Monday, January 27, 2014

Is His joy enough?

"What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete." 1 John 1:1-4, NASB

Isn't 1 John just wonderful? I always suggest that new believers read it first. Simply put, Jesus was there in the beginning of time. See John 1:1-5. He is the Word in flesh, the Word of Life. God sent Jesus so that we could see God. Jesus showed us how to live and how to die. "Who God is" is manifest in the person of Jesus. We know - we have seen and heard -  this truth. As a result of this, we have fellowship with God through Jesus Christ. When we have this truth in us, we have His joy, and thus our joy is complete in Him.

I ask you today what I am asking myself. "Is my joy complete in Him?" Am I looking for a great response to my actions? Am I looking for what I can do next? Am I looking for a sign that God is in my life and blessing my ministry? Unfortunately, the answer to all these (for me) is yes! Yes my joy is complete in Him but yes, I am looking for all the rest. Not good. My joy needs to be complete in Him. Period.

I ask you today, is your joy complete in Him? Is He enough for you? If so, help others see this great truth! It is not how many tweeter followers or facebook friends we have, nor it is how many books we write or places we go. Jesus is complete in Himself and we can be complete in Him. Let's choose His joy in us again today.

You know you are loved!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

He is here - wherever you go

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9, NASB).

In the midst of me digging into one of my first new year resolutions, God keeps reminding me to rest in Him and to remember Him. He is here.

Where are you today? He, our God, is here for all of us. He came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). When we seek Him, we will find Him (Matt. 7:7, Rev. 3:20).

How would you describe God?
He is present (Psalm 139:7-10).
His character is constant, He is faithful (James 1:17, 2 Timothy 2:13).
He is bread and living water - He gives strength and nourishment (John 6:35, John 4:7-42).

As a verb, "is" reminds me that God's love is active.
Let's praise Him with our voices and with our lives. Let's share Him with our testimonies and with our hearts. Let's pray for a more active faith, because our Redeemer lives.

What situation are you in? Whom have you come across this week?
He is here:
  • for our friend and for the foreigner
  • for the executive and for the busboy
  • for the person we serve in volunteer efforts and for the widow on our street
He is here - here to save the world, to draw close to a world in need for more of Him. 
Our God manages the world and yet He makes time - He wants time - with each person He created. 
Let's share "He is here" with our hearts that crave more of Him, and let's share "He is here" with others who don't know Him yet as Lord and Savior.

He is here - wherever you go. Amen.

Great passage: Isaiah 61:1-4

Monday, January 13, 2014

Take the HeartCall SHARE Challenge

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39, NASB

February is almost here. Some of us love it; some of us hate it. Our perspective may be related to our season of life: happily or unhappily married, single or single again, unattached or widowed, and the list goes on. Let's turn February into a love fest. Instead of focusing on what we wish we had, let's focus on what we do have...God's love!
God's love is what we really live for. It is what gets us through the good and bad times. It is the reason we live and the joy of our lives. Let's live as though we believe that truth! Let's get our perspective straight and this season, let's share the love of the Lord!
God's great commandment (listed above) is to love God and love people. We share His love by showing it in every way - believing, giving, caring, sharing, helping, hoping, working, playing, etc. Let's look for ways to show our neighbors (and others) that we love God so much that we want to share His love with them!
The HeartCall SHARE Challenge is this: Share God's Love. Give the HeartCall Bible. Show love to others and share the Word with them. Even if you don't have the new HeartCall Bible (, share the HeartCall message of hope!
If you do, share your story with us at or go to our SHARE page at and submit your story on the form at the end of the page.
Let's turn February into a HeartCall month of God's love!
You know you are loved,