Make No Excuses

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Today as I helped coach my son's soccer team I did not know what to expect. It had been two weeks since our team had played together. We play Upward soccer which practices one day a week and plays one game on Saturdays. Our weekly practices had been canceled due to strong rain storms for the past two weeks., and we had been blown out in our first two games. We had not played very well as a team, so our prospects for victory today did not look good. Earlier in the week I had jokingly mentioned to some of our church building committee members to skip breakfast today and ask them to fast and pr

Good Friday Encouragement

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18, ESV) There is

Making a Difference

Daily we are bombarded with the hurts, struggles, abuses, and devastation caused by sin in our the world at large as well as in our own circle of influence. What are we to do? We feel inadequate and sometimes we even feel hopeless. For those who have a personal relationship with Christ we should be aware that we have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us. We have the Word of God to instruct and guide us. We have the limitless power of God to provide the energy needed for the task. However, we often get tunnel vision and try to fix the problems in our lives by our own efforts. On the other hand there are times that we are trusting in the Lord and are leaning on Him to empower, guide, and d

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