Posts with the category “scripture”

We Need To Claim Our Prize
by John Kelley on April 10th, 2024
God has prepared a place for us, and we NEED to accept the invitation. He wants His house full, but he wants it full of people who want to be there.  Read More
Redemption Has A Price
by John Kelley on April 9th, 2024
Our redemption is not a short story. It’s not a quick read, a YouTube short, or a TikTok. It is a layered story that took generations and millennia to happen. Along the way, there have been challenges, battles, and death. There have also been numerous victories, but understand that our redemption has come at a price.  Read More
The Beauty of Redemption
by John Kelley on April 8th, 2024
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the idea of a “free gift” that we miss the fact that our redemption calls us to action. We aren’t to sit on our hands and just revel in our salvation. Once we have been redeemed, we are then called. That’s the beauty of the cross. The cross doesn’t just give us eternal hope; it gives us purpose.  Read More
I Do What I Hate
by John Kelley on April 6th, 2024
Christ’s sacrifice became the bridge that connected the chasm we’ve created and gave us access back to God. Now, we have the ability to follow the Spirit’s leading and find ourselves no longer condemned but adopted.  Read More
Pride Comes Before the Fall
by John Kelley on April 4th, 2024
Our perspective should be this, God blesses so we bless God. This leaves no room for pride or the need for power. There is only one God. I’m so thankful that’s not me.   Read More
Distraction Leads to Cover-Up
by John Kelley on April 2nd, 2024
As I’m sure we all know, we can try our best to cover up our sin, but it usually takes more sin to cover up that initial sin. Deception quickly becomes the pattern and we find ourselves in a very dark place.  Read More
Sin Is Real
by John Kelley on April 1st, 2024
Why did He have to rise though? Why did He have to die on a cross? Why did he have to suffer beatings, mockery, and an unfair trial? Sin. If there was no sin, there’s no need for the cross. Without sin, there’s no need for a savior. Without sin, we’re good to go.  Read More
The Heart Of Service
by John Kelley on March 29th, 2024
Our service has an end goal. We are to make disciples. Our service has one source. That is Christ Jesus. Our service comes from one place, worship. When the day comes that we finally get to receive the very thing we have lived our lives for and our hope is made complete, worship will still be there.  Read More
Disciples Are Made, Not Grown
by John Kelley on March 28th, 2024
A disciple is easily broken down as someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus and is committed to the mission of Jesus. Notice, that there are no Bible College degrees in there. There’s nothing about putting in years of service. It doesn’t say that you have to have half the Bible memorized. Instead, we are to go, share, and do life.  Read More
Care For The Bride
by John Kelley on March 27th, 2024
One of the biggest reasons why we serve in the Church is because we are to care for Christ’s bride. He’s now preparing a place for her and will return to take her with Him. It’s our responsibility to get her ready.  Read More
One Body, Many Parts
by John Kelley on March 26th, 2024
Each of us has a place in the church where we can serve, but not everyone has the same giftedness. While some have the “out front” gifts; public speaking, musical talent, and the ability to teach and preach, most will serve behind the scenes. That’s what really makes the Church thrive.  Read More
In His Service
by John Kelley on March 25th, 2024
Christ served right up until death. He knew His life would be short-lived. He knew His ministry wouldn’t last even half a decade. That didn’t sway Him from giving every ounce of everything He had to serve His Father. In just a few short years, Jesus started a revolution that became a movement that became the Church.  Read More
by John Kelley on March 22nd, 2024
A passion that is led by sin though; perverted sexuality, greed, power, and jealousy can also attract us to what we think is warmth, but those fires burn out of control. We suddenly find ourselves burning up with our sin and it’s killing us spiritually.  Read More
Love First
by John Kelley on March 21st, 2024
It’s not a suggestion to love. It’s a command. If we are to love like Jesus did, we will find ourselves in some very unenviable situations. There will be times of discomfort. Awkwardness will happen often. Yet, despite all of that, when we learn to love like Christ, we see people differently.   Read More
Stories Matter
by John Kelley on March 20th, 2024
Our testimony is a powerful thing. People who do not read the Bible will rarely be impressed by your knowledge of scripture. They definitely won’t be moved by it. Your testimony, however, the story of how God rescued you and brought you out of death and into life, that story will move them.  Read More
Why Should We Go?
by John Kelley on March 18th, 2024
It’s obvious that Jesus wanted us to tell the world about Him and His Father, but what does that look like for us today? I would dare say if we took Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8 to heart, we would get a very clear picture of what God has called us to do.  Read More
Do You Lent?
by John Kelley on March 13th, 2024
If we are truly wanting to identify with Christ, then we need to realize that, when we entered into the waters of baptism, we were putting to death the old self and coming out a new creation. We are now no longer about ourselves. We are to live as though Christ Himself is making our decisions. Our desires need to become His desires. Our love should be like His.  Read More
Do We Fast Poorly?
by John Kelley on March 12th, 2024
We allow ourselves to be led by our stomachs, our eyes, and our desires far too much, and we lose focus on what is right in front of us. God sees a much bigger picture than we do, and He’s leading us by His Holy Spirit to greater things than what we see ourselves doing.  Read More
Disciple You
by John Kelley on March 1st, 2024
There’s a lot of talk these days about self-care. That’s exactly what scripture memorization is all about. When we fill our minds with God’s Word, we are putting high-octane fuel into our souls. Not only does this kind of self-care help us defend our faith, but it also gives us the confidence to actually do it.  Read More
Start With the Basics
by John Kelley on February 29th, 2024
As advanced a society as we are, we should have a greater understanding of God’s Word and have large quantities stored up in our brains. We have so many tools at our disposal, but we don’t really take advantage of those tools.  Read More
What You Remember Most Matters Most
by John Kelley on February 28th, 2024
When our minds are centered on Christ, we learn how to focus on the things above, and not the things here on Earth. There becomes this sense of urgency to devour anything that we can when it comes to God’s Word and gaining more of His knowledge.  Read More
Do You Have A Game Plan?
