A Little Salt and Grace

by Latricia C. Bailey

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

People often say it’s not only what you say that matters, but how you say something. That old adage about, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie. Words help, words heal, and words can hurt too. If you don’t believe me, then believe the Word of God. We will all face His judgment in order to leave this life and enter into Heaven. It will hurt more than you can imagine if the Lord says, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” These words won’t just hurt, but they will determine your final fate in eternity.  Continue reading

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Set Apart

by Sharman J. Monroe

So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]. Colossians 3:12 (AMP)

Yeah, I know the world is crazy today. People are quick to react, in a bad way. They say and do things designed to incite hate and division. They curse at each other at the drop of a hat. They abuse, assault and kill each other simply because of differences in sex, appearance, thoughts and ideals.

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Truth

by Sharman J. Monroe

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ.

Colossians 2:8 (AMP)

Have you ever made anything from scratch? Maybe it was a piece of pottery. Or a garment or an app. Maybe it was a story, a poem, a vaccine or a room design. No matter the thing, did it tell you how it wanted to be made? Did it tell you how it wanted to be used? Of course it didn’t. You were the creator with dominion over the thing.

And so it is with Me. I am the Creator. I am the Supreme Being with Continue reading

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Who’s Working — You or Him?

by Latricia C. Bailey

“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13 (AMP)

“It is easier said than done” is a common phrase people say when they must do something hard or difficult. This is usually the case especially when God has told us to do something that seems daunting or impossible. In the book of Philippians, Paul encourages and comforts the Christians of Philippi to be mature in their relationship with one another as God commands. Paul’s assistant, Epaphroditus, had been ill and was now returning to Philippi with news of Paul’s death sentence in Rome. Paul lived a life solely dedicated to the mission and service of God. Despite the sentencing, Paul was optimistic about the opportunity to represent the Lord with honor. He realized that his strength wasn’t about him at all. “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work . . .” Philippians 2:13 (AMP).

As Christians, we often attempt to do God’s will in our own strength. We make decisions without Continue reading

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