Daily Verse

I pray these daily verses and short thoughts are an encouragement to you when you read them and throughout the day. Fill your mind with God’s Word!
May God Be Glorified!

1 Timothy 4:13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

Paul is writing to Timothy telling him how important it is to read and teach the scriptures to the people he was working with. We need to make sure we see the flip side of that and remember how important it is that we attend church and allow ourselves to be taught the scriptures and how we can apply them to our daily lives!


Philippians 4:9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Sermon – Practice Practice Practice


Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

I love when his verse says a tree is recognized by its fruit. You can look at a tree that is bearing fruit and tell if it is a peach tree, a pear tree or an apple tree. When I think about what that means for me, based on my fruit what do people see when they look at me. I think that is a question we should each ask ourselves and answer honestly.


Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Today we look back at the events of 9/11 that happened eighteen years ago. In the days following these events our country came together, united under God. The farther we have gotten away from that day the farther we have gotten divided as a country and distanced ourselves from Christ. It is amazing when tragedy strikes how we put “stuff” aside and focus on what really matters. I pray as a country that we could stand united under God today and every day.


Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

I read this and I think about our society and how much our thinking of right and wrong does not line up with what the Bible tells us. As individuals and as a country we need to get back to what scripture tells us and know what is goo and what is evil.


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Sermon – Take Out the Trash!


Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sermon – Protected by Peace!


Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

What a great visual of God walking beside us and holding our hand as we go through life. I think that should definitely help us live with less fear if we keep that imagine in our mind!


Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Sermon – Problem Solving 101


Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

We can rejoice as verse 4 of Philippians 4 tells us if we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. No matter what we are facing we can always rejoice in our salvation. That fact should also lead us to be gentle with other people, putting their needs ahead of our own. Our words and actions should be pointing them to Christ as His return is nearer every day.


Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Sermon – Joy to Gentleness to More!


Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

We need to make sure that we stand firm in Christ so that our life is a testimony to the gospel. What it has done for us and what it can do for others.


Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

Sermon – Did He Really Just Say That?


2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

We can either focus on the circumstances we are in at the time or we can look at the possible ways that God may be using the circumstances we are in for His glory and to impact others for eternity! It isn’t easy but it is what we are told to do! What are your eyes foxed on today?


Psalm 112:7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.

I need to improve on trusting Him fully! I do not need to fear what may happen because I know God is in control and what happens happens for a reason. I am not belittling anything that people go through, but being able to trust in God helps us as we go through those difficult times.


Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

I love this verse! It doesn’t just say peace it says perfect peace! It is something we can have and experience if we trust in God completely and fix our minds on Him and Him alone. It is when our minds get off of Him and onto fear and worry that we lose our peace!


Philippians 3:17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.

Sermon – Remember


Mark 10:45  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.

Two very important things to take from this verse: 1. Jesus died to pay sins ransom so that you can live eternally with Him. All you have to do is to believe in Him, accept Him as your Lord and Savior and trust in Him. 2. Life isn’t about us, it is about what we can do for others! Look for ways to serve someone today!


Philippians 3:14 I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Sermon – 3 Equals 1


Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

Sermon – 3 Equals 1


1 Peter 5:7 Cast all of your anxiety on Him because he cares for you!

The word cast means to throw off and get as far away from as you can. As Christians we don’t have to carry the worry and anxiety in our life. We can give it to God and know that he is in control and loves you! Even if you are going through a very difficult time right now know that Christ is with you!


Psalm 105:1 Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

If you have been saved you have a story! Your story was available because of Jesus story. As Christians we need to let other people know what Jesus did for everyone and how it has impacted you! Share your story with someone today and through it May God Be Glorified!


Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

This is such a wonderful verse that we should all challenge ourselves with living out! To many times the choices and decisions we make are based on what we think rather than what God tell us! Remember though, it says He will make your paths straight! He doesn’t say they won’t be difficult or have hills and valleys, but they will lead you straight to a closer relationship with Him!


Ephesians 6:18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

I heard a singer on K-Love ask, “If all your prayers were answered, how many people would be affected besides you?” A very challenging question we need to remember when we pray! I am sure each of us can think of many different people that need our prayers today. Lift them up throughout the day and every day!


Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

We are told twice to wait for the Lord so it must be pretty important for us to do it! Boy do I struggle with it though! Patience is not easy! When we wait on the Lord though it is always worth it! When we don’t we usually end up regretting it! I pray your day is filled with patience and you know God is working in your life even if it may not feel like it!


Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

I love verses that speak of God’s promises. This verse has two very strong and wonderful promises in it. Through the Holy Spirt we have strength to persevere and endure the things that life throws at us. Knowing this and that God has everything in His power as well as knowing our eternity with Him is secure we can live in peace and not let the things of this world overpower our thinking!



1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

We live in a free country. Even though we live in a free country there are things that we can’t and shouldn’t do. The problem is people still do. The same things happens spiritually. When we are saved we are forgiven our sins and are free. That doesn’t mean we are free to sin, it means we should live in a way that our Master the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to live.


Hebrews 10:24 Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Following Christ isn’t an individual lifestyle. We should be working together to lift up and encourage each other! I pray today that you are reaching out and encouraging others in Christ to love the way He has called us to love and to do His will!


Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Sermon – Paul’s Advice


2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Devotional – Do Some Addition!


Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

I hope when you read these daily verses they aren’t just something you read over quickly and then quickly forget! Challenge yourself to memorize them! It is amazing when you memorize God’s word how the Holy Spirit helps you recall them at just the right time to encourage you not to do the wrong thing!


1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run is such a way as to get the prize.

In life everyone tries to win. We try to be the best at whatever it is we do whether it be sports, work, obtaining material possessions or countless other things. I am amazed at how much time and effort we put into these things compared to how much time they put into following Christ. We should be running for the glory of God not our own glory! Where is your finish line? Is it earthly or heavenly?


Matthew 6:27 Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

This is something I personally struggle with but am slowly improving on. We can’t let the worry or fear of tomorrow steal our joy of today! A sign of true Christian maturity is not worrying! Trust in God today and enjoy the day you have been given!


Psalm 62:5 I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him.

Devotional – Burn It!


John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Devotional – Burn It!


Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Words are so powerful! We say so many of them we forget how much power our words hold! We can change a person’s mind, attitude or eternity by the things we say! May you choose your words wisely today and use them to impact others for Christ!


Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”

Just think for a minute how different your life would be if you lived like this! We “love” so many things but the one thing we should love the most and desire the most is a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Spend some time in His word today and talk to Him in prayer! Thank Him for all He is and all He has done! Tell Him how much you love Him and then go out and live out that love to others!


Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Sermon – A Father’s Example


James 3:2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

Devotional – Oh Be Careful Little Mouth…


Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Devotional – Oh Be Careful Little Mouth…


Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

I read this verse and I think how sad it is that there are so many broken friendships and siblings who are at odds. Our friends and family should be people that are always loving and always there for us no matter what! If you are dealing with a broken relationship maybe you need to take the first step of reconciliation and love on the other person.


Luke 7:32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them!

As Christians we are called to love, and love everyone! Not just family and friends, not just people that are easy to love. We are called to love the unlovable, those who are hard or seem impossible to love! After all isn’t that what God did for us?


Psalm 143:10 – “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on firm footing.”

A great prayer to start your day! Allow the spirit to lead and direct you so you can learn the will of God.


James 4:11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

Devotional – It Is Time To Grow Up!


Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye

Devotional – It Is Time To Grow Up!


1 Corinthians 3:2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,

As Christians we need to remember that we should always be growing in our faith! Many who have been Christians for a long time are still only on the milk and have not matured to solid food. It is time we quit being baby Christians and grow up!


Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Seems like so many of us are worthy of the supreme court! When it comes to judging others we are excellent! We notice all their faults and failures and are quick to point them out. The problem is we don’t evaluate ourselves in the same way. We often give ourselves the benefit of the doubt or justify it away.  Maybe we need to focus on our own repentance from sin instead of others sins!


Proverbs 30:8-9 – First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

So much focus in our society is put on money, how much we make and how we can make more! We should learn to be content with just enough! When our needs are met we are blessed. May we look for ways to bless others with what God gives us!


2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Sermon – You Gotta Know! Part 2


Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Sermon – You Gotta Know! Part 2


Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Devotional – Strength in the Storm, Literally!


Psalm 119:2Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek after Him with all their heart.

If we seek Him with all of our heart how much easier would it be to keep the commands He gives us? Don’t focus on the what we shouldn’t do, focus on our Lord and Savior and the rest will take care of itself!


James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Sermon – You Gotta Know!


Philippians 3:10  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

Sermon – You Gotta Know!


John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me

Are you a sheep of God’s? Do you know him? How well do you know Him? When is the last time that you spent time learning about your shepherd?


Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.

Devotional – Turn Your Thoughts!


Jonah 2:7 When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord

Devotional – Turn Your Thoughts!


Proverbs 4:23 Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. (GNT)

I was listening to a sermon today and heard this verse. It is a reminder of how important it is to us to control our mind. As our mind thinks so our life goes! Our thoughts turn into actions. What are you thinking about today? How is it growing you closer to Christ?


Zechariah 10:1 Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.

Ok if there is anyone in are area still asking, please stop!
It is so nice to get to enjoy a beautiful evening in the midst of all the rainy ones!


Job 37:6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

Does He Ever!!!


Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

This is one of my favorite verses. As I was sitting at a graduation yesterday I was thinking how much I wish I could go back and stress how important this verse is to my 18 year old self. All I can do now is share with others the wisdom held in these words.


Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

As we go through this graduation season we need to remember we aren’t celebrating the end of something as much as we are celebrating a new beginning. To all of those who are graduating look to the future with excitement and anticipation of what God has planned for you. For those of us not graduating, today is a new day and a new opportunity to do the same!


Psalm 146:1-2 Praise the LordPraise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

So many times we forget how blessed we are and how much God has poured out on us. Today look at the blessing God has given you and thank Him and praise Him for it!


2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

Sermon – A Mother’s Faith!


2 Timothy 1:5  I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Sermon – A Mother’s Faith!


Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

Devotional – Backseat Driver!


Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Devotional – Backseat Driver!


Genesis 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

Thought I would try to lighten the mood a little today and remind those who live around me that someday the rain will stop! God promised it!


Revelations 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Sermon – Help For The Hurting!


Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Sermon – Help For The Hurting!


Ecclesiastes 4:10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Sermon – Help For The Hurting!


Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.

Don’t Do It Alone!


Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them”

When we face suffering and tragedy in our life we need to not allow ourselves to become isolated and try to go it alone. We need to come together with other Christians to lift each other up and help one another through these painful times. Together with the help of Christ we can go through the valleys of life!


Matthew 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

May we turn to God during the tragedies and difficulties of life. He is the one who can give us real comfort and peace as we go through difficult times and when we feel like there is no where else to turn. Spend time with Him today in prayer and by reading His love letter to us, the Bible.


Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

My heart breaks this morning for those who have been effected by the shootings that occurred in Sterling and Raymond last night. Join me in lifting all of them up in prayer as they go through the pain and hurt caused by this tragedy. My they find comfort, peace and hope in our Lord and Savior.


Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

I thank my dad for helping instill in me the importance of working hard. I hope that we remember today that having a job is a blessing and we should do it to the best of our ability. Work hard in your job and work hard to make God known! May God be glorified in all you do!


Mark 16:15  He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 

Today at church we had the blessing of having Corenne Smith visit our church. Corenne and her husband Philip have been working to help the children of Brazil for many years know. It was amazing to hear how God has worked in and through there ministry to touch so many lives for Christ.

Check out more about them by clicking on the link below and please add them to your prayer list! https://www.internationalministries.org/author/cp-smith/


Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We often give thanks to God for answered prayer and the good things that happen in our life. This verse challenges us to give thanks for EVERYTHING. We should give thanks to God even when things don’t go the way we hoped it would or when we face some major disappointment or setback. We may not see it now or understand the why of Him allowing it to happen but that ok because His ways are higher than our ways!


Isaiah 43:2-3 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

Sermon – Easter – Jesus Blueprint


Hebrews 2:18 Since He himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. 

Sermon – Easter – Jesus Blueprint


1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Sermon – Easter – Jesus Blueprint


Matthew 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

He is Risen Indeed!


John 16:22 Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

This something Jesus said to His disciples on the night he was to be arrested. As I read it I think about how we deal with grief and pain and hard times in life, but for Christian the time of rejoicing is coming! When our Lord and Savior comes again to take us home and we will experience that joy forever!


James 4:4  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Devotional – Black & White!


Psalm 34:21-22 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Devotional – Black & White!


1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Pay attention to the differences between today’s verse and yesterdays.

Sermon – Palm Sunday – Spring Cleaning!


1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

Sermon – Palm Sunday – Spring Cleaning!


Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Devotional – T-R-O-U-B-L-E


Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Devotional – T-R-O-U-B-L-E


Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding

Take time today to think about and praise God for the fact that our forgiveness and salvation is not reliant on you and I doing good deeds or keeping a law! Thank him for paying the penalty that we owed but that we could never pay!


Philippians 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Sermon – Take Out The Garbage


Philippians 3:7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

Sermon – Take Out The Garbage


John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Devotional –  …but…


Psalm 34:15-16 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

Devotional –  …but…


Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Trust, such a difficult word but something we are called to do in the Bible. People we trust in life often hurt us, disappoint us, and let us down. We can rest easy knowing that Jesus will never do that! He will always be there for us no matter what! Seek him today! Grow closer to him than you were yesterday!


Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh

Sermon – What Is It?


Philippians 3:1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.

Sermon – What Is It?


Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Devotional – Peace!


Psalm 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Devotional – Peace!


Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.

My wife and I disagree over which is better sunrises or sunsets. I am a sunset person and she is a sunrise person. This morning as I was pulling away I could see the start of a beautiful sunrise and it reminded me of how wonderful our God is. We need to be praising Him  not just because of the beautiful sunrise and sunsets but because of who He is, what He has done, and what He is going to do! Praise God today in your words and actions and look out for a beautiful sunset tonight!


Matthew 23:11-12 The greatest among you will be your servant.12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Sermon – Spiritual Servant


Philippians 2:30 he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

Sermon – Spiritual Servant


1 Peter 3:10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

Devotional – Oh Be Careful Little…


Psalm 34:12-13 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil  and your lips from telling lies. 

Devotional – Oh Be Careful Little…


Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Sermon – Faithful Friends!


Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practiceis like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Today is a very special day for my family. Today we sign the papers to buy a home. After we sign the paperwork this afternoon we are going to go to the house and pray. A prayer of thanksgiving and a prayer of blessing on the house. More importantly than have a “new” house though we will be praying that we continue to keep our lives and family built on the rock of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and daily provider!


1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Sermon – Faithful Friends!


Philippians 2:19-21  I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Sermon – Faithful Friends!


Deuteronomy 11:19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Devotional – Pass It On!


Psalm 34:11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Devotional – Pass It On!


Luke 6:40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

Sermon – Regrets or Rejoice


Philippians 3:14 I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Sermon – Regrets or Rejoice


Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Devotional – Seek After!


Psalm 34:9-10  Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Devotional – Seek After!


Deuteronomy 10:12-13 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commandsand decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

I often hear people wonder, and wonder myself, what is it that God wants me to do with my life. Well This doesn’t answer the question I know they are asking completely as we often want to know what job to take or where to move to but these two verse are pretty clear in stating what the life of a Christian should be focused on doing first and foremost!


1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

How much love do you have in your life, not counting your love for yourself! As Christians we are filled with the Holy Spirit and so we are filled with Love! The question is does that love pour out of us into those around us? Look for chances to love people today. Look to give them what they need, even if they don’t deserve it and even if it cost you something! By your love May God Be Glorified!


John 11:25-25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?

Something that we as Christians need to remember! We need to remember the promise and hope we have of eternal life and we need to remember the importance for us to share the gospel with other so they do not face eternal death, separation from God.


Luke 6:26-27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Whenever I hear this verse I always wonder what things would be like if every Christian would live this out in there lives. When is the last time you did the things in this verse. Love your enemies? That is a tough one! Do good to those who hate you? Have you ever done that? Bless those who curse you? They are suavely the last people we look to bless. Pray for those who mistreat you! When is the last time you prayed more for someone who was mistreating you more than you prayed for yourself and your own wants and desires? This verse just shows us again how hard following Christ really is and how much it goes against our nature instincts and the way society teaches us to be.


Jeremiah 15:16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.

Devotional – Yum Yum!


Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Devotional – Yum Yum!


Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Every feel like this world is throwing everything it can at you? Remember that in Christ we have a shield! He is there in front of us taking on what the world throws at us and guiding our steps through the difficulties we have! If you are having a rough time right now find refuge, hope and peace in our Lord and Savior.


2 Kings 5:13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!”

Sermon – My Way Isn’t The Right Way!


John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Sermon – My Way Isn’t The Right Way!


2 Kings 5:13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!”

Sermon – My Way Isn’t The Right Way!


2 Kings 6:16-17 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Devotional – Camping Buddies!


Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Devotional – Camping Buddies!