by John Kelley on February 27th, 2024
Scripture is light, life-giving, and food for our souls. Without it, we won’t make it in this world. We need to view the word of God like we do air or water. If we go too long without it, we’ll die spiritually, and if that’s the case, we need a plan in place to get our sustenance.  Read More
God’s Word Is A Weapon
by John Kelley on February 26th, 2024
Nowadays, it’s considered an archaic form of teaching by many. Why worry about memorizing scripture when you have the Bible with you all day on your phone? This line of thinking is dangerous.  Read More
A Simple Message
by John Kelley on February 23rd, 2024
Without the blood of the Lamb, we cannot be saved. The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, is the only way to the Father. Because we have sinned, we need a savior. God sends His only Son to be that Savior. If we believe in Him, we are saved. Is there a more simple message?  Read More
Only Take What You Need
by John Kelley on February 20th, 2024
God will provide for our needs. When we place our full trust in God, he will take care of us. We shouldn’t fear whether or not our daily needs are being provided. God is very clear about this.  Read More
Let’s Keep It Simple
by John Kelley on February 19th, 2024
We should never find value in what we have. Instead, our value should be in how God values us. He doesn’t value us by the size of our paycheck. He doesn’t puff out his chest when we buy that house we can barely afford. The kind of riches He has for us far outweigh these physical things.  Read More
Four Hands Are Better Than Two
by John Kelley on February 16th, 2024
As we go about our lives, we are to continually seek out opportunities to tell people about the Gospel. He wanted them to help people recognize the sin in their life, and realize the need for a Savior. The kicker is, they were not expected to do this alone.  Read More
Breaking Bread Together
by John Kelley on February 14th, 2024
The people we spend the most time with tend to be the people who affect WHO we are the most. It’s no wonder that God would want us around each other in the Church as much as possible.  Read More
Devoted To The Word
by John Kelley on February 13th, 2024
One of the best ways to grow in community with others is to get into the word with a close-knit group of people who will hold each other accountable. The early Church understood this, and that’s why they were growing so rapidly. People are not made to be alone, and there’s an innate need and desire to be in community with others.  Read More
It's All His Anyway
by John Kelley on February 8th, 2024
In order to be good stewards of what we have, we have to understand that it was never ours to begin with. We are only managing our Father’s property. Everything we have, everything we are, everything we do belongs to God.   Read More
God Is Not Santa Claus
by John Kelley on February 2nd, 2024
Are we like that with God? Do we want Him to just be all about us? In our twisted version of God, do we really just want Him to give us our every desire and shut his mouth so He can focus on what we’re saying? I don’t think that’s how God works, and I don’t want Him to.  Read More
We All Need Space
by John Kelley on February 1st, 2024
There was an artistic hand involved in the creation of everything around me. There was an intrinsic beauty that couldn't be explained by a big bang or random evolution. I was in the midst of a masterpiece created by the Master Himself.  Read More
We Make Our Own Noise
by John Kelley on January 31st, 2024
God is a provider. He makes sure our NEEDS are met. We just need to trust him. It's so easy to see what's going on in our lives and think that God just isn't there. Let me assure you. God is there. He's never left.   Read More
Jesus Sneaks Off
by John Kelley on January 30th, 2024
Jesus understands the human mind. He was human. He understands how easy it can be to get distracted. He knows how hard it is to keep focus when there's a whole lot of crazy going on around us. He also knows that His Father deserves our attention. All of it.   Read More
God Is NOT In The Fire
by John Kelley on January 29th, 2024
As disciples of Christ, it's beyond important for us to slow down and simply be quiet. Finding times throughout our days and weeks can be difficult, but they are needed. We need to tune out the noise and focus on God.  Read More
Food Is Overrated
by John Kelley on January 26th, 2024
When we fast, we are unlocking shackles that tell us we need our food at all times, on all occasions. We’ve convinced ourselves that our slave owners aren’t real, and we are just fine where we are. Fasting says otherwise.  Read More
Fasting Develops Focus
by John Kelley on January 25th, 2024
One of my favorite movie trilogies growing up was the Karate Kid. I always loved watching Daniel Larusso overcome the odds. He was the epitome of the underdog. He was gangly, awkward, and had a short fuse. He always doubted himself, and it was always Mr. Miyagi that would bring Daniel around to what he was actually capable of. In the Karate Kid 2, Daniel had traveled to Okinawa to help Mr. Miyagi ...  Read More
Emptied of Ourselves and Filled with Christ
by John Kelley on January 24th, 2024
Every day we are exposed to innumerable images, sounds, and thoughts that are in direct competition with what God wants for us. Fasting allows us to shut down that noise and focus on something better. Removing the need for food forces us to depend on something else to get us through the day.  Read More
Giving God Our Meal Times
by John Kelley on January 23rd, 2024
A common misconception about fasting is the idea that we just don’t eat. That’s only part of the equation. When we fast, we need to take that time when we would normally be eating and commit it, intentionally, to God. Otherwise, we’re just starving ourselves with no purpose.   Read More
What is Fasting All About?
by John Kelley on January 22nd, 2024
It’s a way to get clarity when seeking Wisdom from God. We remove all other needs and place them in God’s hands so that we can better discern what His will is for us.   Read More