Posts with the tag “love”

A Lesson in Forgiveness and Love
by Delman Coates on May 19th, 2024
"Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven loves little." Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." - Luke 7:47-48   The is a passage in Luke 7 where we encounter a powerful scene in which Jesus is invited to dine with a Pharisee named Simon. As they recline at the table, a woman known as a sinner enters the...  Read More
Guiding Others to Rejoice in God
by Delman Coates on May 18th, 2024
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16   In today’s key verse, Jesus highlights the profound impact our good deeds can have on those around us. He emphasizes that when others witness our acts of love, grace, and kindness, they will not only recognize our efforts but also give glory to our Father in ...  Read More
Applied with Care
by Delman Coates on May 10th, 2024
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." - Ephesians 4:29    Have you ever considered the significance of salt? It sits on our tables as an option, waiting to be used when we sit down to eat. Yet, its effectiveness depends entirely on whether or not we choose to use it....  Read More
Recognizing God's Favor
by Delman Coates on April 21st, 2024
"When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless." - Genesis 29:31   If you haven’t heard Leah's story found in Genesis, it is a story that resonates with many who have experienced disappointment and rejection. Despite the pain of not being loved by her husband Jacob, Leah held onto her faith and found solace in God's favor. Raised in the custom...  Read More
VIP Status in the Kingdom
by Delman Coates on March 14th, 2024
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28   Let me paint a picture for you, one that might resonate with an experience you've had or observed. Imagine standing in line outside a club, waiting patiently for your turn to enter the party. Yet, as you wait, you notice some individuals bypassing the line a...  Read More
A Lesson in Patience
by Delman Coates on February 4th, 2024
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." - Galatians 5:22   In the parable of the Prodigal Son, a significant lesson unfolds as we observe the impatience of the privileged son. Destined to receive an inheritance, he couldn't wait for the appointed time, whether it be at his father's passing or when deemed mature ...  Read More
Lessons from the Prodigal Son
by Delman Coates on February 2nd, 2024
"So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." - Luke 15:20   Have you ever felt the weight of your missteps, the consequences of wandering down a path you shouldn't have taken? The story of the Prodigal Son, nestled between parables of lost sheep a...  Read More
God's Purpose in Your Adversity
by Delman Coates on January 29th, 2024
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28   Have you ever questioned the purpose behind the challenges and adversities that you face in your life? In the midst of the struggles, it's easy to feel abandoned or wonder if God has forsaken you. But, take heart and consider this truth: God isn't allowing y...  Read More
The Faithful Promise Keeper
by Delman Coates on January 19th, 2024
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations."- Deuteronomy 7:9   When uncertainties loom, there exists a comforting truth that stands unwavering, God is the faithful promise keeper. The assurance of this truth is embedded in the very essence of God's character, a c...  Read More
Praying in Every Circumstance
by Delman Coates on November 26th, 2023
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." - Romans 12:12   Life is a journey filled with an ever-shifting landscape of circumstances. Some days, the sun shines brightly, and joy fills our hearts. On other days, clouds of uncertainty or grief loom overhead, casting shadows on our path. In the midst of this unpredictable journey, the consistent thread that should run throu...  Read More
by Delman Coates on November 13th, 2023
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." - 1 Peter 2:9   Have you ever attended a VIP event? There's something exhilarating about being recognized as a Very Important Person. It's a privilege that comes with special treatment, exclusive access, and a s...  Read More
The Heart of God
by Delman Coates on November 11th, 2023
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38-39   God's love for us is an unwavering, unconditional love that surpasses all human understanding. It is a love ...  Read More
Even In Brokenness
by Delman Coates on November 9th, 2023
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." - 1 John 4:10   In the midst of our brokenness, God's love shines brightest. He longs for a relationship with us, knowing our flaws and weaknesses, and extends His love and grace without reservation. It's a love that surpasses our understanding and beckons us to turn to Him, despite o...  Read More
The Promise of God's Adoption
by Delman Coates on November 8th, 2023
"So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us." – Hebrews 6:16-18   In a world marked by rejection and insecurity, the p...  Read More
The Spiritual Detox
by Delman Coates on November 2nd, 2023
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20  We live in a world where detox programs for the body are immensely popular. These regimens promise to eliminate toxins, purify our systems, and promote health. While the benefits of such ...  Read More
Pursuing Holiness
by Delman Coates on November 1st, 2023
"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God." - 2 Corinthians 7:1   The apostle Paul's message to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 7:1 centers on the pursuit of holiness. As believers, we are called to live lives that reflect the holiness of God. Let's explore what this means for us. P...  Read More
Gratitude for God's Amazing Plan
by Delman Coates on October 30th, 2023
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." - Ephesians 1:7    In life, we often weave threads of mistakes and regrets. We stumble, fall, and make choices that leave us feeling unworthy. But in those moments of imperfection, it's crucial to remember this: God's plan for your life is nothing short of amazing, and His love ext...  Read More
God's Unconditional Favor
by Delman Coates on October 26th, 2023
"For He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike." - Matthew 5:45    Have you ever pondered the marvelous way in which God blesses His children? It's a divine mystery that transcends human understanding. God doesn't meticulously review our credentials, check our references, or evaluate our biography before bestowing His favor and blessing...  Read More
A Heart Overflowing with Love
by Delman Coates on October 11th, 2023
"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." - James 1:27   In a world filled with complexities, God's call to practice pure and genuine religion stands as a beacon of clarity and purpose. James 1:27 reminds us that true religion, in the sight of God the Father, involves caring for orphan...  Read More
Guard Your Words
by Delman Coates on October 9th, 2023
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be." - James 3:9-10   James reminds us that our tongues can be a double-edged sword. With them, we offer praises to our Lord, yet in the same breath, we may curse fellow human beings. It's a ...  Read More
