John 8:31, 32

Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  Any you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32


If you abide in My word, you are My disciples.  There is power in the Word.  When you get in the Word, the Word gets in you!  Church rolls are filled with people who have made a decision for Christ but have never continued in the Word.  Have you cut back on your commitment to God, or are you continuing in your commitment?  The true test of salvation is not a past experience but a present walk with God.  The Word of God tells us how to live and how to think.  It gives us guidance for everyday life.

"You shall know the truth."  Jesus did not say you "might" know.  The Holy Spirit will make sure you know.  What do you believe?  How you believe will determine how you behave.  What you believe as a Christian should be based on the Bible alone.

"The truth shall make you free."  Are you still in bondage?  Are you addicted?  Are you a slave to sin? Jesus can deliver you from whatever binds you.  Whether it's poverty, debt, sickness, fear, worry, panic, anger, insecurity, jealousy, lust, addiction, demons, sin, guilt, destructive habits, depression, misery, or just life without meaning - Jesus will set you free!  All around the world, people are crying out for freedom.  What humanity longs for most desperately can only be found in Jesus.  

When God gives us a command, He knows what is best for us.  He is not restricting us.  He is freeing us.  Call on Him and run to Him today with open arms.  He will set you free!*

Father, I stand on Your promise that "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Joel 2:32).  Deliver me from self and sin, and tear down the strongholds of the Enemy in Jesus' name.  Cleanse me with blood of Jesus and fill me with the Holy Spirit.  Help me take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  My desire is to hide Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.  Thank You for victory in Jesus' name. Amen.

*Dr. Grant Ethridge, Hampton, VA

One Way


Mark 3:35

Whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.  Mark 3:35


Do you ever have any problems with family members?  If you have problems with peop in school, chances are you'll never have to see them again after graduation.  But when it comes to family, you have to see them at holidays, wedding, and funerals.  It may comfort you to know that Jesus had problems with His family members, too.

Jesus' own family thought He had lost His mind.  After all, He claimed to be God in the flesh.  Too religious!  Too radical!  They were concerned He had gone off the deep end and came to rescue Him.  They did not know until after His Resurrection that He had come from heaven to rescue them.

He left a good-paying job at the carpenter's shop… for what?  He had no place to lay His head.  He had a band of questionable disciples following Him.  Tax collectors?  Ignorant fishermen?  His family did not understand or approve.

Have you ever noticed that when people are consumed with nutrition and health, it does not seem to bother their family?  If they are running every day, no one gets worried.  But if they are reading their Bible every day, the family becomes alarmed.  When a person is excited about sports, people call them a fan.  But if you are excited about spiritual things, people call you a fanatic.  Someone once called an old-fashioned preacher a nut.  The preacher replied, "At least I am screwed on the right bolt!"

Jesus issues an invitation:  "Let Me be the Lord of your life."  Having your family's approval is desirable, but having the approval of heaven is more desirable.  Obey God today and you will hear your heavenly Father say, "This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased." *

Heavenly Father, I bring my situation and request before You.  I do not know what to do, nor will I try to tell You how to work things out.  Help me simply trust and obey.  I stand on Your Word.  Help me do Your will.  Thank You for the privilege of being adopted into Your family.  Amen.

*Dr. Grant Ethridge, Hampton, VA

Psalm 79:13

We, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations.  Psalm 79:13

Shepherd-of-Psalm-23Of all people, Christians have the most to be thankful about.  We are children of God!  God is the Creator of everyone, but only Father to His children.  God has always had a people.  Starting with Adam, Abel, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and then the church.  Have you identified with the people of God?  Are you part of the family of God?

If so, you are one of His sheep and He is your Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd provides for us and protects us.  As sheep, we tend to stray and go our own way.  Jesus was willing to leave the ninety-nine to go after that one little lost lamb (Matthew 18:10-14).  Those who have been found can’t help but thank Him and praise Him forever!

