Sermons Blog

Christian webmaster tools

Great sermons begin with a topic

Look for inspiration for sermon help in varied places to help keep your mind open to God’s leading. Is there a scripture that has been on your mind lately? Is there a current event or trend that you could speak into? Use one of these ideas to start your thought process for your next sermon.

2) Great sermons include study of scripture – Study scripture resources on your chosen sermon topic. Search for passages of the Bible that relate to the point of your sermon to help back it up with a biblical point of view.

3) Great sermons illustrate the point – The moral of any story usually leaves the most significant impression on the listener. The same is true for sermon illustrations. Beginning or ending your sermon with a story can help the point stick with your church.

Looking for ideas to get you started? Here are some ideas from some trending sermon topics.

 

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

 

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

 

Daily devotionals

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

 

Daily devotionals

 

Daily devotionals

 

Spirit and Flesh
Spirit and Flesh

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-2
1 Corinthians 13:1-2

 

Spirit and Flesh

 

Spirit and Flesh
Spirit and Flesh

 

Bible questions and answers
Bible questions and answers

 

Bible Trivia Answers
Bible Trivia Answers

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

 

Daily devotionals

 

Spirit and Flesh
Spirit and Flesh

 

 

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
Daily devotionals

Top 20 Sermon Themes of All Time

  1. Sermons on Love of God
    John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-12, 1 John 5:1-5, Romans 8:38-39, Romans 5:8, 2 Chronicles 9:8, Deuteronomy 7:9
  2. Sermons on the Greatness of God
    Genesis 1, 1 Peter 1:20, Romans 8:38-39, Romans 1:20, John 17:5, John 17:24, Isaiah 55:9, Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 19:1
  3. Sermons on Peace
    Psalm 46:10, Psalm 122:6-7, John 14:27, Philippians 4:8, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, John 16:33, Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14, Proverbs 16:7, Galatians 5:22, Romans 14:19
  4. Sermons on the Strength of God
    Psalm 27:1, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 16:8, Nahum 1:7, Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 119:28
  5. Sermons on Prayer
    Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 26:36-46, 1 John 5:14, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 7:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Luke 11:1-4, 2 Chronicles 7:14
  6. Sermons on Creation
    Jeremiah 51:15, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 64:8, Luke 1:37, Psalm 8:3, 1 Corinthians 8:6,
  7. Sermons on Hope
    1 Timothy 4:10, Psalm 147:11, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 15:13
  8. Sermons on the Crucifixion of Christ
    John 20:25, Romans 8:39, John 19:30, John 15:13, Romans 10:9, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24, Luke 23:46
  9. Sermons on Satan
    Revelation 12:9-10, Ephesians 6:11-12, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 3:8, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 2 Corinthians 11:14, John 10:10
  10. Sermons on Marriage
    Ephesians 5:22-28, Mark 10:7-9, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, Ecclesiastes 4:12, Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 2:24, 1 Peter 3:1-5
  11. Sovereignty of God
    Psalm 91:9-10, Job 38, Colossians 1:16, 1 Chronicles 29:11, Isaiah 45:7, Psalm 147:4-5
  12. Sermons on The Resurrection
    Romans 8:39, Matthew 26:36-36, Matthew 28:6, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 15:55
  13. Sermons on the Holy Spirit
    John 8:36, Acts 2:3-4, Titus 3:5b-6, John 3:6-8, Ephesians 5:18, 2 Timothy 1:7
  14. Sermons on Spiritual Warfare
    Matthew 5:30, Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 6:16, Hebrews 4:12
  15. Sermons on Being a Godly Father
    Genesis 1:26-5:5 (Adam), Genesis 5-10 (Noah), Genesis 11-25 (Abraham), Genesis 17, 21-22, 24-28, 31, 35 (Isaac), Genesis 25-37, 42, 45-49 (Jacob), Exodus (Moses), 1 Samuel 16 – 1 Kings 2 (King David), Matthew 1:16-2:23 (Joseph)