Matthew 28:3  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

Today was a snow day from school, playing in the yard building a snowman and snowball fight with the family. I would say that is a pretty awesome day! When we think about scripture and snow we often go to Isaiah 1:18 (look it up) but today let the snow, if you have some remind you of this wonderful verse in Matthew. It is talking about Jesus after His resurrection! Let the snow remind you of what he did for you out of love, dying on the cross and let it remind you of the power of His resurrection from the dead!


2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

We live in a world that is hard to have peace in. There are so many things going on and so many unknown in our lives. If we know Him we can know peace. We can rest knowing that he has our life in His hands. I struggle with having peace but when I recognize I try to turn whatever is bothering me over to God and let Him carry the burden for me. My trust is in Him not in my own strength or abilities.


Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

What a wonderful verse for us to read and remember that no matter what happens the Word of God will always be there for us. It is a love letter written from God to us to remind us how loved we are and how special we are to Him!


Luke 3:11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

Devotional – 2 Shirts Equals 2 Blessings!


Psalm 34:6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

Devotional – 2 Shirts Equals 2 Blessings!


Psalm 25:4-5 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,  and my hope is in you all day long.

Sermon – Ask Yourself!


Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Sermon – Ask Yourself!


Ephesians 5:15  Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Sermon – Ask Yourself!


Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

Sermon – Ask Yourself!


Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the Lordoffspring a reward from him.

Today is a very special day. My only daughter turns twenty-one! I can’t believe how fast time flies. Just yesterday she was a 5 lb bundle of joy! Since that day she has brought so much joy to my life. Watching her grow and laugh! I am so proud of all the accomplishments she has but most importantly I am proud of her Love for Christ, her husband and others! I pray that God continues to use her in powerful ways!


Micah 7:18-19 ‘Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.’

Devotional – Shine Not Shame!


Psalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Devotional – Shine Not Shame!


Proverbs 6:9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

I saw this verse today and had to laugh because I overslept and have been running behind all day. I am one of those that can sleep in for a long long time. I have been trying to do it less and less though as I hate losing part of the day and feeling like I don’t have the time I want or need during the day. Get up, spend some time with God and get your day started off right!


1 Peter 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Sermon – Ouch My Toes Hurt!


Philippians 2:15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[c] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Sermon – Ouch My Toes Hurt!


Philippians 2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,

Sermon – Ouch My Toes Hurt!


2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

If you are one of your kids was ever in AWANA you probably know this verse. It is the AWANA key verse. My son learned it in KJV so it starts out “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” When is the last time you really spent time studying God’s word. As a teacher I often see kids not study until it is time for the test. For Christians we are daily living the test and need to be daily studying God’s word so we can grow and be able to handle what is right and what is wrong, not just with our knowledge but with your actions.


Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Today I pray that we seek after Jesus completely. That it be our number one point and passion in life! Seek who He is and who we can be in Him!

Devotional – It’s Progressive!


Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Devotional – It’s Progressive!


1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

Sermon – God Powered!


Philippians 2:14 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Sermon – God Powered!


Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Sermon – God Powered!


Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

Sermon – God Powered!


Deuteronomy 11:18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

Devotional – The Famous Magnifying Glass


Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Devotional – The Famous Magnifying Glass


Philippians 2:11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Sermon – Here is an Example Part 2


Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Sermon – Here is an Example Part 2


Philippians 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

Sermon – Here is an Example Part 2


Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Devotional – Go Ahead And Brag!


Psalm 34:2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Devotional – Go Ahead And Brag!


2 Kings 19:19 Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.”

I pray the things God does in your life are seen by others who can be pointed to Him and know who He is and what He has done!

Sermon – In the Eyes of the Lord


2 Chronicles 32:7-8 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Sermon – In the Eyes of the Lord


2 Kings 18:3 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.

Sermon – In the Eyes of the Lord


John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Devotional – Always!?!?


Psalm 34:1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

Devotional – Always!?!?


Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

It doesn’t matter what you are going through can you have a place of comfort in strength by resting on our Lord and Savior! He is always with you no matter what you may be going through! Find peace and strength in His Words, Promises and Presence!


Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

This is something almost all of us learn at a very young age, sometimes not even knowing it is in the Bible. We are told time and time again by adults to treat others the way we want to be treated. As we grow older sadly we often forget this lesson we have been taught. What would the relationships in your life be like if you started treating others the way you wanted to be treated? What about the people that come into your life that maybe don’t know Christ and what he can do for them?


Luke 14:11For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Sermon – Here Is An Example!


Philippians 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!

Sermon – Here Is An Example!


Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus

Sermon – Here Is An Example!


1 John 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

Devotional – Dream, But Do Now!


Matthew 25:37-39 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

Devotional – Dream, But Do Now!


Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Man we are told to be content with what we have but that can be so hard. It seems like we are always wanting more and more no matter how much God blesses us. We need to remember that if we are saved we have the most important thing there is and that is a personal relationship with Jesus. Nothing can top that so lets try to be content knowing we always have that no matter what!


Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Sermon – Happy New Year!


Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Sermon – Happy New Year!


Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

Sermon – Happy New Year!


Proverbs 31:10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

As this year comes to an end I can’t help but think how blessed I am to have such an amazing and wonderful wife! She is worth more than anything! I love the way she loves me and our kids! If you are blessed like me thank God and thank your wife!


Matthew 12:38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

Isn’t this still true today. So many want “proof” that God is real when all they really need to do is look around and see his creation. There is so much that points us to God but still we think we have to see it to believe it, when really faith is the victory!


2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

As we approach the new year it is a reminder to me of the new creation I am and became when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. I need to remember that my life needs to be different. I need to live this next year the way He has called me to live and not the way the world says I should!


Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Tonight I think about God’s love for me and the sacrifice and made so that I could come into a relationship with Him! I am so thankful for the greatest gift ever given!


Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sermon – Christmas Sermon – Jesus Isn’t The Reason For The Season!


1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Sermon – Christmas Sermon – Jesus Isn’t The Reason For The Season!


John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I love when this verse says that Jesus was full of grace and truth! I thank Him for being full of grace and willing to give us what we don’t desertion, salvation from our sins. I wish that more people knew the truth and that I did a better job of sharing the truth with others!


1 John 2:1-2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

As we get closer and closer to Christmas lets us remember that Jesus was born to die as a sacrifices for you and me! What an amazing and wonderful love that is!


Luke 2:11-12 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Jesus came as a Savior to save us from our sin and as the Messiah to deliver us to God as righteous. The question I have is He the Lord of your life right now? Or have you let something or someone else become what is lord in your life, your job, your relationship, your kids, your money. When we are saved we need to make sure we put Christ first and foremost in our life!


Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

We think how bad it was that there was no room for Jesus to be born in but do we ever wonder if we are making room for Him in our life? Is there room for Him in our busy schedule and all the things we have going on?


Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Devotional – Dream Big!


1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him

Devotional – Dream Big!


Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Gabriel & Mary


Luke 1:31-33 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Gabriel & Mary


Luke 1:28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Gabriel & Mary


Hebrews 13:2  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Gabriel & Mary


Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Devotional – I Failed!


Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;

Devotional – I Failed!


Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does
what is right and never sins.

Devotional – I Failed!


John 12:46  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

Sunday our family put our Christmas tree and lights up. We have lights outside, lights on the tree, lights other places in the house. Now that they are up, when it is dark outside I like to have them on! Why would we put them up and then not plug them in, that is just crazy. Why when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior would we not change how we live and continue to live in sin and darkness? Sounds crazy but it often happens. We don’t have to live in sin and darkness we are forgiven and have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us live a life in the light of Jesus!


Matthew 1:20-21 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Joseph


Lamentations 3:22-23 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Joseph


Matthew 1:24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Joseph


Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Devotional – He Ransomed Me!


Psalm 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.

I read this verse last night and I thought man I need to do that. I need to rest and trust and God and quit relying on people! The thing is there is one human I rely on too much and try to trust to much…me! So often I decide to trust what I think is best or let myself slip into fear because I do not trust the Lord the way I should. I pray today that I, and you, will quit trying to do it all ourselves, that we will trust in the one true God who loves us and never leaves us!


Psalm 37:8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil

Take some time and think about when you have let anger control you and how that turned out. I am guessing those times of anger are like mine and usually lead to something it shouldn’t have. We have to control our temper and not let Satan use anger to hurt our testimony.


2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Pretty straight and clear verse. If you are saved you have all you need to live the way God wants you to. The question is, are you? Or are you living the life you want to? Grow in your knowledge of our Lord and Savior and living the way He wants you to becomes even more attainable!


Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

As a teacher I hoped for a snow day today but settled for a two hour delay in our start time. With the snow on the ground I am reminded of this verse and the power of it. I love the first part that often isn’t mentions…let us settle this matter…If you have never asked Jesus to save you and forgive you for your sins you need to today! You need to settle this one thing because it is the most important thing!


