Posts with the category “study”

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
God’s Word Encourages Us
by John Kelley on January 12th, 2024
No matter how difficult the situation or how bleak the future looks, God’s Word is there to encourage you to move forward without fear or anxiousness. We have a good Father who wants the best for us, and He wants us to know that He loves us and has our back.  Read More
God’s Word Connects Us
by John Kelley on January 11th, 2024
Genuine truth can be a hard pill to swallow for many, especially in today’s world. This actually brings us together. When we are one with the Word, we are one with each other.  Read More
God’s Word Convicts Us
by John Kelley on January 10th, 2024
God’s Word convicts us and shows us who we are and how we should live. That shouldn’t scare us or discourage us. Instead, we should use God’s conviction as a motivator to better things.   Read More
God’s Word Guides Us
by John Kelley on January 9th, 2024
True, wise guidance can be a mirror, and God’s Word is the same. In reading Scripture we can get a glimpse into who we really are, and that view isn’t always pretty….but it’s necessary.  Read More
Scripture Is The Word Of God
by John Kelley on January 8th, 2024
Through faith we trust that God is who He says He is. Through that same faith we can believe that God’s Word is the inspired Word of God and is therefore true and trustworthy.  Read More