  16. Sermons on Being a Godly Mother
    Genesis 1-4 (Eve), Genesis 12-23 (Sarah), Genesis 26-27 (Rebekah), Genesis 29-35 (Rachel), Exodus 1-2 (Jochebed), Ruth 1-4 (Naomi), 1 Samuel 1-2 (Hannah), Luke 1-2 (Mary)
  17. Sermons on Women of the Bible
    Esther 1-8 (Esther), 1 Samuel 1 (Hannah), Joshua 2:8-15 (Rahab),
  18. Sermons on Love
    1 Corinthians 13:4-8, John 15:13, Matthew 22:37-39, 1 John 3:1, Mark 10:7-8
  19. Sermons on New Beginnings
    2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 3:19-21, Ezekiel 36:24-28, Revelation 21:1-8, Isaiah 43:1-28
  20. Sermons on New Birth
    John 3:1-7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:1-11, Galatians 5:19-26
  21. Sermons on Great Bible Characters
    Exodus 3:10-22 (Moses), Genesis 37 (Joseph), 1 Samuel 17 (David), Book of Daniel (Daniel), Genesis 17 (Abraham)
  22. Sermons on the Christmas Story and Incarnation
    1 John 3:1, John 1:4, Matthew 2, Luke 1: 26-38, Luke 2:1-21
  23. Sermons on Thankfulness and Thanksgiving
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Matthew 6:25-34, Ephesians 3:20-21, Philippians 4:4-7
  24. Sermons on Direction in Life
    Hosea 14:9, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 37:23-24, Psalm 23:3, John 14:6
  25. Sermons on Faith
    Matthew 18:3, Hebrews 11, Mark 11:22-24, James 2:14-26, 2 Corinthians 5:7
  26. Sermons on God’s Word, the Bible
    2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, Proverbs 4:20-22, Colossians 3:16, John 1:1, Psalm 119:105
  27. Sermons on Worship
    Psalm 29:2, Romans 12:1, Colossians 3:14-17, Isaiah 12, Psalm 96
  28. Sermons on Seeking God
    Luke 11:9, Matthew 7:7-11, Deuteronomy 4:29, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:12-14, Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 2:4
  29. Sermons on Abundant Life
    John 10:10, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 3:20-21, Psalm 1:1-3
  30. Sermons on Christian Community
    Matthew 26:35-37, 1 John 1:7, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47
  31. Sermons on Christian Unity
    Philippians 2:2, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Romans 15:6, Ephesians 4:1-6, Romans 12:4-5
  32. Sermons on Trinity
    Matthew 28:19, John 14:26, Romans 8:9-11
  33. Sermons on Facing Giants
    Psalm 18:2, Ephesians 6:12, 1 Samuel 17, James 4:7, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
  34. Sermons on Spiritual Growth
    Hebrews 5:12, Colossians 1:9-10, 1 Peter 2:1-25, 2 Peter 3:18
  35. Sermons on God’s Provision
    Matthew 6:27-28, Philippians 4:4-7, Exodus 16:4, 2 Corinthians 9:8-11, Jeremiah 29:11
  36. Sermons on Finding Your Calling
    Ephesians 4:1-7, Luke 14:25-33, Hebrews 12:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:1-7
  37. Sermons on Grace
    1 Peter 5:10, Hebrews 4:16, Titus 3:4-7, Romans 6:14, Romans 5:8, John 4:1-45
  38. Sermons on Your Speech
    Proverbs 18:21, Matthew 12:36-37, Luke 6:45, Psalm 19:14, Ephesians 4:29
  39. Sermons on the Joy of the Lord
    Romans 15:13, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 16:11, Luke 15:10
  40. Sermons on Missions
    Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Romans 1:16
  41. Sermons on Believing
    James 1:6, Matthew 17:20, Hebrews 11:1, John 20:6-9
  42. Sermons on Wisdom
    James 3:17, Book of Proverbs, Daniel 2:21, Psalm 111:10
  43. Sermons on Forgiveness
    Psalm 103:12, Matthew 6:14-15, Ephesians 1:7, Isaiah 1:18
  44. Sermons on Hope in Christ
    Psalm 147:11, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, Romans 15:13, Luke 2:11
  45. Sermons on Abiding
    John 15:5, John 14:6, John 8:31, 1 John 2:6, Psalm 91:1-16
  46. Sermons on the Church
    1 John 1:7, Colossians 1:18, Acts 2:42-47, Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:19-22,
  47. Sermons on Tithes and Offering
    Malachi 3:9-10, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Luke 6:38, Matthew 6:1-4, Mark 12:41-44
  48. Sermons on Baptism
    Matthew 3:17, Acts 2:36-38, John 3:5, Romans 6:3-4, Ephesians 4:4-6
  49. Sermons on Communion
    Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:25, John 6:53-58, Luke 22:19-20
  50. Sermons on Lent
    Matthew 6:16-18, Joel 2:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