How can you hand down your faith to your children so that it becomes personal to them?  How can you teach them to be thankful?  At home and on trips, talk with them about your relationship with the Lord.  Count your blessings.  It should be a natural part of daily conversations.  We must pass the torch to the next generation.  Our greatest gift and work in the kingdom may not be through us, but through the generations who will follow us. *

Heavenly Father, I thank You for the work You started in my life.  Lord, I must decrease and You must increase.  Let others see Jesus in me.  Don’t let me become lazy.  May those who come behind us find us faithful.  Help me run the race You have set before me.  Today, I recommit my life to You.  I will not quit.  I will not turn back.  Help me finish strong.  Amen.

 *Dr. Grant Ethridge, Hampton, VA

I Peter 2:11

Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here. So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls. - I Peter 2:11


It is vitally important that we are in a constant war within ourselves.  Yes, we are saved, however, our flesh always wants to divert back to its evil desires.

Lord, I ask that You give my strength to fight my flesh today.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen!

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.  Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do is everything you do.  What kind of work do you do?  Do it for the Lord and not for humans.  Having this perspective turns every secular job into a spiritual job.  Class work, homework office work - all work is for Him!

In life, we all have to do things we don't particularly like.  As Christians, we must learn to do our work without complaining.  Some people seem to think of their negative attitude as their purpose in life - they think, How many things can I grumble about today?  or, How much satisfaction can I derive from making other miserable?  When you are around complainers, pray that God will change their heart, and show them the goodness of a joyful, grateful, productive attitude.  


In whatever situation you are in, be dependable.  Dependability can be the greatest ability.  Christians should be the best employees or emplyers in the workplace.  Many people stop looking for work when they get a job!  Be self-motivated.  Look for work that needs to be done.  Don't wait until someone has to tell you what needs to be done.

Be responsible.  Strive to be the best student, athlete, musician, artist, secretary, stay-at-home mom, worker, or boss you can be.  If you are miserable at your job, God either wants to change your job or change you.

Be accountable.  There will be a payday someday.  God will reward us if we faithfully serve Him.  While we all answer to human authority, we ultimately answer to God.  When people criticize or disapprove of you, don't get upset.  You are not doing it for them; you're doing it for Him!  Seek the approval of your heavenly Father.  One day you will hear him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Luke 25:23). *

Father, every day is a gift from You and holy unto You.  May every place I go today be holy ground because You are there.  May my heart be pure and my work be passionate as I seek to please You in all that I do.  Amen.

*Dr. Grant Etheridge, Hampton, VA

Acts 2:4

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:4

What does it mean to be Spirit-filled?  Does it mean you speak "with other tongues" as they did in Acts 2?  Does it mean you perform miracles as the apostles did?  What exactly does it mean, and how can you and I get in on it?

To be filled with the Holy Spirit simply means the Holy Spirit has control of you.  It means your life is completely and willingly yielded to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  It means you are living with the attitude of Christ when He prayed, "Not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42).  You don't have to beg God to fill you with His Spirit, for that is what He wants to do.  But you do have to ask God in faith to fill you and keep yourself yielded to His Spirit moment by moment.  

Baptized-in-the-Holy-SpiritWhen you are filled with the Spirit, it shows in your actions and reactions.  You begin to act and react like Jesus.  There is power about your life that wasn't there before - a power to do right and overcome wrong.  You are supernaturally able to bless those who curse you and love who hate you.  You experience the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galations 5:22, 23).

