How Will I Ever Get to Heaven?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law – Galatians 15:22-23. Some days I’m lawless; feeling hopelessly unsaved and hell bound wondering how I’ll ever get to heaven having none of these traits. I feel chained to my sinful…

Success is a Journey

It’s been written that ‘success is a journey, not a destination.’ As it relates to spirituality, it couldn’t be more beautifully said than ‘The Peace Prayer’ (or the Eleventh Step Prayer) by St. Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is…

Who Is The Real Victim Of Un-Forgiveness?

  Ephesians 4:32 tells us to forgive one another as Christ forgave us. When we don’t it can harm us more than our transgressors because bitterness and resentment are damaging to our mind, body and spirit. When we don’t forgive, we remain a victim of the offense, giving the offender tremendous power over us. Knowing…

God Loves Losers

Years ago I was having a discussion with a friend who doesn’t believe in God. “Why is it,” He said, “that most people who ‘find God’ are either in prison or complete losers?” I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying: “You never know God is all you need until God is all you have.” Sometimes…

Can God Forgive Anyone?

When I was 28 years old I gave my life to Christ. The friend who led me in that prayer did what any good friend would do, he took me to church. At some point during the message the pastor began talking about how the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy had a spiritual experience and…

A Little Humility Can Go A Long Way

A friend once told me she didn’t think God could ever forgive her for the things she’d done. Unfortunately, many people allow their guilt to block them from God’s grace and mercy by condemning themselves. It’s like a false form of pride when we play jury and judge by assuming what God thinks, and sometimes…

Does Forgiveness Come From The Heart Or The Mind?

In her book “Forgiveness” June Hunt describes what we can do when we don’t want to forgive someone: “Whenever you don’t feel like doing something you should do, examine your thoughts. While you can’t control what your offenders do, you can control your thinking about your offenders…….when you carefully choose what you will dwell on,…

Blame: The Toxic Fruit

“Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?” “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit…. Then the Lord asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me.” (Genesis 3:11-13) Here we clearly see blaming others is nothing new….

How God Turns Tragedy into Victory

Romans 8:28 says: “In all things, God works for the good of those who love Him.” If you’re struggling through a difficult time I’m sure it doesn’t seem like it right now. What’s so amazing about our creator is how He can take the worst hardships and turn them into the greatest victories. In the…

God’s Version of ‘Trade’

You are probably familiar the popular worship song ‘Trading My Sorrows’ by Darrell Evans: I’m trading my sorrows I’m trading my shame I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord I’m trading my sickness I’m trading my pain I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord The song is true. However,…