Special thanks to Logos Bible Study Software for permission to use 10,000 Sermon Illustrations (add on https://www.biblestudytools.com/pastor-resources/illustrations/)

Is truth relevant

“Is truth relative?”
Lesson 3 “Is truth relative?”
.
Answer: When someone says that truth is relative, what he normally means is that there is no absolute truth. Some things may appear true to you but not true to me. If you believe it, it is true for you.
.
If I don’t believe it, it is not true for me. When people say things like “that’s fine if God exists for you, but He doesn’t exist for me,” they are expressing the popular belief that truth is relative.
.
The whole concept of “relative truth” sounds tolerant and open-minded.
.
However, upon closer analysis, it is not open-minded at all. In essence, to say that “God exists for you but not for me” is to say that the other person’s concept of God is wrong. It passes judgment. But no one really believes that all truth is relative. No sane person says, “Gravity works for you, but not for me,” and proceeds to jump off tall buildings believing no harm will follow.
.
.
The statement “truth is relative” is, in fact, a self-refuting statement. In saying, “Truth is relative,” one states a purported truth. But, if all truth is relative, then that statement itself is relative as well—which means we can’t trust it to be true all the time.
.
.
Certainly, there are some statements that are relative. For example, “the Ford Mustang is the coolest car ever made” is a relative statement. A car enthusiast may think this to be true, but there is no absolute standard by which to measure “coolness.” It is simply one’s belief or opinion. However, the statement “there is a red Ford Mustang parked outside in the driveway, and it belongs to me” is not relative. It is either true or false, based on objective reality. If the Mustang in the driveway is blue (not red), the statement is false. If the red Mustang in the driveway belongs to someone else, the statement is false—it does not match reality.
.
.
Generally speaking, opinions are relative. Many people relegate any question of God or religion to the realm of opinion. “You prefer Jesus—that’s fine if it works for you.” What Christians say (and the Bible teaches) is that truth is not relative, regardless of the subject matter. There is an objective spiritual reality, just as there is an objective physical reality. God is unchanging (Malachi 3:6); Jesus likened His teachings to a solid, immovable rock (Matthew 7:24). Jesus is the only way of salvation, and this is absolutely true for every person at all times (John 14:6). Just like people need to breathe in order to live, people need to be born again through faith in Christ to experience spiritual life (John 3:3).
.
Recommended Resource: True Truth: Defending Absolute Truth in a Relativistic World by Art Lindsley
.

What evidence of a Spiritual Realm.

What evidence of a Spiritual Realm.
“What evidence is there of a spiritual realm?
.

The Bible teaches the existence of an immaterial, spiritual reality, unseen by human eyes. The physical reality is evident for all to see—although some doubt the existence of a material universe, too! The Bible says that the spiritual realm consists of both good—God and the holy angels—and evil—the devil and his demons. Demons are most likely fallen angels who rebelled against God and were thrown out of heaven (see Ezekiel 28:11–17; Isaiah 14:12–15; Revelation 12:7–9). The Bible also teaches that humans were created by God in His image, which means we have a spiritual component (Genesis 1:27). We are more than physical entities; we possess a soul/spirit destined for eternity. Even though the spiritual realm is invisible to the physical eye, we are connected to it, and what goes on in the spiritual realm directly affects our physical world.

