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“But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you.”” (Judges 8:23)

by on Aug.14, 2018, under Messages

Gideon understood what so many throughout history have misunderstood: God’s people have one ruler over them. And that ruler is God Himself.


“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)

by on Aug.11, 2018, under Messages

Would you like to live a really good life? Would you like to be able to be proud of everything you do?

Let God make you new. Let Him give you a pure heart. Let Him help you live as you should.

Give your life to Him.


“During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.” (2 Samuel 18:18)

by on Aug.09, 2018, under Messages

How sad to have to build a monument to yourself! Absalom doubted that anyone else would honor him, so he tries to honor himself.

That never works.

The only honor that is worth seeking is the honor that comes from God. Don’t seek honor for yourself. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Focus on how God sees you and how you worship Him.


“But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.” (Job 32:2)

by on Aug.07, 2018, under Messages

Justifying ourselves instead of God.

That’s a common thing, isn’t it? When things go wrong, we’re quick to say, “Why me?” Rarely do we say that when good things happen to us.

We accuse God of not taking care of the problems in this world, yet fail to see all the opportunities He gives us to make things better.

Don’t blame God for things just to make yourself feel better. Don’t justify yourself and condemn God. Glorify God and praise His holy name.


“But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.” (Psalms 10:14)

by on Aug.04, 2018, under Messages

It can feel like God is far away. Or uninterested. Or powerless.

Yet God does see what goes on in this world. One day, He will put everything right.



“The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.” (Joshua 9:14–15)

by on Jul.31, 2018, under Messages

The Israelites were fooled into making a treaty they shouldn’t have made. The dream of them fully possessing the Promised Land died that day. All because they didn’t ask God before doing something very important.

Take some time to pray before making a big decision. You won’t regret it.


“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalms 141:3)

by on Jul.28, 2018, under Messages

If we were writing this today, we might add, “Protect my fingers from typing things they shouldn’t”!

We all need to watch what we say; why not ask God to help you do just that?


“And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.” (Ezra 3:11–12)

by on Jul.26, 2018, under Messages

If we focus too much on the past, we can miss wonderful things that are happening right before our eyes. Those who had seen the previous temple could only cry because the new temple was nothing compared to that one. They couldn’t recognize that ANY temple was better than no temple at all.

Don’t miss out. Appreciate the past, but don’t dwell on it.


“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.” (Proverbs 17:3)

by on Jul.24, 2018, under Messages

People will look at what we do and hear what we say. They will make judgments based on those things.

God will look at our heart. We can’t fool Him nor be misjudged by Him. God looks at our heart.



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