"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22   You have to love a man who flat out tells it like it is, and James is certainly that kind of man. His teaching is about as black and...

Do you remember the MasterCard "Priceless" ad campaign from a few years ago? You know the ones: Kids with mom and dad picking out a new puppy as the announcer reveals the value of the things seen in the commercial: New puppy: $800; cost of...

Temptation happens. It's the big hook that tries to trip us up again and again. But it most definitely is not God who's trying to trip us up; it's Satan. Temptation is his false advertising of a better way to get what we want...

Every trial that comes into your life is ultimately a test of your faith. God absolutely wants you to pass that test and the other tests that will surely follow in the days, weeks and years of your precious life. James tells us that there...

As the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:29, the goal of the Christian life is to become like Christ. In a word, we're talking trans-form-a-tion. Being "formed" into something, or someone. And as it pertains to believers, it means being transformed into Christ. It's...

Last Wednesday night at the Women at the Well Bible Study our lesson focused on the title that James used to introduce himself: A bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ. We looked at the marks or responses of a bondservant (see below)...

The Magnificent Obsession – Chapter Nine Pass Everything On “Who will pursue God because you do?  Who will make it the priority of their lives to know God as Abraham did, and make Him known to others, because you have?  Who will refuse to settle for anything...

The Magnificent Obsession – Chapter Eight Mourn Everything Hopefully "Without a doubt Sarah is the most important woman in the Old Testament… She expressed her pursuit of the magnificent obsession in a supporting role. I don’t think for a minute that Abraham would have become the man...

The Magnificent Obsession – Chapter Seven “Lay Everything Down "What is your most precious possession? Whatever it may be, to embrace the magnificent obsession, to know God as Abraham did, to be God’s friend, to receive all that He has for you, to experience the God-filled life,...