2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV)

As I sit here tonight this verse came to my mind. I wondered what it would look like if I didn’t go to church every week and I didn’t have to preach every week. I have to study God’s word every week so I can talk about it on Sunday. If I wasn’t the preacher though would I still spend that much time in His word? Going to church is great, and needed but we need to be studying in growing throughout the week too.


Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever!” 



Psalm 130:3-4 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

As we approach Thanksgiving tomorrow I am so thankful that the lord doesn’t not keep a running list of my sins! I am thankful that he makes things new! Forgiveness is something we can be thankful for every day not just on Thanksgiving. Because we are forgiven though verse tells us that we are then to serve Him. I know many people look for ways to serve around the holidays and that is great but we should be serving Him by serving others all the year!


Isaiah 9:7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Isaiah & Jesus


Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sermon – Christmas Characters – Isaiah & Jesus


Proverbs 15:9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

Devotional – You’re A Tool!


Romans 6:13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

Devotional – You’re A Tool!


Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Sermon – Last is 1st!


Philippians 2:4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Sermon – Last is 1st!


Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

Sermon – Last is 1st!


Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Sermon – Last is 1st!


John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

Devotional – Happy Birthday


Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Sermon – If Then


Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Sermon – If Then


Philippians 2:2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Sermon – If Then


Philippians 2:1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,

Sermon – If Then


Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Devotional – I Got This, No I Don’t!


Proverbs 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

Devotional – I Got This, No I Don’t!


Proverbs 24:10 If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

We all face hard times and trouble in our life. When we do we have a choice, we can let it defeat us or we can battle to defeat it. I am not talking about physical strength but our spiritual strength. Knowing that God is in control and that he will go with you as you face the hardships you are dealing with. He is with you and will never leave you! Be strong and stand firm!


Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

To often we get caught up in the “stuff” of Christianity instead and of focusing on what really matters….loving others the way that God loves us! We can talk about having faith and being saved but talk is cheap, we need to express that faith by reaching out and loving others. I still love Chip Ingram’s definition of love (agape) – giving someone what they need, even if they don’t deserve it and even if it cost you something. Love someone today!


Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Be still! It is hard to do in our crazy and hectic lives but we need to be still in two ways. One we need to take time slow down and spend time with God daily. Secondly we need to not let our hearts and thoughts be troubled we need to know that God is God and that we can trust in Him completely!


James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Last night ours on was suffering and many of you lifted him up in prayer. We thank you very much for that. Today his surgery went well and things are back in place. We are cheerful and thanking God for His blessing and answered prayer! Keep the prayers coming please as he continues to recover and heal.


1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us

Today our youngest son broke his arm in two places, one of them being on the growth plate. Tomorrow he goes in for surgeries. I would ask that you pray for him and all of us as we go through this time with him. Breaking an arm isn’t a huge deal but for an active sixth grade it is still hard, and for mom too!


2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Devotional – In The Gaps


John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Devotional – In The Gaps


Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Our God is a powerful God! To know he is always there and never grows tired and never grows weak is so comforting and reassuring! You can go to Him anytime day and night, he isn’t tired and he isn’t tired of hearing from you either!


Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

A promise that the Lord is always with us no matter where we go! We have no reason to be afraid but we can stand firm and face whatever comes our way!


Psalm 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;

Sermon – Suffering Yea!?!?


Romans 8:18  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Sermon – Suffering Yea!?!?


Philippians 1:29-30 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Sermon – Suffering Yea!?!?


1 Thessalonians 5:2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Devotional – Surprise!


Luke 12:43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.

Devotional – Surprise!


Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

Sometimes I have to remind myself how blessed I am and all that God has done for me. I get upset with my current situation or something that is going on and I forget to praise Him for the wonderful things he has done and my life and continues to do each and every day! What do you need to take some time today to praise and thank God for doing in your life?


Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.

This is something as Christians we need to remember. It in no ways makes it ok to sin but we do have to understand we aren’t perfect! There are going to be times where we mess up and sin. Even when we do God still loves us! He is still there with us to pick us up, forgive us and move forward with us! Don’t continue to beat yourself up, accept His forgiveness, repent and get right back to doing His will!


Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Today I am so thankful and blessed because of the wonderful wife I get to share my life with. God has truly blessed me with someone whose beauty is in her love for and relationship with Christ. I pray today my daughter will continue to strive to be a Godly woman and that each of my boys will find one as amazing as I have!


Ephesians 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

This is a good reminder to Christians that we are servants of the Gospel and that we should be busy working to spread the Gospel with others! I pray you will look for chances to share Christ with others today and love on them the way we are called to!


Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Devotional – Copy Cat!


3 John 1:11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

Devotional – Copy Cat!


Hebrews 13:7Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

Devotional – Copy Cat!


Revelations 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

How wonderful to remember who God is. That he always has been and always will be! We can rest knowing that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do! All glory to Him today and Forever!


Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless he shields all who take refuge in him.

Why do we keep choosing our own way instead of following the Lords will for our life? He has a plan that is perfect for us and yet I know I often think I know better and try to do things on my own instead of allowing Him to guide my steps! I pray today we will look for His path and follow it when the Holy Spirit leads us!


Colossians 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

It is so important that as Christians we are one body working together for Christ and not working against each other because of our own wishes and desires. The way of the Lord trumps all of our own wishes!

Sermon – No Matter What!


Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

I hope we remember that this world isn’t our home, we are just passing through! Our allegiance should be to our Lord and Savior not to the things of this world!

Sermon – No Matter What!


Proverbs 3:21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;

Devotional – Oh Wise One!


Proverbs 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

Devotional – Oh Wise One!


Proverbs 23:19  Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path

Devotional – Oh Wise One!


Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Life is hard and we face many difficulties and challenges but we can rest assured that Christ is always with us and will never leave us! He will empower us through the Holy Spirit to stand strong in Him and his mighty power and love!


Philippians 1:23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

For Christians it is so wonderful to know that God has blessed us with another day to serve Him but when we have our last day here on Earth it will be our best day because we will be home with Christ.

Sermon – A Rock & A Hard Place


Joshua 24:15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

We all serve something! We all put something #1 in our lives! What is it that is number one in your life?

Sermon – A Rock & A Hard Place


Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Sermon – A Rock & A Hard Place


Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

We live in a world where people are filled with fear. I pray that people will look to Jesus when they are facing fear. He is able to give us peace and hope that this world can not offer us!


2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

As Christians we have to make sure we know what is really of Christ and not let ourselves be deceived by Satan who is always trying to find a way to deceive us no matter what it takes.

Devotional – Don’t Be Fooled!


2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Devotional – Don’t Be Fooled!


John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

I love this verse! I love the fact that there is nothing that can break the relationship I have with Christ! The visual of Him holding me in my hand is just so awesome and safe feeling! No matter what this world throws our way, He has it taken care of!


James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Prayer is powerful and we should make sure we are praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ each day! Lift them up in prayer!

Sermon – Philippians Study – Plan & Pray


Philippians 1:20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 

Sermon – Philippians Study – Plan & Pray


Philippians 1:18-19 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

Sermon – Philippians Study – Plan & Pray


Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

Devotional – Hidden Hurt


Isaiah 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

Pretty clear what the Lord tells us to do! There are people around us hurting, we need to be looking out for them and doing all we can to comfort their hurt and pain!

Devotional – Hidden Hurt


2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Devotional – Hidden Hurt


Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

I love this verse. It tells us that we should do everything we can to be at peace with others. If that isn’t tough enough we then are called to edify (build up) one another. As Christians we have to improve in those two areas by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected

I love to hear this song especially when this world and the stresses and hassles of it pull me down and feel weak. It is so wonderful to be reminded how might and strong my God and Lord and Savior is!

Strong Tower – Kutless


Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Sermon – Philippians 1:15-18 – Motives


Philippians 1:18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Sermon – Philippians 1:15-18 – Motives


Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

Spent part of my day visiting members of the church who are no longer able to attend because of their health. Always a blessing to spend time with older and wiser people who have been involved in helping our church and myself grow in the Lord.


James 4:14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Make sure we are Today Christians and not putting things off until tomorrow!

Devotional – If Tomorrow Never Comes


Exodus 8:9-10 Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.” 10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God.

Devotional – If Tomorrow Never Comes


John 4:39  Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”

Lets ask ourselves how many believe in Jesus because of the testimony I have shared with them?

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – How


Acts 8:30-31 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

We need to help others understand the Gospel! We need to let them know how much Jesus loves them even though they have sinned and that He wants them to come into a relationship with them!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – How


Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – How


1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Self-Control


1 Corinthians 9:25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Devotional – Control It!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Self-Control


Proverbs 25:28 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Devotional – Control It!


2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Devotional – Control It!


