Today, there are as many challenges and reasons to struggle in faith. However, Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith gives to all who desire grace to endure to the end.
Putting First Things First
August 6, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
It's easy to miss the connection between our choices and our present circumstances. What does it look like to put God first in the following areas: home, career, time, money, goals, servic?
Love Trumps Everything
July 31, 2017 By: Charlie Dates
Love trumps everything. You cannot love God without loving people. How are you living out God’s commandment to love your neighbors?
I Can't Be Quiet. Following Jesus in Social Justice
July 24, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
God's desire is that none would be oppressed. We have the responsibility to be the representatives of God, and to speak into the places where captives are still being held captive. What is your biblical responsibility? How can you speak to the systems and structures that keep people in captivity? The Gospel that's only good in the church and to get into heaven is not the gospel of scripture. We need to be concerned, not just about people's souls, but about people's lives.
I Want to be Me
July 16, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
July 9, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
I Hate Religion
July 2, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Dying to Live
June 26, 2017 By: Bryan Chapell
By faith in Jesus, you are raised with Him and seated at His right hand. Put your faith in Jesus Christ. The work of salvation is done!
I am the Resurrection & the Life
June 20, 2017 By: John King
You were created for more than you've allowed your life to become. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is a matter of eternal life or death. Choose to believe and be encouraged that you can now walk free of God's penalty for your sins!
Never Too Late
June 5, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Mistakes of the past don't limit the work of Jesus in the present. No moral resume is needed. Just acknowledgement of sin and trusting Jesus. Pray for each other that the root of bitterness might never grow and that forgiveness would be the foundation of life.
May 28, 2017 By: Darius Miller
Love Sacrifices to Meet the Needs of Others
May 21, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Jesus indicated that one should worry less about who “who is my neighbor” and more about “am I being a neighbor”. Eternal life is gained by faith expressed in love, and this love should lead us to be a neighbor to all people…not just some people. For the next week, ask yourself these three questions each day. How can I love God better today than I did yesterday? How can I love my neighbor better today than I did yesterday? How is my love for God evident in my love for the people around me?
Luke 7:36 – 50 tells the story of an anonymous woman, who was a known sinner at the time, and her interaction with Jesus. Upon seeing Jesus, she weeps, bows at His feet, washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, and wipes them with her hair. We never hear a word from her in Scripture, but she speaks through her actions. Though she sinned, her actions were forgiven and her actions reflected her gratefulness and reverence towards God. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. Our actions should communicate how much we’ve been forgiven. What do your actions communicate? Are you willing to go against cultural norms for your actions to highlight how much you’ve been forgiven?
Real Faith Responds to Authority
May 8, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Since faith is only as good as the object we place it in, who are you placing your faith in? Ask God to make clear what areas He can help you have greater faith and confidence in Him.
A little Goes a Long Way
April 30, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
The little we have is never enough to meet the needs of people, but when surrendered to Jesus, Jesus is more than enough to your needs!
If He did it before, He'll do it again!
April 23, 2017 By: PK Edward Copeland
God is capable of changing our eyes, heart, and mind. He opens the eyes of the blind and heals the disappointed heart. Is your heart right, so you can see Him while He's working?
We Believe in the Resurrection
April 17, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
How do you encourage people who have lost everything to continue to have hope? How do you encourage people who have experienced trial after trial and test after test to continue to cling to the expectation that things can and will get better? "Hopeless" means having no expectation of good or success. A feeling of futility and passive abandonment of oneself to fate. Do we have a reason to have hope? Peter reminds these believers and us that Jesus and his resurrection is our Reason for Hope. Because of our hope in Christ, we know that Jesus is with us, for us, in us, and is working on our behalf! Don't give up on hope.
We Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins
April 9, 2017 By: Brent Foster
What does it mean to live in forgiveness? We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but we have been forgiven through Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus took our punishment, though we didn’t deserve it, and it was freely given! Because of His sacrifice, we are now standing in a right relationship with God and are no longer subject to His judgement! The same way God forgave us, we are to also forgive others. Because we are God’s people, we must act like God in our relationships by practicing forgiveness.
Reflecting on the entirety of Hebrews we see that Jesus is God’s Son, He was sent to destroy the power of sin and death, and released us from slavery to it (Hebrews 2). Jesus’ work on the cross was perfect and complete. As a result, we have a new position in Jesus Christ, and this new position should motivate us to practice personal devotion, spiritual consistency, and communal responsibility. Don’t disconnect! Who are you currently spurring on in love and good deeds? Do you know of a believer who is drifting from the Lord? How can you get involved? How would you go about encouraging him/her in love?
This is Good, but God Deserves Better
March 26, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
We have an exceedingly, abundantly, above all God who deserves more than good....He deserves our best!
