Monday, March 12

Willing Hearts. Not Robots.

Robot Image

Do you have the desire to be of service to our Heavenly Father?

If you do, I would encourage you to act upon that desire as the Holy Spirit is prompting you to action. 

As Christians, we are called to action and together we form the one body of Christ unto service to our LORD.

In Exodus thirty-five, we read about the details of the construction of the tabernacle, and how the people were called to provide offerings and service to complete this divinely inspired task. A task that would bring forth a representation of God to those chosen by Him and to everyone else.

Although the LORD commands us to do certain things for our own safety and well being, for this task He allowed the people to choose (to make a decision from their own heart) to serve or not. It was not a command.

Below are just a few examples that the LORD did not/does not desire robots to carry out His plan, but rather, willing hearts.
All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved* came and brought their sacred offerings to the LORD.... -Exodus 35:21 (NLT) 
Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing*. They brought to the LORD their offerings... -v22
All those who owned the following items willingly brought them...* -v23
All the women who were willing* used their skills... -v26
...every man and woman who was eager to help in the work the Lord had given them through Moses—brought their gifts and gave them freely to the Lord*. -v29
*Emphasis mine

Call on the LORD and find out what He would have you do at the church you attend or what He would have you do in your local community.


1) Pray about it. Ask our Heavenly Father what He would have you to do. He will guide you.

2) Don't over think it. Simply act on it and volunteer. Believe me, if the LORD doesn't want you in a certain position He will guide you to another.

3) Once you are in the position that the LORD has placed you in, serve Him with all your heart and do all that you do for His glory.

Remember. We Christians are a representation of our Heavenly Father here on this earth. Let's serve Him well, with willing hearts that many would come to know Him and be saved.

Pray. Read. Apply. No Compromise!

 Isaiah 40:31

Saturday, March 10

MVotW James 3:17

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. This week's memory verse speaks of the wisdom sent forth to us from our Heavenly Father.

His Word cleanses us (pure).

His Word brings us peace (peaceable).

His Word is kind to us (gentle).

His Word makes us think and ask questions (willing to yield).

His Word is full of mercy and brings forth goodness (mercy and good fruits).

His Word is real and true. Not fake. (without hypocrisy).

His Word relays to us our Heavenly Father's wisdom. 

As we read the His Word daily, His wisdom fills our heart. 

Then, our heart (full of His wisdom) brings forth a person who is ready to live out the gospel.

Heavenly Father, show us Your way and help us to apply Your way into our daily life that we may be a light, of You, to all whom we come in contact with.

Stay Strong!

  Isaiah 40:31

Friday, March 9

Rest In The Midst Of...

And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” -Exodus 33:14 (NKJV) 

Moses was already experiencing a close walk with God, yet he still needed reassurance from Him.

Take a look at Moses' prayer to God:
"You have said, I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight." -Exodus 12b-13 (NKJV)
Moses starts off by stating what God had already promised him then he goes on to say if that is true then show me now Your way, that I may know you...

Moses was a mere human being who was used by God.

He made mistakes, was disobedient at times, and sometimes wanted to do things his own way, yet he always came back to God for guidance; Moses knew there was no other way but God's way.

In the midst of our daily activities, it is good to stop like Moses did and ask our Heavenly Father to show us His way that we may know His way.

As we do this, our crooked path will be made straight and thus will fall into accordance with His will1 rather than our own.

Furthermore and most great, we can be at peace because He is with us, and will provide us with much needed rest2 from our own striving.

Take time today from your busy schedule to re-connect with our Heavenly Father and experience His peace and His rest.

Thank you Heavenly Father that we can turn to you at any time for guidance, protection and rest. In Jesus' name!

1 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." -Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV)

2 "And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”" -Exodus 33:12-14 (NKJV)

Stay Strong!


Friday, February 23

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This week's memory verse is awesome! The book of James pulls no punches and is straight forward. I love that! Check out the next memory verse of the week - James 3:9-10. It says that out of our mouths come both blessings and trash talking. Of the latter, it says stop doing that, period.

Christians are not supposed to trash talk about others with their mouths. Christians are supposed to encourage, build up, edify... their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and win over unbelievers by their speech.

Which one are you? The builder or the trash talker?

For the context of this passage read James 3:1-12.

"With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." -James 3:9-10 (NKJV)

El verso de memoria de esta semana es asombroso. El libro de Santiago es directo. ¡Me encanta eso! Echa un vistazo al siguiente verso de memoria de la semana - Santiago 3: 9-10. Dice que de nuestras bocas vienen tanto las bendiciones como el hablar basura. De este último dice, dejar de hacer eso, punto.

