The Power of a Thankful Heart by James Ryle

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7).Several extraordinary happen to us when we purpose to always be thankful.First – the power of a thankful heart keeps you from the destructive influence of bitterness, for it lifts you to a higher perspective and lets you see things from God’s point of view. Yes, people will treat yo … [Read more...]

Growing Up to Become a Child by Robert Ricciardelli

We have been born to remain a child in the eternity of God's plan. This is not an excuse to live childishly but to remain childlike in our embracing life, curiosity, possibilities, and what we might learn at any given moment. Childlike people of God are not a people whose development has been stunted, but they are a people who have given themselves a chance to continue to grow in the ways of their God. Being childlike is the remedy to an anxious, muffled, and stagnant existence, and one must … [Read more...]

Focus on Jesus, not on Following the Rules by Jay Becker

The Christian life is supposed to be full of freedom and abundance, especially being full with the abundance of God's love.  Yet, so many of us fall into ruts and get caught up in a day to day existence that is full of stress, pressure, and hard work.  When we first found Jesus, there was an experience of joy and new found freedom, especially the overwhelming blessing of being fully forgiven and accepted.  We became new people in Christ, and there was a brand new start - it was a new life and new … [Read more...]

I Am The Light of the World! by James Ryle

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World.” (John 8:12)Our premise for this posting is both simple and profound. In the beginning God said “Let there be light!” From that moment it has been His will that all creation serve as a revelation of His love to those He has created.Paul tells us that God has shown what He is like by everything He has created — “the invisible things of Him are clearly seen in the things that are made” ( Rom.1:20).  God is powerful. God is thoughtful. God is awesome … [Read more...]

You Cannot Turn Off the Light by Robert Ricciardelli

Dualism remains a problem for many Christ followers. They compartmentalize their lives and miss the presence and light of God in every moment, breath, and context of life. Here are some scriptural truths on the matter:Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.Proverbs 4:18 - The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.John 8:12 - When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am t … [Read more...]

Attitude of One Who Reigns by Alan Smith

Click here to watch video teaching.Rom. 5:16-17: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reignedthrough that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in lifethrough the one man, Jesus Christ. (NIV)To reign in life: what a perception!  Can you truly rule and reign over your circumstances of life?  When you look at this verse, you see that either “death” will reign or “life” will reign.  I think I would p … [Read more...]

For Dreams to Come True by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)Just because we walk and talk does not mean we are truly awake. Zechariah was not sleeping when an angel roused him "as a man who is awakened from his sleep" (Zech. 4:1). Perhaps we too need to be shaken from our slumber to possess the promises of God!Amazingly, in spite of all the signs, wonders, and warnings announcing that we are truly in the last days, Jesus said there will also be a mysterious drowsiness that we must discern and overcome. Indeed, immediately after … [Read more...]

Designed as Builders by Dudley Hall

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalms 127:1a (ESV)God is a builder. We are created in his image and thus are builders by design. Everyone is building a house with the materials he or she has been given. The house is relational rather than physical. It is made up of "children" as descendants. Of course this means more than biological children. It includes all those who are in our sphere of influence and who look to us for some measure of input. … [Read more...]

The #1 Reason Why Christian Marriages Fail by Lee Grady

The Bible tells men to treat their wives as equals. But in a machismo culture, this is easier said than done.Whenever I travel to Latin America I usually carry a pair of handcuffs in my suitcase. I use them as a visual aid when I’m preaching about the machismo attitude that is so prevalent in that region. I remind everyone in the audience that esposa, the word for wife in Spanish, is the same word used for handcuffs.Esposas. Why would the word for wife be the same word for a form of bon … [Read more...]

Where’s This Headed? The Importance of Trajectory by Richard Dahlstrom

I was on a morning walk recently with some friends in the mountains, and met someone on the walk who was visiting one of our neighbors.  We had a delightful conversation about the different things we’d done with our lives.  I told him that prior to living in Seattle I ran an outdoor program that was a blend of “Outward Bound” and “Bible Teaching”.  (For those interested in such a program today, the best one I know of is in Austria, and you can learn of it here).  Then, right there, with the sun b … [Read more...]