Thank The LORD, Today!

Thank the LORD, today!

Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful day to remember and be thankful for the promises of God, what He did for His people, and to acknowledge we believe He is here for us always!

1 Chronicles 16:34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

In the Bible, the phrases “Give thanks to the Lord” and “his love endures forever” appear often. They can can be  found in these verses from the New International Version Bible: Continue reading

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Choosing To Honor God Is Personal

Choosing to honor God is personal

Do you like being respected? Do you appreciate being admired for your talents and achievements? I know I do, and so does God. His blessings to us are far beyond our imagination:

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

So why do so many of us find it necessary to trash God’s name? Continue reading

Jesus is knocking on Your door.

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Last week, I used  Revelation 3:20 to explain that Jesus wants to know YOU:

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

I also shared other Bible verses proclaiming Jesus is always here for us.  He offers love and comfort, and His message proclaims truth: If we believe and have faith, we are set free from our sins.

This week, I want to break down the meaning of each section in Revelation 3:20. Continue reading

In God We Trust

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of In God We Trust, 1956-2016. Because we are one nation under God, here is a repost of the history of our beloved motto.


In God we trust

Belief in God is in our national history.

President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time” and asked “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are of God?” 

The need for our country to continually acknowledge these liberties from God, is established in our national motto.

“In God We Trust” – four words establishing our nation’s motto. History reveals it was: Continue reading

God, America Is Calling You By Name

God, America is calling You by name

Since the formation of America God has always gone before us, stood beside us and protected our back. Sadly,  just like nations of old in the Bible, America often gets prideful and offers God the cold shoulder. We stop turning to Him, thinking we know better than He does in regards to living.

But a short tally of our “living” seems to indicate an immediate need to call on Him by name: Continue reading

5 Steps To Live God-Centered

5 steps to live God-centered

Accounts in the New Testament reveal the Good News to men and women. Because Jesus conquered death, the Apostles explained there is now a new way to lead a God-Centered life. But the question at hand was: Why should the people want to experience this new God-Centered life over their old God-Centered life?

  • Would it help them understand who God is?
  • Offer them forgiveness?
  • Would it bring them more joy?
  • Promise a more personal relationship with God?
  • Or for that matter, would God even care who is the center of their lives?

Let’s see how the Bible answers these questions.

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Offer Your Heart To God

Offer your heart to God

“People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

While Saul was still king over Israel, God sent the prophet Samuel to Bethlehem. At God’s instruction Samuel was to fill his horn with oil and go anoint a new king – a son of Jesse. Samuel was not initially told by God that Jesse had eight sons or which son he was to anoint. So when Samuel saw Eliab,  Jesse’s oldest son who was tall and good looking in appearance, Saul thought he had found the right man for the job. Continue reading

Hallowed Be Your Name

Hallowed Be Your NameWhen God’s son, Jesus Christ, gave the Sermon on the Mount on a hillside near Capernaum to crowds of people, He included a model of how to pray and honor God’s holy name, often called the Lord’s Prayer.

This then is how you should pray: ” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Matthew 6:9-13

Written in the book of Matthew, Jesus specifically discloses Continue reading

Abraham Loved the Eternal God

Abraham Loved the Eternal God

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God. Genesis 21:33

This single sentence in Genesis, offers much for a Christian to delve into. It includes:

  • Faithful Abraham, God’s chosen father of the Jewish nation.
  • An action of thankfulness.
  • Acknowledges God’s sovereignty.
  • Offers a description of God.

In this verse, Abraham, while his son Isaac was little, made a treaty and swore and oath Continue reading