Cristianos no deben hablar mal de los demás con la boca. Cristianos deben alentar y edificar... a sus hermanos y hermanas en Cristo y ganarse a los incrédulos con su discurso.

¿Cual eres tu? ¿El alentar o el hablador de basura?

Para el contexto de este pasaje, lee Santiago 3: 1-12.

"Con la lengua bendecimos a nuestro Señor y Padre, y con ella maldecimos a las personas, creadas a imagen de Dios. 10 De una misma boca salen bendición y maldición. Hermanos míos, esto no debe ser así." -James 3:9-10 (NVI)

Pray, Read, Apply. No Compromise!

 Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, February 22

Is Faith An Abstract Word?

Book of James Bible Study

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” -James 2:14 ESV

I have heard it said many times that we are saved by faith alone but a saving faith is never alone. We can trust this is a good and true saying as it lines up with what can be read in the verse above.

To believe in God is to act in accordance with His stated will. James goes on to give us two examples of true faith from the Old Testament.

The first example that is given is Abraham. Genesis fifteen records that Abraham has faith in God and God credits Abraham with righteousness for that faith. 

Some years later, Genesis twenty-two records that God calls Abraham to a very difficult task. A task to sacrifice his very own son! Abraham was ready and willing to obey God even in this because of his faith.

Abraham had received direct instruction from the LORD and responded with obedience to God’s revealed will. It should be known that he wasn’t obedient because he did not believe God, instead, he was obedient because of his faith in God. 

The application seems pretty straight forward because, like Abraham, we have received direct instruction from God in the Bible. 

Would not a professed faith in God bring our actions in line with His word? Of course it should. That is unless we are merely giving God lip service and our faith is really not faith at all.

The second example of a living faith is given in the Old Testament example of Rahab found in Joshua chapter 2. 

Unlike Abraham, there is no record of God giving her direct instruction to follow. Instead, Rahab recounts the testimony she has heard of the great and mighty deeds the living God has done for Israel. 

By faith Rahab believed that the God of the Israelites is the “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath,” (Joshua 2:11b).

James then tells us that Rahab’s faith was justified in work “when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way,” (James 2:25b). 

Could Rahab have said that she believed God and then found herself in opposition to His plans? She could have certainly said it but that would not make it true would it? 

Rahab’s faith was true and as a result she was quick to get on board with what God was doing.

Now let me give you a little testimony. 

Jesus Christ came to save sinners. He is the only way. Do you believe that? I pray that you do because it is true. Jesus says to His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me,” (Matthew 16:24). Come let us follow Jesus and worship Him with our lives.

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Wednesday, February 21

Fill Your Mind With HIS Goodness!

Question: How do you fill your mind with the good things of God? Answer: The Bible.

To Danny (Nathan's buddy) and All Those Who Desire a Great Relationship with our Heavenly Father!

Without reservation, the Word of God i.e. the Bible is the number one way to fill your mind with the good things of God.

The number two way is to memorize scripture so that the Word of God becomes implanted into your heart and mind.

Below are a few scriptures that you can begin with. 

I highly recommend that you not only read the scriptures below, but also look them up in your Bible and read them within their context. It's best to understand what is happening around each verse so that you get a clear picture of the passage.

Before you read, pray/ask our Heavenly Father for understanding. As you read, pause every now and then to ask for the Lord's direction and to ponder what you have read. After you read, apply. Ask our Heavenly Father to use you as His "vessel of honor."

John 14:6 (NLT) 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."

John 14:15 (NLT) 15 “If you love me, obey my commandments."

Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT) 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Romans 12:9-12 (NLT) 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Romans 12:21 (NLT) 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.

James 3:17-18 (NLT) 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT) 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

1 John 3:2-3 (NLT) 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 (NLT) 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

Pray, Read, Apply: No Compromise!

 Isaiah 40:31

Smith, Chuck. Biblical Counseling: A Topical Index for Christian Living (Kindle Location 372). The Word For Today. Kindle Edition.

Friday, February 16

MVotW .. JAMES 2:18

James 2:18 (NKJV) But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Hey everyone! Within all memory verse of the week (MVotW) blog posts, you will find another image w/scripture. Feel free to download the image to your phone and set as your wallpaper.

The current image is made for Android so it may look a bit distorted on the iPhone (not sure, didn't test). If this is the case, please let me know so I can fix the issue or create one specially for the beloved iPhone.

Tip: During the process of setting the image to wallpaper you may have to pinch the image to size it up with your screen.

God bless you everyone! Stay strong, don't waiver!

