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Is Your Armor Rusty?

Is Your Armor Rusty? By Kay Schultz Yes! Ask yourself: is my armor rusty – or even dusty? Check it out because in Ephesians 6:10-20, God is warning us that He can spot rust a mile away! He has plans and purpose for us that do not include staying out of spiritual battle if we want to be more than conquerors in life. In Ephesians 6, Paul addresses the command given not only to us as individuals but to the…

CHURCH BUILDING STRATEGY

Those programs from church growth gurus have nothing on the Holy Spirit’s plan for building His church. His plan was strategically organized . . . but I admit I never saw it before. I can picture Him laughing at our pie charts, grids and spread sheets. His steps were simple: Build on the foundation Jesus’ life and ministry laid. Then add to the plan the baptism of fire on a group of 120 committed followers! And, follow up with a…

Servant to all

Scripture (Phl 2:2-4) The specifics of Paul’s exhortation to the Philippians regarding love and humility among believers. Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Blue Letter Bible Study Guide a.…

Are you being a sign of the Faith?

 Phil 1:28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. This verse hit me hard today! Without being frightened in ANY WAY to those who OPPOSE you. First, Let’s talk about opposition. Opposition could in fact be people, but more often I find it is the enemy that is my opposition. The Bible says we wrestle NOT…

Let’s Stop deceiving ourselves!

James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Blue Letter Bible Study a. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only: We must receive God’s word as doers, not merely hearers. To take comfort in the fact you have heard God’s word when you haven’t done it is to deceive yourself. i. In the ancient world, it was common for people to hear a teacher. But if you followed the teacher and…

Others-Centered

James 1:19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Blue letter Bible study insights a. Slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God: In light of the nature of temptation and the goodness of God, we must take special care to be slow to wrath, because our wrath does not…

Doubt

The 1st chapter in the book of James talks about how we as Christ followers are to believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. THat man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord he is a DOUBLE_MINDED man, unstable in all he does. WOW DOUBT is a big issue.. REAL TALK…. at times I fight WORRY! I try so hard not to worry…

Worship: Not Just A Sing-Along

Well, if it’s not a sing-along, what is it?For me, Worship can be expressed no better than the Psalmist wrote in Ps 100:2-4: Come before His presence with singing” and “enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. But how do we do that? Think of it as: An offering. Heb. 13:15 . . . “offer the sacrifice of praise” An obedient act. Mt. 4:10 . . . “you shall worship the Lord” An opportunity. Jn.4:23 .…

Is Your Seed Still In The Barn?

Recently, while in my everyday Bible reading, I found myself in the book of Haggai. Yes, Haggai! His most quoted passage – and I paraphrase – you don’t have much because your pockets have holes in them! God was upset with His people for neglecting Him. What got hold of me was Haggai 2:19 where God asks: “Is the seed still in the barn?” Those words were jumping off the page and flashing like a neon sign. God was asking…

WE ARE LEFT WITHOUT EXCUSE

For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Peter:1:4) In this one verse there is so much divine mystery present: the promises of God, escape from the corruption of this world, and then finally something truly extraordinary—an invitation to become partakers of the divine nature. It’s a full invitation to embrace…

Disney Magic vs Kingdom Power

Disney Magic vs Kingdom Power By Kay Schultz This time of year I start thinking of Christmas shopping and I got the idea to give the family a gift of a Disney day. The kids love Disney World and the adults appreciate the vision of Walt Disney – his plans for the parks down to the most minute detail. My mind started rolling. I found myself comparing the Magic Kingdom to the Jesus Kingdom. First, let’s highlight the Kingdom of…

The Good Shepherd’s Management Plan

The Good Shepherd’s Management Plan By Kay Schultz Recently I was comparing Psalm 23 with John 10. So many similarities – and so much to know about sheep and the shepherd. Then the thought came to me that David was a shepherd so he knew a thing or two about shepherding when he wrote Psalm 23. But Jesus was never a tender of sheep so why the leap to calling himself the Good Shepherd in John 10? Jesus really liked…

Know Your Calling?

Are you confused about your calling? Asking yourself if you have one? Is it real? Well, don’t feel alone. Many followers of Jesus have the same dilemma. Gleaning some specifics from a paper by Robert and Pamela Crosby, on staff at Southeastern University, may help dispel some of the clouds of confusion. First, they looked at how the Word uses the term call or calling. In one way, when we agree to follow Jesus, we are accepting a “call” –…

Did You Know Jesus had a Middle Name? The Power of The Name

Have you ever heard someone swear in anger “Jesus H. Christ?” It made me curious about what the “H” stood for. So I did some research (I Googled!). Mark Twain mentioned its use in the mid 1800’s. History records usage waned, then picked up in the 1930’s and really peaked around 1970 and continues until even now. So, what does “H” stand for? Harold! It seems to have been traced to children mis-pronouncing “hallowed” in the Lord’s Prayer. What about…

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Holy Spirit: The Power of Change

What do you think Jesus’ resurrection has to do with your life? How real is the resurrection to you? Is resurrection power operating in your life? The first Christians entered the upper room and probably locked the door behind them. They were afraid and in shock. How could their exciting adventure end in such failure and defeat? Crushed and fearing for their lives, they waited. And then Jesus rose! There is overwhelming evidence for the resurrection, and it changed lives…

Follower or Fan?

This past week I was thinking a lot about how Jesus washed the disciples feet and left them in shock! The fact that Jesus — Messiah, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Son of God, my Saviour – would humble himself, kneel down and wash dirty, smelly feet is mind blowing. Why would He do that? What was His purpose? What did He want us to learn? A little while before washing feet Jesus was speaking and He had a…

Don’t Run From the Light

I got my girls “faithGirlz” devotionals we are doing together. This was the verse we read tonight and the sentiment behind it in my own words… The verse today was Genesis 3:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT) 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”…

Smoothie-Making Can Be Ugly

In between the time God calls us and the time we step into our destiny, there is a season that can be called the “process.” The apostle Peter’s journey is an example of this. From when Jesus said come “follow me” (Mt. 4:19) to when He also said “When you are converted, strengthen your brethren” (Luke 22:32) there was the process! – being converted from self to Christ. The process took Peter from self-centered failure to Holy Spirit power ranger!…

Game Changers

Inherent throughout the Bible is a theme of change. It is clear that God expects change. Ever since the Fall – when Adam and Eve ate that “apple” – God has expected change in us. (By the way, have you ever wondered why Apple’s logo depicts an apple with a bite out of it? I have. No answer, yet!) Change. Grow. Learn. Turn. Transform. All Bible themes. Change is defined as to make or become different. From an oil change…