Devotions from Pastor Steve
Why Pray and Fast?
Why are we setting aside 21 days for prayer and fasting? Read these statements and the scriptural references. Let these Biblical passages speak to us in the quiet moments of our day. TO LISTEN TO THE LORD: He speaks, and we stop, look, and listen. Job 23:12, “I have not departed from the commands of
Deep Dive: Called to Faith with Prayer and Fasting
According to recent news, the season of Lent began worldwide (Feb. 22nd), and revival ended at Asbury University in Kentucky (Feb 22nd) at about the same time. Spontaneous prayer, prayer, and worship lasted over 16 days. Lent is a 40-day prayer, fasting, and giving season that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on
We live in stressful times! We have challenges. economic, morality, values, and politics, we are a divided nation, and the pandemic has disconnected us. The believers who lived when Acts was written felt huge stress. Their leaders were arrested (Acts 4:1–3), society was angry, there was persecution coming against them (4:25), and threats (4:21, 29).
Jesus IS the ONLY Son of God!
My father and Mother are Jewish. I grew up in the traditions of the Jewish faith. I learned that I had to do certain things to be spiritual. My parents believed in God and encouraged me to do the same. To discover spiritual truths for my life according to the Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus was seen
Deep Dive: Called to Faith
We are about to descend into the depths of God’s Word. Get ready to dive 100 feet into the ocean of God’s truth and grace. The intent for our Deep Dive: Called To Faith Series is to be immersed in biblical topics and studies without being overwhelmed. Deep Dive provides intentional opportunities for growth and
It’s Friday But Sunday Is Coming Devotional
James 1:19 says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” Did you know that James was speaking to all of us. He reminded us that we need to make sure we are listening to God’s Word (1:18). The words “quick to listen” are the
Living the RIGHT Way
A clerical error sent a supply clerk with the 82nd Airborne Division out the door of an airplane on his first parachute jump without formal training. Army Specialist Jeff Lewis, 23, who landed unhurt, said he was just doing what a good soldier is supposed to do when he made the jump: Follow orders. Lewis
What About Temptation?
A survey of the top temptations Americans said they faced noted the following as either “often” or “sometimes”: Worrying or being anxious Procrastinating or putting things off Eating too much Spending too much time on media Being lazy Spending more money than they could afford Gossiping about others Being jealous of others Viewing pornography or
Do you believe that the Lord wants to talk to you? Do you believe that the Lord can use you? I asked someone the other day, has the Lord called you? They explained why they were not a proper tool for the Lord to use in people’s lives. Did you know that someone created imaginary
It’s A NEW Day! It’s A NEW YEAR!
The start of a New Year is an opportunity to come before the Lord and commit to a New Year to Him. Don’t be the cynic that talks down any good idea because it is a way never to be disappointed. Don’t be the passive person that walks through life in a fog and thus
New Year’s Resolution versus New Year’s Reconciliation
Which one is better? Resolution or reconciliation? What are the differences? New Year’s resolutions are a tradition in the Western World. A New Year’s resolution is where a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their behavior at the beginning of a calendar
It’s Friday, BUT CHRISTMAS Sunday Is Coming!
It is December 23 and it is cold, icy, and scary. Good news, we have two extra minutes of daylight! Not so good news, most all the flights out of Seattle were canceled until noon today (or later) due to ice. Because of the ever-changing inclement weather, stores are opening at different times, and deliveries
God’s Amazing Promises About His Light
Hanukkah 2022 starts on December 18th and ends on the evening of the 26th. We will celebrate Hanukkah in our Sunday Services by lighting the Menorah Candles. It is a reminder of God’s miracles and promises. Hanukkah remembers the battle of light and dark recorded in the Book of Daniel, a historical event when good
It’s Friday, but Sunday is Coming with Joy
I have JOY, but I am not happy. Does that sound like a contradiction? It all depends on our understanding of JOY and HAPPINESS. The two words are often used as synonyms when the Bible teaches us that they are different. According to our secular definition (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary), joy and happiness is the emotion evoked
The Advent of Peace
John 14:25-27, “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give
The Amazing Promise of Christmas Hope
Some of us are tired of all the Christmas commercialism; the frantic pace; the commercialism; the rush; the crowds; lack of parking spaces; a man decided not to go along with the crowd. He chose not to send Christmas cards. He felt that the cards he was thinking about purchasing were too expensive. He felt
As a young boy, around the age of seven, all I wanted was to be Superman. I can still remember my birthday when I received a red Superman cape. The minute I put on the cape, I knew I was stronger than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, and able to leap over tall
Waiting Is Hoping
When Timex (the watch company) asked people how long they would wait before taking action in a wide variety of situations, researchers discovered that we’ll consent to wait only: Thirteen seconds before, we honk at a car in front of us that’s stopped at a green light. Twenty-six seconds before we silence people who are