Weekend Devotions

Get Heaven Into You

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” – John 14:16,17 A new Christian said to me, “I don’t understand this Holy Spirit thing.” So I explained what I believe occurs, and I have shared this before. Whenever you confess Christ as your Savior, God puts a “pilot light” inside of you that never goes out and is always there! You know what a pilot light is, it’s in your fireplace or your stove. It’s a little blue, almost invisible light that provides the flame needed to light the gas. At times you need a flashlight to find it, but it’s always there. It’s always in us,

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How You Perceive Your Life

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19 We’re all familiar with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Soldiers and people who have experienced a traumatic event often suffer from this. It’s a real and difficult thing people face so I don’t want to diminish it, but did you know that post-traumatic growth is more common than post-traumatic stress? That’s pretty interesting, isn’t it? Researchers Richard Tedeschi, PhD and Lawrence Calhoun, PhD, found over 90% of people who endured some major trauma, experienced a positive transformation over the long term. They all had their lives transformed by an experience, whether it was surviving a plane crash or surviving a health crisis.  In order to understand their transformation and how they perceived their life, we must look at

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Teach Your Children Well

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4 There is a tradition of Orthodox Jewish children memorizing the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Torah. Today, I want to point out how that practice is proof of just how much the Hebrew culture values and treasures their children. When we have children, we love them tremendously and want the very best for them. As Christians, this typically means that we desire for them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to know His Word and His ways. Accordingly, one of the most powerful things we can ever do for our offspring — whether biological or spiritual — is to teach them to love the truth of Scripture and to adore the Rabbi Jesus. While it’s natural to want them to excel

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The Process is Bigger than the Event

“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:22 Yesterday we talked about the process of working towards a goal. Many times in life, we only see the “event” and not the hard work involved in getting there. Take for instance the Super Bowl. We don’t see all the practices the team went through in order to win the game, right? Or, we notice a person with great wealth, but we didn’t see them knocking on doors to build their business. Usually, we meet a person who is clean and sober, but we don’t see all the times they failed in their journey. It’s a process, but God wants us to trust His plan and timing. Oftentimes, we don’t see the process that leads up to the event, but the process is so much more important

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Become a Bigger Christian

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” – Hebrews 11:3 It’s true that there are many things you can believe in, and there are a lot of affirmations that we make as Christians. However, my guess is that you already have enough affirmations. There is one thing I want most from you today: I want you to believe that you can become more, and you can achieve more. It’s not the first time that I’ve mentioned this, but I love big Christians more than I love big churches. Yes, big churches serve their community well, and I think they’re great. I love it when people come here to worship with us. There is no doubt that the more people who attend church, the more like a party it becomes, right? You want

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Keeping God’s Word in Your Heart

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 A generational mentality and a reverence for Scripture were hallmarks of the Jewish culture. A man named Shimon Ben Shetach had developed a method called Yeshiva, which is the process of helping children memorize, learn and understand Torah. Each child would begin attending school when he was five years old with the goal of being able to recite the first five books of the Bible by heart. This practice was common in Jesus’ day, and there was an expectation that every Jewish boy or girl who didn’t have a disability could recite any portion of the law if they were asked. The really exceptional students went on to memorize the rest of the Old Testament at the age of 10 or 11. The thinking behind every young person knowing the Word of

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Life Always Finds A Way

“All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.” – Mark 4:28 Over the past few days, we covered how a will to life is a will to pay the price, but it’s a good price to pay. It’s amazing to see how life always finds a way! Think about the simple act of planting a tiny seed in the ground. It gets a little wet, forms deep roots that push through all the dirt and sand, and miraculously starts shooting up towards the sky. It grows as big as it can and bears as much fruit as it can — all that is possible, and no less. Have you ever seen a tiny crack in the sidewalk with a little bit of dry dirt, and out of it comes a living plant? Some call it a weed, but I

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Do the Impossible

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ” – Matthew 19:26 It’s amazing what’s possible when you don’t know what’s impossible! Here’s an incredible story my grandpa, Dr. Schuller, heard from a gentleman he met on a flight. His name was George Dantzig and he told a story of when he was a first-year Ph.D. mathematics student at UC Berkeley. Due to his busy schedule, he arrived late to class and saw the homework assignment on the board: Two math problems. He quickly wrote them down in his notebook and when class was over, he went back and started working on them.  Despite feeling inadequate because it took two or three days, he continued to work on solving these problems. On day four, he solves the problems and brings them to Professor Jerzy Neyman. Even though his assignment is

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The Little Things Matter

“Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.” – Acts 6:8 There’s an interesting story in Acts that illustrates the fact that the little things in life are important. In Acts, the apostles tell the church that they need someone to care for the widows, to handle the little things, so they can go preach and pray like God called them to do. A guy named Stephen, who is just an everyday kind of guy, raises his hand and says he will do it. And he was one of seven men chosen to care for the widows. Guess what the Bible says about Stephen? Out of all of them, including the apostles, he was the one who performed many miracles and delivered the best sermons. The apostles’ focus was on preaching and praying, but Stephen was the greatest of them

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