Completing the Work – Philippians 3:12

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Philippians 3:12 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And […]

Not About Stuff – Luke 12:15

“And he said to them, ‘Take care and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 Life isn’t about stuff. This is an easy statement to make, and perhaps an easy concept to grasp and verbally agree to, but how often do […]

To Hear and Keep His Word – Luke 11:27-28

“As [Jesus] said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!’ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” Luke 11:27-28 There is intentionality here, in following […]

Only The Cross – Galatians 5:11-13

“But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed…For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:11,13 With this statement, the apostle […]

Getting It Right (…or not) – Galatians 3:5-7

“Does He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—just as Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.” Galatians 3:5-7 How easy […]

Children of the Light – 1 Thessalonians 5:5

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5:5 I have a classmate who always greets us as “children of the light.” That statement of our identity stirred in my heart as I read this verse in 1 Thessalonians. Establishing […]

A New Beginning – Exodus 12:2

“This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.” Exodus 12:2 Interesting how God marks the Passover. Before He gives the instructions that will protect Israel from this plague, instructions that foreshadow the protective, saving covering of Christ’s blood shed on the cross, […]