Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) One of the first things I remember about the day I put my faith in Christ was the sense of peace filling my . . . read more ›
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (Ephesians 2:10 AMPLIFIED) A traveler was visiting a logging area in the Pacific Northwest and was interested in seeing how the logs that would . . . read more ›
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) There are times in our lives as Christians when God will, or won’t, do things or not do things that we want Him to do, and it won’t make a bit of sense to us. And because we don’t see the big picture, we may falsely conclude that God has abandoned us. But . . . read more ›
“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.” (Matthew 14:25) In Matthew 14, we read about the disciples being tossed by the wind and waves in their boat on the Sea of Galilee. Then Jesus came, walking on the water, at the fourth watch of the night. The fourth watch was the last part of the night, just before dawn. At this point, the disciples had been at sea—their hands probably blistered and bloodied . . . read more ›
With the Southern California Harvest only two days away, I hope you have already invited someone, or hopefully many people. And if the person who you’ve invited cancels, go find someone to take their place! Just remember Jesus’ parable about the people who were invited to a wedding feast and canceled at the last minute. The master told his servants to go out “into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in” (Luke 14:23). In other words, be persistent!