We Believe in the Holy Spirit
March 19, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Our victory in life in totally dependent on our submission to the Holy Spirit. Jesus helps us understand what we should believe about the Holy Spirit in the book of John. We no longer have to rely on ourselves because God sent an Advocate (the Holy Spirit) to help us, to teach us, to guide us, to live in us, and to be with us forever. Often times, we are trying to use our own power to do what can only be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must continue to be lead by the Spirit in order to draw closer to Jesus.
We Believe in Christ His Son
March 12, 2017 By: Eddie Jackson, Jr.
Who is Jesus to you? This is the most important question that you will answer in you life. Don't rely on humanity to answer this question for you. Instead, explore God's Word and open your hearts and minds to what it says about Jesus: that salvation comes through Christ, the one and only Son of God. Are you trusting Jesus for your salvation? We want you to declare, "I believe in Jesus Christ!"
We Believe in God the Father
March 5, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
We believe in a God who has a standard for righteousness, meets His standard of righteousness, and holds to His standard of righteousness. As humans, we can never meet God's standards and expectations on our own, but God reminds us that we can meet the standard of righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ who atones for our sins. Reconciliation with God can only happen through Jesus Christ.
The truth about love is that love is a choice not a feeling. When we come into a marriage, we bring a worldview of love that is not biblical. Biblical love (agape) is a choice to actively and sacrificially do what is in the interest of the marriage and your spouse for the glory of God. Are you willing to do what God tells you to do and love how God tells you to love for your marriage?
What does it take for you to have a healthy marriage? God is the creator of marriage. God's intent for marriage is oneness; becoming one with your spouse by submitting to God and each other. A healthy marriage begins with you! Choose to grow closer to Christ so you can become emotionally healthy for yourself and your spouse. Are you willing to allow God to work on you?
A myth of marriage is that marriage is all about us, but the truth of a Christian marriage is for God to be glorified and for the Gospel to be on display. There is nothing that has greater priority for God than God being glorified. For those who are married or desire to be married; marriage should be a part of your curriculum for being more Christ-like. Therefore, for those who are already married, does your behavior reflect God's character in your marriage and for those who desire to be married, how will being married bring more glory to God than you being single?
Mission: Possible Part 5: Persevering in the Mission
January 30, 2017 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Oftentimes in life there are many things we start but we don't finish. When we lock onto the purpose or mission of God, it puts us on a path. While journeying on that path we will encounter problems, issues, or circumstance along the way but resolve to persevere because we can rely on God's promises, protection, and provision to see us through to the end. Have the resolve to stick with Jesus for He is faithful!
Mission Possible Part 4: Our Personal Mission, Finishing the Course
January 23, 2017 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
We as believers in Christ are given a personal mission, work, or assignment assigned to us by the Lord that fits into God's larger mission. Are you aware of what of God wants you to do? Seek the face of God to discern your mission. Ask him how He wants to use you for His glory because finishing the work given to us by Jesus should be our ultimate priority in our lives. Are you on mission?
Many times in a church's history, God has to transition us into other places He wants us to go to fulfill His mission. The early church in Acts went through a transitional period after much fasting and prayer in which their mission work moved from exclusivity to inclusivity. We as the Church have been commissioned with a mission to tell the Good News, this is the mission of the Church. It's time for us as Christians to reach out to others, to become more inclusive and less exclusive. Are you willing? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone into the unknown to share the Good News ?
Your life is to a large extent the sum of all your habits-good or bad. We as Christians need to develop the habit of prayer. Prayer, connecting and communing with God, is important if we want to be on mission with God. Do you have a habit of prayer?
Acts chapter 1 is about Jesus' Mission, the mission He began that is to be continued through the church; the people of God.The mission is for ordinary people, about the Kingdom of God, to seek and save those who are lost locally and globally, through the power of God in the person of the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to submit to Jesus as your King? Do you choose to accept the mission?
New Year's Eve: The Reality of Choice
December 31, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
God has given us all the freedom of choice. In the book of Habakkuk the people of God had made the choice to live a life away from God. We can't control the choices of others nor can we control God, but we can control our own choices. Choose to draw close to God and reflect upon His power, His greatness, and His goodness! Resolve to praise Him in 2017 no matter the circumstances because we can live without everything else, but we cannot live without the Lord!
KING-Celebrating the Birth of a Revolutionary
December 26, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Oftentimes when it comes to Christmas and the Christmas story, we view it primarily through one side, which is the fact that Jesus is our Savior, but we need to align our vision to not only Jesus our Savior but also Jesus our King. He is Savior and He is King! Choose to surrender yourself to Him! Bow down to Him, worship Him, and present Him with the gift of yourself. Let's not just see Him as a Savior but embrace Him as King!
JESUS-Celebrating the Birth of Our Savior
December 18, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
The greatest story ever told is the recounting of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The Christmas story is the story of our Savior who came to save us from our sins. Spend time pondering the mystery of the birth of Christ and be receptive to the revelation of Christ, like Joseph! How would your life be today if you truly embraced that Jesus is our Savior?