In our culture, the most commonly accepted form of evidence for proving the existence of something is empirical evidence, which involves using the scientific method of observation and experimentation. Is there empirical evidence for a spiritual realm? It doesn’t take much research before one realizes there is “evidence” both for and against the existence of a spiritual realm. It comes down to which studies one wants to believe.

The best, and most prevalent, evidence available proving that there is a spiritual realm is testimonial evidence. We can look at the sheer number of religions around the world and the billions of people who focus their lives on the spiritual realm. Is it likely that so many people would report encounters with the spiritual and it not be real?

The best testimonial evidence for a spiritual realm is the Bible itself. Historians, both Christian and non-Christian, agree that the historical authenticity of the Bible is strong. Jesus claimed to be God’s Son, the One who came down from heaven. He made this fact quite clear: “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). The Bible recounts numerous encounters that people had with the spiritual realm. Jesus cast demons out of people regularly, healed the sick by speaking to them, miraculously fed thousands of people, and spoke with people who should be dead: Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1–3). These are all indicators that the spiritual realm is real.

Recommended Resource: Victory in Spiritual Warfare by Tony Evans

Bible Movies and Christian Music

Spirit and Flesh
Spirit and Flesh

Top 10 Biblical Movies

 

Jesus of Nazareth 

 

cwn: movies, music, and news
CWN: Movies, Music, and News

Are you looking for best Christian movies to watch?  One of the largest collection of online Christian films, Christian movies new releases. Don’t pay for Christian movies on YouTube or Netflix, when we have them for free.

Ten Commandment Movie

“Biblical Prophet Daniel”
The Story of Jonah​
Jesus Film
Jesus Of Nazareth Movie
The Bible Book of Ruth 
King David, Full Movie
The Book Of Revelations
In the Begining
Prophet Daniel, Full Movie

 

 

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK

Christian movies to watch

Are you looking for best Christian movies to watch?  One of the largest collection of online Christian films, Christian movies new releases. Don’t pay for Christian movies on YouTube or Netflix, when we have them for free.

 

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra won the Femina Miss India-World title(2000) and later established herself as an actress in Bollywood.

She was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand on July 18, 1982.
Her father Ashok Chopra and mother Madhu Chopra are doctors.

Her father served as a surgeon in the Indian Army. She joined Newton North High School-Newton, Massachusetts and later moved on to Cepar Rapids, Iowa’s John F. Kennedy High School before completing her high school from the Army Public High School, Bareilly.

She joined Jai Hind College in Mumbai to pursue her graduation but left it after winning the Miss World Pageant.

  • Ambassador of CAF & CII and helped in their literacy programme.
  • A member of a help group who work for Thalassemic children in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Associated with Adult Education Awareness Program in the outskirts of Bareilly.
  • Volunteered Polio Eradication Programme sponsored by Indian Govt.
  • Participated in Church programme to raise funds for the destitutes at Boston USA.


Priyanka Chopr, and Philanthropic Activities

She was associated with philanthropic activities and was selected at the state level for the National Opus Honor Choir in USA.

Priyanka Chopra’s made her Bollywood debut with the film Andaaz, directed by Raj Kanwar. Her co-stars in the film were Akshay Kumar and Miss Universe Lara Dutta. She won two awards for this film: the Most Promising Newcomer from Star Screen and Filmfare. Her next film Aitraaz was not a hit but she was praised for her negative role in the film. For the film Hero she won the Star Dust Award 2003 in the category of Female New Actress in a supporting role. The film Krrish, is the most successful movie of Priyanka Chopra’s film career . She has been paired opposite Hrithik Roshan in the film who is playing the role of a super hero in the film Priyanka has acted with famous Bollywood heroes like Shahrukh Khan in the film Don and Salman Khan in Salaam-E-Ishq.

