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What an amazing truth this is! Our Heavenly Father has lavished his love on us. The word “lavished” refers to something generous or extravagant. God has been extremely generous in His love for us. So much so that He has adopted us into His family and He now calls us His children. We are the children of God. Main Points: 1. Because of our past sins,…
 
When we surrender our lives to the lordship and leadership of Jesus, in His sovereignty, he will open doors of opportunity. Sometimes He will close doors. Surely, you have seen both in your life. In both cases, the issue is the surrender of our will to God. Will we let the Lord direct our steps? Main Points: 1. When it comes to allowing God to guid…
 
Why is it important to have a biblical or godly perspective? Our perspective should be the same as the God we serve. We want to see and interpret things the way God does. This will only happen as we make the Bible the lens through which we see the world. You’ll never see things the way God does until you see things through the lens of scripture. Ma…
 
There are many times the Bible informs us of conditional blessings. These are places in Scripture where God says, “If you will, then I will.” We need to pay attention to the conditional blessings listed in Scripture because there are quite a few of them. Main Points: 1. Sometimes, as a Father I bless my children simply because I love them. I do thi…
 
Which voices are you listening to? As Christians, we have to guard our hearts. We cannot listen to just any voice. We can’t give all voices the same credence and acceptance. We must decipher through the voices to determine what is true, what is right, and what is godly. All other voices must be rejected. Main Points: 1. The Word of God is our filte…
 
What wind and waves have caught your attention? What storm has caused you to look away from Jesus? Let’s learn what Peter learned. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. As the howl of the wind gets louder, we’ll be tempted to become distracted. As the waves crash higher, we’ll be enticed to look away. Main Points: 1. Jesus is teaching us here that we are…
 
One of the characteristics of God is that He is omniscient. This means God sees and knows all things. Nothing is hidden from Him. Main Points: 1. The omniscience of God is not meant to cause us to fear. While the book of Hebrews lets us know that God knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts, the omniscience of God is a good thing. 2. The k…
 
We can choose to respond to adversity with fear, anxiety, and worry. We can also choose to respond with praise and worship. You might say, “Yes, but Loren, praise doesn’t change my circumstances.” It might not, but it certainly will change what is happening inside of you. Main Points: 1. As we praise, we confess what we know is true about God. We c…
 
To love God first is to put him first in our affection, attention, and priority. If anyone or anything comes before God, it becomes an idol. We can even make ministry for him more important than a relationship with him. This too is idolatry. Main Points: 1. Our motive for putting Jesus first in our lives cannot be the desire for blessings alone. Th…
 
The Bible clearly teaches salvation comes through Christ alone. There is no other path, no other way, and no other possibility. If you will be saved from your sins and forgiven by God, you will come through Christ, and Christ alone. Main Points: 1. There are those today who don’t like the fact that the Bible proclaims faith in Jesus as the only way…
 
The Spirit of God is not for sale. It is not a commodity that can be bought or sold. The power of God can only be received. It is to be used only for kingdom purposes. God, who knows our hearts, will never give us His anointing and power if He knows we have improper motives. Main Points: 1. It’s not wrong to want to be used by God. In fact, it’s a …
 
When describing a Christian who is passionate about their faith in Jesus, we might say they are “on fire for God.” We are saying they are fervent and zealous about their relationship with Jesus. It’s likely you would agree that this intense and passionate pursuit of Jesus has to be maintained. We have to intentionally stoke the fire to keep it burn…
 
One of the greatest challenges we face emotionally is how we will respond when we are hurt. With the offense, we have a choice. Will we respond with grace and forgiveness, or will we respond with harshness and cynicism? Will we be quick to overlook an offense or will we respond with the same hurt we experienced? Main Points: 1. I’m sure you’ll agre…
 
So, what motivates us to speak up, while the culture is trying to silence our voice? What enables us to push past our fear of offending someone to let them know what Jesus has done for us? There is only one answer: it is our love for Jesus. We speak up because we love Jesus. Main Points: 1. It’s as simple as this: If we love Jesus, we will obey his…
 
Through our relationship with Jesus, we possess the ability to live with joy, regardless of our circumstances. While the world around us may be falling apart, feeling defeated, and living in despair, Christians have the blessing of choosing to live with joy. Main Points: 1. How does this happen? How can you be joyful when life isn’t going well? It’…
 
By selecting the shepherds, God is making a statement. God wanted to show that His love does not discriminate on the basis of class, wealth, or social standing. He does not respect kings and princes more than hourly laborers, he does not value priests and pastors above the people on the street. God does not show favoritism. He does not give prefere…
 
We have a Father who is always there. Night or day, whenever the going gets tough, we can trust that He will never abandon us. He has promised to care for us, and He knows better than we do what we need. Main Points: 1. God knows. He knows what I need. He knows what I am going through. He knows what I am facing right now. My heavenly Father knows. …
 
