8 Noteworthy Things You Should Know about Gay Marriage Today

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By: Dr. Roger Barrier | Preach It, Teach It Dear Roger, What do you think about gay marriage? I’d like your take on the issue. Dear The Many Who Have Asked Me About Gay Marriage, First, let me say that my wife Julie and I disagree about some of the things that I intend to … Read more8 Noteworthy Things You Should Know about Gay Marriage Today

Evidence of Kindness – Do you any proof?

Several children and their parents filed into a room in which a neo-natal nurse sat. The kids were carrying pictures of themselves as premature infants—years ago, they had been cared for by the nurse. Before the group surprised her, she had watched a video in which the parents expressed how thankful they were for her … Read moreEvidence of Kindness – Do you any proof?

How We Live

Baby Jeremy was born with a condition in which his bile ducts were absent, causing bile to build up inside his body and damage his liver. The only option to prevent his death was a liver transplant. Thankfully for Jeremy, his father underwent a lengthy medical procedure to provide healing for him. Jeremy was given … Read moreHow We Live

The Great Divide

A ministry leader once tried an interesting communication experiment. Holding giant whiteboards and some markers, he engaged passersby on his city’s streets. On one whiteboard, people were asked to write what they wanted to tell the church. The messages weren’t very kind. On the other board, people were asked to write, “What do you want … Read moreThe Great Divide

If You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” Job 37:14 (GNT). Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet. But you have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn … Read moreIf You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

I Will be With You

“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. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your … Read moreI Will be With You

Come to God Just as You Are

“God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” Romans 5:8 (NLT). Everything that Jesus did for you, he did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be … Read moreCome to God Just as You Are

Changed

“The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”(1 Samuel 10:6) These were some of Samuel’s words to Saul when he anointed him as king. God’s promise to Saul was fulfilled, as we read just a few verses … Read moreChanged

Gratitude

Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff! To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart! To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. The apostle Paul … Read moreGratitude

My Foot is Slipping

“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” Psalm 94:18-19 Thoughts on today’s verse While we are amazed at the vastness of God’s reach and the awesome breadth of his power and the glorious sweep of his … Read moreMy Foot is Slipping

The Waiting Side of Faith

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Our Christian walk of faith is often a journey of waiting…and waiting, which we don’t always do with much patience. Put … Read moreThe Waiting Side of Faith

The God Who Stoops… And Stands

“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ — ‘No, Lord,‘ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’” John 8:10-11 (NLT)) Condemnation – the preferred commodity of Satan. He will repeat the adulterous woman scenario as … Read moreThe God Who Stoops… And Stands

Called to be What He Made

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7 I remember talking to one of my ministry leaders at church a few years ago about service. He explained to … Read moreCalled to be What He Made

God’s Strength in Your Weakness

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9 We know our own weaknesses only too well. They are the areas that trip us up over and over. We often try to hide those weak spots. We hate to even acknowledge them. They may be areas we like … Read moreGod’s Strength in Your Weakness

Pluck It and Bag It

I learned a godly truth from a bunch of cilantro. Sitting in my fridge for a week or so, I noticed some of the leaves had rotted before I got to use them in my food. My first instinct was to chuck the whole thing.  But I love cilantro, and it isn’t cheap. So I … Read morePluck It and Bag It

Anxiety

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 ThoughtSo often our worries are so heavy because we refuse to put them down. Let’s cast our burdens on the Lord. Let’s consciously put our future in his hands. Let’s trust our worrisome fears to his care. We know he loves … Read moreAnxiety

Loving the Truth

“No lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless” (Revelation 14:5). To become blameless is to be free from falsehood; it is to be delivered from sin and the deception that protects sin. Yet this process is not attained if we are only casually committed to the Lord Jesus. We must be dedicated to … Read moreLoving the Truth

Steadfast in a Fearful World

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 There are a lot of angry people out there these days. I see it all over the media. People are upset over perceived betrayal, injustice, and prejudice. I think some of the anger is justified. We are, … Read moreSteadfast in a Fearful World

Open Your Ears and Sympathize

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT, 2ndedition). Jesus gives us a great model for demonstrating mercy in the story of the Good Samaritan. We can draw out … Read moreOpen Your Ears and Sympathize

When Panic Attacks

“For I have given them the words you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” John 17:6 Once, during a time of acute anxiety, I chose to confide in my doctor. After listening to me, … Read moreWhen Panic Attacks

I Can’t Say it Enough

Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) So often we take for granted the love of God. We often feel like there is no hope for us but I say to you today … Read moreI Can’t Say it Enough

Christ Crucified

This is the last week of Lent, also called Passion Week, and I have been reading and reflecting on the last days of Christ and His crucifixion. I will be forever grateful for Christ’s willingness to go through the agony of carrying our sins (the sins of more than six billion people), and to suffer … Read moreChrist Crucified

