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When Running On Empty is a Good Thing

When Running On Empty is a Good Thing

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8 In Jesus’ earthly ministry that led to the cross, He ran on empty. The theological term for this emptying of His deity to become a man is […]

Make Time to Serve Jesus Christ

Make Time to Serve Jesus Christ

15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:15-17 Most pastors would agree that it’s difficult to find and keep volunteer workers in the church. That’s why many churches have turned to paid workers as a more reliable work force. I get it. People are busy and lack the time to commit to thankless jobs like working […]

God Even Rescues Us from Ourselves

God Even Rescues Us from Ourselves

To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit. Jonah 2:6 Jonah was an Old Testament prophet with a bad attitude. When God called upon Jonah to proclaim judgement to the people of Nineveh, Jonah refused. Not only did he disobey, he headed in the opposite direction. He attempted to run away from God, which landed him in the belly of a giant fish for three days and nights. That near-death experience brought Jonah to his senses causing him to repent and […]

When Faith in Jesus Turns to Fear

When Faith in Jesus Turns to Fear

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31 You remember the story. Jesus surprised His disciples by walking on water to their boat. Peter was so excited he climbed out of the boat to meet the Lord. Then he began to sink and Jesus “reached out his hand and caught him.” What caused Peter to sink? He was, after all, successfully walking on water. In the previous verse, we find the answer. … when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, […]

Jesus Saves and Keeps You Saved

Jesus Saves and Keeps You Saved

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25 I grew up in a time when we never locked our doors. No way we would be so careless today. In fact, security and alarm systems have become big business. As a child, I was allowed to ride my bike or walk all over town. Come to think of it, I can’t even recall a crime committed in my hometown. Surely, there must have been something, but lawbreaking wasn’t one of the things we worried about. Our […]

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