When it comes to the church. I believe unity is our foundation. The whole church stands or falls on the strength of this foundation. As long as there are people, there will be a wide variety of opinions. That’s okay. It’s not essential to have a unity of opinion in every matter. What is crucial is that we have unity around mission, vision, and purp…
 
God has given us to power to overcome our fears. We don’t have a spirit of fear, we possess the Holy Spirit, which enables us to face life with the confidence that the Lord is with us in every situation. Main Points: 1. Fear goes by many names. Perhaps in your life fear manifests itself as worry, anxiety, dread, concern, apprehension, nervousness, …
 
As Christians, we’ve been taught the importance of the Word of God. We have been instructed to read the Bible every day. We know the significance of spending time with God every day. So, are there things we can do to develop a fresh love for the Word of God? Main Points: 1. Start by praying a new prayer. Begin to ask God to give you a love for His …
 
Our minds are not renewed automatically when we come to Christ. There are still old patterns of thinking that do not please God. But every day we have the choice to set our minds on things above. Will we allow the world to conform our minds, or will we invite God to transform our minds? Main Points: 1. How do we do that? How do we set our minds on …
 
Our financial health is not the only thing that requires an investment, our spiritual growth requires one too. No, not a financial investment, though God may ask that of us, an investment of time, effort, passion, and heart. God will ask for an investment of sacrifice, faithfulness, and commitment. He will ask us to invest in the lives of others wi…
 
It was a long-awaited night. Mary had waited nine months, but the waiting had started long ago. Throughout the Old Testament, the Prophets spoke of a coming Messiah. He would be a suffering servant that would save His people from their sins. Year after year the people waited for this coming Messiah. When would He come? Main Points: 1. Jesus came at…
 
The call to discipleship is a call to deny ourselves. We take up our cross as we die to earthly sin, values, and lifestyle. It is to wholeheartedly embrace the life of Christ. It is a life of surrender to Christ and an abandonment to things of this world. To take up the cross means to identify with Christ in His rejection, shame, suffering, and dea…
 
It is not the will of God that we be alone or that we go through life isolated from others. He has created the church to be our spiritual family. It’s here that we find fellowship, encouragement, support, and accountability. It’s also here that we are able to offer these same gifts to others. Main Points: 1. Sometimes the reason for such isolation …
 
No matter where you are or how far away from God you have run, you can always come home. Our loving Heavenly Father is waiting with open arms. He is calling once again for you to come home. Today’s Scripture Verses: Luke 15:20 - “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compa…
 
Prayer is an adventure in trust. We put our needs into the hands of an almighty God, who has the power to meet our needs according to His will. What will God do? We don’t know, but we do know that what God does is right. His answer and His actions may not make sense to our finite minds and limited understanding, but the will and purpose of God are …
 
As children of God, we desire the Lord’s hand of guidance and protection to be upon our lives. Why? Because He can see what we cannot see. He knows what we do not know. He holds our purpose and our future in His hands. Main Points: 1. I believe each day the Holy Spirit is active in our lives too. He is speaking, leading, guiding, and directing. Are…
 
Citizens not only have rights and privileges, but they also have responsibilities. The same is true for us as citizens of Heaven. Let’s not only experience the blessings of our new citizenship but let’s conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel. Main Points: 1. You may not have thought about this, Heaven is not just a place you are waiting…
 
When you love Jesus it makes you different. You are not the same. There will be a noticeable difference in how you live and what you live for. In Christianity, some of the words we use to describe this new life are changed, transformed, converted, and born again. Main Points: 1. We are still in the world, but we are not of the world. We live by dif…
 
“How good is good enough?” Here’s the short answer. We could never be good enough to go to Heaven. It’s simply not possible for humans to satisfy the justice of God with our efforts at being good. The Bible teaches us that being a good person could never save us. Instead, salvation is based on the goodness of Jesus, on our behalf. Main Points: 1. J…
 
As Christians, the Bible describes us as children of God. As children, we are learning how to walk in Christ. We sometimes stumble and fall. God, with his grace and mercy, is patient and helps us get up and get going again. Yet, sometimes other believers aren’t as gracious. Main Points: 1. Sadly, sometimes the fallen are shunned, excluded, and look…
 
We stand on Jesus’ promise that the gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. As we see this being fulfilled, we know the end is near and Jesus’ return is soon. Main Points: 1. There are still locations in our world where the gospel message is not being preached. There are places where there are no churches, no missi…
 
I talk to a lot of Christians who are unsatisfied with their prayer life. They even feel guilty, knowing prayer should be a more consistent part of their Christian life. But sometimes, it feels difficult to get going again. It seems hard to restart your prayer life. Here are some things that will help. Main Points: 1. First, ask God to give you a r…
 
