Crucified with Christ

    When Christ died on the cross the work of salvation was completed and Christ provided access for all believers into God’s holy presence. Therefore, salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. God is a real person and our relationship with Him can be cultivated as with any other relationship. … Continue reading

Christianity is Christ

Image by Aleeph via Flickr There is no other way to say it. Christianity is Christ. Christianity is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. If the focus is on anything else it is not Christianity. That great truth is stated throughout the New Testament. In fact, everything in the Old Testament leads … Continue reading

Awaken Prayer: Illuminated

Sometimes God places us in the fire so that we call out to Him in prayer. Our prayers revolve around God delivering us from the fire of His testing our hearts. Rarely do we pray for the reasons of our troubles as we always feel like victims, not desiring judgment from our heavenly Father. God … Continue reading

The King and His Horses

Image by kenjonbro via Flickr There was once a righteous King, who in all he did was good and his judgments were just. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon as the King set out on a hunting expedition. He was accompanied by the royal court guard as they crossed into a green valley lush with … Continue reading

Wisdom for Trials

Image via Wikipedia In the context of a discussion on trials in life the apostle James tells believers to ask God for wisdom to understand and use them for God’s glory. Divine wisdom gives us the spiritual ability to view trials form God’s perspective. But not only does He help us to understand our suffering, … Continue reading

What Does God See?

The apostle Paul gives us an excellent summary of the salvation God provides in Philippians 3:9. Here is the very heart of the Good News in Jesus Christ. That I may “be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by … Continue reading

A Life Worthy of the Gospel

How then do we live a life worthy of our calling? The Christian life is not the same thing as the culturally accepted norms of the local community in which we live. The world is antagonistic to the Christian life (1 John 2:15-17). God has called us “out of the darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9b NET). How tragic when you can’t tell the difference between the standards of the culture and the local church.

Your Treasure Today, Satan’s Foothold Tomorrow

Matthew 6:19-24 Treasures in heaven 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your … Continue reading

Pressing on Toward the Goal

Satan wants you to live for today, to pursue instant gratification, to escape from trials. God wants you to live for eternity, to pursue godliness, and to grow to spiritual maturity through trials. Philippians 3:10-21 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrec and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming … Continue reading

Awaken Prayer

John 14:13-14 (New International Version) 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 15:7-16 (New International Version) 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever … Continue reading