Alert Circles

African gazelles instinctively form “alert circles” while resting on the savannah. They gather in groups with each animal facing outward in a slightly different direction. This enables them to scan the horizon a full 360 degrees and to communicate about approaching dangers or opportunities. Instead of looking out only for themselves, the members of the […]

True Friends

In high school, I had a “sometimes friend.” We were “buddies” at our church, and we occasionally hung out together outside of school. But at school, it was a different story. If she met me by herself, she might say hello; but only if no one else was around. Realizing this, I rarely tried to gain her […]

Our Blessings, His Love

To him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever. Psalm 136:16 In 2015, a woman discarded her deceased husband’s computer at a recycling center—a computer that had been made in 1976. But more important than when it had been made was who made it. It was one of 200 computers hand built by Apple founder Steve […]

It’s Up to God

Nate and Sherilyn enjoyed their stop at an omakase restaurant while visiting New York City. Omakase is a Japanese word that translates, “I will leave it up to you,” which means customers at such restaurants let the chef choose their meal. Even though it was their first time to try this type of cuisine and it sounded risky, they […]

He is worthy

Revelation 4:11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. One of the greatest misconceptions you can have as a believer is to think that God is dependent on your prayer. God has been God before […]

Enduring Prayers

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2 “Prayers are deathless.” These are the attention-grabbing words of E. M. Bounds (1835–1913), whose classic writings on prayer have inspired people for generations. His comments about the power and enduring nature of […]

That Was Awesome!

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. Proverbs 12:24 It was the seventh-grader’s first cross-country meet, but she didn’t want to run. Although she’d been preparing for the event, she was afraid of doing poorly. Still, she started the race with everyone else. Later, one by one the other runners finished the […]

“Love You—Whole World”

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 My three-year old niece, Jenna, has an expression that never fails to melt my heart. When she loves something (really loves it), be it banana cream pie, jumping on the trampoline, or playing Frisbee, she’ll proclaim, “I love it—whole […]

Do the Next Thing

When was the last time you felt compelled to help someone, only to let the moment pass without a response? In The 10-Second Rule, Clare De Graaf suggests that daily impressions can be one of the ways God calls us to a deeper spiritual walk, a life of obedience prompted by love for Him. The 10-Second Rule […]

No Longer Afraid

They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid. Zephaniah 3:13 When the Ethiopian police found her a week after her abduction, three black-maned lions surrounded her, guarding her as though she were their own. Seven men had kidnapped the twelve-year-old girl, carried her into the woods and beaten her. Miraculously, however, […]

Being led by the Spirit

Romans 8:14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Growing up in Sunday school, I was thought that the voice of the Holy Spirit is a still small gentle voice. The invasion of the World Wide Web and globalization has produced so much societal noise/events […]

The Door of Reconciliation

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18 Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, there’s a door that tells a five-century-old tale. In 1492 two families, the Butlers and the FitzGeralds, began fighting over a high-level position in the region. […]

Scar Stories

See my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe. John 20:27 The butterfly flitted in and out of my mother’s panda-faced pansies. As a child, I longed to catch it. I raced from our backyard into our kitchen and grabbed a glass jar, but on my hasty […]

A Light in the Darkness

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 In These Are the Generations, Mr. Bae describes God’s faithfulness and the power of the gospel to penetrate the darkness. His grandfather, parents, and his own family were all persecuted for sharing their faith in Christ. But an […]

A road not traveled

Isaiah 42:16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them.   People ask me if I have a five-year plan. How can I plan five years “down the road” on a road I’ve never traveled? I think back to the 1960s when I was a minister […]

Walking in the Spirit

Romans 8:1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. One of the causes of depression these days is inner condemnation. The design of society makes it almost impossible not to compare yourself with others. Comparing ones’ self to another […]

This is me

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. The powerful song “This Is Me” is an unforgettable show tune featured in The Greatest Showman, the smash movie musical loosely based on the life of P. T. Barnum and his traveling circus. The lyrics, sung by […]

A Feast of Love

In the Danish film Babette’s Feast, a French refugee appears in a coastal village. Two elderly sisters, leaders of the community’s religious life, take her in, and for fourteen years Babette works as their housekeeper. When Babette comes into a large sum of money, she invites the congregation of twelve to join her for an extravagant French […]

Live for Him

Wake Up

Daniel 3:17-18 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which […]

Steel and Velvet

Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. John 8:7 Poet Carl Sandburg wrote of former US president Abraham Lincoln, “Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, . . . who holds in […]

Stop dating Delilah

Judges 16:20 20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. The bible tells us how Samson a great man fell in love with a woman named Delilah. Delilah’s job in […]

Fight Back

Numbers 33:51 – 53 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their carved images and cast idols, and demolish all their high places. 53 You are to take possession of […]