She was voted sexiest Asian Woman of 2006 in Eastern Eye, an Asian newspaper published in Britain. This famous Bollywood actor is also the brand ambassador of TAG Heuer.

 

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
Alex Ferrer,
Alex Ferrer,

Whistleblower: CBS TV Show

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK, on Bible Study Space Hosting, Star Priyanka chopra, and Judge Alex Ferrer, Whistleblower: Show. Movies, Music and News

CWN News, Thousands of Domain Names

Free Links for your website, or New websites. 

Google  ATT Worldnet BitPile Bysurf.com Delphi DogPile.com Earthlink Euroseek, Findinfo, FindSpot. Goo.ne.jp,  HotBot, ICQ.com, InternetPortals, Lycos, MetaCrawler.com,  Christian Directory


 Andrew Marshall – Maybe This Time

New music video from Andrew Marshall & SIXTH HOUR.

 

It Was The Cross That Got To Me – Jason Davidson – Official Music Video.

Visit www.jasondavidson.net for more music.

 

Original song written by members of Jordan’s Crossing. www.jordanscrossingmusic.com ” All rights reserved.

“The Reason”  copyright 2016 Jordan’s Crossing All rights reserved.

 

Love Has A Name, Kim Walker-Smith

Love has a name, Jesus
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK

Jesus Culture – Love Has A Name.   Kim Walker-Smith  

 

 

“Not Afraid” by Jesus Culture.

Official live video for “Not Afraid” by Jesus Culture. Find this song on the new album, Living With A Fire, available now! Subscribe to Jesus Culture on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/JesusCultureSub Get the album here: https://jcltr.lnk.to/firealbumYD Join JC on: Instagram: http://instagram.com/jesusculture Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesusculture Twitter: http://twitter.com/jesusculture LYRICS I have this confidence because I’ve seen the faithfulness of God The still inside the storm, the promise of the shore I trust the power of Your Word Enough to seek Your Kingdom first Beyond the barren place, beyond the ocean waves When I go through the waters, I won’t be overcome When I go through the rivers, I will not be drowned My God will make a way so I am not afraid You keep the promises You make There isn’t one that is delayed So I will not lose heart, here, I will lift my arms And start to sing into the night My praise will call the sun to rise Declare the battle won, declare that it is done When I am in the fire, I will not feel the flame I’ll stand before the giant, declaring victory My God will make a way so I am not afraid Before me, behind me, always beside me No shadow, no valley, where You won’t find me No, I am not afraid
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK

Official live video for “Center Of Your Love” by Jesus Culture. Find this song on the new album, Living With A Fire, available now! Subscribe to Jesus Culture on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/JesusCultureSub Get the album here: https://jcltr.lnk.to/jclivingwithafire Stream “Center Of Your Love” Spotify: https://jcltr.lnk.to/livingwithafireY… Apple Music: https://jcltr.lnk.to/livingwithafireY… Amazon Unlimited: https://jcltr.lnk.to/livingwithafireY… Download “Center Of Your Love” iTunes: https://jcltr.lnk.to/livingwithafireY… Amazon Music: https://jcltr.lnk.to/livingwithafireY… Google Play: https://jcltr.lnk.to/livingwithafireY… Join JC on: Instagram: http://instagram.com/jesusculture
.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesusculture Twitter: http://twitter.com/jesusculture LYRICS Skies are raging The ground is shaking I’m not giving way, the clouds will part again You are sovereign Lord, above the storm I’m not worried, You’re right here through it all I know You are for me I know You are with me The God of more than enough is Living inside me When I’m helpless I can trust that You won’t pull back, You’re staying through the end When I draw near Grace fills the atmosphere Your steadfast presence surrounds me once again Oh, Oh I’m made for the center of Your love
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK

 

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK

 

Bible Study Space Network
Bible Study Space Network

Oceans – Hillsong United // Worship Cover by Tommee Profitt & Brooke Griffith

 

