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Are You Booked?

Are You in the Book: I’m not sure if you have ever been mentioned in someones book? Can you imagine reading a book from some popular author who you didn’t know and he/she mentions you specifically in it. That would be an amazing thing, in fact, you would likely bring that book around to everyone you know and show them that you’re name is in there. It would be a noteworthy occasion. We know that type of situation would never happen, if you didn’t know them you would never even expect to have your name included in the book, would you? What about if you ‘knew’ an author who was really famous and you guys had hung out and spent time together. One day He publishes this book on everyday life and what goes on. You eagerly buy the book assuming for sure you will find your name on the […]

Who Do You Say I Am?

Who is Jesus – Luke 9:18-20 The Cost of Identifying with Christ: What is the cost to identify yourself with Jesus? To recognize Him not just as being a man but as The Christ of God. The cost is immense, it’s so unbearable that it can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit. I heard a quote one time, “I don’t mind being a servant of Jesus Christ, I just don’t want to be treated like one.” The treatment of the followers of Jesus is hard, it’s cruel and not enjoyable in the least. In fact, if you would like to know how hard it is to profess Jesus as the Christ you should try some daily evangelism. The issue in our culture is that we have labeled any type of persecution for declaring the Gospel of Christ as the wrong approach. Let me explain, someone goes […]

Worthless Food!

Opening thoughts: Was a great day today, I had some really good times meeting with people that love Jesus. This evening I met with a man from our church who just lost his wife of 13 years to cancer. It was sudden and totally unexpected. He is now left to survive with 3 little kids, 5 yrs, 4 yrs, and 1 yrs old. As I spoke with him, I could not help but catch a glimpse of the pain he must feel. Tears welled up in my eyes as I pondered for a moment the thought of losing my wife, and how would my little babies do losing their mommy? and what would I do as their daddy? How would I explain the loss to my 5 year old? How would I help them find the hope of the Gospel to not only save them, but also bring peace to […]

The Issue of Blood.

The Woman With the Issue of Blood – Luke 8:43-48 Opening Thought: So it’s been quite some time since I last published a blog post, and now here I find myself at midnight, after spending the past 3 hours alone with my Bible, typing away to the thought of how I’m so thankful that Jesus never stops bleeding. His blood is always there and it’s available for all who call on His name in repentance. Oh how I’m thankful for that! Where I’m Reading: I have been working my way through Luke’s Gospel. It has literally been all I’ve been reading and studying for about 4 months now and I’m about ready to finish up chapter 8. Call me a slow reader but I’d like to think it’s “meditating on the words of Jesus” and “studying to show myself approved”.  I find the more time I spend with God the […]

To Judge or Not to Judge?

Judge Not, Lest You be Judged We hear it all too often “Judge Not, lest you be Judged”, well let’s compare all scripture together and see how it fits. 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of BROTHER if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Observations: “I wonder how many people we would have left in our churches TODAY? Is this not a command? If so why don’t we practice it? Test yourself … Sexual Immoral? Lust? Fantasy? Wondering Eyes? Fornication, Cheating? Porn? …. Or GREEDY, consumed by your […]

Good Tree, Bad Tree

No Good Tree Bears Bad Fruit – Luke 6:43-45 Opening Thoughts: Can you imagine seeing totally dead tree and on it’s branches was the most amazing fruit? It’s impossible. What about if you were on a journey and were desperately hungry, in front of you a ways ahead you could see an orchard filled with big green fruit trees, you were so excited to sink your teeth into some nourishing, refreshing fruit, but as you approached them you realized there was no fruit on these trees. They were barren. What a disappointment. Luke 6:43-45 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the […]

Is Social Justice the Gospel?

There are two separate subjects I want to address in this text. The first dealing with Social Justice and the Gospel, and the second dealing with healing itself. Luke 5:16-26 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18 And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 […]

Who’s Desire’s do You Have?

Today’s study was awesome, as some of you know I’m going through the book of Luke, love this book. I think one of the biggest things that hit me in this book so far, has been the demonstration of what the Holy Spirit does when He invades our lives. Someone who claims to be in the Spirit should look, act and think about everything in a different way than the world does! Luke 4:14-15 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. The Holy Spirits Power: So in the beginning  of Luke we see a couple who is visited by an angel and is told that they will have a son and that they were to name him John and that he would turn people […]

Should Temptation Really be Tempting?

Jesus was Tempted – Luke 4:2-4 Opening Thoughts: First of all I want to acknowledge brother David Wilkerson who passed away yesterday April 27, 2011 in a car accident. David Wilkerson has been one of those people that I take very serious. Both my wife Danae and I have expressed on many occasions that this is a man that scares us when he preaches, and when we say scares us we mean it seams as though you are sitting listening to one of the prophets from the Bible. He preached with such conviction it could make a drunk snap out of a drunken stupor. I loved to listen to him, and God through his preaching has impacted my life in a very big way! David Wilkerson will not be a name forgotten around our home. I was reading today in Luke 4:2-4 I’m working my way through Luke’s gospel right […]

Happy Easter!

Opening Thoughts: Here’s our first blog post, Danae and I are launching into some things we feel God is calling us to. Writing daily Blogs on our devotions is one of them. We trust that God will speak to you through the words we say. I do not know where you stand with Christ, so I decided to write this note and pray that the right people read it and are blown away by God’s irresistible grace! To God be the glory! Who Is Jesus: Jesus is everything for you, or He is nothing for you. He wasn’t just some good teacher, or a good example, He’s not a quick fix for your messed-up marriage, or a lottery ticket for your financial trouble, or just some medical potion to cure your disease! He is the Christ, The Savoir, The LIVING GOD… Who died once and for all! He put to […]