Minimizing Conflict

When it comes to conflict resolution or preventative measures to head it off, we already know being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger is an important step (see James 1:19).  However, good listening skills and being less apt to be offended requires another important spiritual principle: “If anyone wishes to come…

Time to LIsten

Too little listening and too much activity has the been the cause of burn out for several believers.  That is not what it means to follow Jesus.  You cannot equate being busy doing things in itself to doing the work of the Kingdom.   In many instances, they are nothing more than dead works.  “What do…

Kill the Questioning!

Questions can be beneficial when properly asked, or asked for the right reasons; but, what do we gain by questioning that leads to doubt or strife?  That sort leads to double-mindedness.  The deception in the Garden of Eden began with questioning: “Did God really say?”  The enemy still uses that ploy to divide people’s hearts…

Why Receive Love?

Are you having difficulty receiving love or even loving yourself?  Perhaps, all the above.  Maybe you’re fine in that department, but you know some others who aren’t so fine.  Let’s talk about some reasons to receive love from God and people.  Even go so far as to discuss the importance of loving yourself.  It may…

Why Forgive Yourself?

Too many are slow to forgive themselves.  If you fall into this category or know someone who does, carefully consider the following points. Why forgive yourself? If you don’t, you cannot be trusted.  What does forgiveness have to do with trust?  On one level, you won’t change; or at least, you will be slow to…

Hard Sayings of Jesus (Part Two)

Fear must not be the driving force behind our walk with God; nonetheless, the fear of the Lord goes a long way in protecting it.  Obviously, faith and obedience requires love to be in effect; and without it, faith and obedience is a nonstarter.  Faith works by love (see Galatians 5:6), and to obey means…

Anxiety Serves Mammon

Jesus said, “You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth). For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life . . .” (Matthew 6:24-25).  It is good to pay attention to such phrases as, “For this reason.”  It lets you know that there is an explanation for what was just said. …

Hard Sayings of Jesus (Part One)

At times, there may appear to be contradictions in the Bible.  Usually this happens when a person reads on the surface level, and does not take time to work through Scripture with Holy Spirit’s leading.  There are hidden treasures found in the Word of God, and since they’re hidden, you have to dig to find…

Making God into Our Image?

Perhaps, the reason for so much division in the Church is we are trying to make God into our own image. Think about this next statement carefully and let it sink in: if everyone in the Body of Christ was in complete agreement with God, there would be no division whatsoever! There is one true…

The Weapon of Affirmation

Affirmation is powerful.  It’s something that helps shape destiny, good or bad.  Without it, people don’t fare so well in life.  When they come to receive the affirmation of God our Father through Jesus Christ, their life changes for the better.  Without it, they’re limited in their capacity to live life to the fullest extent…