The Believer’s Journey to the Cross

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone:  but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it, and he who … Read moreThe Believer’s Journey to the Cross

Tune My Heart

It can be hard to hear God in the busyness of life. Take today’s lesson to hear how to listen better. “And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:12b There’s a moment just before the performance begins where the lights go down and the symphony tunes. It’s a strange, cacophonous sound, nothing … Read moreTune My Heart

Dealing with Feelings of Guilt

Read: Ephesians 2: 1-10 Guilt can be like a poison working insidiously on the inside to create havoc in our thoughts and emotions. The antidote is to understand why we feel guilty and to know how to apply scripture teachings on the subject. Misunderstanding grace results in guilty feelings which make us think that in … Read moreDealing with Feelings of Guilt

Time to Tell Yourself the Truth

“The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves” Proverbs 20:27 TEV). The best way to get off a guilt trip is to first admit your guilt. Don’t bury it, don’t deny it, and don’t ignore it. Just own up to it! Even when we know this truth, we still try to … Read moreTime to Tell Yourself the Truth

Prayer to Follow God

So often our hearts want to follow God and yet our feet and our mouths take us in the opposite direction! God’s word tells us that we are actually deceiving ourselves when we know God’s way and yet do not do what it says. The road to freedom is in doing what we hear in … Read morePrayer to Follow God

Delight Yourself

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 Thoughts on today’s verse Rather than seeing this as a way to get our wish list granted, let’s see it for what it really is — an invitation to seek a love relationship with God above all other … Read moreDelight Yourself

Resting in the Faithfulness of God

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed … Read moreResting in the Faithfulness of God

Covenant Keeping God

Put your trust and hope in the Lord.Don’t be discouraged, when things do not seem to go your way.Do not be afraid, but be of good courage.What’s there to fear, if The Lord is always beside you?Trust in the Lord in everything that you do.Be patient, and wait upon Him. The world may think that … Read moreCovenant Keeping God

True Praise

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 When is praise to God a sacrifice? It is a sacrifice when I feel like complaining about my circumstances, but I choose to accept them. If I want to truly … Read moreTrue Praise

Can We Talk?

As I sit and pen my thoughts this morning, I am reminded of Jesus’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was at that place He had to make one of the toughest decisions in His life. Should He go forward to the cross, knowing that this was what He was destined to do? Or … Read moreCan We Talk?

Joyful in Hope

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12: 12 Thoughts on today’s verse Sometimes the key to survival is simply “setting our jaw” and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the outward circumstances. Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of … Read moreJoyful in Hope

Who Stands With You

“But Lord,’ Gideon asked, ‘How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family.’ The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you …’” Judges 6:15 How often do I look within or to another before I look up? Gideon looked at where he came from. … Read moreWho Stands With You

Shield of Trust Prayer

When you don’t understand, God invites you to lean into Him and to trust. The following prayer guides you how to pray holding up your shield of trust, regardless of what is going on around you. Father, when things are shaky or dark and I don’t understand, I redirect my focus to Your great heart … Read moreShield of Trust Prayer

Fix Your Eyes on the Future

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:18 In our Christian journey it is good and proper, at most times and in most circumstances, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown, and onward … Read moreFix Your Eyes on the Future

Clutter

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 Are you weighed down by the clutter in your life? I mean lots of little chores to do sometime in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them out of the way, … Read moreClutter

How to Get Past Regrets

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG). How often do you play the “If only” game? •    If … Read moreHow to Get Past Regrets

God is Faithful

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God”(Psalm 145:13b). Do you feel confident today that God is always faithful? That He is exactly who He says He is? Aren’t you glad He doesn’t change His mind or get PMS or forget about His promises? Friends or family may let you down … Read moreGod is Faithful

Deception of the Heart

“Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.” Deuteronomy 11:16 Our God is so amazing. Majestic. Gracious. Loving. We may think, “I would never serve another.” But tragically, it happens all the time. People who have known and loved God — sometimes for many years … Read moreDeception of the Heart

Renew Our Strength

There was a time that I endured a season in my life when several uncertain and difficult circumstances were bearing down on me, and I remember feeling the weight of more than I could handle pressing hard on me. I could physically sense a weight pushing down on both my shoulders and my neck grew … Read moreRenew Our Strength

How to Cry Out to God

“And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:29-30 The phone rings, and you answer. A sullen voice informs you of a tragedy. Your heart … Read moreHow to Cry Out to God

God’s Help

You may think that you are tried more than other people are.If you knew the value of it, you would praise God for the trials that come your way. It is in the trials that you are purified; it is through the fiery furnace of affliction that God gets you in the place where He … Read moreGod’s Help