The Power of Forgiveness

Photo by Alex Shute. As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this- to preserve the lives of many people. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Genesis 50:20-21 The back story… Joseph is having a … Continue reading The Power of Forgiveness

COURTSHIP: Why It Is Important.

Today we call it dating, but, I want to use the word courtship because dating has been so misused. What is courtship? It is a defined period where two people in a relationship decide to spend time getting to know each other with the intention of getting married in the foreseeable future. Courtship has a … Continue reading COURTSHIP: Why It Is Important.

When Unforgiveness Turns Into Malice

Photo by Eyasu Etsub And Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad; For Absalom hated Amnon because he had humbled his sister Tamar. 2 Samuel 13:22 Amnon had fallen in love with his half-sister Tamar and through evil advice, he made a plan to rape her. 2 Samuel 13: 1-19 When he did, Absalom, … Continue reading When Unforgiveness Turns Into Malice

The Reason for Our Hope [Bible study]

Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 What is hope? Hope can be defined as trusting in, waiting for, desiring, or expecting something beneficial in the future. ( Baker’s Evangelical … Continue reading The Reason for Our Hope [Bible study]

LOT’S CHOICE

Abram lived in the land of Canaan, and Lot settled in the cities on the plain and set up his tent near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were evil, sinning immensely against the Lord. Genesis 13:12-13 Lot had a choice to live near Abram but he chose to live near Sodom. Living near Sodom … Continue reading LOT’S CHOICE

Patient Endurance [Bible Study]

What is endurance? Endurance is defined as the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. (Miriam Webster) We can therefore say, patient endurance is the ability to withstand adversity for a long period of time with a good attitude. You can endure without being patient. … Continue reading Patient Endurance [Bible Study]

A Sacrifice That Cost Nothing

Photo by Jefferson Santos But the King replied to Araunah, ‘ No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24 There was a plague in Israel. God had brought judgment on them. Scripture doesn’t say what Israel had … Continue reading A Sacrifice That Cost Nothing

God’s Design for Women in Relationships

Photo by Natalia Sobolivska What happens when two people get together and don’t know what the heck they are supposed to do?... Mess, confusion, and brokenness ensue. Whenever a man and woman get into a relationship and don’t know their designed role; they will steward that relationship in error. As women, what exactly is our … Continue reading God’s Design for Women in Relationships

Recovering Our Plunder

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko: Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “ Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.” 2 Samuel 3:14 Here is the back story… When David fought Goliath, Saul had attached the price of his firstborn daughter, Merab … Continue reading Recovering Our Plunder

Proverbs 25:28 Bible Study [Self Control]

A man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28 ESV We are likened to a city. A city that has walls is protected from outside attacks, it cannot be easily accessed. But when a city lacks walls; it's vulnerable to anything and everything. Therefore, self control becomes … Continue reading Proverbs 25:28 Bible Study [Self Control]

A setup for Transformation

  Photo by Hakon Grimstad Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28 Jacob was a man who had lived true to his name. His name means ‘deceiver or supplanter’. From the minute he came out … Continue reading A setup for Transformation

Hebrews 13:21[Bible Study]

STRENGTHENED & EQUIPPED Now may the God of peace [who is the author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed and ratified]the everlasting (covenant, Testament). Strengthen ( complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to … Continue reading Hebrews 13:21[Bible Study]

The Mouth [Bible study]

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21 This scripture reveals to us the power of what is coming out of our mouths. We are warned to pay attention because every time we open our mouths we either speak life or death … Continue reading The Mouth [Bible study]

The Mark of Excellence

Photo by Diego PH Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him. Daniel 6:3 A little back story… Daniel is a captive in Babylon, he and other people from Judah had been carried off by King Nebuchadnezzar when he invaded Jerusalem. The king’s … Continue reading The Mark of Excellence

Before The Vow

Photo by Sandy Millar At the onset, emotions and feelings are usually what drive the relationship. We choose someone because we are attracted to them first. We go on a couple of dates, and begin to develop an emotional attachment to each other. However, we can be fooled to believe that emotions are a solid … Continue reading Before The Vow

