“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Message summary: Since the consequence of sin is not always immediate we may be under the illusion that all is well. But eventually our sin will find us out.
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8,9).
“Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him” (Colossians 1:21,22). “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless in the presence of His glory with great joy” (Jude 24).
Message summary: Today, whatever type of chaos you may be experiencing or witnessing, make this your declaration, Jesus will present me before His Father’s glorious presence faultless and with great joy!
“Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him” (Colossians 1:21,22). “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Message summary: We pray that all our marriages and homes are not loveless but love-filled!
“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation'” (Revelation 5:9).
Message summary: Have you paced your faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning blood as the only means of salvation?
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:4,5). “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).
Message summary: In increasingly secular America there is a vague focus on being thankful without specifying to whom. The Scripture says, “Be thankful to Him and praise His Name“.
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).
Message summary: If you’re on a winding, bumpy detour may you have the perspective of the apostle James and “consider it pure joy”.
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13). “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). (From the 1599 edition of the Geneva Bible used by the Pilgrims.)
Message summary: Each of us are pilgrims on our earthly journey. With all the uncertainties around us let us declare this with resolved certainty: I am a pilgrim on the journey of the narrow road, may all who come behind me find me faithful!