Dewayne Spivey

I really enjoy using my computer Bible software. It is called BibleWorks. Early on, it would always start with a reminder to “Focus on the text.” God tells us to do the same thing. “So you shall observe to do just as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to […]

First

Two important questions: What is to be first and foremost above all else? Is it the first and foremost thing with me in my life? The answer to the first question. "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with...

Who Is God?

Someone I believe in? Or, the one who is eternally present in all times, with every individual - even in knowing their thoughts and intentions? Someone I believe in? Or, the one who has spoken truth. The truth which is essential to life and living? Someone I believe...

Superstition

I remember, as a boy, riding with my uncle in his truck when a black cat ran across the road in front of us. My uncle quickly reached down and pulled his pants leg up to his knee. I guess he saw my surprised and confused look because he immediately said, “If you pull...

Demons

Don’t be fooled by the title, this is not an extensive study of demons. That would take far more than this brief article. Sunday night, the College Class was studying the first 29 verses of Mark, chapter 9. That text tells the story of Jesus casting a demon out of a...

“Oh, To Be Like Thee”

Jesus truly like us? Can it be a realistic goal to strive to be like him? We will not reach his perfection in this life. He knows that. But can we actually draw closer to his likeness as we strive to live like him? The answer to that last question is, absolutely. Do...

The Change

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NAU) “Do not be conformed…” - shaped, molded, to be guided by. “To this...

The Best Food

“My life seems to be filled with wasted days and years.” Every heard that? Ever thought that? I would think it is a regular thought with most, if not all, of us. God had Isaiah to write about it. 2  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your...

Abide in Jesus

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. (2 Jn. 1:9 ESV) It is not the responsibility of any church nor any individual Christian to make laws for God. As...

Consider The Lilies

Is your mind troubled and weary? Why not take Jesus’ advice? First, take a walk, preferably in the woods. Or, sit on your deck or porch. Second, change the attention of your mind. Let your mind focus on the things you see and hear around you. Notice the trees, the...

That’s Enough

I have a little quiz for you. Who said the following? “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Do you know? I will tell you at the end, if you do not. Some interesting things come from this famous chapter in the Bible. 1) A choice has to be made. The...

Hope

Hope I hope for a lot of things. Mostly for things tied to this world and this life. In other words, things that will not last and are, therefore, temporary with no lasting value. He The Creator of all things. The One who knows all things and has all power to do all...

“Pie In The Sky”

I want to quote from an article written by Cecil May, Jr. from his “Preacher Talk” newsletter. “Atheists often ridicule Christians’ hope of heaven as ‘pie in the sky, by and by.’ Robert Ingersoll, famous atheistic speaker, who went about the country, speaking against...

Causing The Devil To Flee

I’ve been reading something that says, “The devil always flees from the name of Jesus.” Is that true? Once again, the Bible offers us help for the answer. It is true that Jesus has all power over the devil and his evil spirits. They feared him, were subject to him and...

Watching

How do you feel about being watched? Do you have a smart phone? Do you ever use a credit card? Do you work on a computer? Guess what? You’re watched. Being watched can be a comforting thing. It can also be a very troubling thing. What we are doing, and who is watching...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14) The word “fearfully” can carry the idea of awesome or to be in awe. The word “wonderful” can also be translated marvelous or amazing. Just...

Living Water

Last Friday we celebrated the life of a dear friend and faithful brother, Grover Jackson. The memories spoken of and shared in conversations ran along a general theme. Grover will be remembered for his kindness, his wisdom, his insight, and his love for God and God’s...

Patience

Patience is the capacity, habit or fact of being patient. Are you familiar with the saying, “Patience is a virtue, acquire it if you can, seldom in a woman but never in a man”? I can’t tell you the number of times that has been quoted to me. It helps me to remember...

“My Shepherd”

"The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23) For David, the Lord was his provider, his soul restorer, his guide, his protector, his comforter, his source of goodness and mercy. What is He for me? What is He for you?

Let’s Get This Right

Can you describe a good neighbor? Do you know what one looks like? Are you being one? Can you describe a good spouse? Do you know what one looks like? Are you being one? “Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” Jesus really turns the tables on us,...

Feelings

“Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So wrote the Apostle Paul in Romans 10:17. Peter wrote, “You have inexpressible and glorious joy,” which is the end result of your faith. (1Peter 1:9) The emotions and feelings come from what is believed....

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