Possessing Our Inheritance

Photo by Amol Tyagi The people of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us. Yet all the Canaanites who dwell in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-Shean and its village and those in the valley of Jezreel.” Joshua 17:16 The Josephites had received their inheritance but hadn't fully … Continue reading Possessing Our Inheritance

The Voice of God {Bible Study}

It’s not that most of us don’t want to hear the voice of God; it’s that we don’t understand how God speaks, and what is expected of us when we hear His voice. Today I want us to look at how God speaks and whom He speaks to. The fear of the Lord. This is … Continue reading The Voice of God {Bible Study}

The place of Rolling Away

Photo by Ross Findon And the Lord said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9 NIV The children of Israel have been in the wilderness for forty years now. But, a time has come … Continue reading The place of Rolling Away

The Test of Faith

Photo by Kelly Sikkema It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Hebrews 11:17 NLT In Genesis 22:1 It says After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he … Continue reading The Test of Faith

Offense [Bible study]

The bible defines offense as something that causes one to stumble or fall into sin. Therefore, the one who offends sins and leads others into sin. Offenses will come. Then He said to the disciples, “ It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! Luke 17:1 … Continue reading Offense [Bible study]

Settling for Good Enough

Photo by Eduard Militaru One day Terah took his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai ( his son Abram’s wife), and his grandson Lot ( his son Haran’s child) and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Genesis 11:31 NLT … Continue reading Settling for Good Enough

7 Dynamics of a Good Relationship

Photo by Khadeeja Yasser I wasn’t going to let the month of ‘love’ go by without slipping in a relationship post. Today I want to talk about a few things that define a good relationship. I say good because even great ones have room for improvement. For most people, it's not that we don't want … Continue reading 7 Dynamics of a Good Relationship

Faith for the Impossible

Photo by Roland Losslein By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this, he condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 ESV In a time when the earth was corrupt … Continue reading Faith for the Impossible

OBEDIENCE [BIBLE STUDY]

The dictionary defines obeying as submitting to the authority of someone or complying with a law. When we say we are obedient to God, we are submitted to His authority and we do what His Word has instructed us. Obedience is better than sacrifice. But Samuel replied, “what is more pleasing to the LORD: your … Continue reading OBEDIENCE [BIBLE STUDY]

Unbound In the Fire

Photo by Aida L He answered and said, “ But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods,” Daniel 3:25 You’ve probably heard the story of the three Hebrew boys. But if not, … Continue reading Unbound In the Fire

Peace of God [Bible Study]

We often think of peace as something we have in the absence of conflict or trouble. In the Bible, the definition of peace is more than this. I want us to look at what the peace of God is. In Greek, the word peace comes from the word Eirene. It means to join or tie … Continue reading Peace of God [Bible Study]

The Place of Preparation

Photo by Scott Goodwill Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household and entrusted to his care everything he owned. Genesis 39:4 NIV The back story here is that Joseph is sold by his brothers (because they were envious of him), to the Ishmaelites who … Continue reading The Place of Preparation

When God Becomes Enough

Photo by Mae Mu When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31 NKJV Leah is a woman who finds herself in an unpleasant life situation. Her father had given her for marriage to a man who didn’t want her. Leah became Jacob's bride through trickery. … Continue reading When God Becomes Enough

In The Tension of Transition

Photo by Misael Garcia The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people, and your father's household to the land I will show you." Genesis 12:2 This was Abraham’s word; a time had come for him to transition into what God had called him to. For Abraham to do what God was … Continue reading In The Tension of Transition

Favor in the Struggle

Photo by Angel Balashev And He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28 This was a word given to Jacob by God when he had wrestled with an angel all night. Jacob's story is littered with difficulties, but … Continue reading Favor in the Struggle

21 DAY FAST DEVOTIONAL ( Free PDF copy)

As we begin a new year, what better time to make the changes we have been desiring in our lives. As a believer, I have often incorporated prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year as a way of mapping out my year. I have leaned into what God is doing in this season. … Continue reading 21 DAY FAST DEVOTIONAL ( Free PDF copy)

Appointed Times and Seasons

Photo by Anne Nygard The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” Genesis 18:10 Something is revealed in this passage. Even though Abraham and Sarah had been waiting for the promise a long time, God still let them know that the appointed … Continue reading Appointed Times and Seasons

Re-digging the Wells (The Place of Fruitfulness)