Do you need a guide? Are you in need of guidance and direction? God has given you two sources, His Word and His Spirit. Main Points: 1. Where does this guidance come from? How does God become our guide? He guides us in two ways. He guides us by His Word and by the Holy Spirit. 2. Psalm 119 says God’s Word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my pa…
 
Do you have a dream? Do you have a God-given dream? Is there something God has put into your heart to do, accomplish, and fulfill? Does the dream stay with you and never seem to leave? Is there something God is calling you to do? Main Points: 1. Maybe you need a little encouragement. What God has called you to do, you need to do it. Do it now. Don’…
 
That is what we live for: to experience the glory of God, to reflect it, to bring it to the world around us, not for our own sake but for the praise of His glory and honor. Main Points: 1. The glory of God refers to his beauty, majesty, purity, and power. It speaks of the greatness and wonder of God. 2. In His love for us, God created us to experie…
 
Our problem is not that we don’t have enough time. The problem is that we don’t always use our time wisely. We all have the same amount of time. When it comes to time every single one of us has the exact same amount. We all get 168 hours each week. The good news is the Bible has a lot to say about how we can honor God with our time. The Bible teach…
 
Every day, you make decisions about whether you will stand for Christ or not. In how we live our lives, the choices we make, the attitudes we portray, and the words we say, we are telling others that we stand for Christ, or we are communicating that we do not stand with him. Main Points: 1. Jesus knew we would face a strong temptation to hide our l…
 
As we serve the Lord in our various ministries, patience is required. Like a farmer, we till the soil, we plant the seed, and we water the seed. We get excited when we see a little shoot begin to appear. Yet, we must wait for the harvest. Main Points: 1. Let me remind you of an important principle about the work of God: The harvest belongs to God. …
 
God has created us with a spiritual hunger that can only be satisfied by Himself. Everything else leaves us empty and unfulfilled. Main Points: 1. In Psalm 34, David is telling us to taste and see that the Lord is good. He’s inviting us to experience God’s goodness. But we won’t experience his goodness unless we take a taste and unless we encounter…
 
We need to recognize that God knows about our anxiety. He is with us and He cares about how we feel. What can we do with our anxiety? The answer is to fight back. Anxiety is a form of fear. Main Points: 1. Anxiety by other names: worry, apprehension, nervousness, concern, and fear. Questions anxiety asks: What will happen? Will will they think? Wil…
 
I believe in the authority of the Word of God. The Bible is not just a book. It is an authoritative book. What makes it an authoritative book is the authority of the author. Main Points: 1. The Word of God cannot change us unless we obey it. We will not obey it unless we believe it to be God’s very words. 2. This phrase “breathed out by God” means …
 
The most important question you will ever answer for yourself is: “Who is Jesus?” The question swirled on the streets of Galilee and Jerusalem. In the marketplace, in neighborhoods, and out in the fields, people were talking about Jesus. Who is this man and why has he come? After 2,000 years, the questions are still being asked. Main Points: 1. Onc…
 
We have a temptation to think that if we are living in God’s will that we won’t suffer, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, God, in His sovereignty, allows us to go through hardship as a part of his greater purpose. Main Points: 1. Sometimes hardship is part of the growth and development of our faith and spiritual growth. Other times hardshi…
 
Today it seems as if maybe we have forgotten our mission. Those who follow Christ, those who have been saved and forgiven have received a mission from their savior. We are told to “go and make disciples.” Have we forgotten this is our calling? Have we forgotten this is our individual responsibility? Main Points: 1. We have come to believe the churc…
 
Jesus left the glory of Heaven to come to earth and take on humanity. He came with one purpose that was to satisfy the justice of God. Jesus would come and die for us. He would become our substitute. We wouldn’t have to die for our sins because Jesus would die for us. He would shed his own life blood on the cross as payment for our sins. Main Point…
 
The condition of your heart determines the direction of your life. This is the consistent teaching of the Scriptures – as our hearts go, so do our actions. Main Points: 1. Satan uses all kinds of weapons to attack our hearts. For me, these attacks often come in the form of some circumstance that leads to disappointment, discouragement, or even disi…
 
Gentleness is the demonstration of strength and self-control. Life and its stress and pressure can tempt us to react with frustration and anger. It’s easy to fly off the handle and say things we don’t mean. We can project a false sense of strength by being brash and outspoken. But true strength keeps our spirit under control. Main Points: 1. It’s p…
 
We learn from James chapter one that we cannot blame God for our temptations. So, where do they come from? He answers that question. We are tempted by our own evil desires. We are tempted to sin because we have a sinful nature. Main Points: 1. All of us face temptations. There has never been a person alive who didn’t face temptation. The Bible says…
 
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