Key verse Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 This scripture shows us how we should think about and focus on every situation we face. We are not limited by how we feel. Jesus already knows how we feel. Simple, right?
Key verse “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that
Key verse The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It reminds us that we should enjoy life to the fullest. One of the greatest joys is having a family. Growing up, I looked forward to being a dad. Before marriage, I nearly scared away my wife
Key verse But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood . . . Galatians 1:15-16 The Apostle Paul lived life to the fullest. Despite his trials, he loved life with Jesus. He was on fire for the gospel and changed the world.
Key verse Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:16-17 Paul writes to the church of Colosse and explains man’s new character when
Key verse Am I expressing merely a human opinion, or does the law say the same thing? 1 Corinthians 9:8 Generosity is one of the top five attributes of the greatest Christians in history. It is even an attribute the world commends. Generosity is beyond money or things—we can give with our health, strength, peace, joy, family, and love. Yet often, a person knows money and generosity coincide together. Money is a frequent subject in
Key verse And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. Joel 2:13 That phrase “rend your hearts” is intense! It cuts right to the root of the matter which is found in the verse right before: “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning.” Isn’t it interesting
Key verse “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32 What an incredible moment of care and shepherding by Jesus! Living a personal prayer life, Jesus tunes into what is about to happen. But Jesus didn’t stop at praying personal prayers. He encouraged Peter by saying, I
Key verse Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus forever redefined neighbor—beyond ethnicity, party, or religion. He humbled Himself as a man and died for us.
Key verse And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 In the scripture above, God asks us to do something He already did. He forgave every one of us, not because we deserved it, but because of His great love for us. See, we will never deserve forgiveness outside of His grace and mercy. Jesus went to the cross to prove God’s love for