Photo by David Kovalenko And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. Genesis 26:18 Isaac re-digging the wells here symbolizes taking back … Continue reading Re-digging the Wells (The Place of Fruitfulness)

A Covering of Fig Leaves

Photo by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:7 Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command and eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When they did, something … Continue reading A Covering of Fig Leaves

Overcoming Fear [Bible study]

What is fear? The dictionary defines fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Whenever we feel afraid of danger, or evil, or pain we are feeling fear. Fear can be real or imagined. We can have a real reason to fear or it … Continue reading Overcoming Fear [Bible study]

The Love of God Bible Study

God’s love has been mistaken for a lot of things. We have mistaken human love for God’s love. So many people believe that God loves us just like people love us. Because people have deemed us unlovable or have abandoned us, we also inaccurately believe we are unlovable to God. Because people have failed to … Continue reading The Love of God Bible Study

A sound mind Bible study

What does it mean to have a sound mind? For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 A sound mind in other translations is interpreted as having, “self control”, “self discipline”, and "sound judgment". When we say someone has … Continue reading A sound mind Bible study

After God’s Heart

Photo by Philip Ackermann And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘ I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Acts 13:22 In all of history, there wasn’t another person … Continue reading After God’s Heart

Freedom in Christ Bible study [pt 2]

What is our freedom in Christ for? Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 peter 2:16 Last week we looked at what Christ has set us free from. We saw that Christ has set us free from sin, the law, … Continue reading Freedom in Christ Bible study [pt 2]

Staying planted

Photo by Gabriel Jimenez But the godly will flourish like the palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.Psalm 92:12 To flourish is defined as to grow and develop well, to be healthy, to be very successful. I love that one of the meanings of flourish is to grow, and for anything to … Continue reading Staying planted

Freedom in Christ Bible Study

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Galatians 5: 1 What has Christ set us free from? We have been set free from sin. But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin…you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6: … Continue reading Freedom in Christ Bible Study

Date wisely

Photo by Gift Habeshaw Signs he is ready for a serious relationship Dating can be fun or it can be an arduous heartbreaking experience. Dating in the 21st century is even harder because of social media and the internet, which allows a person to build a completely different persona from who they really are. It's … Continue reading Date wisely

Matthew 7: 1 In-depth study

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. Matthew 7: 1-2Matthew 7: 1-2 Do not judge or you too will be judged. We shouldn't judge that's what Jesus says. But … Continue reading Matthew 7: 1 In-depth study

Proverbs 9:10 Study

Fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy one is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 Fear comes from the Hebrew word “Yirah”. Yirah has two parts: it can mean to be afraid, to tremble, to be terrified but it can also mean awe, wonder, reverence … Continue reading Proverbs 9:10 Study

Lions, Bears & Giants.

Photo by Yassine Khalfalli Winning Your Private Battles. And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “your servant used to keep sheep for … Continue reading Lions, Bears & Giants.

Dating

Photo by Everton Villa How Do We Do It Right? Dating can be daunting. It can be a season full of confusion and self-doubt. But it doesn’t have to be. We can do it with confidence and wisdom. And whether we end up marrying the person we date or not we can glorify God either … Continue reading Dating

When It Seems Too Late

Photo by SUNBEAMPHOTOGRAPHY. Hoping Against hope... Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18 We are told that Abraham against all hope believed. NLT says...Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping. … Continue reading When It Seems Too Late

James 4:6 In-depth study

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6 Dictionary.com defines pride as a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing conduct. God opposes the proud because it … Continue reading James 4:6 In-depth study

Of Chasing Donkeys and Destinies.

Photo by Clay Banks Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father were lost. So Kish said to his son, “Take one of the young men with you and arise, go and look for the donkeys.” 1 Samuel 9: 3 ESV I love the story of Saul, in an ordinary day, Saul wakes up and he … Continue reading Of Chasing Donkeys and Destinies.

A Tale of Two Sisters

Photo by Ryan Moreno When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob,” Give me children, or I shall die!”Genesis 30:1 Genesis 30 gives a tale of two sisters. Rachel and Leah, who happened to be married to the same man(trouble!!). It's hard enough dealing with sibling … Continue reading A Tale of Two Sisters