I've discovered that nothing in life is right — nothing feels right, nothing works right — until you know you are right with God. When you really know God loves you and accepts you, then you can overcome sin, the rejection and judgment of others and any other opposition that comes against you in this life. This is the inheritance God promises His children in His Word.
We see this truth in Isaiah 54:17, which says, "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]…" (AMPC).
Our inheritance in Christ is peace, righteousness, security and triumph over opposition. Another way to say it is we get everything Jesus worked and died for when He took the sins of the world upon Himself. And when we accept His sacrifice and believe God has forgiven our sins, we no longer have to bear the reproach — the shame, guilt and blame — for our sin. more >>
Christian pioneer TobyMac addressed the highly anticipated upcoming dc Talk reunion and the Jesus Freak cruise next summer during Sunday's K-LOVE Fan Awards.
While Backstage in the media room of the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards, TobyMac talked about the reunion he and his former dc Talk bandmates Michael Tait and Kevin Max announced last month.
Sixteen years after the band dc Talk revolutionized the Christian market with their groundbreaking album Jesus Freak in 1995, the trio announced an upcoming a performance next year on the Jesus Freak Cruise to the Bahamas. more >>
Lauren Daigle, Danny Gokey and for King & Country were the big winners at last night's 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry stage.
Christian music's new star female artist Lauren Daigle received both Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year, while Danny Gokey took home Male Artist of the Year and Breakout Single. And for KING & COUNTRY were honored with Best Live Show and Group/Duo of the Year.
The K-LOVE Fan Awards, hosted by Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Matthew West, are based on fans voting for their favorite artists to be nominated and also picking the winners for each of the seven award categories. The Awards night was kicked off by the Ultimate Experience Weekend on Friday, June 3, which is an annual weekend packed with performances and activities leading up to the award show dedicated to the radio station's beloved fans. more >>
As a kid, I heard this crazy story in the Bible about Jacob putting on a goat skin to fool dad (Isaac). I had several thoughts about that: creepy, scratchy, itchy, liar, deceiver, scoundrel (deceiver came from Sunday school lesson — my vocab wasn't that advanced).
But as I read the story today (Genesis 27), I have an entirely different thought. And it's this: everyone — not just Jacob — everyone in the story is a scoundrel!!! It's like Pirates of the Caribbean 2 or 3 or 4 — I forget which one — where everyone in the movie lies, and everyone is out for themselves. Everyone is a wretch!
Same in Genesis 27. I'll explain. more >>
As I promised in last week's article on weddings, I have fifteen stories from pastors about funerals.
For the most part, these stories are repeated only with minor changes. The essence of the stories is unchanged.
Like the stories of weddings, there were so many great submissions of funeral stories. I probably need more posts of this ilk in the future. more >>
When faced with the responsibility of caring for an elderly parent, family member or friend, here are five Bible verses that will help to inspire and guide you.
All verses are taken from the New International Version Bible.
1) Isaiah 46:4 more >>