Today Trust the Father at His Word

John 4:46 “Therefore He came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a royal official whose son was sick in Capernaum. ‘Sir’, said the man, come down before my child dies.” Jesus had a schedule to keep from eternity past, but Jesus had time for this man and his son. He sure didn’t neglect the man’s broken heart and the crisis he was facing. He gave him a child- like simple promise: “You may go. Your son will live.” (vs. 50 NIV) What would you have done at this moment? The Lord Jesus sent the man home with nothing more than seven syllables. Jesus didn’t offer to go with the father....just a promise. John 4:50 gives one of the best definitions of faith in the

Grow in Worship

Yours, Lord is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 1 Chronicles 29:11 The act of worship is showing reverence and adoration. Can we possibly do that enough? Everything we have and will have is God’s. Everything we see and enjoy was made by Him. He is great! He is all-knowing! He is always present! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! How great is His name and greatly to be praised! Worship Him for the gift of salvation. Thank Him for the suffering on the cross through the stripes on His back comes our healing. Praise Him because He is the only

In Place of the Word Love

I was scrolling down my Facebook page when I saw that one of my friends had shared a picture titled “Replace the Word Love with Your Husband’s Name; if He doesn’t fit the description then he’s not the one.” The picture was of a page of the Bible with a verse highlighted. With one look it was easy to tell what verse it was without it being stated on the picture. The verse was First Corinthians 13:4-7 which reads “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all

Are you Thirsty?

Are you thirsty to love God and to be obedient to Him? When Scripture tells us to come to the waters, it’s talking about the Christ, who is the open fountain. When we come to Jesus, it’s as though we feast on wine and milk. Jesus purchased the living water for us with His own blood. How thirsty are you today? Let’s look at those who aren’t thirsty. They’re satisfied with the pleasures of this world. They depend on their achievements and good works. They have no sense of their need, they’re not in pain, and they say they’re doing fine without God in their lives. But God invites those who are thirsty to the waters, just as Jesus invites those who are heavy-laden to come to Him so He can give t

Witnesses

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 The above verse would be considered of paramount importance, as it was the final instruction Jesus gave his disciples before He ascended to His Father. The first part of the verse is telling his followers that a revolution is about to happen to them when they receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will give them power for a purpose and that is to be a witness. While I thought I knew what “witness” meant, it was enlightening to find the translation in the Greek actually means “martyr”. Martyr in the Greek is furthe

Return for Worship

I was reading Luke chapter 17:11-19 concerning the story of the ten lepers Jesus healed. In verse 15, we see that only one of the those healed returned to give thanks to Jesus. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” I began to ask myself, how often have I returned to give thanks? How often do I revisit the miracles in my life? How often to I consider the works the Lord has done, and s

From Babe to Believer

When we become a Christian, we are considered “babes in Christ”. Just like a new babe we are given the essentials for growth. The infant has his mother’s milk, then formula and as he/she grows they “bites” like baby food, a french fry, hotdog, etc. How does the kid know to change over to the “meat”? I have been told that the doctor will say it’s time to take him off the bottle. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was that easy? There are kids that like the bottle and the attention. There are parents who are slow in making the move because there is a comfort level—no tears or screams to confront! At first the meat is “ground” up making it easier to digest but sooner or later you get that first chunk! T

The Children

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27 NASB This verse is one scripture that we must all hold as a core value to our walk as a Christian. It is clearly stated the Church must care for the needs of the widows and orphans. This is undefined and pure religion. God’s perfect plan for the church is that we as a whole care for people who have need, the fatherless is what my heart breaks for. Each Christian has a burden on their heart for people who cannot care for themselves, this is the heart of Jesus who when you ask to come into your heart changes your heart t

Serve Others

Romans 14 v. 12 "So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God." At the end of our life on earth you and I will stand before God, and he is going to evaluate how well we served others with the lives He gave us. Think about the implications of that. One day God will compare how much time and energy we spent on ourselves compared with what we invested in serving others for Him. On this day all our excuses for self-centeredness will sound hollow. "I was too busy," or "I had my own goals," or “I was preoccupied with working, having fun, or preparing for my future." To all excuses God will respond. "Sorry, wrong answer. I created you, saved you, and called you and commanded you to l

A Good Name

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 As a child growing up, I heard Proverbs 22:1 many times so that it would impact me in the choices I had before me. Even though I was a preacher’s kid, I was never reminded of that by my parent because they thought it was far more important who I belonged to than what title I held. My parent’s faithfulness gave me a good name. I soon learned throughout our fellowship in the state of Kansas when it was discovered I was the child of Gail and Maxine Howard, doors opened and privileges unearned were mine. Why? My parents had a good name. Often, my dad would tell me, “Remember you are mine

Loss of Appetite?

