All posts tagged: John

How about a list of Dos and Don’ts?


You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires Romans 13:9-14 I often hear people say, “christianity is not a list of do’s and don’ts – it’s all about one’s relationship with God.” I agree. I agree …

15 Invaluable Laws to reaching your Potential


The Law of Intentionality: Growth Doesn’t Just Happen The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself The Law of Reflection: Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up with You The Law of Consistency: Motivation Gets You Going–Discipline Keeps You Growing The Law of Environment: Growth Thrives in Conducive Surroundings The Law of Design: To Maximize Growth, Develop Strategies The Law of Pain: Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads to Great Growth The Law of the Ladder: Character Growth Determines the Height of Your Personal Growth The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You Are and Where You Could Be The Law of Trade-Offs: You Have to Give Up to Grow Up The Law of Curiosity: Growth Is Stimulated By Asking Why? The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow This is my personal favorite. The Law of Expansion: …

Don’t let it get to your head!


Mark 1:4-8 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” When your birth was foretold by angels, your first encounter with Jesus came while you were still in your mama’s womb, and your dad’s mouth was locked for many months so that he could not speak until you were born, that can call for some real arrogance and self importance if you let it het to your head. Today many fall prey to the spirit of pride because they allow …

How did this world get so messed up?


Do you sometimes wonder what life is all about? Why were you born? How you can obtain true happiness? If you have ever asked these questions, then this very long post is just for you to get all you questions answered. QUESTION # 1: How Can You Know The Truth? Science, History and Observation You can learn many wonderful things about the world and its people through science, history, and observation. However, you cannot learn the answers to many of the great questions of life from these sources. They do not tell us how life began, what its purpose is, and what the future holds. The Bible Only the One who made the world can tell you how He did it and why. He tells us the truth about these things in His book, the Holy Bible. It is a book of instructions for living in this world and is proven to be historically reliable! In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Bible, Genesis 1:1) Through him all things were made; without …

12 Powerful words or phrases that command heaven’s attention


Part 2 The next six words or phrases I find powerful and commanding are from the very lips of Jesus. On each one of these occasions, something extraordinary happens after his declaration. Here are six of them: 7. It is finished… When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit… And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. John 19:30; Mark 15:38 8. Lazarus come out… Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God? So they took away the stone… he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out…” The man who had died came out… John 11:40-44 9. I am He… Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said …

What is your name?


My wife has several names that she answers to. One nick name, and two other names given to her by her parents – one by her father and the other by her mother. One she loves and the other she hates. That is because names are very significant where she comes from. In the bible God gives and often changes the names of people to reflect their character or something specific about them. Their name identifies them and stands them up for something specific. For example: Abram become Abraham; Sarai becomes Sarah and Jacob becomes Israel. In the same way, God’s names reflect His character. His names are far more than descriptions or designations of some super powerful being up there in the universe. His names are actually a revelation of his ways, his essence, his character, his person and his nature. If you want to know what God is like, his person, his care and concern, you will find it in the revelation of His names. So join me as we take a look …

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loves


Welcome to Morning Devotion Introducing John It feels a little strange for me to begin our first devotional entry with a verse that sounds a little selfish and partial; especially in the face of John 3:16 – “God so love the world.” We meet the writer of the gospel of John – the apostle himself – John. The title says that the Gospel was written by John, and other evidence identifies this John as the son of Zebedee. He was: one of the 12 disciples – John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:24, 25 the disciple whom Jesus loved We do no know why it is said that John was the disciple that Jesus loved. We can only, but speculate because scripture is silent on the passage. So let me give you my two cents of what I think it means. A fellow pastor friend told a story about his grandmother. How she will tell him how special he was. That he was was not like his other brothers and sisters. That he was love and cherished. …

John 1:1 -3


Creation Explained! The beginning – before this world was created – the word existed. This word was with God in the beginning. Well, God has no beginning so this word must have no beginning as well. For the bible say this word was “God”. By this word, everything was made, created brought into existence. We know that this word is Jesus because – the word became flesh and dwelled among us. So, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all have a creative imprint on our world. John 1:10; Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 1:2; Gen. 1:2 Don’t believe in evolution… you were fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving creative God.

Revelation: Two Part blog series


PART I: The 7 Blessings in the Book of Revelation: 1/. rev. 1:3 – Blessed are those who Hear and Do (lk 11:28; John 8:51; 1 John 2:3; Lk 6:43-49 2/. rev. 14:13 – Blessed are those who Die in the Lord (Eccles. 4:2, Heb. 3:14; 2 Tim 4:7 1 cor. 15:18; 1 Thess. 4:16 3/. rev. 16:15 – Blessed are those who Stay awake – stay dressed (Matt. 25:13; matt. 24:42 4/. rev. 19:9 – Blessed are those who are Invited to Sup (Matt. 22:1-14; Lk 14:15; see verse 7) 5/. Rev. 20:6 – Blessed are The Raptured (rev. 14:13 see 20:14; 2:11; 21:8 6/. rev. 22:7 – Blessed are those who Keep the Words, trust, faith in, believe in – see verse 6… 7/. rev. 22:14 – Blessed are those with Washed robes… (rev. 7:9, 13, 14… who has the right to eat of the tree of life? see John 1:11, 12, 13. Who can enter through the city by the gates – the gate represent Jesus… he said broad is the road that leads …