• Jan25

    “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed;” – Exodus 22:2 NIV

    Our Founding Fathers used this verse as the basis for the 2nd Amendment “right to keep and bear arms”—i.e., the biblical right of self-defense which also became known as the Castle Doctrine.

    “It is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” – Richard Henry, signer of the Declaration

    In Christ,



  • Jan24

    “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” – Luke 12:5

    Fear God and you won’t fear anyone or anything. 

    When we rightly fear God and Him only, we are no longer bound by all of the other fears that would hold us captive. The fear of death, the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of insignificance—all of the fears that know us by name and haunt us in the dark of the night become powerless when we know the fear of the Lord. When we fear Him, in essence we begin to live a life where we are truly fearless.

    In Christ,



  • Jan22

    “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’” – John 14:23

    According to Jesus Christ there is no higher obligation to God, no greater spirituality, than this duty to live a life of multidimensional love. 

    “God’s love is unconditional,” we often hear it said. While this is a foundational truth, His love is so much more than this! What are the many dimensions of God’s love? His love is a sacrificial love. It doesn’t promote it’s own agenda, but actively and purposefully seeks the good of others. His love is deliberate, loyal, and trustworthy. His love befriends the unlovely and seeks reconciliation at the highest of costs. Consider Eugene Peterson’s wonderful paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:3-7

    “So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

    Love never gives up.
    Love cares more for others than for self.
    Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
    Love doesn’t strut,
    Doesn’t have a swelled head,
    Doesn’t force itself on others,
    Isn’t always “me first,”
    Doesn’t fly off the handle,
    Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
    Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
    Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
    Puts up with anything,
    Trusts God always,
    Always looks for the best,
    Never looks back,
    But keeps going to the end.” – 1 Cor. 13:3-7 The Message

    Will you commit to a life of multidimensional love in 2015?

    What is one aspect of God’s perfect love you most need to grow in ?

    In Christ,





  • Jan11

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

     “Most men die at 27; we just bury them at 72.” – Mark Twain

    Would it be possible to make an actual plan to honor Christ and represent Him well this year? What might this plan look like? Perhaps you could use 1 Timothy 4:12 as a guide. How might the Lord use me as an example…

    –> “in speech” In what ways do I need to surrender my words to the Lord this year?

    –> “in conduct” How do I spend my time?  In what ways can I specifically steward of the time God has given me more faithfully?

    –> “in love” Who do I find it difficult to love? What are some things I can tangibly do to show love to this person?

    –> “in faith” Where have I failed to trust God? Where have I failed to be trustworthy? In God’s strength, I will make a plan to be different this year.

    –> “in purity“ If the Lord were to return would he be pleased by ALL my activities in any given day? In what areas do you need to “consecrate yourself” to the Lord? (Josh. 3:5)

    In Christ,




  • Jan9

    “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

     ”The Bible offers us three metaphors that teach us God’s view of life: Life is a test, life is a trust and life is temporary assignment.” – Pastor Rick Warren

    Life is a test:

    “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. [4] And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” – Romans 5:3-4 NLT 

    “Character is both developed and revealed by tests”

    - Rick Warren

    Life is a trust:

    “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’”- Luke 19:17 NIV

    “The more God gives you, the more responsible He expects you to be.”

    - Rick Warren

    Life is a temporary assignment:

    “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

    - 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT

    “Your identity is in eternity, and your homeland is heaven.”

    - Rick Warren

    Much Joy,