What Has Final Authority in Your Life?

“The human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is” (Jeremiah 17:9 GW). One fundamental question in life stands above all others. What will have the final authority in your life? What sources will help you determine your values? Will it be your parents?…

We Don’t Need to Fight Critics

So I replied by sending this message to them: ‘I am doing a great work! I cannot stop to come and meet with you.’ Four times they sent the same message, and each time I gave the same reply” (Nehemiah 6:3-4 NLT). Negative people will distract you. You know God has given you an important…

Why Hope Isn’t the Same as Optimism

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT). Life often brings you matters that are difficult to swallow, like a sickness, a job loss, or the death of a friend or family member. Those…

Where Do I Find Real Hope?

May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 GW). At the end of World War II, a U.S. submarine came back to dock at Newport News, Va. As it came into…

Get Alone with God, and Wait

“The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, so it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us” (Lamentations 3:25-26 GNT). When life seems to be falling apart, your most “spiritual” decision may be a surprise: Get alone with God, and wait. The Bible says…

Judas Betrays Jesus

“Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.” Matthew 26:14-16 ESV “Then Judas Iscariot, who…

The Plot To Kill Jesus

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, ‘You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.’ Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was…

Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you…

Take Up Your Cross And Follow Me

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25 ESV “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples,…