Victory over addiction

1 John 4:18 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. The root of all forms of addiction is lie. There is no addiction without a lie supporting it. The bible calls the devil the […]

Haystack Prayers

2 Corinthians 1:11 You help us by your prayers. Samuel Mills and four of his friends often gathered together to pray for God to send more people to share the good news of Jesus. One day in 1806, after returning from their prayer meeting, they got caught in a thunderstorm and took refuge in a […]

Strengthened in Song

Wake Up

I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress. Psalm 59:16 When French villagers helped Jewish refugees hide from the Nazis during World War II, some sang songs in the dense forest surrounding their town—letting the refugees know it was safe to come out […]

Knowledge and Spirituality

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Knowledge is power and information is very important in this world but this shouldn’t be a substitute for God in our lives. There are Christians who have abandoned the quest for knowledge or information and all they […]

The Main Actor

Psalm 118: 23 The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. I once heard about a student taking a class in preaching at a prominent seminary. The student, a young man who was a bit full of himself, delivered his sermon with eloquence and evident passion. He sat down self-satisfied, and the […]

Don’t Forget!

He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. Acts 1:9 My niece, her four-year-old daughter Kailyn, and I had a wonderful Saturday afternoon together. We enjoyed blowing bubbles outside, coloring in a princess coloring book, and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When they got in the […]

Play the Right Mental Movies

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. I can still remember what happened when I visited a lady from my congregation in the hospital. Heather had suffered a stroke that completely paralyzed […]

Perfect Sacrifice, Complete Forgiveness

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses. Colossians 2:13 You will never be sure that you have God’s unmerited favor if you are not sure if God has forgiven you of your sins. Beloved, I want you […]

Do it now

Habakkuk 3:17 One thing I have seen over the years with many Christians is that we always procrastinate our praise and deep worship. Many will say “if only I can have this or that, I will praise God more”. The funniest part is that we end up achieving such but we forget to praise Him […]

The Promise Is Received by Faith

For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Romans 4:13 In Romans 4:13, it is clear that God’s promise that Abraham and his seed would be heirs of the world was not through the […]

The flesh profits nothing

Romans 7:24 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I serve the law of God, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.… You cannot overcome anything depending on […]

My shepherd

  The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk     through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and […]

Start the Day Expecting Good

As you have believed, so let it be done for you. Matthew 8:13 Wake up every day expecting good. Keep your thoughts and mind positive, full of joy, full of hope, and full of anticipation of all the good things God has in store for you, His beloved! Spring up from your bed, stand in […]

Bless the Lord

Wake Up

Great things happen when you continually confess the mercy of God. Faith rises up on the inside of you. The reality that God loves you begins to sing through your spirit. What’s more, it brings honor to your Father when you believe His Word and magnify His love and mercy. You honor Him when you […]

Compassion in Action

Scripture Reading: Mark 6:32-46 Compassion. That’s the one thing people need more than anything else in this world. They need someone to reach out to them with the compassion of God. Compassion is a deep yearning that responds to the needs of people. It’s much deeper than sympathy. Sympathy can just sit around feeling sorry […]

Wisdom is the principal thing

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 The solution to money problems is the wisdom of God. Today, as you believe God for increase, I want to encourage you to ask God first for wisdom with regard to all the provision challenges that you are […]

Broken lenses

Act 7:55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. A broken lens alters your vision. In some situations, broken lenses can present images in a manner totally away from the real thing. In Acts 6: 3-4,  […]

Pursue the Good Shepherd

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life… Psalm 23:6 One day, when I was studying the Word, the Lord said to me, “Notice how goodness and mercy follow you in Psalm 23:6.” Then, He brought me to John 10:4, where it describes how the shepherd goes before the sheep and the sheep […]

Rightly Divide the Word

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. When our Lord stood in the synagogue in Nazareth and read from the book of Isaiah, He proclaimed the acceptable year of the Lord and stopped reading just before […]

Guide your hearts

Proverbs 4:23 NIV Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. The Bible tells us that the heart is where the issues of life spring forth. What we allow to enter our hearts will affect our thoughts, actions, and even our bodies. In other words, the condition of one’s heart […]

After life

Text: 2 Corinthians 5: 10. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. We go through so many thoughts in our mind at every point of our life. The […]

IT’S FOR YOUR GOOD

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Have you ever had a mixed day/week/month? While you achieved some of your targets on time, you didn’t come close to achieving many things. This can be quite […]

Intimacy with Christ

Matthew 11:28–29 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The Lord does not want you to simply claim His promises […]

Peace in the Midst of a Storm

Psalm 91:1, 4 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.   I remember reading about an art competition where the theme given was “peace.” The artist who most […]

Fix your eyes on Jesus

Text: Hebrews 12:2 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Do you have a hero in your life? And not just a figure of a […]