“Loss of appetite” can indicate something may not be right in your body. Same can be true spiritually. Examine yourself; do you have loss of “spiritual appetite”, are you hungry, are you thirsty? How do we satisfy and maintain a spiritual appetite? 1) Remind Yourself How Much God Loves You- the more you understand how much He loves you, the more you are going to love Him. Ephesians 3:18-19 .....that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (NSAB) 2) Stop Filling Up on Junk Food – if you are not hungry for God, could you

Can't Please Everyone

As a coach, I have found that it is very hard to please everyone. Whether it is decisions I make on the field or who I decide to put in the game, people will always second guess me or think they know better. I am constantly reminding myself that even Jesus, when he came to earth did not please everyone. And there was a lot of discussion about him among the crowds. Some were saying, “He’s a good man,” others were saying, “No on the contrary, He’s deceiving he people.” John 7:12 As Christians, we are not going to please everyone we are around. We aren’t supposed to please everyone, just Jesus. Jesus summed up how we are to live life every day like this: For I have come from heaven, not to do M

The Power of Identity

I think we all wonder at times why we just did what we did? Maybe we think more on what we didn't do but probably should've done? Either way our actions or in actions stem from some form of our identity. We all know that our human DNA dictates the color of our skin and to some level of understanding our nature. Then comes in the whole nurture from our infancy to where we are today. Wow, how this plays a huge role in how we identify with ourselves. A healthy self-image is so important. We want our children to be secure in who they are so they can be successful in all that they do. This healthy positive self-image will allow them to overcome and achieve when adversity hits. And it's going to h

A Refreshed Soul

I was reading Psalms 23 the other day and although it's a powerful chapter, it's also one that many of us are familiar with. So familiar that it tends to be memorized and robotically recited more than absorbed. However, as I began to read, the passage really came alive to me. “The Lord is my shepherd,I [a]shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside [b]quiet waters. He restores my soul;” He RESTORES my soul. Wow. How had this not jumped off the page to me in prior times? Oh, how we need to be refreshed and restored. I became aware that I need to park in the Psalms and take in all the promises of God’s word. I can see through the chapters David’s cry to the Lord

Growing in Obedience

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” John 14:23 I shared with you last month about our journey in Children’s Church to “Grow up in Christ.” I find myself excited every week to reveal another truth in the process of growing in Christ. When I taught the lesson on obedience I really exaggerated the definition to the children. To obey means to willing and immediately do what you have been asked. The children seem to understand what obey means but they struggle with the immediate part. I think as adults we do too. At least I know I do. Our willing and immediate obedience will come from our love for God. Our struggle whether you are a child or an adult comes from self-cente

Praise Will Overcome Anything

Throughout the Bible you can find verses about praise. I have found my lowest of low or my highest of high praise is the best way to overcome any circumstance. We all have our mountains that we must face or need to overcome but without the Lord it will be impossible. I can do all things through Christ who give me strength. Philippians 4:13 We truly get our strength from praising the Lord. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you God are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. Psalm 59:17 I used to think that praise only comes after something good happens or a prayer request is answered. As I grew, I discovered that praise is powerful in ALL situations. We sometimes are unable to find w

Mind Games

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:7-9 NIV Guard your heart and your mind. Your victory or defeat are both related to these two things, your mind is the steering wheel to your heart. Your heart feels what your mind is thinking. When you feel hurt, your mind thin

God Controls Me!

There is a great short story that I read some time ago about some dogs. This barbarian chief wanted to honor Alexander the Great by giving him three noble dogs of superior courage. Shortly after the chief had gone, Alexander decided to test the dogs. He had a stag before them; but the dogs only yawned and went to sleep. Then he had a hind and an antelope put into the park area with them; but the dogs were not interested. Alexander, certain that the dogs were worthless, had them killed. Well, a few days later the chief returned to ask about his favorite friends...the dogs. When he was told what had been done to them he cried, “O Alexander, you are a great king, but you are a very foolish man.

I Have to Have More of God

“You will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” (Deuteronomy 4:29 NLT) You’re not going to hear God unless you really, really want it. I’m not saying it’s an option. I’m not saying it would be nice. It is a necessity! God won’t tell you about his dream for your life if he knows you’ll want to debate it. God doesn’t tell you what he put you on Earth to do just so you can say, “Let me think about it.” No! It has got to be a necessity. You have to say, “I’ve got to know why I’m here. I’ve got to know what you want me to do with my life. I’ve got to hear your voice. I’ve got to have your vision.” King David wrote in the bo

Test of Life

2 Chronicles 32 v. 31 "God left Hezekiah to test him and to know everything that was in his heart." I have discovered as I allow God to bring change in my life, that God continually tests me as he develops my character, faith, obedience, love, integrity, and loyalty. There are words in scripture like trials, temptations, refining and testing that occur over and over. God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son Isaac. God tested Jacob when he had to work extra years to earn Rachel as his wife. Adam and Eve failed their test in the Garden of Eden and David failed a test from God on several occasions. However, the Bible gives us many examples of people who passed great tests, such as Jose

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