We are exiles as citizens of Heaven here on earth. God has a master plan for us collectively that includes everyone and everything. Jesus Christ is the center of God's plan. We as members of the body need to change our perspective to keep Him at the center of our lives and our decisions. Our perspectives shape our views on life. Make Jesus the center of your life so you can live the life God has planned for you!
Sometimes, we as Christians find ourselves having a middle ground attitude about life-an "I don't care, I'm just waiting on Jesus to come back"-type of attitude. Those of us who have accepted the salvation of Jesus are exiles in a foreign land-this world is not our home! Yet, while we are passing through, we have a responsibility and an obligation to make the best of our reality for the glory of God. Are you living the standard of life God would have you to live?
Do you struggle to hold on to hope? We want to believe everything that God says, yet due to internal and external factors we sometimes struggle to hold on to hope. God has shown us who He is through our deliverance in Jesus Christ. You have to make a choice. Choose to believe; choose to walk by faith and shift from I want to believe, to I choose to believe!
There are many people who are called by the Lord and they obey, but there are many who rebel or run. We are all given an assignment when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. There is nowhere you can run and nowhere you can hide from the Lord. The assignments assigned to us may seem enormous and impossible but God will prepare and help you. Are you living in obedience or disobedience? Choose obedience!!
The Confidence to Face the Unknown
November 20, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Sometimes we lose sight of our blessings when we go through trials and troubles. We as believers need to learn how to trust God even when it seems there is no way out! Place your hope and confidence in the Lord because He is faithful even in the midst of the unknown.
Becoming Vulnerable And Committed To One Another
November 13, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Jesus became vulnerable for us and He is committed to us! There are times when we have to be transparent and vulnerable with each other. We've been delivered to share our witness, to become accountable to each other, and to lift one another up in prayer. We need to connect with one another and recognize that everyone is valuable to the kingdom.
Encourage And Build Up One Another
November 6, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Jesus is coming back and we need to stay alert because we don't know the day nor the hour! Will you be ready? We as children of the Light have the responsibility to live like Jesus is coming back. We need to encourage one another and build each other up so that not only are we prepared for His return but others can be prepared for when He comes back!
We as members of the body of Christ have the responsibility to teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. We must submit and live in the peace of Christ, saturate ourselves in the word of God, and commit to make Jesus' name great in word and deed. So that, the word of God flows out of us into our conversations and interactions with one another.
Even those who are Blood bought followers of Jesus Christ are imperfect and flawed, and because we are imperfect, periodically we fail and get ensnared in sin. Only God can heal the broken-hearted. It is the responsibility of those who are lead and controlled by the Spirit of God to restore one another when we get ensnared by sin. We are commanded to do our part in bearing one another's burdens. Are you available when God shows you someone who is heavy laden? Are you willing to help them bear their burdens?
We as Christians have been called to a new position in God by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for God's purpose and plans. We have been forgiven of all of our sins and we are called to forgive and bear with one another, just as Christ has done for us.
In loving one another, we must serve one another. Before we can serve one another as the Lord has ordained we must first understand our freedom in Christ. Christ has given us freedom in him and to be free in Christ is to have the choice to yield to the power or control of the Spirit. When we choose to properly embrace our freedom in Christ, we choose to serve others instead of ourselves.
To live in harmony and to love one another requires us as Christians to embrace each other's differences, because the glory of God is more important than our differences. We have to live in agreement with what God says about us because we are one!
If we are going to genuinely love one another we must take off our masks! We need to let our love for one another to be real and genuine with each other so that we can honor one another. We have to oppose evil, for evil is inconsistent with the character of God and God has set a standard for good. If we don't embrace God's standard of good for ourselves we can't love one another as God has ordained. Loving one another is honoring one another; loving, serving, encouraging, and valuing one another.
Loving One Another Is The Most Important Thing We Will Do As Followers Of Jesus
September 18, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
We as Christians and people need give more agape love-the love modeled for us by God; a love that puts the needs of others above our own. We are commanded by God to love one another-it's not optional! We need to allow the love of God to flow through us in order to love each other. Just as Jesus loves us unconditionally, sacrificially, and humbly we are to love each other because nothing reveals the reality of God than loving one another.
God uses the trials of life to train and equip us in our journey to follow Him. There are times in our lives where we encounter adversity, trials, and difficulty. We have to look for God in the midst, remain obedient to Him in spite of hardship, and stand firm in our beliefs because God is present in the midst of our suffering and He can bless you and extend favor towards you even during these times!
September 4, 2016 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Knowing should lead to doing. To know and not do is sin. Jesus knew his identity. Do the small menial task without discrimination. The small acts of love can show God's love for people.
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