Do you want to be filled with God's Spirit?  It will require you to vacate the throne of your life and let the Lord take His rightful place as your King.  Someone has well said, "When self is on the throne, Christ is on the cross; when Christ is on the throne, self is on the cross."  Are you ready to lay down your scepter and crown, and let the Spirit of the holy King take full control?*

King Jesus, I yield to You this day.  Take control of me.  Fill me with Your Spirit.  Change my life by Your power.  I want You to act and react through me.  I resign from being captain of my own ship.  By faith, I turn the reins of my life completely over to You, and I look forward to the wonderful results of living life Spirit-filled.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

*Jeff Schreve, Texarkana, TX

Haggai 2:4

"Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel," says the Lord; "and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land," says the Lord, "and work; for I am with you," says the Lord of host.  Haggai 2:4

never alone

The Lord said these words when the people of Israel were back in their own land after their captivity in Babylon.  During the Babylonian attack in 586 BC, the temple of God had been completely destroyed, so it was time to rebuild.  But the job seemed too great, too overwhelming, too impossible… and the people were discouraged and left the job unfinished.  Ever been there?  Discouraged about the mess your life has become?  Unsure and insecure in your relationship with the Lord due to some bad decision you have made, and the adverse circumstances you face as a result of those bad decision?  What is the answer?

God says, "Be strong, work, and know that I am with you."  The Lord's presence is the key to overcoming discouragement, insecurity, and fear.  If you have received Christ as Savior and Lord, you can be assured that He is with you.  He promises He "will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).  Even if you have to walk through the dark valley of the shadow of death, you can be secure and fearless because He is with you every step of the way (Psalm 23:4).

Are you facing tremendous difficulties today?  Do you have to start over in business, in restoring your marriage or family relationships, in rebuilding your name in the community?  Does the task seem too great?  Don't quit!  The Lord will be with you as you trust Him!  He will give you strength as you roll up your sleeves and get to work on the rebuilding project He has put before you.  Be encouraged.  There is no need to fear when Jesus is near.*

Lord, I thank You for Your presence in my life.  I thank You that You are with me and will see me through every trial and difficulty, even those that are self-inflicted.  Give me strength and a will to work on the things in my life  that desperately need rebuilding.  I praise You that I don't work and walk alone.  The God who spoke the world into existence is with me.  Wow!  Thank You, Lord.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

*Jeff Schreve, Texarkana, TX

Isaiah 40:31

Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31


I know the feeling of burnout all too well.  When you are burned-out, your mind wanders easily, your energy level drags frequently, and your temper gets harder to control.  The simplest tasks seem to take a long time to complete.  Burned-out people just run away from all the responsibilities and pressures of life.  What are you and I to do when we face burnout?

God tells us to come to Him, and wait and linger in His presence.  Sounds easy… but it is not.  When burnout comes, we really start to feel the pressure of our to-do list.  Our production efficiency continues to falter, so we feel we can't afford the time to wait and linger in God's presence - but that is exactly what we need to do.  A woodsman is not wasting time when he stops to sharpen his axe.

What does it mean to "wait on the Lord"? It is not sitting on your hands doing nothing, but rather putting your burdens in His hands and leaving them there.  It is seeking the face of God in an unhurried manner.  It is resting in the lovingkindness of the Lord and looking to Him for strength and renewal.

On of the best things you can do when you feel burned-out is to take a much-needed break.  Go on a vacation, even if only for a couple of days.  Turn off the TV and get alone with God.  Let Him recharge your batteries and revive your heart.  He specializes in giving us times of refreshment when we simply come to Him, curl up in His lap, and stay awhile. *

Lord, I confess that I have not been seeking You like I should.  I have gotten so busy that I have failed to take the time just to rest and linger in Your presence.  I choose today to wait on Your and leave my problems in Your hands.  Renew me, Lord, just as You have promised.  Sharpen my axe, refresh my soul, and help me soar.  Thank You, Jesus, for being my Friend, my Savior, and the One who renews my strength.  Amen.  

*Jeff Schreve, Texarkana, TX

Ecclesiastes 9:10

shoemaker_cobbler_repair_shoe_retro_style_business_card-p240593943253256861en8om_400Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.  Ecclesiastes 9:10

Lord, I believe You made me with specific gifts, talents, and abilities.  I want to use those things to glorify You.  Show me what You created me to do and want me to do.  Help me work hard in the job You have provided, knowing that I really serve You, not my human boss.  If I am not in the right spot, Lord, open a different door for me.  I don't want to be a shoe doing the job of a hammer.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

I Peter 2:4


Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him.  I Peter 2:4

Christ was rejected, beaten and spat upon for one reason: So we can spend eternity with Him.  Wow!  That is love.  Think about that as you go about your day today.

