Jesus is the Light of the World

Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world.  If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (NLT).  Spiritually speaking, the Bible tells us that God and His Son are light, while satan is associated with the domain of darkness. To come to Jesus …

Fresh Fruit

Over the last several days in preparation for an upcoming sermon, I have been reading through several different translations of John 15. One key thought or truth has emerged from my study. Jesus says we are to abide, dwell, or remain in Him. Furthermore, He tells us how we are to accomplish this steadfastness. First of all, He instructs us …

Choose Joy

We are entering into the Christmas season.  People have already begun decorating their homes.  Soon we will be attending parties and exchanging cards and gifts. Christmas is the celebration of Jesus coming into the earth on behalf of all humanity.  Its also a celebration of the peace and joy He brings us.  But neither peace nor joy is automatic.  It …

Thanksgiving

My wife and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week in two different places. On Thursday, we will go to her brother’s house in another city to celebrate with her family. Then on Saturday, my family will come to our house for Thanksgiving. Both days require coordination for the meal. Who will bring the meat(s)? Who will bring the veggies, …

Fruit of the Spirit

Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16 that we should “walk in the Spirit”.  Just a few verses later he speaks of the fruit of the Spirit which includes love, joy and peace among 6 other attributes. To “walk in the Spirit” is to bear these spiritual fruits in our lives.  Notice this is the fruit of the Spirit, not the …

VICTORY!

Habakkuk 3:17-19 are 3 verses that give us an enduring life lesson. Verse 17 acknowledges that sometimes there may be difficulties. Verse 18 reminds us to remain full of joy regardless of the circumstances because God ( JESUS ) is our Savior. Verse 19 tells us that because of that joy we will be strong ( Nehemiah 8:10 ) and …

God is Good!

We have been focused on the Holy Spirit in our church services and messages for the last several weeks. As I began to prepare for this week’s sermon entitled “The Fruit of the Spirit”, I felt a strong unction from the Lord to hit the ‘pause button’ on our current series. I will get back to the Fruit of the …

Dew in the Desert

We recently hosted a series of meetings at our church where we experienced the Presence of God in a remarkable way.  At the close of the meetings, the keynote speaker prayed, “May the dew remain when the sun comes up”. In Psalm 133, the dew is equated with the Anointing (Presence of God).  In Psalm 121, the heat of the …

Spiritual Awareness

After the Resurrection of Jesus, before His Ascension to Heaven, He walked on the road to Emmaus with two of the disciples.  They had a lengthy walk and conversation with the Lord but failed to recognize Him.  They only grasped the significance of the moment after their eyes were opened (Luke 24:31). Of course they could already see with their …

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Gift giving occasions are always a fun time.  Isn’t it a blessing to give someone a gift then watch as they excitedly open the package?  Well Acts 2:38 tells us that God gives His children a phenomenal gift–“the gift of the Holy Spirit”. Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that the Holy Spirit distributes various spiritual gifts among believers.  The …