Published on Aug 1, 2018

Official live video for “Not Afraid” by Jesus Culture. Find this song on the new album, Living With A Fire, available now! Subscribe to Jesus Culture on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/JesusCultureSub Get the album here: https://jcltr.lnk.to/firealbumYD Join JC on: Instagram: http://instagram.com/jesusculture Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jesusculture Twitter: http://twitter.com/jesusculture

 

 

 

Published on Jun 2, 2014

“Unstoppable Love” – the album from the Jesus Culture band is available now! SUBSCRIBE to the Jesus Culture channel: http://smarturl.it/JesusCultureSub?IQ… CD/BluRay: http://jcw.bz/uljc iTunes: http://jcw.bz/uli iTunes Movie: http://jcw.bz/ulim Listen on YouTube to Jesus Culture’s NEW album, Love Has A Name, here:
cwn: movies, music, and news
CWN: Movies, Music, and News

Are you looking for best Christian movies to watch?  One of the largest collection of online Christian films, Christian movies new releases. Don’t pay for Christian movies on YouTube or Netflix, when we have them for free.

“Biblical Prophet Daniel”

The Story of Jonah​

Jesus Film

Jesus Of Nazareth Movie

The Bible Book of Ruth 

King David, Full Movie

The Book Of Revelations

In the Begining

Prophet Daniel, Full Movie

 

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra won the Femina Miss India-World title(2000) and later established herself as an actress in Bollywood.

She was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand on July 18, 1982.
Her father Ashok Chopra and mother Madhu Chopra are doctors.

Her father served as a surgeon in the Indian Army. She joined Newton North High School-Newton, Massachusetts and later moved on to Cepar Rapids, Iowa’s John F. Kennedy High School before completing her high school from the Army Public High School, Bareilly.

She joined Jai Hind College in Mumbai to pursue her graduation but left it after winning the Miss World Pageant.

  • Ambassador of CAF & CII and helped in their literacy programme.
  • A member of a help group who work for Thalassemic children in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • Associated with Adult Education Awareness Program in the outskirts of Bareilly.
  • Volunteered Polio Eradication Programme sponsored by Indian Govt.
  • Participated in Church programme to raise funds for the destitutes at Boston USA.


Priyanka Chopr, and Philanthropic Activities

She was associated with philanthropic activities and was selected at the state level for the National Opus Honor Choir in USA.

Priyanka Chopra’s made her Bollywood debut with the film Andaaz, directed by Raj Kanwar. Her co-stars in the film were Akshay Kumar and Miss Universe Lara Dutta. She won two awards for this film: the Most Promising Newcomer from Star Screen and Filmfare. Her next film Aitraaz was not a hit but she was praised for her negative role in the film. For the film Hero she won the Star Dust Award 2003 in the category of Female New Actress in a supporting role. The film Krrish, is the most successful movie of Priyanka Chopra’s film career . She has been paired opposite Hrithik Roshan in the film who is playing the role of a super hero in the film Priyanka has acted with famous Bollywood heroes like Shahrukh Khan in the film Don and Salman Khan in Salaam-E-Ishq.

She was voted sexiest Asian Woman of 2006 in Eastern Eye, an Asian newspaper published in Britain. This famous Bollywood actor is also the brand ambassador of TAG Heuer.

 

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK
Alex Ferrer,
Alex Ferrer,

Whistleblower: CBS TV Show

CHRISTIAN WEBMASTER NETWORK, on Bible Study Space Hosting, Star Priyanka chopra, and Judge Alex Ferrer, Whistleblower: Show. Movies, Music and News

CWN News, Thousands of Domain Names

Free Links for your website, or New websites. 

Google  ATT Worldnet BitPile Bysurf.com Delphi DogPile.com Earthlink Euroseek, Findinfo, FindSpot. Goo.ne.jp,  HotBot, ICQ.com, InternetPortals, Lycos, MetaCrawler.com,  Christian Directory


 Andrew Marshall – Maybe This Time

New music video from Andrew Marshall & SIXTH HOUR.