Lord, I am so thankful for what You did for me!  I ask that You put someone in my path that needs You today.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

Love Is

what-is-loveLove is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 

Can you come up with a definition for love (that accurately describes what love is) in two or three sentences?

It’s not an easy task. No matter how we define love, our definition always seems to be lacking. Trying to define love can be like describing chocolate to a tribesman in sub-Saharan Africa who has never heard of nor tasted chocolate before. We may have trouble defining it, explaining it, and even finding it, but we know deep down inside that we need it.

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul wrote one of the most famous descriptions of love. Notice that he does not give a dictionary definition but instead a description of love displayed. The love Paul describes values:

Giving over getting

Commitment over feelings

The long haul over the short term

The scripture is clear. You can see this love displayed in patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness, integrity, and ongoing perseverance. This kind of love survives and stands the tests of time and tribulations.

Does this describe the love your seeking? More importantly, does this describe the love your sharing?

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Joshua 1:6

Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. - Joshua 1:6

Have you ever faced an overwhelming challenge?  Maybe it was something that seemed insurmountable, or a goal that felt just out of reach.  Perhaps it was a task that left you troubled and anxious.  If so, consider the example of Joshua.  Though following Moses may not be history's greatest obstacle, it certainly wasn't an assignment for the faint of heart.  Yet the Lord told Joshua to be strong and of good courage.  God even instructed him not to fear or be dismayed (Joshua 1:9), leaving us to wonder about the basis for this unusual courage.  How can we face life's burdens without wilting under the pressure?

Apparently, this admonition stemmed from both the promise and presence of God.  In verse 6 the Lord assured Joshua that He would use him to divide the Promised Land among the people of Israel.  Translation: God always keeps His promises.  In verses 7 and 8 God implored the young leader to know His precepts so that he would not deviate from them.  Filling our minds with the Word of God allows us to live in light of His promises.  Often our anxiety grows because we are ignorant or not mindful fo the reassurances found in Scripture.  Though the people in God's story continually change, the principles and promises of His Word do not.

God guaranteed that He would be with Joshua wherever he went (Joshua 1:9).  Peace that passes understanding is not attributed to the absence of adversity, but to the presence of God in the midst of it.  Appreciating the nears of God would be impossible apart from times of desperately needing Him.  In this sense, life's challenges are a necessary means of creating intimacy with your Savior.  Rather than running from difficulty as if God is not there, you might be surprised to discover that this is where He is most present.  *

Lord, the possibilities of this day overwhelm me.  I pray that You will continually bring Scripture to my mind as I face challenges.  Protect me from anxiety as I yield to Your Word and rest in Your presence.  Assure me with certainty of Your goodness toward me and Your purposes for me.  I choose to acknowledge You rather than leaning on my own understanding.  Thank You for the hope I have in You, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

*Dr. Adam Dooley, Mobile, AL

I need You

Dear God

Ecclesiastes 11:6

In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.  Ecclesiastes 11:6

Unpredictability.  Of all things we desire to change about life, mysteriousness might top the list.  Why do things happen the way they do?  Why do we fact the difficulty of forgetting the past and the impossibility of knowing the future?  How can we navigate a world where everything can change in a moment?


Ecclesiastes gives us counsel from the wisest man who ever lived.  His admonition?  Work hard, trust God, and leave the rest to Him.  To illustrate, Solomon wrote in chapter 11 that only farmers who sow will have the chance to reap a harvest.  Though we cannot predict what misfortune will occur on the earth (v.2), we can be certain that those paralyzed by fear will have nothing to show for it (v.4).  The diligent farmer plants his crops and is ready if the rain comes.  Likewise, God calls every Christian to live without fear of calamity, focusing instead on what we know to do.  Refusing to walk with God because we cannot predict what lies ahead is not an option.  Seasons of joy and heartache are the consequences of a fallen world, but God calls us to rest in Him rather than retreat from Him.

