Are You Sleeping on the Outside of Your Heart?

Earthquakes are an interesting phenomenon. They come and go as the earth’s crust shifts around on its molten core. Their intensity varies from tiny tremors that barely register on measuring equipment to a full blown rupture that destroys whole cities or reshapes the countryside. Most earthquakes are not a single event, like a hurricane or…

Raining Fire

After the night’s dark fears have passed, the light of dawn breaks through, promising peace and happiness. But one particular day in a city called Sodom, dawn came with a vengeance no one anticipated. At the same time that daybreak lit the city, a fire-storm and destruction were coming together, ready to burst forth on…

“Come Unto Me”

When people come to Jesus Christ, the very first thing they will discover is a deep, beautiful peace inside. They won’t be able to tell what the reason is for it, but they do know that they feel good. They are no longer running from God or fighting Him. Instead, they begin to really understand…

Love From A Pure Heart

The one concept unique to early Christianity was “love of the brethren.” Once the early Christians had received Christ and the truth, the Apostle Peter urged them to love one another. Observers in Christianity’s early days were amazed by this outstanding fact more than any other. Yet there were many who heard this truth, but never let it purify them—because they refused…

Spontaneous, Extravagant Love and Devotion

True love does not cautiously hold back its feelings from the one it loves. Love is spontaneous, and may burst forth in amazing ways that we never plan in advance. The one quality that distinguishes love is that it comes forth, not by force, but from our free will. “…in Bethany in the house of…

God Does Not Hate You

What a terrible thing it is to have hatred for someone else, both for the one who gives it and the one who receives it. Whenever something annoys or antagonizes us—we hate it. If people disagree with us or they don’t meet our predetermined standard of what is appropriate—we hate them. Consider just how much…

Living in Fellowship with God

It has always been God’s desire to have a relationship in fellowship with His people. The work we do for Him has its own value, but our companionship and relationship we enjoy with Him is more important. There is no way to make our standing with God better because it is already at its best…

Difficult Situations

“In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and He heard me.” Psalm 120:1 God chooses to put His children into situations of intense difficulty sometimes, which seem to lead us to a position of no escape. If He asked us in advance what we think of being subjected to them, it would never be…

He Lives – I Die

When we hear messages about the sufferings and death of Christ, we often learn that Christ dying for us on the cross of Calvary is the basis for being saved. But how often do we hear that we are to die with Christ? As descendants of Adam, we all ‘died’ in him, since death was all he had to pass down to us. Therefore,…

The Perfect Work of Patience

“…the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, [lacking] nothing…” (James 1:3-4), meaning that everything is now complete. Our patience needs an opportunity to be tried to the limit in order to carry out its perfect work. We should want to be faithful to what we…