Mark 1:15  “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Every day we are one day closer to either the Lord coming back or to the end of our life. We have to make a choice if we will accept or reject Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Good News is what Jesus did on the cross so we can be saved!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – What


John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

What a wonderful promise for those who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior! Although we still face a physical death we do not have to fear a spiritual death and can know that we will spend eternity with God in Heaven!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – What


Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – What


Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

The first step of salvation is realizing and admitting that we are sinners and there is nothing we can do about it on our own.

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – What


1 Corinthians 4:21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness


Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Another inclusive word, completely! Scripture tells us that we should always be completely gentle to everyone! Wow! What a challenge to live out but what we should strive to do through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Devotional – Gentle Giant Killer


Titus 3:1-2 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

Devotional – Gentle Giant Killer


1 Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

As Christians we are to tell others of the wonderful things Christ has done for us. I love the word “all” because it is inclusive. There is not anyone that shouldn’t hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. We need to go into ALL the world and tell the Good News to ALL people.

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – When Where


Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Are you in step with the Spirit? Do you do what he calls you to do? Do you go where he tells you to go? Do you say what he tells you to say? We need to do what we can to keep in step with the Holy Spirit!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – When Where


Esther 4:14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

You are where you are because God wants you there at this time. Work to do what he wants you to be doing and make the most of your situation even if it isn’t where you want to be! God has a plan and a purpose for you!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – When Where


2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

When should we share the gospel with others? Whenever! The phrase, “In season and out of season” pretty much covers all the time. As Christians we have to be ready to witness whenever the Holy Spirit moves us!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – When Where


Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel remained faithful not matter what the cost was! Do we have that same kind of faithfulness to God or do we move to what is easiest!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness


Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Devotional – I’m Forever Yours, …


Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Devotional – I’m Forever Yours, …


James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

As Christians we know that God calls us to go and share the gospel with others. If we don’t we are committing a sin of omission! You know you should do it, so do it! When you do, God will be glorified!


2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

God sent His Son to die for our sins so we could be saved and brought back into a relationship with Him. Once we have accepted that gift it then becomes our job to let others know what Christ has done for us. We need to do everything we can so that people come to know Jesus and what He did for them!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – Why?


Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

If you are saved you have the power of the Holy Spirit! With Him comes the responsibility of of being God’s witness everywhere you go!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – Why?


Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The great commission! Go! Go! Go! It seems like we are always on the go, this way and that way. Running here and there! School, sports, hobbies, activities, we go so many places and do so many things. Do we take the time to share God’s word with others? Do we go into our world and tell of the wonderful things Christ has done for us?

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – Why?


Mathew 12:35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him

So the question is what is stored up in you? Do you fill yourself with things that are good or things that are evil? The things you read, hear, and see will become the things that you do! Fill yourself with the Fruits of the Spirit!


Romans 12:9  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

We get to choose the things we like and the things we don’t. We can either hold tight to what is good and right or we can hold tight to what is wrong and evil. The decision is up to us. Make the right choice today and every day! Through it May God Be Glorified!

Devotional – Two Wrongs…


Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Devotional – Two Wrongs…


Ephesians 4:34 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. (NLT)

There were times growing up my dad used to tell me, “you need an attitude adjustment.” There were also times growing up my dad gave me and attitude adjustment 🙂 It worked! Maybe today you need the Holy Spirit to give you an attitude adjustment. You may need to change your attitude and thoughts to focus on things above not on the things of this world!


1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

When we are saved we become priests. It becomes our job to let people know that God has done for us! Share your story! Tell others the wonderful love of Jesus and His saving grace!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – Who?


Acts 8:4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.

This is such a powerful and challenging verse! I have to ask myself if I preach/share the word of God wherever I go? Sadly the answer isn’t what it should be. I need to improve on my evangelism!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – Who?


James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Is your faith alive and active? Do you live it out in action or is it becoming stagnant? Evangelism is an awesome way of putting our faith into action!

Sermon – Evangelism 101 – Who?


Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Christians should be covered with kindness. When people see us they should see someone who is kind and meets the needs of those around them.

Devotional – Better to…


Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Devotional – Better to…


Psalm 25:28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.

What do you proclaim each day? What would a recording of your day sound like if it was played back for anyone to hear? I ask myself if the things I say make God known and praise Him!


1 Peter 1:6-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

I stayed up late working on my sermon for this week and following the elections results from yesterdays primary election. First I hope you got out and voted! Second my thoughts turned to those who didn’t win. Some of them I am sure are great people who have suffered a major setback because of what happened in the election. As I thought about it there were a few things that came to mind. How will this setback allow them to prove their faith is real? What will others see when they watch how the candidates handle this defeat?

I know I am not in there shoes and so it is hard for me to understand what they are feeling but in some ways I am excited for these people because I believe God has closed a door for them. It may hurt and may not have been what they were hoping for but if they take some time and look at it in a different way they may see this isn’t just God closing a door but opening a new door of opportunity that they otherwise may not have seen or taken. No matter what I pray they give God the the glory because he does have a  plan for them!


Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Today is a very special day, it is my dad’s birthday. I am so blessed to have the dad I do. He is so loving, supportive and would do anything to help me and my family. I think about how much my dad loves me and how awesome that is but it does not compare to how much God loves each and every one of us!


Romans 5:3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance (patience);

Verses like these that talk about rejoicing and finding glory in sufferings are hard to understand and even harder to live out but as Christians we should have a different perspective on the things that happen in our life. Patience is the start of our maturity. Turn to Romans 5 and read what comes in the following verses.

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Patience


1 Peter 2:23-24 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Jesus was long suffer (patient) for us so that we could be forgiven!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Patience


Romans 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the greek the word hope in this verse means to wait actively. It doesn’t mean “I hope something happens.” It means we are active waiting for it to happen because we know it is going to happen!

Devotional – Just a Little Patience!


Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance (patience) the race marked out for us,

Patience doesn’t mean sitting around waiting and doing nothing! We are to RUN the race we have in front of us even if we don’t know where it is leading to at the time!

Devotional – Just a Little Patience!


James 1:4 Let perseverance(patience) finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Devotional – Just a Little Patience!


Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

The things you are going through may be hard and seem like there is no possible good in it. However, God may be using the challenges and trials you are going through to help spread the Gospel to others!

Sermon – Philippians 1:12-14 – Joy in Advancing!


Philippians 1:14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Do you proclaim the gospel without fear? Do you let others know what Christ has done for you? As Christians we are to share the Good News godly with others!

Sermon – Philippians 1:12-14 – Joy in Advancing!


Philippians 1:12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

What a powerful verse! Do you have the attitude that the circumstances you are in are a way for God to advance the gospel? Paul gives us a wonderful example to follow!

Sermon – Philippians 1:12-14 – Joy in Advancing!


Romans 5:10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

We were once enemies with God but thanks to Jesus sacrifice not he cross we can have peace with God!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Peace


Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Devotional – My Peace in the Rock


Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Always is such a difficult word for Christians. When we go through hard times, loss and trials we are told to rejoice. We can rejoice because we know the pain we are dealing with here is but for a moment compared to the rejoicing that is to come in Heaven.


2 Peter 3:11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives

A day of judgement and destruction is coming. Our lives can either  point others to Christ or they can point them away form Christ. We need to make sure we are loving others in the right way to point them to Christ!

Sermon – Joy in Loving* Philippians 1:9-11


1 Thessalonians 4:9-10 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more

As Christians we need to be studying God’s word so that we can increase our love and love the way that Jesus loves us!

Sermon – Joy in Loving* Philippians 1:9-11


Philippians 1:9-11  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Sermon – Joy in Loving* Philippians 1:9-11


John 15:11  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Joy


Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Devotional – WHERE?


1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

Devotional – WHERE?


1 Corinthians 13:7  It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I am probably the last person that should be talking bout love. It wasn’t until I preached this sermon series that I really knew what love was and what loved should and shouldn’t be. We need more love in our world! The love that God has called us to have towards everyone including our enemies. Understanding love and living it out will change your life completely!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Love – Part 6


Proverbs 24:17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

Christians that are called to love should never find joy in the failings of someone else. One of my favorite quotes is, “does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God?” When someone falls God doesn’t rejoice and neither should we. Our hearts should break for them and want to be there for them to help them!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Love – Part 5


Hebrew 13:1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

Sermon – Joy of Affection – Philippians 1:7-8


Philippians 1:7-8  It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Sermon – Joy of Affection – Philippians 1:7-8


Romans 7:4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

People often struggle with what their purpose is, wondering what they should be doing. This verse makes it very clear what Christians should be doing, we should be bearing fruit!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Love – Part 3


1 Samuel 20:17 And Jonathan had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.

We are told in scripture to love others as we love ourself. It is such a difficult thing to do and really seems impossible. Jonathan did it and not just to anyone but to David who would become king after Saul, Jonathan’s dad. Jonathan would have been in line for the throne. He didn’t become jealous of David he loved him.