Though life is often a mystery, trusting God is not.  Don’t allow the burdens of the past to prevent you from trusting the Lord today.  Refuse to let the uncertainty of tomorrow tempt you to doubt the goodness and purposes of God.  Plant the seeds of faithfulness, righteousness, hope, and love while waiting for the rain of heaven.  Position yourself for the blessing of God, and if they don’t come, trust Him anyway.  Choose to believe Scripture when your circumstances entice you to doubt.  God knows what He is doing so you don’t have to.*

Father, help me to trust You when I don’t understand what You’re doing in my life.  Free me from demanding answers rather than trusting in You.  Give me the strength and wisdom to be faithful in my Christian walk despite the anxieties I sometimes feel.  Forgive me for doubting Your goodness in my life.  Thank You for working all things together for my good according to Your good pleasure.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

*Dr. Adam Dooley, Mobile, AL



Jeremiah 1:6-8

Then said I “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”  But the Lord said to me:  “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.  Jeremiah 1:6-8


Do you find yourself making excuse rather than serving God faithfully?  Have you considered that doing so is a form of false humility?  Any lack of qualification used as justification for refusing God’s calling is a cowardly way of propping up our inadequacies while diminishing the empowering nature of God’s presence.  Is it possible that what we see as limitation is actually God’s way of making Himself known to us and to others?*

God, thank You for the privilege of serving You in ways that I will never dreamed possible.  Forgive me when I resist Your leading and opportunities.  Protect me from humility that supposes my abilities are more important than Your will.  Show Yourself to be strong through me.  Amen.

*Dr. Adam Dooley, Mobile, AL

Genesis 39:2, 3

joseph-2The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.  Genesis 39:2, 3

Lord, I know that my life exists for Your glory.  Forgive me, God, for my tendency to be self-absorbed when life seems difficult.  Help me to values Your presence more than the blessings or recognition You give.  Thank You for working through my suffering in ways that I do not understand.  Help me to serve You faithfully during the dark days of life.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Trust God


Proverbs 13:10

By Pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom.  Proverbs 13:10

4964976_f260It is never good for people to thing they know more than they actually do.  The most obnoxious characteristic of people like this is their appalling insistence on telling everyone about it.  That’s why the Greek work for pride literally means “to inflate with self-conceit, to be lifted up.”  The difference between the vain and the humble is often no more than the tense they choose to attach to their verbs.  Fools tell us what they have learned; the wise tell us what they are learning.  The proud are ever on their thrones, constantly boasting of how much they have seen, while the wise are content to tell how much they wish they could see.

History has a way of taking men and women who thought they were nothing and making them heroes, and dethroning others who thought they were something and making them nothing.  It is no mere coincidence, therefore, that the Book of Proverbs links pride with strife and wisdom with being well-advised.  Rarely does one appear apart from the other.  The proud will always be afflicted with problems; the wise will always be blessed with perception.  Pride may give you the knowledge of what you need, but only God’s wisdom can tell you where to get it.  Someone has humorously quipped, “Pride may make you smart enough to believe only half of what you hear, but wisdom will make you smart enough to know which half to believe.”

The best part that God’s wisdom is free to all!  James 1:5, 6 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting.”

Dear Father, give me wisdom I do not have.  Today, in simple faith, I choose to believe Your promise to provide me with wisdom as I ask for it.  I admit that apart from You, I can know nothing of eternal value.  With You, I can know all I need to know and all You want me to know.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.*

*Junior Hill, Hartselle, AL

James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  James 4:8

How close we are to God always depends on how close we are to sin.  While the Lord loves us and will never leave nor forsake us, He has no desire to be second place to anyone or anything.  As the rather timeworn saying goes, “He must be Lord of all, or He will not be Lord at all.”  

