The Just Shall Live by Faith (Hebrews 11:1-3 & 6)

We now arrive at one of the most popular chapters in all of the Bible: Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11 is commonly referred to as the chapter of faith because it lists well-known individuals from the Old Testament and proves that they lived by faith. Verse 2 tells us that through their faith “the men ofContinue reading “The Just Shall Live by Faith (Hebrews 11:1-3 & 6)”

Facing Fear! Trusting God! (2 Timothy 1:7)

Common phobias in our day and age include: Fear of Germs (Mysophobia), Fear of Heights (Acrophobia), Fear of Snakes (Ophidiophobia), Fear of Spiders (Arachnophobia), Thanatophobia (Fear of Death), and Glossophobia (Fear of Public Speaking). Jerry Seinfeld once stated: “According to most studies, the number one fear people have is public speaking. Death is number two.Continue reading “Facing Fear! Trusting God! (2 Timothy 1:7)”

The Battlefield in Your Mind (Philippians 4:8-9)

Martin Luther has been quoted as saying, “While you cannot prevent birds from flying over your head, you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair.” You will never have a joyful, enduring faith if you surrender the fight raging on the battlefield in your mind. Far too many Christians have let theContinue reading “The Battlefield in Your Mind (Philippians 4:8-9)”

The Cure for Worry (Philippians 4:2-7)

This time last year, during our Sermon Series on the Sermon on the Mount, we discussed “The Cure for Anxiety”. We learned: God hasn’t told you that you have nothing to worry about; He told you that there is nothing you should worry about. While there are a lot of things you can worry about,Continue reading “The Cure for Worry (Philippians 4:2-7)”

The Cure for Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)

God hasn’t told you that you have nothing to worry about; He told you that you shouldn’t worry about anything (John 14:1). Let me explain. There are a lot of things in this world that you can worry about. You can worry about your job, family, marriage, taxes, etc. Nowhere in the Bible does GodContinue reading “The Cure for Anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34)”

Dishonoring God’s Sacrifice (Malachi 1:6-14)

  In this section of Malachi, we read about the priests who dishonored God by permitting the offering of polluted (sick or lame) animals as sacrifices in the Temple. In the Law of Moses, the Lord made clear that animal sacrifices were required to be of a “male without blemish” (Lev 1:3). The Lord rebukedContinue reading “Dishonoring God’s Sacrifice (Malachi 1:6-14)”

When Tempted (James 1:13-16)

It is not a matter of “If” but “when”. In verse 13, James does not say, “If” you are tempted, but “When” you are tempted. Jesus said, “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1) and we must always be diligent to resist every temptation. When we are tempted, we need to remember threeContinue reading “When Tempted (James 1:13-16)”

Wrestling with God (Genesis 32)

I recently read an article on Inc.com entitled “5 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Confidence.” The author claims that anyone can have powerful self-confidence every day. He then writes: Self-confident people are admired by others and inspire confidence in others. They face their fears head-on and tend to be risk takers. They know that noContinue reading “Wrestling with God (Genesis 32)”

What Should I Do? (Genesis 30:1-24)

Foolish decisions make difficult situations worse. Foolish decisions are often sinful decisions because they are made out of fear instead of faith. When times get tough, we must not panic because when we panic we seek to take control of our situation and we end up making our situation worse. Choosing faith over fear isContinue reading “What Should I Do? (Genesis 30:1-24)”

The Omnipotence of God (Genesis 1:1)

You may have heard this question before: “Can God create a rock so large that He is unable to lift it?” It is a well-known and challenging question because the Bible teaches that God is all-powerful and has complete control (Omnipotence).  Therefore, if you answer ‘No, He cannot make a rock too large…’ you feelContinue reading “The Omnipotence of God (Genesis 1:1)”