Faith’s Victory  Over My Past, Present, and Future

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬ One of the keys to understanding the kingdom of God is an awareness that the kingdom of God has past, present, and future implications. For example: I have been saved. (Past) I am being saved. (Present) I will be saved. (Future) Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is a finished work of God’s grace and mercy. Once my faith meets His grace, salvation is accomplished. My spirit… Read More

Do You Have Enough Faith to Rest?

I often find myself over-working, over-thinking, and over-doing life. For any of us who put our hearts into our lives, we can end up carrying stress to the point that it affects our ability to rest.  Resting is not merely the physical act of reclining or sleeping. No – there are many times I have been in a physical posture of rest while not being at rest.  Resting is not a position of your body, but a posture of your soul.  Is your mind at rest? Is your will (your decision making… Read More

Every Driver Needs a Spotter

Everyone needs someone they can trust.  There are times when we are blinded by circumstances or deceived by lies. Such a cloud of smoke can haze our perspective and disorient our vision. In those times we need someone to trust, someone whose voice can lead us through times of uncertainty.  Here in NASCAR country we understand this kind of trust. One of the key members of any race team is the spotter. The spotter is nowhere near the actual car during a race; he/she is positioned high above the race track in… Read More

Friends Carry One Another

Four unidentified men, guilty of breaking and entering and destruction of private property, are some of my heroes.  Their story is found in Mark 2 – a story of friendship, faith, and freedom.  “And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son,… Read More

Under Attack

From it’s humble, yet miraculous, beginning as a prayer meeting attended by 120 devoted followers of Jesus Christ, the church has been ridiculed, persecuted, and under attack.  Each of the original disciples, with the obvious exception of Judas, suffered greatly for their testimonies of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Nearly all of them were killed for their faith.  Paul endured beatings, arrest, being stoned and verbally abused because he had come tI recognize (and preach) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who takes away the sin of the… Read More