Embracing Imperfection
by Delman Coates on October 5th, 2023
"While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: 'Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?' On hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not the healthy who n...  Read More
The Unchanging God
by Delman Coates on September 16th, 2023
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." - Hebrews 13:8In a world of constant change and shifting sands, there is a steadfast anchor that holds firm—our unchanging God. Just as a lighthouse stands unwavering amidst the stormy seas, so does our Heavenly Father remain constant, a beacon of hope in every season of our lives.The truth that God is the same yesterday, today, and forev...  Read More
Breaking Free: From Temporary Pleasure to Eternal Reward
by Delman Coates on August 25th, 2023
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 6:23  Sin, often disguised as temporary pleasure, can place heavy shackles on our lives. It promises satisfaction and joy, yet it leaves us empty, broken, and distant from God. The bondage of sin can hold us back from experiencing the fullness of life and the eternal rewards that God desires for...  Read More
Growing While Waiting on God
by Delman Coates on August 3rd, 2023
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” - Isaiah 40:31  Waiting is often seen as a passive state, a time of inactivity where we are simply biding our time until something happens. But in God’s economy, waiting is far from passive. It’s a time of preparation, growth, and ...  Read More
Hidden Protection
by Delman Coates on July 29th, 2023
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” - Psalm 91:11-12  In our daily lives, we may not always be aware of the many ways God protects and cares for us. His protection often comes in unseen forms, shielding us from dangers and guiding us through difficult situations. ...  Read More
Seeing Through God’s Eyes
by Delman Coates on July 28th, 2023
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 Our perspective on life is often shaped by our experiences, emotions, and beliefs. However, when we invite God into our lives, He can shift our perspective and allow us to see things in a new light. By trusting in His wisdom and guid...  Read More
Never Out of Time: Embracing God’s Grace
by Delman Coates on July 23rd, 2023
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39  In life, we may sometimes feel like we are out of time or that our past mistakes have put us beyond the reach...  Read More
Unfailing Promises: Trusting in God's Faithfulness
by Delman Coates on July 11th, 2023
"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations." - Deuteronomy 7:9  In a world filled with uncertainties, God's faithfulness stands as an unwavering pillar of hope. He is the faithful God who keeps His promises and extends His blessings to those who remain faithful to...  Read More
Faith: The Language of God’s Love
by Delman Coates on July 3rd, 2023
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6  In our relationships with one another, we often express love through various love languages, such as words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. These love languages help us co...  Read More
Embracing Faith Amidst Uncertainty
by Delman Coates on July 2nd, 2023
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” - Proverbs 3:5  Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, often leaving us feeling uncertain and confused. In these moments, it is crucial to remember the importance of having faith in God, even when things don’t make sense. Proverbs 3:5 encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your ow...  Read More
Authenticity in the Church
by Ministry Support on June 7th, 2023
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." - Matthew 23:27-28  As followers of Christ, we are called to be a...  Read More
He Did it First
by Delman Coates on April 18th, 2023
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8  As a believer, you should be slow to anger and quick to forgive – slow to judge and quick to love. Why? Because Jesus did it first! Jesus came here to earth and gave us the ultimate example of what our life as a Christ-follower should look like. Yesterday, we talked about how love and...  Read More
Perfect Unity
by Delman Coates on April 17th, 2023
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:13-14  When you choose to forgive others, regardless of what they have done to you, and you choose to put on love, you will find perfect unity with those around you. And ...  Read More
Move in Love
by Delman Coates on April 16th, 2023
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” - Colossians 3:13-14  One of the easiest ways to forgive someone who has done you wrong is simply to “move in love.” You might be thinking, “But you don’t know what they’ve done to me.....  Read More
Improvement is Essential
by Ministry Support on April 3rd, 2023
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” - Ephesians 4:22-24  Have you ever heard someone say, “God loves me just the way I am”? That is true. God does love us for who we are. The fa...  Read More
The Pain of Regret
by Delman Coates on March 17th, 2023
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 1 Timothy 4:7  There aren’t many things worse than regret – looking back at something you could have done, would have done, or should have done. If you were to talk to someone who was approaching the end of their life, you would most likely sense the pain of regret in their voice.  They wish they could have done mor...  Read More
Still True
by Delman Coates on March 13th, 2023
“The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous rules endures forever.” - Psalm 119:160  Yesterday, we looked at how the promises of God are still possible in your life. No matter what you are currently going through, no problem you have or ever will have can cancel the promises of God.  Whatever He has assured you is still possible. But it’s not just possible, it’s a guarantee. Be...  Read More
He Secures You
by Delman Coates on February 24th, 2023
“For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” - Proverbs 3:26  Yesterday we discussed how God sees you. When you are frustrated, God listens and is fully capable of handling your problems. When your heart breaks, His heart breaks. When you cry, He cries with you.  But not only does he see you. He secures you. What does that mean? It means that God assumes full r...  Read More
See It Themselves
by Ministry Support on February 9th, 2023
“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” - John 11:40  Have you ever met someone who does not believe what you say until they have seen it with their own eyes? These people might label themselves as “cautious,” but in reality, they are just naturally skeptical. They refuse to believe until their own eyes have seen. These are the type of people t...  Read More
Love Your Enemies
by Ministry Support on January 10th, 2023
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - John 13:34  Love cannot be conditional. The same way you love a friend must be the same way you love a foe. Luke 6:32-34 says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, ...  Read More

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