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Love – Part 2


1 Corinthians 16:14Do everything in love.

Devotional – Everything!

Sermon – Fruit of the Spirit – Love – Part 1


Psalm 118:24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

Find joy today knowing that God has given you another day! Another day to know Him, another day to grow in Him. Have a day filled with joy knowing God gave you this day for a reason! Use it to glorify Him!


Psalm 33:20-21 We wait in hope for the Lordhe is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

If you are like me you struggle with being patience and waiting on the Lord. Waiting on Him is an act of obedience and trust that I know I need to improve on.

Sermon – Patience – Joseph


Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

This is something I struggle with, being patient! I get frustrated sometimes even by commercials and stop lights! On a more serious note, I don’t always wait for the Lord’s timing in things and take it into my own hand. If you struggle with this too hopefully we can learn to be still and let God work things out in His way and His time.


2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Just like yesterday this verse isn’t about adding one or two things that we want to add it is about making all of theses words part of who we are and part of what we do.

Devotional – It’s Not A Buffet


Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Devotional – It’s Not A Buffet


1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

I am so thankful for the men and women that laid down their life for our country and those who are currently putting their life on the line for the freedoms this country has. They are following in Jesus footsteps who laid down his life for everyone so they could come into a personal relationship with Him!


Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

To justify is to declare righteous, to make one right with God. Because of sin we need to be justified and we can be by accepting God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sermon – The Anticipation is…


Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Sermon – The Anticipation is…


Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Our mind is such a powerful thing. The things that we think about often make their way out into the way that we live. We need to focus our thoughts on Godly things and let scripture and the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts.

Devotional – Just A Thought!


Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

What we think is so important! The thoughts that we have drive the life that we live.

Devotional – Just A Thought!


2 Corinthians 10:15 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Devotional – Just A Thought!


Matthew 5:16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Why do you do what you do? This verse shows us why we should do things, so that they point others to God. We should look for opportunities to do good deeds and pray that when people see them they see God at work and not us. May God Be Glorified!


Philippians 1:4-5  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

The walk of a Christian isn’t one of isolation. We need to develop relationships and partnerships with other Christians that allow us to be more effective and reaching others for Christ and sharing His love and compassion.

Sermon – More Joy Please – Philippians 1:3-5


Ephesians 6:18  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Sermon – Philippians 1:3-5 – More Joy Please!


Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Today I mourn the loss of one of my prior students and athletes. I ask that you join me in lifting up the Tomlin family in prayer. May God strengthen them during this time of loss and comfort them as only he can.


John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

What a wonderful gift Jesus gives us, Peace! This isn’t peace between two countries or even between two people. This is peace as we go through our life knowing that God is in control and that we can trust and depend on Him to deliver us through all of this and bring us home to Him when our time is done here on Earth! We don’t have to stress or let anxiety creep in! We can leave free of fear knowing we can face it all with Christ!


Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

I love verses that speak of God’s promises. This verse has two very strong and wonderful promises in it. Through the Holy Spirt we have strength to persevere and endure the things that life throws at us. Knowing this and that God has everything in His power as well as knowing our eternity with Him is secure we can live in peace and not let the things of this world overpower our thinking!


John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

Do you struggle with stress, depression or anxiety?
Maybe it is time for peace in your life!

Devotional – Peace Be With You!


Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

There is one way and one way only to be saved and that is by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Believe He is who the Bible says He is and that He did what the Bible says He did. When you acknowledge you are a sinner and that there is nothing you can do about it and believe on Him you are changed! It is all possible by His work on the cross! You can’t be saved by going to church or being “good.” Only by Grace through Faith!


Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

God’s grace is so awesome and so wonderful! He offers salvation to us even though we do not deserve it! His love for us triumphs the sin in our life! The key part of that verse to me is “offers salvation to all people.” Jesus died for EVERYONE! The offer to receive the gift of life and salvation is on the table! Will you reach out and take it by believing in trusting in Jesus Christ?

Sermon – Forgiven & Victorious – Philippians 1:2


Colossians 2:13-15 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Sermon – Forgiven & Victorious – Philippians 1:2


Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

I am blessed to have a wonderful dad! He has loved me unconditionally through many ups and down of life! He lives out the compassion God calls us to live and has been a wonderful Godly example to me of what a Godly Man should be like! I pray if you are a dad that you strive to be the dad God has called you to be!


John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Today I was apart of a funeral for a wonderful gentleman. During the service this verse came to my mind. This is such a strong promise for Christians. When this physical body we live in dies our should lives on. True spiritual death is separation from God. Those who have believed in Jesus and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior spend eternity in His presence, they never die. Those who die and have rejected Jesus will spend eternity in Hell, separated from God.


Mark 8:36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

What matter is in life? Physical things or spiritual things? You can have the greatest job, the nicest house, the most awesome car and all the things you could ever want but without a personal relationship with Jesus you in essence have nothing! The most important thing you can have is salvation that come by faith in Jesus Christ!

Devotional – Expiration Date


Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Devotional – Expiration Date


1 Thessalonians 5:14  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

It is amazing how much one verse can hold! There is so much we need to be doing as Christians! Are we helping those who are just watching life fly by and causing problems? Are we encouraging those who are dealing with disappointment and are discouraged? Are we helping the weak by meeting the needs we have? Last, but not least, and also very difficult are we be patient with EVERYONE! It is tough when the Bible uses those all-inclusive words! I always read it as “everyone, especially the hardest ones.” A few reminders for us to be working on this week!


Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

As Christians we should always be looking for opportunities to help people who are going through difficult times. There are so many people that could use some love and support. Pray that God will open your eyes to see the people around you who you can help carry their burdens.

Sermon – Philippians 1:1 Salutation


1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

As Christians we should always be looking for opportunities to encourage other people. We should be looking for people that we can mentor and help grow and mature in Christ Jesus.

Sermon – Philippians 1:1 Salutation


Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

This verse is packed with so much when you break it down and look at it closely. It seems like only a greeting at the beginning of a letter but it is so much more!

Sermon – Philippians 1:1 Salutation


1 Corinthians 12:7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

What is your gift? God has blessed you with a gift, maybe it is teaching or encouraging or leading or compassion. There are so many different things that it could be. You need to spend time in prayer and have God reveal your gift to you and ask him to give you opportunities to help others with the gift he has blessed you with! Use the gift so the God is glorified by the helping of others!


John 8:7 “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Devotional – An Opened Jail Cell


John 8:11  “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Devotional – An Opened Jail Cell


Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

As Christians we should be one church. The problem is we let things in that divide us as a church. When we do this we are giving more power to satan. It is time God’s people come together and stand firm on his principals laid out in God’s Word. When we work together as one body God is glorified!


Psalm 95:10 For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’

I read this verse yesterday. It is talking about God’s anger with the Israelites after he delivered them from Egypt. I asked myself if His statement is true of our generation too…have our hearts gone astray do we know His ways? We can ask it as a broad question or we can answer it honestly for ourselves which is what really matters! What would your honest answer be today?


Acts 16:26-28 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

What really stands out to me here is the phrase “We are all here!” Think about the fact they were in a prison with other prisoners. Some of them had maybe been there a long time and some knew there sentence meant many more years there. When the doors opened and their chains were loosened your would expect the other prisoners to take the chance they had and make a break for it. I have to wonder if the witness that Paul and Silas were by praying and singing impacted those in a way that kept them there!

Sermon – Philippians – The Backstory – Acts 16


Acts 16:25  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

How do you handle times of adversity? What do people see and hear when they watch you go through difficult times? We need to remember someone is always watching and how we handle things can impact them in a way that points to God or a way that doesn’t.

Sermon – Philippians – The Backstory – Acts 16


Psalm 25:1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.

Such a short and simple verse but simple doesn’t always mean easy. I often struggle with trusting God and His ways. I pray that we all learn to trust in our Lord and Savior is so much better than going about things our own way. Trust in Him today!


Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Sadly it often seems that Christians are some of the least accepting people. We should be accepting of others in Love. Accepting others in love doesn’t always mean that we agree or condone what they are doing. We see them as God’s creation and want to share the love of God with them. When we accept others we Glorify God!

Devotional – Where is Your Focus


1 Samuel 16:7  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Devotional – Where is Your Focus


Jeremiah 23:24  Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

Have you ever thought about the amount of sin that is done in the dark or that people try to hide. We do something not wanting other people to see it. What is sad is that the one who really matters sees everything we do! There is nothing we can do that is hidden from Him. What we say and do should be filtered through the thought, is what I am doing Glorifying God.


Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

This verse is probably one verse that some people don’t want to read or think I am being a prude for posting. First let me say I do not believe that drinking is wrong, I believe what the Bible says and that is not to get drunk. When we get drunk we don’t always make the best decisions and are being guided by something other than the Holy Spirit. We should always be led by the Spirit.


John 3:17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

We were condemned when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. Sin separated man from God and condemned us to eternal separation from God. The wonderful thing is that God sent His son Jesus to die for the penalty of our sins. Through Jesus’ death and restoration we can be saved from our sin and no longer be separated from God.


Leviticus 19:18  Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

This verse is a double challenge! It is so hard to not hold a grudge and want to pay someone back when they hurt us. Scripture tells us that we should not look for ways to pay someone back when they hurt us in some way but that we should love them. Love someone that hurt us? Man that is really hard! When we live the way God calls us to live we give people what they need, which may be forgiveness, even if they don’t deserve it and even if it is hard for us!


Deuteronomy 13:1-3  If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul

School is finished and summer is here! No more grading math tests. That doesn’t mean testing is done though. We are always facing tests. There are so many things that try to pull us away from from God. It shows where our true love is. It is sad how some people are miss lead by false teachers. Show your love to God by only trusting and following Him.


Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

School is out and it is summer time! During this time of year a lot of families go on vacation. We go and do so much. I pray that as you are busy doing things that you take time to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of God all around us. This world we live on is His creativity and creation and we should take time to take the beauty of it in and give God glory for his amazing handiwork!


Psalm 1:6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Devotional – Pick A Path


1 Timothy 5:15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.

This verse brings out another black and white statement. You are either following Christ or you are following satan. The choices and decisions we make show which it is. How do we spend our time? What do we do with the resources we have? Our we out for our own glory or for Gods?

Sermon – Hold On!


2 Corinthians 11:3  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

To often we let our minds get off of Christ and the things he would have us to do. When we do this we are turning away from Him and following satan. Doing this ends up in a spiritual shipwreck. Keep your mind on Christ today!

Sermon – Hold On!


1 Timothy 1:19  holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

We have to hold on tight to our faith and knowing what God says is right and wrong! Satan will try anything to get us to turn away from it and follow him! I pray today that you hold on!

Sermon – Hold On!


1 Timothy 1:18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,

Sermon – Hold On!


1 Peter 1:22  Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart

This verse always makes me think of my wife. I am so blessed with a wonderful wife who loves me and loves God even more. Tell the people you love them and then spend your life showing that love to them! Love is an action word, put your love into action and love deeply from the heart!


Matthew 25:31-34 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

The day is coming when Jesus will appear. There will be a time of separation and our eternal destination will be handed out. I pray for those who do not know Him to come to know Him and for those of us who have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior that we will share the Gospel with others!

Devotional – Not a Leg to Stand On


Psalm 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

Devotional – Not a Leg to Stand On


Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

I read this verse and wonder if I really live this verse out the way I should. Men it is time we love our wives the way we are supposed to! The love that is talked about here is an agape love. It means that we give women what they need, even if they don’t deserve it and even if it comes at a cost to us. Really evaluate how you treat and love your wife and see if that is what you do. If you don’t it is time for a change. Women pray that your husband will live this verse out in their life.


Deuteronomy 19:11 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

“Them” in this verse is God’s laws, decrees and commands. At their time is was the scripture or what we would refer to as the Bible. So today we need to make sure we are teaching God’s Word to our children. We should be talking about it constantly with them. It should be interwoven into everything we do in our life. There is nothing better than passing down an eternal legacy.     Sermon – Godly Mother


Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary shows an example of a Godly Mother.   Sermon – Godly Mother


Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

A very simple verse but oh so very important. Oh if I only I would have listened to my parents more how much simpler my life would have been. As a parent now I know how important it is to try and give my kids Godly advice even if they choose not to follow it. It is important for me to be close to Christ in our relationship so I can lead them the way God would want me to. I am so thankful I had a Godly Mother!


Proverbs 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day! If you haven’t gotten yours a present you better get after it! I am blessed to have a wonderful mother! She has been very sacrificial and loving! I could never thank her enough for all she has done for me in my forty-five years. Looking back though I wish I would have lived out Proverbs 1:8 more. There are a lot of times my mom told me things and I didn’t listen, she wanted to teach me but I didn’t want to be taught. I thought I knew best but Mom knows best! Listening to her and her wisdom would have saved me a lot of trouble. If your mom is still alive make her feel special and loved this weekend because to her you are special and loved!


Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

Until we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and give our life to Him we are all sinners. Because of that we face not only a physical death but also a spiritual death, eternal separation from God. Thanks to Jesus sacrifice on the cross we gain receive the free gift of salvation and forgiveness of our sins! Then we know we will experience eternal life, being in the presence of God for eternity!

Devotional – Wicked Wheat


Psalm 1:4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Devotional – Wicked Wheat


2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

A tough verse to live out! It is hard to delight in all those things but we have to remember that God has a reason and purpose for allowing them and that is so His strength and power can be revealed. If your going through something difficult right now remember God may be using it not only to change you but to impact those around you who are seeing the power of God living in you!

Sermon – Mighty Weakling


Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

I love this verse! God has our future laid out for us and not only that but will walk through it with us! He is always with us, ALWAYS even when it seems He may not be! No reason to fear because we don’t know what is going to happen and no reason to be discouraged if things don’t go our way. They will go the way our Lord and Savior wants them to!

Sermon – Mighty Weakling


2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Your Weakness Magnifies God’s Power!
Sermon – Mighty Weakling


1 Corinthians 1:26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

This verse is a reminder that God doesn’t always you the “perfect” person or a job. Often times He uses the least likely person to do a job and sometimes in a very unexpected way. So don’t let any weaknesses you have make you think He can’t use you. Your weakness is no obstacle to God!


Hebrews 10:25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

It is Saturday and my question for you is what are your weekend plans? Golf, the lake, yard work? We have a lot of things we love to do on the weekend and some things that need to be done. I hope one thing you plan on doing is going to church. The percentage of people who claim to be Christians and attend church regularly is a disputed research statistic but is usually around 20-40%. Those are hard numbers to read! As Christians we need fellowship, encouragement, worship and growth in God’s word. I pray you evaluate your weekend and make sure you are making time for you Lord and Savior! It will greatly benefit you and it will glorify God.


Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord

Today I have the privilege and honor of preaching a memorial for a wonderful lady in our church. She loved the Lord and she loved singing! Singing was her passion and her way of praising God. I pray you can find something you are passionate about that you can do to glorify God from your heart!


Psalm 1:3  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.



1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

What would the world look like today if every Christian started to live out this one verse? If we put Christ first in our life and focused on giving Him the glory in everything we do it would impact so many for Him. You can’t control everyone but you can control yourself, you can decide if all you do is going to be done in a way that give God glory!

Sermon – Why Am I Here?


Romans 16:27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then through your relationship with Him and the guidance of the Holy Spirit you should be glorifying God. Our actions, choices, speech and relationships should bring Glory to God and point others towards Him. I pray today that you ask yourself is what I am doing and saying glorifying God!

Sermon – Why Am I Here?


Romans 16:25  Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,

Our God is powerful and supplies us with the strength we need to do what He has called us to do!

Sermon – Why Am I Here


John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

You hear people say, “I hope I will get to Heaven when I die because I think I have been a good person.” Or maybe the have other reasons why they think they have a “chance.” The Bible is very clear, the only way to Heaven is by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior! When we surrender our lives to Him and Trust in Him we take the one and only way that is available! Trust in Jesus, not your works or good deeds!


Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

This is a special verse to me because it was my grandpa’s favorite verse. Sometimes people read this verse and wonder how something going on in their life that is bad can be for good. We need to trust God will use the bad in our life for His good. To either bring someone into a relationship with Him or make us or others more like Him. Even through the bad in our life May God Be Glorified!


Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I read this verse every morning on a paperweight my wife got for me. It reminds me of the hope I have in Jesus Christ. Not a hope as we think of hope but the greek word means promise. God has promised those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior a future, eternity with Him. The plans he has for us don’t always make sense and may not be what we think they should be but they are for our best and they are with the scope of eternity in mind!


Psalm 1:2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.



Matthew 24:4  Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.

As Christians it is so important that we know what the Bible tells us and what God’s plans are. When we know we can spot those who are false teachers or even worse those who claim to be the Messiah. We have to know them so we can avoid them and help others avoid them to!


2 Timothy 4:3-4  For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Man if this verse isn’t so true I don’t know what is! People don’t want to accept the Bible as it is, they say it is “old” and doesn’t apply to today. They want to hear what they want to hear not what they need to hear. As Christians we need to make sure they hear the truth and are not being misled by false teaching.

