Discipline & Training on the Spiritual Journey

  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 If you are like me, and many people I know then exercise and the disciple of healthy living is a bit of a battle. I start out on a diet and exercise program with every good intention. Soon it becomes drudgery, and then I find myself sitting with a bowl ofContinue reading “Discipline & Training on the Spiritual Journey”

Disturb us Lord, For Sometimes We Need It

In 1577, Francis Drake set out on behalf of England.  History reminds us that England and Spain were at odds, and leading into war.  Drake like many others became a sea captain, who attacked the Spanish Main, to give the gold to the coffers of England.  It was part of the overall military strategy ofContinue reading “Disturb us Lord, For Sometimes We Need It”

Continue in Christ

1 John 2:24-29 1 John 2:28 (NIV) 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. Continue in Him. This is John’s message of hope to us all. Life can seem hard, and near impossible at times. It may seemContinue reading “Continue in Christ”

Remain in Christ & He is Always in You

1 John 2:18-27 There is an old saying, “You are what you eat,” which is true physically and mentally.  What we feed our mind and soul upon will transform or make us whatever we will be.  John follows Christ’s teaching found in John 15, of the vine and branches.  He reminds us of the importanceContinue reading “Remain in Christ & He is Always in You”

Because We Have Known

1 John 2:12-14 I write to you dear children, because your sins are forgiven. I write to you fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you young ones, because you have overcome the evil one I write to you dear children, because you have known the Father. IContinue reading “Because We Have Known”

Out of the Dark Waters of Sin

1 John 2:1-2 John acknowledges not only humanities greatest need, but he seems to realize just how far from perfection we really are. Sometimes living in the world is like falling off of a boat into deep dark waters. We tread water hoping for help, and in the dark we cannot even see the shoreContinue reading “Out of the Dark Waters of Sin”

Confession Opens the Soul

1 John 1:8-10 It is said in psychological circles that the first step to getting well, is to admit we have a problem. However, most people struggle with admitting that they have problems. Every person in the world lives with the problem of sin, and the only hope of answer is to admit, or confessContinue reading “Confession Opens the Soul”

Dying to Live in Him

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ( Galatians 2:20) Christ died an unimaginable death on the cross.  He willingly putContinue reading “Dying to Live in Him”

Deep Water

“He leads me beside still waters,” (PS. 23:2). For water to be constantly still they have to be quite deep.  The depth keeps the waters from easily being moved about by wind. The Psalm writer says still water.  It is comforting in the calmness of God.  It is comforting in His deep  supply, because whenContinue reading “Deep Water”

Conquering the Evil Within

(James 1.13-15) We do not like to be told that we have sin, or that we are corrupt.  Most people prefer not to think about our sinful nature.  The reality is that whether we like it or not we are corrupt, and the perfection of our created image has been tainted with sin. God mayContinue reading “Conquering the Evil Within”