Have you ever let fear take control? I know I have. And I’ve seen people who are so afraid that they pass out when they get up too high or scream and jump when they see a little spider or a mouse. More seriously, I’ve seen people who are afraid to trust others, who are afraid of marriage, and who are afraid of change. Here’s what I want to tell you today: Let Go Of FEAR! You really only have two choices. You can allow fear to control you, or you can let God’s peace rule your heart and mind (Col. 3:15). Scripture is quite clear about the right choice. When reading the Bible, we see that the Lord tells His people over and over not to be afraid or discouraged. And really, when you think about it, we have Jesus on our side so what do we really have to fear? I’m not saying we aren’t going to have troubles, because we are. I’m not saying we aren’t going to face battle after battle, but that is okay because we are ready to FIGHT! And we will experience the kind of instinctive fear that is built in to warn us of...

I want to take a moment to encourage you today. I know you are fighting a battle with something in your life. It might be temptation, or illness, or maybe it just seems like nothing is going right. But it will get better. You will persevere and thrive. I’m positive! God helps us cope with trials by offering us encouragement. Here are some messages of Encouragement from His Word: Psalm 31:24 says, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” Proverbs 18:10 tells us, “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” He tells us in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” In Isaiah 43:2 He assures us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” We are called to praise Him for His comfort in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4,...

What does it mean to be a witness? The common definition says a witness is a person who has information useful in a case being heard in court. You might be surprised to find that Jesus’ meaning of the word isn’t far off. Our Lord calls all of us Followers of Jesus to take the information we know about Him and share it with those who need to hear it. Their salvation, and whether they are found guilty or innocent on judgement day, depends on them having and accepting that information and Jesus into their lives. Jesus’ last words—His COMMAND to all of His followers—were, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). His disciples took up that command and passed it on to all believers. They said: “We were eyewitnesses from the beginning” (Cf. Luke 1:2); “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16); and, “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20). So how can you witness to those around you? Share The Gospel - “For what I received I passed on to you as of...

What do you do when you face temptation? Temptation is a part of our everyday lives, but thank the Lord we never have to face it alone! The truth remains, however, that we do face it. So what do we do? It is important that you never underestimate temptation. It is a snare that catches you when you least expect it. It may appear small, but even the smallest temptation can grab hold of your life and open the doors to larger temptations. Having said that, it is also important  that you never overestimate temptation. There is no temptation you will face that cannot be conquered by God’s grace! As Romans 6:6 tells us, because our old self was crucified with Christ, we are no longer enslaved to sin. When you face temptation, even the smallest temptation, here are four actions you can take. Pray. For any trial we face, the first action we take should always be prayer. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5) Take time to look at the outcome, the consequences of your decision. If you give in to the temptation,...

“You are NOT to do whatever you want” (Gal. 5:17). To Do or Not To Do? “Do whatever you want.” Those words usually come after you have asked someone’s advice or input and they know you aren’t going to follow it. Or maybe your spouse says, “I would rather … but do whatever you want.” I would guess that most of the time those words mean the exact opposite; that person truly thinks you are making the wrong choice. Our culture, however, has taken those words and run with them. We live in a time of “Do whatever you want.” Advertising, sitcoms, movies, music, and even our politicians tell us that our happiness comes from buying, listening to, watching, and doing what we want. Impulse buys come from “doing whatever you want.” Eating that second serving, even though you are already full, comes from “doing whatever you want.” Listening to music that is offensive or hurtful to those around you comes from “doing whatever you want.” Opening our mouths and saying hurtful things happens because we decided to “do whatever you want.” Are you seeing a trend here? Very little that is fulfilling, enriching, and gratifying to God comes from making that decision...