As no right-minded husband or wife would ever consent to share their marriage partner with someone else, the Lord will not share His fellowship with those who belong to Him with anything other Himself.  The Greek word translated as purify in this verse also means “to make chaste.”  It correlates with spiritual adultery, just as when James called believers to have pure, humble hearts and said, “Adulterers and adulteresses!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend as that is, it precisely what James said.  While most Christians would be highly insulted if they were accused of committing adultery with someone else’s spouse, they take lightly their infatuation and flirtations with the world. 

But not God!

When it comes to sin, the word trivial never appears in His dictionary!  A gospel that so plainly speaks of dying to self leaves no room for the half-hearted commitment of an indifferent and unrepentant person.  Those who have any serious interest in having fellowship with the Lord must come before Him with clean hands, pure hearts, and an undivided mind.  Anything less than that is a waste of time.  For the Lord has said, “Can two walk together, unless they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).*

Gracious Lord, it is my sincere desire to have fellowship with You today.  I honestly want to draw near to You so that You will draw near to me.  According to Your Word, I cannot do that unless my hands are clean, my heart is pure, and my mind is undivided.  Reveal to me anything that displeases You and causes separation between us.  Make me willing to confess it and forsake it.  I ask this in Your dear name.  Amen.

*Junior Hill, Hartselle, AL

Isaiah 55:3

Incline your ear, and come to Me.  Hear, and your soul live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you – the sure mercies for David.  Isaiah 55:3


Precious Master, before I ask You to speak to me today, I pray that You will touch my ears and make them submissive to Your voice.  Help me remember that what You ask me to do is not a suggestion that I may consider, but a command I must obey.  It is my sincere desire to be like Samuel, who earnestly prayed, “Speak, for Your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:10).  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 10:10


Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:23

Stand-Firm1Promises are never any better than the character of the one who makes them.  It doesn’t matter how much faith someone has if the one in whom that faith is placed cannot be trusted.  As children of God, the issue must never be the sincerity of our trust, but the steadfastness of the One we trust.  That’s why the writer of Hebrews confidently exhorted believers not to be “wavering” in their confession.  The phrase “without wavering” is literally translated “standing without leaning.”  It is a clear portrait of an erect believer positioned with his feet securely planted on a firm foundation – a position lovingly prepared for him and faithfully promised to him.

How comforting it is to know that God has chosen to accomplish His will within the framework of clearly stated parameters.  These self-limiting restrictions are known in the Bible simply as promises.  He has interwoven those pledges with His attributes and has demonstrated what He is like through the promises of what He will do.  Those promises are gracious windows through which the inquisitive believer may view His likeness.  Do you want to know what God is like?  Then look at what He has promised!

What God was like yesterday and what He will be like tomorrow is nothing more or less than what He has promised to do today.  For He has said, “I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).  What a wonderful truth that is!  It is the very foundation upon which all of our faith is built.  Everything we are or ever hope to be in Christ is securely resting upon that unshakable pillar.  May we keep our faith in this firm foundation, without wavering! *

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise You because You are as good as Your word and You never lie.  I am grateful that my hope of salvation is as secure as the integrity of Your character.  Please grate me the confidence based on Your grace, and humility in Your presence.  Help me remember that You have begun a good work in me and will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  I pray in Your holy name.  Amen.

*Junior Hill, Hartselle, AL

1 John 1:8-9

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:8-9


Dear Father, Thank You for the love and forgiveness that You show us daily. Lord, help us to overcome any sin that the enemy tempts us to engage in. Lord, forgive us for the times we fail You. We also forgive those who have hurt us and sinned against us. May they come to repentance so that they might know Your forgiving love too. We all need Your love and mercy. Lord Jesus, be merciful to our family and our friends. Watch over our children and our grandchildren and keep them from harm. Guide us daily in the right path so that we do not stray from the straight and narrow. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Ephesians 2:10

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:10


Hundreds of books have been written about how to build self-confidence and self-esteem.  Magazines and newspaper articles give self-help advice.  Seminars, videos, and television shows are in tended to help people improve their self-image.  There is no shortage of ideas, suggestions, and plans to help people feel good about themselves.

