How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head. Psalm 133:1–2

What is the life of the church? What makes it different from all other societies and organizations? The answer is Christ, He is the difference and our source of life. Recently, I found myself fixating on what I perceived as weaknesses or blemishes in our church. The Lord began to correct me only as He can, His correction came in the simplest yet most profound way. It..

John 12:12-15 ¶ The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.

I often think about the strange and unusual crowd we have at Victory Fel..

Psa. 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For most people joy is that elusive dream. Everyone thinks they know what will finally complete their joy but I don’t think any of us really have it quite right. Why would I say that? I sat that because of a life time of observations. The athlete never has enough titles (ask Tiger Woods), the beautiful face is never quite right (check with Hollywood on that), and the coffers of the rich are ne..

Psa. 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Making choices is something we all do every day. We don’t give our ability to choose, our free will, very much thought. At the end of the day our heart usually overrides our head, we ultimately follow our pleasure rather than our intellect. This free will thing is closely related to our basic need to be born again. Whether we like to admit it or not, our free will is why we need to be born ag..

Psa. 73:25,26 ¶ Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

It has been said you can evaluate the character of a person by the things that they value. That is a really powerful thought. What do your precious treasures and enjoyments say about you? That brings us to the real beauty and power of spiritual conversion, our whole value system is turned on its head by the Lord. ..

II Cor. 3:18, “But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Something is dreadfully wrong with our world. Mankind wanders around in darkness but actually thinks he has perfect vision. The darkness has corrupted our hearts so that our view of everything is skewered. Our perception of everything from money to property, from marriage to family, and from gender confusion to sexual..

John 6:35 ¶ And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst”.

Food keeps us alive. Obviously, we eat for more than survival, pleasure also comes into play, but food is the very strength of our life. As the old adage goes, “you are what you eat”. That’s why what Jesus taught in today’s verse is so important, our spiritual food determines what and who we become. Jesus called this spiritual food our daily bread. ..

1John 1:3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

All of us are looking for something in life, that special something that completes us. No one is quite sure what it is they are searching for, yet the search continues. The Bible maintains that the missing ingredient is life itself, the life we find in the community of Jesus. After all, that’s what Jesus ca..

Matt. 13:44 ¶ The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

You can learn a lot about someone when you discover their treasure. Everyone has one; from the homeless man’s shopping cart to the rich man’s yacht, different things are precious to different people. You can evaluate a person’s spiritual condition by their value of the Lord. Jesus was talking about that in today’s verse..

Psa. 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
I don’t know if it is just me but I hear the word community an awful lot recently. I hear it applied to our nation, our city, a neighborhood, I even heard it in defense of Christians joining in on the revelry of Mardi Gras. For me, community has a special connotation. It started for Parris and I when we became part of the Christian Community called God’s Army back in the seventies. We learned a ..