word: A Vital Heartbeat, Life

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“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24, 25 NIV) Forward Friday! Biblical Words written in red are Jesus’ own words, His teaching moments. Even through times when satan is talking with God/Jesus- scheming, and trying to deceive in order to gain power, Jesus is ready to respond. This can be a […]

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