Sermon – Truth or False


Romans 16:17-18   I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

It is very important that we know what to look for in false teachers. They aren’t just something of the past. False teachers are busy doing the work of satan today! The sermon below talks about how the Bibles says we can identify them and what we should do when we find them.

Sermon – Truth or False


Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.



Romans 15:4  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

As a junior high math teacher I know that just because a kid has a math book doesn’t mean they are learning math. The have to open the book, study what is in the book and do the work that is required to truly understand and apply it. It is the same with our Bibles. Just because we have a bible and maybe open it once a week on Sunday doesn’t mean that we are learning what we need to from it! Open the word of God today and learn more about Him!


James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

We can study the Bible we can listen to preaching. We can know a lot about what the Bible says but if we don’t actually live it out and do what it tells us to do we are totally wasting it. Study and know the Bible but then live it out daily and show the Bible through your life!


Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,



2 Timothy 3:16  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

The word of God is such a wonderful thing! To know we hold His words when we hold a Bible is just amazing! I pray that you spend time studying it. I pray  you let it teach you how to live, let it be the blueprint for your life! Let it point out when you make mistakes and show you have those mistakes can be corrected! Most importantly may it help you live a life that gives God the glory!


Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

As we live in this dark world that is full of sin how wonderful it is to know that the word of God can light the way we are to walk. It is an illuminated GPS that shows us the right way to live and navigate this world. If we have mess up and make a mistake knowing and living His word can get us back on track! I pray you take some time today, and every day, to study the Bible so it can guide you!


Galatians 5:13  You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.



Psalm 119:15-16  I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Precepts isn’t a word we use very often but it means commands. We should be studying God’s word so we know what he is commanding us to do. I want to live the way God wants me to so the last thing I can do is neglect studying the Bible!


2 Timothy 2:15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

I heard this verse so many times because my son Caleb was in Awana’s. The Awana name comes from this verse, “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.” Caleb learned it in KJV which “Study to shew(show) thyself approved unto God.” It is interesting to me one version starts with “study” and the other with “do your best.” The best way we can do our best to be approved workers of Jesus is to study His word and live it out! Know the truth and live the truth!


1 Corinthians 10:11  These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

The things that are in the Bible are there are to help us live the way we are supposed to live! People always say I wish life came with instructions or a blueprint. The Bible is a blueprint of what we should and shouldn’t do, how we should live. This being the case we need to make sure we are spending time reading the Bible! I pray you make time today to spend time learning from the examples that are in the Bible for us.


2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!



2 Corinthians 5:20  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Posted on this verse a while back in a devotional but read it again yesterday and just reminded me how important is to remember that we are to be out there farthing the work of Christ! I pray today you get a chance to move the cause for Christ forward by sharing Him with others!


Psalm 96:3  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Do you tell people just how wonderful God is? Do you tell them about the wonderful things he has done in your life? We are to share his “marvelous deeds” to everyone! He is what we should boast about, He is what we should be excited to share with other people. Not our promotion or other things we do but what He has and is doing!


Mark 5:18-19  As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

Jesus had healed a demon-possessed man who wanted to go with Jesus but Jesus had a better idea. Go back to where you came from and share your story. Tell others what Jesus has done for you so they too can believe! Are you sharing what Jesus has done for you?


Isaiah 6:8  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Are you willing to say, “Here am I. Send me!” It doesn’t have to be to a far away missions field it may mean you going across the street or even go to work and share what Jesus has done for you! Go and share what Christ has done for you so God May Be Glorified!


Mark 16:15  He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Have you ever wondered what you would do if Jesus showed up and said lets go to lunch. Then at lunch he told you there was something he wanted you to do. Would you do it? The Bible is God’s love letter written to you. In Mark 16:15 we read go and preach. That is what Jesus is telling you and I to do! I pray today you answer the call and share the gospel with someone!


Romans 1:16  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”

As Christians we can not be ashamed or afraid to share the gospel! We are told through out the Bible to fear not and being ashamed is not doing something out of fear. The gospel is the saving power that everyone needs to hear about and know so they have a chance to believe! We can’t let fear of rejection, humiliation or embarrassment keep us from sharing the good news!


Acts 20:24  However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.



Mark 13:10  And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.

Jesus tells us we are to preach the gospel (good news of salvation) to all nations. Now I know what some of you are thinking…”preach” oh I am not a pastor that is not my job. Sorry, it is your job. Preach in greek actually means to proclaim or announce. As Christians we are called to proclaim/announce the good news of salvation to everyone!


1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

On the day after we celebrate Jesus resurrection we should set our focus on Jesus return. Jesus loved everyone enough to die for them. Do we love Him enough in return to tell others the Good News! I pray you are able to share what Christ has done for you today!


Matthew 28:6  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Today we celebrate Jesus resurrection. On Friday people were posting, “It is Friday but Sunday is coming!” Let me say today, “It is Sunday but tomorrow is coming! We don’t know which tomorrow it will be but Jesus is coming back! I pray you have a personal relationship with Him and are ready when His tomorrow comes!


John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

IT IS FINISHED! So powerful are the words Jesus spoke! The word used in greek is tetelestai and it means paid in full. Our debt for our sin is something we can never pay on our on but on the cross Jesus paid it for everyone! Easter is my favorite season because what Jesus did for us gives us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him! May God Be Glorified!


Matthew 26:53-54 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”

I love these verses. To know that Jesus had the power to remove himself from the situation leading up to the cross and the cross itself but he chose not to shows just how much he truly loves each and every one of us. Jesus went to the cross for you!


Luke 22:41-42  He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 

Devotional on Prayer


Matthew 6:6  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you

When I read this verse it reminds me how personal and intimate prayer is and should be. Yes there is a time and place for public prayer but when you speak to your best friend about very personal things you usually do it in private. When you have a personal relationship with Christ he wants us to share our private thoughts and needs with Him.


Matthew 5:44  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Sometimes the prayers we need to say are the hardest ones to say! Maybe there is someone who has hurt you or treated you wrong that you need to pray for. Lift them up in prayer and see how God can work in that relationship!


Luke 6:12  One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

Prayer was such a huge part of Jesus life when he was here on Earth! He spoke with his Father often. If we strive to be like Jesus prayer should be a huge part of our life not just something we do quickly and move on.


Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

“be constant in prayer.” No matter what you are going through we should be praying. We often forget that prayer isn’t a formal event. Prayer is interacting with God. Prayer is interacting with our best friend. May you be constant in your prayer no matter what you are going through!


Acts 16:25  About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

This verse has always been interesting me for two reasons. The obvious is the amazing faith Paul and Silas had to be singing while in prison! Talk about glorifying God in our struggles! The other part of the verse that is interesting is that people are always watching and listening, often times even more when we go through our struggles! Ask yourself today, “What do people see in me when I go through hard times and does it point them to God or turn them off?”


1 Peter 3:15  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

Hope Devotional


Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

A great verse to remind us how much Jesus loves us. When he says “come to me” he is offering an invitation. The verse says who is invited…all. No matter what you are struggling with no matter how life has weighed you down you can come to Christ! When you do he can remove the penalty of sin and give you new hope so you can rest knowing your sins are forgiven and your eternity is secure!


Matthew 6:24  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

The greek word for money can mean not only money but possessions. It seems like people get so caught up in making more money or having more stuff. We become servants to money! Our lives, decisions and choices are driven by something other than what

Christ wants for our life. I pray we strive to serve God and not the “stuff” of life!


Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

We can either look to science for answers or we can look to God who is the answer! Not saying we shouldn’t study all the things science study but we should study, believe and accept God first and foremost!


Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fail, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, ad the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.”

This verse is the story of my life! Much of my adult life I was not building on the foundation of Jesus Christ! Because of that, when the storms of life came I was not able to withstand them. I thank God for his forgiveness and giving us another chance to build our life on Him. If you would like to hear more about this you can go to Sermons and listen to My Story preached on 3/11/18.


Luke 23:43 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

I can’t believe that Easter is just a little over three weeks away. When I read this verse it helps me see how much Jesus truly loves us! For Him to forgive the very people who are crucifying Him is a love so true and so powerful. The sad part is that we struggle to forgive people who do so much less to us! Is there someone that you need to forgive as Christ has forgiven you? Pray about it and reach out to them today!


Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all.

If you have ever seen a little child hold a small rabbit you have seen an example of gentleness. They are so careful in what they do and how they treat the rabbit. They are scared to do anything that might hurt it. How different would our relationships be if we treated everyone in our life with that kind of gentleness?


Philippians 4:11“I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself.”

An easy verse to read, but a verse very difficult to live out! Can you say today in the  circumstance you are in right now that you are content (peacefully happy)? If you can’t then maybe you need to turn it over to Jesus in prayer.



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