Satan is the great deceiver, and if he can create just enough doubt, then he can set up a stronghold that keeps us from the high place that God has called us to.
Life is busy. You may have heard that the key to managing it all is to prioritize and put first things first. It seems to be sound enough advice, but sometimes even your best attempt at doing so may still leave you wondering, "What is my number one responsibility?"
I am shocked and saddened to see the attack that some pastors, who have been working over the course of the last year in order to help advocate for long-needed prison sentencing reform, received at the hands of thousands of their social media followers, many of which I'm sure they consider friends. And some are just vicious and outright evil.
Some of the greatest battles we face come when God has prospered us. When we have been blessed and exalted, there is a danger of life becoming overcrowded and filled with stuff that seems important but doesn't really matter.
Are we sharing what we have with those beyond these walls? Beyond these walls are people who are lost and don't know Jesus can rescue them. We can't just come to church week after week, experience the saving power of Jesus, live in His blessing, and then keep all of it to ourselves.
Satan tries to keep us focused on our problems so we forget about our promises. He wants us to live shallow, earth-bound lives. Our enemy wants us to focus on the temporary and lose sight of the eternal, because we become dangerous to his plans when we have eternity in our sight.
Elkanah faced trouble in the world, trouble in the church, and even trouble in his home. It seemed nothing was going right for Elkanah. Maybe that sounds familiar. But all God needs is one person committed wholeheartedly to Him to change everything.
Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's government, and they reserve the right to determine their own capital city, as does any other sovereign nation throughout the world. The reasons for standing with Israel are clear and overwhelming, but in case there's any doubt, here are the five most important ones.
I am happy Mike Pence talks with Jesus.