 Isaiah 40:31

"But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works." -James 2:18 (NKJV)

Thursday, February 15

TCH Bible Study on 2/15/2018: FAVORITISM

Have you ever favored one person over another based on their outward appearance? For example, let's say there are two people and one appears filthy and the other appears nicely dressed.

The filthy person you put off to the side while you address, with a smile, the nicely dressed person, well, because the nicely dressed person doesn't look bad.

How about favoring someone based on their race or their status amongst the people? You might say 'That guy's more popular with the people so I'll talk to him.' Have you ever done that?

The aforementioned examples are few of many ways that one can express favoritism towards a person. The point is that we've probably all done it at one time or another.

The Bible says that favoritism is a total NO GO and not only that, it is a sin and it's evil.

James 2:2-4 says:
"For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?"  (NKJV)
As Christians, we should be kind and fair to everyone regardless of status, appearance, nationality, race and you name it.

You may ask, why?

Well, not only did we read why in the verse above, but it also says in Proverbs 24:23 that to show partiality in judging is not good.1

Further, our Heavenly Father doesn't show favoritism so why would His people show favoritism?

It says in 1 Peter 1:17 that He judges without partiality (favoritism).2

Favoritism has always been a bad thing. The Old Testament provides insight on favoritism. Leviticus 19:15 says the following:
"You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor."
Our Heavenly Father's righteous unbiased judgement is a great example for us to follow.

Let's take His Word and apply it.

We will be reading and discussing James 2:1-13 which speaks of favoritism and other topics at Bible study this evening.

I encourage you to come by and be part of the Bible study so that you can get into the Word of God with other believers. Of course, don't forget to bring a friend - saved or unsaved. Everyone is welcomed.

If you are unable to attend due to distance or whatever the case, I encourage you to look for a good Bible teaching fellowship near you and get plugged in.

God bless you and Stay Strong in the Lord!

 Isaiah 40:31

1 "These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good"
-Proverbs 24:23 (NIV)

2 "And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear"
-1 peter 1:16-17 (NKJV)

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Friday, February 9

TCH Memory Verse / Week of 2/9/2018

There is a correlation between Psalm 128:1-2 and Matthew 5:3-12 (the beatitudes).

Psalm 128:1-2 summarizes the beatitudes. It simply states that everyone who fears the Lord is blessed.

Matthew 5:3-12 provides details of the above. It states who the blessed are and the outcome of the blessed.

Since the summary version is shorter, the memory verse of the week is Psalm 128:1-2.

But, because it is shorter doesn't mean that we are limited to only that version. If you are able, memorize the longer version, Matthew 5:3-12 also.

Feel free to download the image provided below and use as a wallpaper on your phone.

Psalm 128:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. 2 When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

Matthew 5:3-12 (NKJV) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Pray, Read, Apply. No Compromise!

 Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, February 8

The Man in the Mirror!

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” -James 1:23-24

The passage above almost seems like a no-brainer. It is almost too simple, surely it is more complicated than that. Hear and do. However, we can be quite gullible and deceive ourselves into only hearing instead of doing, and that is what James is talking about here.

Let us start with the most important thing first. 

Being a doer of the word starts with faith in Jesus. This means that when we have heard that Jesus Christ has made our salvation possible by faith in Him then we are to respond with that faith. 

Scripture shines light into the darkness of our own hearts, reveals the depths of our depravity, and gives us the solution for our predicament in Jesus. It is a, “yes, I believe” or “no, I do not.” There isn’t any middle ground. No fence riding here. 

If you respond to the reality of this dilemma with faith in Jesus, then you have become a doer of the word and a life of following Jesus is underway.

We only have to be a believer for a few moments to realize that we don’t know a lot of things about God or even ourselves as it turns out. 

We still have a lot of the wrong kind of ideas about God still bouncing around in our noggins that will inevitably be confronted when we get into God’s word. 

When we begin to read our Bibles and grow in knowledge of Jesus Christ we will be challenged and corrected.

I can be the first to attest of the conviction that I have felt from the Holy Spirit when listening to one of His servants preach or when quietly reading His word alone. 

Unfortunately, I haven’t always responded with a changed heart. At first I may have intended to but by the time a couple of hours have passed I just didn’t feel the same way about it. I squirmed out from under it and became a hearer only.

That is what James is talking about here. In God’s word we are instructed, corrected, and even rebuked. 

What are we going to do with it? Are we going to walk away and forget what we looked like? 

Let us not get up from reading our Bibles only to forget what we were so convicted about moments earlier. 

If Scripture is the mirror in this analogy, then let us go to it with the intention of being groomed and righted up to the glory God.