 

It Was The Cross That Got To Me – Jason Davidson – Official Music Video.

Visit www.jasondavidson.net for more music.

 

Original song written by members of Jordan’s Crossing. www.jordanscrossingmusic.com ” All rights reserved.

“The Reason”  copyright 2016 Jordan’s Crossing All rights reserved.

 


Google code above

What to know about SEO, part two

SEO Reference Guide

Rich Snippets

Rich Snippets are small pieces of code that are added to your website HTML that tell search engines to display your search results with extra details included.

Rich snippets can drive traffic to your site, since it gives users a better idea of what they can find there. Using rich snippets helps increase click-through rates and decreases bounces, since users are exposed to results relevant to their search.

To give users the best experience on your site, it’s important that your rich snippets accurately reflect your page content.

To use rich snippets, just add some basic information to your existing HTML.

Local Business rich snippets include the business address and phone number making it easy for customers to find them.

Ratings rich snippets display the aggregate star rating of products sold or shown on your site.

Authorship rich snippets include a photograph of the author pulled from their Google+ profile and a link to other articles written by them.

Events rich snippets include the details for your event like times, dates, and location.

Video rich snippets include a thumbnail for the video and allows the person searching to view it from the search results page.

Page Content

The content on your website’s pages — the visitor-facing text — plays an important role in search engine optimization. Search engines might use snippets of text from your page if it doesn’t contain a description tag, or in some situations the search engine might display page content that is more relevant to a user’s search. See How Search Engines Use It for an example. In addition to being well-written and informative, your content should also:

  • * Use page keywords often
  • * Be updated frequently (at least once every few weeks)
  • * Include between 300 and 700 words
  • * Contain original material that isn’t duplicated across multiple pages
  • * Avoid long blocks of text (1-4 sentences per paragraph, ideally)
  • * Favor shorter sentences (10 words or fewer)
  • * Incorporate both bulleted (unordered) and numbered (ordered) lists, where appropriate

 

Also, it’s always a good idea to check your text’s spelling and grammar.

Navigation

Navigation involves both external links to other websites and internal links to other pages within your site. Making your navigation SEO friendly ensures that search engine spiders will scan all of your pages. If a search engine can’t find a particular page, no matter how optimized the page is, it won’t be listed by search engines.

Search engines can’t read Flash® or JavaScript® navigation, so avoid using it. Also, many search engines won’t crawl more than 150 links on a particular page.

Always format your anchor tags correctly and try to use keywords in your anchor text when possible.

Site Map

A site map is a file that lists all the URLs in your website (for pages, files, images and everything else) that search engines use as a map for crawling your site. Your site map should live in the root or top-level directory for your website’s files, so the URL for it might look something like this: http://www.coolexample.com/sitemap.xml.

You can create your site map using a variety of formats, such as XML, HTML or RSS. Depending on the format you use, you can include a few details (meta data) with each URL, such as the last modified date, the change frequency, or the priority.

Search Engine Visibility creates an XML site map file customized with your selections. For more information, see sitemaps.org.

Keyword Density

Keyword density refers to the percentage of times a keyword or phrase appears on a Web page compared to the total number of words on the page. For example, if a keyword occurs 12 times on a Web page with 400 words, the keyword density is 3 percent. While search engines don’t necessarily use keyword density as a ranking factor, you can use it to make sure that you’re incorporating keywords into your Web page content. Keywords in your content is an indication that your Web page is relevant to people’s Web searches.

 

The best practice is to incorporate your keywords and variations on those keywords (i.e., “dome tent,” “dome,” “tent,”) as many times as you would naturally in your content. If you’re writing quality content that people want to read, this should happen without much effort.

Image Tag

Both search engines and people value web pages that use a combination of images and text, since it’s seen as a sign of quality, engaging content. The image tag is an important way to improve that value through search engine optimization, since it helps search engines understand your images. That’s right, your textual content isn’t the only information that search engines use to evalute your site.

