Give Extravagantly

What gifts do you anticipate for different celebrations throughout the year? Do you expect especially large gifts at Christmas? Do you desire to give expensive gifts at Christmas? Have you considered the gifts brought to Jesus at His birth? We generally like to receive gifts. As we get older, we look forward to giving moreContinue reading “Give Extravagantly”

A New View

How do you regard people? How do you view others? Do you view them as fallible and corrupt people? Do you see them as disgusting, superficial, and disingenuous? Do you see people as God sees them? It doesn’t take much effort to hear people complaining about other people. It doesn’t take long to hear peopleContinue reading “A New View”

Reward of Love

We often look for rewards. We look for rewards for doing something good. We look for rewards for achievements. We look for rewards for going above and beyond. We look for rewards for pleasing someone else. We look for rewards in love. When we have the love of Christ, we are changed. When we loveContinue reading “Reward of Love”

Making God Smile

Many of us have seen people holding signs at sporting events with John 3:16 written on them. We may be able to quote that passage. But how many of us fully appreciate not just the words, but the meaning of that passage? We know intellectually Jesus gave himself up for us. We know God sentContinue reading “Making God Smile”

Be In Awe

Have you ever spent time pondering the sheer majesty of God? Have you looked at the stars at night and thought about how they were created? Have you tried to count the number of species and various breeds of animals? What about thinking about the make-up of your DNA? Sometimes, our breath is taken awayContinue reading “Be In Awe”

Overjoyed

What has been the happiest moment of your life? When have you been so happy that you cried? Have you been happy to the point of falling on your knees? Can you imagine the pure happiness of Mary Magdalene when she saw Jesus alive on the third day? We all have experienced days of happiness.Continue reading “Overjoyed”

Ultimate Love

Are you looking for love? Do you think you are unlovable? Is there someone you wish would show love to you? Do you realize that God loves? Do you say that isn’t enough? We all desire love. We may hide our desire. We may lie to ourselves, telling ourselves we don’t need love. We mayContinue reading “Ultimate Love”

Christ Died for Sinners

Have you ever watched a war movie? Have you noticed it seems all the characters in the movie are heroes? They run toward the fighting. The jump on the grenade to save their buddies. They run straight to the machinegun nest to take it out to save their platoon. Do you believe that is realContinue reading “Christ Died for Sinners”

Growing in Faith

Are you looking for rescue? Are you looking for salvation? Do you long for the comfort and encouragement of knowing your future is secure? Have you turned your heart over to God, putting your faith in Him? Security can only be partially found in this world, if we put our trust and confidence in worldlyContinue reading “Growing in Faith”

Welcome Home

What do you know about the kingdom of heaven? How long has it existed? Does it change over time? Is it ready for you today? Have you ever pondered any of these questions? Would you like to know the answers? The answer is both simple and a little complex. It really isn’t all that hardContinue reading “Welcome Home”