Your Obedience Results in More Fruit Than You Can Imagine

2 Chronicles 7:11-12 (NIV) 11When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, 12the LORD appeared to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

In Search of the Spiritually Hungry

Have you ever lost something and searched endlessly for it? I lost my iPhone the other day. I looked everywhere for it but couldn't find it. So I used a feature called Find My iPhone. As it turned out, the phone was eight feet from where I was sitting. I had dropped it in the cushion of a chair. When I mentioned this to my son Jonathan, he said, "I've done even worse. I used it, and my phone was in my shirt pocket."

Repentance and Dying Daily Are Not a Popular Gospel, But It Is the True Gospel.

When Paul arrived at Miletus, he sent for the elders (overseers or bishops) of the church at Ephesus. The church had grown so much that he could not address them all, so instead, he spoke to the church leaders. He told them that the Spirit was leading him to Jerusalem but also warning him that it meant hardship. Yet Paul was not worried about his life; he was concerned about finishing

Daily Devotional: How Important Is the Cross to You?

2 Chronicles 4:1 (NIV) 1He made a bronze altar twenty cubits long, twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. Solomon made the bronze altar a square of about 30 feet and 15 feet high. The priests had to go up stairs to offer upon this altar. There is no record of the thickness of the brass but it is guessed to be about 3 inches. That would make the weight of this structure over 200 tons! Brass is the metal that symbolizes judgment. Imagine walking into the temple court and seeing this gigantic altar with the smoke ascending as the priests laid out the sacrifices.

Greg Laurie: A Lesson on Giving God the Glory from Billy Graham

I remember one night in particular, when God seemed to really bless Billy's message, with many people coming to Christ. We left the stadium together in a car, with Billy's longtime friend T. W. Wilson driving, while I rode shotgun. Billy and his son Franklin were in the back seat. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, I leaned over the back seat and said, "That was a great message tonight, Billy." Billy looked at me with those steely blue eyes and said, "It's just gospel."

God Knows How to Get Us Where We Need to Be to Serve Him.

Acts 8:26, 30-31 (NIV) 26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road-the desert road-that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 30Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. 31"How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Max Lucado: God's Love Never Fails

One stumble does not define or break a person. Though you failed, God's love does not. Face your failures with faith in God's goodness.

Don't Give the Opposition a Second Thought

As long as you are stationary, no one will complain. Dogs don't bark at parked cars. But as soon as you accelerate-once you step out of drunkenness into sobriety; dishonesty into integrity; or lethargy into compassion-expect the yapping to begin.

Remember: You Need His Power to Be a Witness

Acts 8:14-16 (NIV) 14When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.

Greg Laurie: The Difference between Doubt and Unbelief

The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

It Starts with God's People

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Our Trials: Allowed by God

Some people have the wrong idea about the Christian life. Once they become believers, they expect smooth sailing. Yet Jesus made it clear that troubles are inevitable for God's children. His own life was no exception: He endured false accusations, rejection by His own people, and betrayal by a close friend-to name just a few.