Trust…

...is necessary.

I’m writing about trusting God. Look at this verse to understand Biblical advice for us all. Proverbs 3:5 ESV “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Our trust is best placed in God, even before we trust others or ourselves. God will never let us down. […]

Salvation…

...for everyone.

There’s no doubt that when speaking about salvation, we turn to this verse: John 3:16-17 ESV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but […]

Repentance…

...leads to forgiveness and healing.

Repentance is the intentional turning away from wrong towards God. It is a necessary action in order to be holy. Perhaps the verse in the Bible that speaks to repentance most strongly is: 2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and […]

Quiet…

...there's time for that.

Everyone has had a moment in life where someone else has yelled,”quiet!” Usually, it works. Perhaps there is too much noise in our ears and in our lives. This verse from James is very practical in this way: James 1:19 ESV “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to […]

Peace…

...for the mind on God.

Jesus’ says convincingly, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”Matthew 5:9 ESV  Right away we get the idea that we can be peacemakers and that we ought to be so. Peace comes to those who have their minds and hearts on God. Isaiah 26:3 ESV “You keep him in perfect peace […]

Obedience…

...a life choice.

In The Salvation Army Commissioning evens this past weekend, we are given to be reminded that God loves obedience. We saw it in how the Heralds of Grace presented themselves before their families, friends and many strangers, to simply follow the will of God. All of them marched to the stage in Pasadena to receive […]

Neighbor…

who is my neighbor?

Luke 10:25  “Just then a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”26 He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”27 He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle […]

Mission…

what we do with God's love...

As a Commissioner of The Salvation Army, I have a heart for mission. The work of the Kingdom of God involves active engagement by the believer. We call it mission. Here are some strong mission points contained in the Word of God for us: EXODUS 19:5, 6 Now if you will listen to Me and carefully […]

Love…

marked by the Divine...

Books and songs and poetry are filled with the joys, hopes, and definitions of love. Listen to how it is defined in the Word of God: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV  “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; […]

Joy…

a signal of strength...

The best people we meet are filled with joy. Now I’m not speaking of happiness or a giddy personality, although they are fine. I’m writing about a deep joy in the heart that is positive, constructive, hopeful, and understanding. You’ve met them too. They seem to know from the depth of their heart the injunction […]