Paul, in writing to the Ephesian believers, gives us God’s way of developing a better self-image.  In the two verses before Ephesians 2:10, Paul says that it is not by our good works, but through our faith in the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ that we are delivered from the penalty of our sins.  Salvation is a free gift, not earned by or deserved because of the good things we do.  The fact that God would punish His Son for your sins immediately grants you VIP status with God!  As a child of God, you have been given tremendous worth.

But coming to faith in Christ Jesus is just the beginning.  Ephesians 2:10 gives us a key to developing a better self-image – doing the good works God prepared for us to do.  You may experience great frustration and lack of fulfillment if you find yourself in a boring and unchallenging job.  You may have trouble seeing yourself as valuable and important.  However, walking in godliness and obedience and doing the good things that God has uniquely called and gifted you to do will cause you to develop a better self-image… and more importantly, you will be bringing Him glory!  Look for opportunities to use your abilities for God’s purposes, and depend on Him to lead you and work through you.

Oh God, thank You for loving me so much that You had Jesus die for me!  Thank You for raising Him from the dead so I could have a new life.  Help me today, and every day, to see myself as valuable and important.  Help me do the good things You have prepared for me to do.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Thank you - Dennis Nunn

1 Corinthians 2:9

As it is written:  "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."  1 Corinthians 2:9

Every religion has its "holy book."  For Christians, it is the Bible.  There are many differences between the Bible and other "holy books" that validate that the Bible is true.  The most important proof is the hundreds of prophecies of the Old Testament that were fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ.  So we know the Bible is true.  In addition, Jesus said to His Father, "Your word is truth" (John 17:17).


But how do we understand the truths of the Bible?  The verse above clearly states that it doesn't come by merely looking at it with our eyes or hearing it with our ears, and it's not the power of positive thinking.  The next verse, 1 Corinthians 2:10, gives us the answer: "But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit."  The Holy Spirit is the One who allows us to understand the truth of God's Word.  Jesus told His disciples that after He left the earth, He would send the Holy Spirit, saying, "When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13).

This means it is imperative that you and I be clean and pure, having confessed our sins, when we read the Word.  We must be filled, controlled, and led by the Holy Spirit to understand God's truth.  We need to take the time before we read the Bible to examine our lives.  Will you ask God to show you right now any unconfessed sin in your life that would hinder the Holy Spirit from teaching you?  Do this, and you will be in a position to know God's truth rightly.*

Heavenly Father, thank You for proving that Jesus is the only way to You by raising Him from the dead and fulfilling Old Testament prophecies.  Thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit to teach us.  Please show me anything in my life that is displeasing to You and keeping me from rightly knowing Your truth.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

Romans 3:24

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  – Romans 3:24


Dear heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and sending Jesus to pay my sin debt, to take the punishment I deserved.  Thank You for opening my eyes to see that in Jesus, You really do see me as Your justified child.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Proverbs 2:6, 7

The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.  Proverbs 2:6, 7 


Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I am not wise enough to know how to live to please You or to enjoy being Your child.  Thank You for having Your wisdom written down so I can learn to walk wisely and securely.  Help me make taking in Your wisdom a daily priority in my life.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Wiregrass Church

Today is a really great day for us all to get up and go to church.  It doesn't matter if it's in a building, on a beach or in your living room floor.  Find a spot and spend some time praising the Lord.  I would love to invite you to church at Wiregrass in Dothan, AL.  It is probably this most welcoming religious environment that I have ever experienced and I just love it.  Today's sevice is 'Separation of Church and Hate'.  If you can't make it out to Wiregrass, you can view the service online later today.  

Have a beautiful day and remember that God loves you...