If you have been around church circles for a long time you may have heard the old saying “God is good all the time and all the time God is good”. I believe that this is an accurate statement but I truly believe that the word “good” has been overused and its meaning diminished.

When we look into the book of Genesis, we see that the word “good” was used to describe creation:

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

We see these same words written in the New Testament:

“For everything created by God is good…”

1 Timothy 4:4

Today’s Worship Wednesday song is entitled “The Goodness of Jesus” and comes from the group City Alight. (They are quickly becoming one of my favorites because of the strong theology they put into their words) Please pay close attention to the words:

Come you weary heart now to Jesus, come you anxious soul now and see. There is perfect love and comfort in your tears, rest here in His wondrous peace

Oh the goodness, the goodness of Jesus, satisfied He is all that I need. May it be, come what may, that I rest all my days, in the goodness of Jesus

Come find what this world cannot offer, come and find your joy here complete. Taste the living water, never thirst again, rest here in His wondrous peace

Come and find your hope now in Jesus, He is all he said he would be. Grace is overflowing from the Saviour’s heart, rest here in His wondrous peace

My prayer is that you will worship God today because of His goodness. 1 Peter 2:2-3 says – “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is GOOD!

Christianity Matters

Today I read Psalm 51.

What struck me as I read was David’s prayer to the Lord. His recognition that he was not clean but sinful. Not just sinful in that he did a few bad things but that he was sinful to the core. He knew his heart (desire, will, wants) needed to change. He knew God was the only one who could bring about that change.

David’s recognition and prayer is a prayer of true repentance. He admits his own guilt, his own sin, and turns from self to God.

When we pray as David, when we come to God broken and contrite, we please the Lord.

It is not the external sacrifices of works that please God, but it is the internal sacrifice of the heart that brings God pleasure.

True worship occurs when we give our whole being to God through a relationship with Jesus. True…

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As Christians, how can we expect to fear the Lord and grow in knowledge when we want to live our lives the way we want to and aren’t willing to submit to HIS will for our lives. We are saying to Him that I just don’t want to understand Your ways and I think that I can do better. If we are living our lives this way, we are nothing but fools, but I do it all the time!

Lord, I pray that you would help me and others to live our lives in such a way that we would not be fools with our lives. I pray that we would be willing to submit ourselves to you and understand Your ways.

Proverbial Thought (& More)

Proverbs 18:2

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Time after time the book of Proverbs has given us characteristics of a fool:

  • Fools despise wisdom & instruction (Proverbs 1:7) 
  • Fools hate knowledge (Proverbs 1:22)
  • Fools slander (Proverbs 10:18)
  • Fools cause mischief (Proverbs 10:23)
  • Fools are deceitful (Proverbs 14:8)

Our verse today adds one more characteristics – a fool is someone who does not want to understand.

Bla_Bla_Bla_by_explosiv22I knew a guy in college that was never wrong, even when he was wrong. He did not want to even consider the possibility of being wrong. He knew everything and had the answer to ever question that has ever been asked.

You know the type of person that I am talking about! They have no interest in hearing the truth but are speaking to hear themselves talk and to show others just how much they…

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Today’s Worship Wednesday song, entitled Psalm 23, comes from Shane & Shane. These guys have a passion to worship the Lord with their voices and their lives. They are considered modern day hymn writers and have some incredible songs that they have written and produced. You can find all of their music, as well as more, located here – Shane & Shane Music.

Today’s song is taken straight from scripture – Psalm 23! The first verse says,

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want

In green pastures He makes me lie down

He restores my soul and leads me on for His Name for His great Name

Surely goodness surely mercy

Right beside me all my days

And I will dwell in Your house forever

And bless Your Holy Name

It is so reassuring to know that no matter what we may be going through, if we are a child of God, then He is always there with us. That is what his name means – Emmanuel – “God WITH us”!

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song! I would love to hear if you have any suggestions for Worship Wednesday songs. If so, leave a comment below.

Jesus Loved Barabbas

Jan 17, 2020 — 2 Comments

A few weeks ago the video below was played at my church and WOW, is it powerful! We all know, even most unsaved people, that John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.

That is an unbelievable verse that we have read, heard & quoted ourselves for years. But do we fully understand that verse? I am so thankful for His love and grateful for His mercy that He has so richly given to me. But what I have a hard time understanding is His love for someone that would not accept Him and not follow Him. In other words – Barabbas! As the video says, we have no mention of Barabbas being saved and living his life for Jesus, yet Jesus loved him.

I am a father of a 15 year old (at the time of this writing) daughter and it is hard enough for me to imagine sacrificing her for someone who would follow me but you better believe that I am not about to sacrifice her for someone I know will NEVER follow me! I am sorry but I am pretty sure I don’t have that type of love to give away.

I don’t know who will read this blog or exactly when you will read this blog post, but can I assure you that no matter who you are, what you have done – Jesus loves you! You are not too far from His love! HIS UNBELIEVABLE LOVE!

Jesus loves me! Jesus love you! And He even loved Barabbas!

Jesus is Loving Barabbas – Judah Smith Sermon Jam