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Vivifying Your Relationship with Jesus

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon,” Acts 3:1.

Peter and John made an appointment with God. We call their appointment prayer. For these Christian brothers prayer time wasn’t a vague religious idea. Prayer time occupied an appointment in their daily schedule. They didn’t purpose to spend time with God when they got around to it. They set aside a definite portion of their day for prayer.

Why pray? Because our relationship with God grows dull and inactive when we don’t spend time with him. On the other hand, when his Spirit touches our human spirit during prayer time, our relationship becomes vivified. He rekindles our love for him, our confidence in him soars, a new determination to seek him fills every particle of our person, his nearness floods our thoughts with peace and joy.

People who pursue a vivified relationship with Jesus live victorious lives in the last days.

Our Personal Comforter and Encourager

God is a person. Humans can fellowship with this divine person. He isn’t distant, unknowable or remote. Humans can experience God, fellowship with him and enjoy his presence. His wonderful presence imparts hopefulness to our hearts, courage to our minds and joy to our emotions. Read More→

Becoming Everything God Needs

Couple Praying TogetherYour spouse is a gift from God to you.  Genesis Chapter 2 illustrates God’s original design for marriage.  He created two humans and put them together: Adam, God’s gift to Eve and Eve, God’s gift to Adam.  Nothing’s changed—your spouse is God’s gift to you. Read More→

Adam From Bethlehem

Adam from Bethlehem?  No, God purposefully placed him in a region called the Garden of Eden.  Bethlehem didn’t exist when the first man walked on planet earth.

True, God’s first created human named Adam began life in Eden.  But God raised up a man Scripture calls the last Adam.  This man started life as a baby in Bethlehem, Israel.  Christmas celebrates the birth of an infant who matured into manhood, sacrificed his life for the sins of the world, and was raised from the dead.  At his resurrection, Jesus became “the last Adam, a life-giving spirit,” 1 Corinthians 15:45.

There was an Adam from Eden and also an Adam from Bethlehem. Read More→

Better Than Walt Disney

People refer to Walt Disney as the father of animation.  His genius popularized animated cartoons.  Disney characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse come to live in countless theaters, TV’s and DVD’s.  Disney’s ability to make cartoon characters seem life-like built a multi-billion-dollar industry. Read More→

I Found Heavenly Father’s Mirror on the Beach

Darkness shrouded the beach late on evening.  No man-made lights illuminated the blackness that stretched forever.  As I looked heavenward, multitudes of brilliant stars and planets filled the sky.  The heavens declared God’s glory and displayed his splendor!  My heart leaped for joy as I reveled in Father’s heavenly handiwork. Read More→

Your Global Positioner

Beautiful turquoise Caribbean water surrounded the one hundred and ten-foot-long boat.  Several lushly forested Honduran Islands lay scattered around us.

As I stood on the top deck of our little boat, a friend requested, “look at my GPS monitor.”  He handed me a rectangular device about the size of a television remote control “The global positioning system monitor shows me my exact longitude, latitude, elevation and distance from my home in Texas. Twenty-two satellites in orbit around earth electronically communicate with this device.  I always know where I am,” he said.  Remarkable technology! Read More→

Was Jesus an Environmentalist?

After miraculously providing fish and bread for thousands of hungry people, Jesus commanded the apostles, “Gather the pieces that are left,” John 6:12.  Was Jesus an environmentalist?  Was he merely concerned that his actions not pollute the Israeli countryside?  Maybe his motto was “Don’t mess with Israel.”  (That just doesn’t have the same ring as “Don’t mess with Texas.”) Read More→

Your Invitation to Dine with Jesus

Jesus sends you an invitation to dine with him.  “I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him and he with me,” Revelation 3:20.  Jesus issued this invitation to everyone in the church, his earthly body; so, you’re included.

There’s something really special about sharing a meal with other people.  Meal time allows us to leisurely fellowship.  We share our experiences, feelings, ideas and plans.  Others listen and then casually speak about the happenings of their day.  We laugh with one another, empathize together and feel totally unthreatened by those sitting at the table with us. Meal time opens doors of communication that remain shut during the rest of our day. Read More→

When You Want Out of the Perfecting Process

Overcome and sticky notesHave you ever wondered why God tested Adam’s and Eve’s obedience?  He tested them because he wanted something more than innocent people; he wanted perfected people.

Innocence clothed the first humans.  They were guiltless of any wrong doing.  They were like naive military recruits: genuinely a part of the military, but certainly not battle tested.  The first humans’ love for God was real, but imperfect because it was untested. Read More→