Those who fear him II

PSALMS‬ ‭33:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬ “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear Him [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], On those who hope [confidently] in His compassion and lovingkindness,” ‭‭ The word fear attached to God can be easily misunderstood or read out of context. In today’s text the fear of […]

Filled with worms

1 Peter 2: 11- 12 Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, […]

Obey to be blessed

Text: Deuteronomy 28: 1. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: A perfect […]

Make Right Choices

James 3: 13 -18 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, […]

Those who fear him

Wake Up

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” ‭‭ One of the most popular scriptures is Prov 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The fear of […]

No need for light

Text: Revelation 22: 5. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Life can be hard and frustrating without light. In darkness men stumble, but in the light, all things are […]

See the Father’s Perfect Love

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 Under the new covenant of His amazing grace, your Father in heaven isn’t looking to judge you for your failings because He has already judged your every failing, mistake, and […]

Our very present help

Text: Psalm 46: 1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Life is full of troubles, but we have a good news that no matter the trouble life throws at us, there’s a sure refuge, strength, and a very present help. God is our very present help in the time […]

Opposition to the Rebuilding

Nehemiah 4: 1-2 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? […]

God is a good father

And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt which you knew will He put upon you. Deuteronomy 7:15 AMPC Stop believing the LIE that God gives you sicknesses, diseases, and accidents to punish you or teach you a lesson. These things are from the devil, and […]

Great God

Jeremiah 10:6b O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Isn’t it wonderful how great our God is. Although science tries to deny His existence and lots of theories out there trying to prove that Jesus didn’t die and resurrect. The real truth is that He did. I once got this […]

Choose the path of life

Text: Matthew 7: 13. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Walking in a tight and narrow path is always difficult, it requires patience and time when you have to walk behind people. […]

Jesus is your solution

  As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” His disciples asked Him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the […]

Choose life today

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 You can choose life today. How? By realizing that life and death are in the power of your tongue. So you can walk and reign in life every day: Instead of complaining about your symptoms, simply thank God for His gift of righteousness […]

This is for you

Matthew‬ ‭7:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” ‭‭ It’s a common thing for many Christians to see how the word of God will affect other people’s life instead of theirs. Are you also in such a category? […]

Worship the Lord

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:6–7 I am sure that you have heard a lot of teaching on fearing the Lord. I do believe in a reverential honor of […]

Not Your Performance but His

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience, many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19 Do you often feel as though God is displeased with you because you can’t seem to break out of a bad habit? Are you facing a situation that just seems impossible to […]

The Best Teacher

Text: 1 John 2: 27. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. […]

Take Your Seat and Begin to Reign

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4–6 […]

Begin with Alpha

Text: Psalm 63: 1. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; The dawn of a new day comes with her own challenge and trouble. We must understand that the beginning of […]

Victory over sin

John‬ ‭9:1-2‬ ‭NKJV “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”” ‭‭ In this dispensation of Grace based on the finished work of Christ, the subject “Sin” is becoming more […]

Let your light shine

Text: Matthew 5: 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. As the redeemed of Christ, we’re expected to show forth the Glory of God in all we do. The word of God is a lamp unto our feet and […]

The effect of God’s fire

Time: Psalm 97: 3. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. 4. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. God is a fire answering God. He answers by fire when we call on Him. There are two sides to our God, the consuming and the purifying side. […]

Jesus Gives You Peace in Every Area

Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace. Judges 6:23–24 I want to share with you a beautiful truth from the story of Gideon in Judges 6. Even after Gideon had God’s promise to “go in […]

Listen to the right things II

Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭KJVA‬‬ “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ‭‭ In the last edition of kingdom wisdom, the need for the word of God in our lives was established. God’s word can come in different forms such as listening to messages, worship songs, audio bible, prayers and reading […]

Prepare to meet God

Text: Matthew 25: 13. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Our life is temporal, it is borrowed and we’re expected to live like people who will someday stand before a supreme being to give account. Beloved, live daily like it was your last, forgiving […]

The Secret to Solomon’s Wisdom

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours? 1 Kings 3:9 Let’s take a look at the life of Solomon. When Solomon became king, he was only a young man of about […]

Above all

Text: Psalm 27: 4. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. Above all the world can offer, my heart cry […]

No weapon

Text: Isaiah 54: 17. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. As God’s son, I just realized that the Bible says […]

Abba Father

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:15–16 I love it when I’m in Israel and I hear little children running around in playgrounds, […]

No more hurdles

Text: John 16: 33. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Hurdles in this context are obstacles that comes in our speed lane to reduce our effort and most times bring […]

Listen to the right things

Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭KJVA‬‬ “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ‭‭ If I want to write the above passage in the negative perspective, I will put it as “So then fear cometh by not hearing and not hearing the word of God.” The rise in fear in most people’s […]