Fasting, Calling, and Managing the Naaman Complex

Fasting? Fasting? Why? Do I desire a close personal connection with God? Do I desire a relationship with my Lord like no other I experience? A fasting day dedicated to seeking a close connection with God and a greater understanding of my need for Him provides a perfect time to reflect upon my calling and the condition of our relationship. …

Fear of Death

Fear of death drove most cultural thought, behavior, life, and religion before the crucifixion of Christ. Jesus conquered death on the cross. As a result, as Christianity expanded, the Gospel message of freedom from the fear of death enthusiastically liberated every culture it touched. What happened? It took a little over a hundred years for the responses of many of …

Assurance: Defeating Fear Daily

Assurance: Defeating Fear Daily, Bible Verses Fear interweaves and creates the original infection of most negative emotions and reactions. For assurance, defeating fear daily, I read over these passages three or four times each, out loud at least once, when I feel down. Before beginning, I pray, “Lord, I am discouraged and down. Lift me up in your time. Help …

The Cost of Following Jesus, Matthew 8:18-22

  Cost of Following Jesus: Matthew 8:18-22 Matthew 8:18-22 ESV – 18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of …

The Daniel Fast, Still Not Biblical Fasting

The Daniel Fast – Useful, But Not Same as Biblical Fasting The author of the ‘Daniel Fast’ created a term by linking a name and a word from the Bible. This term, Daniel Fast, misleads readers. How? It leads them to think that a dietary choice Daniel made during a period of mourning qualified as a typical fast. The term …

The Days are Evil, Wed Morn, Epiphany 2

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

There are Six Things that the Lord Hates, Tue Morn, Epiphany 2

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

Tenderhearted, Forgiving one Another, Mon Morn, Epiphany 2

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

Your Inner Being, Fri Morn, Epiphany 1

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

A Prisoner of Christ, Thur Morn, Epiphany 1

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

He is our Peace, Wed Morn, Epiphany 1

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

Dead in the Trespasses and Sins, Tue Morn, Epiphany 1

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …

The Word was God, Mon Even, Epiphany 1

Call to Worship Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be alway acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 O …