God Bless America?

Today sees the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. And while many of us will have strong opinions about him given his very controversial statements during the election campaign and the vast array of incompatibilities between his policies and Christian values I wanted to remind us of the words of…

Stop only praying small prayers

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself praying almost exclusively about small things. Prayers about relatively trivial matters like that my work day would run smoothly or that the food I am cooking would taste good and not give me food poisoning (an important prayer to pray…). And while God cares about…

Risky Faith

We are saved only by grace alone through faith alone. But faith that saves is never alone. We are saved and called by God to the work of spreading His kingdom on earth as in heaven. We have not been saved to just sit around waiting for heaven. Church is not meant to be a…

Full surrender

It is easy to slip into what is safe and comfortable. To settle into routines and patterns that enable us to get by and have a decent life. But God is calling us to more than that. He does not merely want us to survive, He wants us to thrive. He desires to use us…

People like you and me

For people to enter the Kingdom of God they need to hear that message of freedom through Jesus’ death on the cross. Which is where the responsibility lies with us. You see God delights in using people like you and me in the advancement of His kingdom. He doesn’t need us, but He wants to…

White stones for a new year

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.” Revelation…

FREE Kindle devotional downloads

For just a couple of days (Nov 29th – Dec 1st) we are giving away all our devotional books on Kindle – that includes our advent devotional book Heaven Touching Earth – just in time for December 1st – get them now on Amazon at the following links: Heaven Touching Earth – a day by day…

Lazarus stinketh

 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met…

Inclusively exclusive

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes…

Doubts and accusations welcome

“So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”” John 11:16 Thomas is the disciple who will later refuse to believe in the resurrection until he can place his hands in the scars on Jesus’ hands. And his lack of faith is evident here…