If you use the image tag effectively, your images can show up in image search results and in blended search results that show images, news, places, and web pages on a single page.

To get the most SEO mileage out of your images, it’s important to include keywords in yoru image filename, alt attributes, and title attributes. Doing so helps your images rank in image searches and can also help that page rank for keywords.

Image Filename
Use a logical filename. Search engines can’t tell much about your images from the filenames if they’re simply numbered or use some other non-specific naming format. Filenames should describe the image and use keywords. For example, if you sell tents, naming a file tent5473.jpg is not helpful, since you probably sell many tents. Include more information, such as: two-person-dome-tent-green-P5473.jpg.

Alt Attributes
Always add the ALT attribute to the IMG tag; it’s the more important image attribute to search engines. Adding the ALT attribute provies search engines with more information about what the image is and helps that image and page rank for particular keywords.

Title Attributes
The title attribute can provide important information to users, since many browsers display it as a tooltip on mouseover. Be sure to include an accurate title for your image and include keywords for this attribute.

 

What you need to know about SEO

search engine optimization (SEO)

If you’re reading this, you probably have a website. If you have a website, chances are you have search engine optimization (SEO) questions — namely, what does it takes to improve your site’s visibility with major search engines? You’re not alone. After all, it can be a confusing, acronym-laden world out there.

SEO is a big topic, but it doesn’t have to keep you up at night. Our team of experts created this handy guide to answer your questions about on-page SEO elements, once and for all. We’re talking about a breakdown of all the important stuff, complete with real-world examples and screenshots.

Think it’s too good to be true? Try us.

Are you super busy?

We planned for that. Click on the topics marked with the high priority (title tag, header tag, etc.) and get up to speed on the most important stuff in a hurry.

Do you have a few minutes?

Give us a little bit of your time, and we’ll make sure you’re well versed in all the important SEO topics. You’ll have more than enough knowledge to tackle any SEO problem.

Title Tag

Your title tag (also called the Meta title tag) is just what it sounds like — a quick, at-a-glance summary of what people can expect from your website’s page. You want the contents of your title tag to be spot-on because it displays in three important places: in the browser’s title bar, in the browser’s tab title bar, and as the title of your listing in search engine results.

Your title tag should contain the main keywords for the page, with the primary keyword listed first in the tag. The earlier in the tag your keywords display, the better. All told, keep the maximum length of your keyword tag fewer than 65 characters.

Need help finding the right keywords to target on your page? Use Search Engine Visibility’s keyword generator to pinpoint keywords and check out search trends for your selection.

Description Tag

The description tag (also called the Meta description tag) contains information most search engines display below your website link in the results list. Its main purpose is to provide an accurate description so people know what your site is about. Your description should entice people to select your site from all the sites returned, so make sure the content is both interesting and informative.

Every page in your website needs a unique description tag that contains the keywords for the page. Be sure to keep your descriptions less than 250 characters, and avoid non-alphanumeric characters (stick to letters and numbers).

H1 Header Tag

Each page of your website should include one (and only one) H1 header tag to tell visitors what the page is about. Your H1 tag should be brief — no longer than a short sentence — and include the page’s most important keywords. Make sure the content for your H1 tag is unique for every page in your website. The text in your H1 tag displays in your page header, but it does not display with your site in search results.

We recommend that your title and H1 tags for the same page differ slightly, but still get the same idea across. Search engines won’t penalize your site’s SEO if they’re exactly the same. It can actually be beneficial if they’re different.

NOTE: If you’re using a content management system such as WordPress®, Joomla!®, or Drupal®, check to see if your title and H1 tags are the same by default and, if so, change that setting.

Keywords Tag

The keywords tag (also called the Meta keywords tag) is no longer an important component of search engine optimization and does not display with your listing in search engines results.

Even though most popular search engines don’t display the contents of your keywords tag in search results, you can use the tag for informational purposes. Plus, it can’t hurt to include the tag for the few directories or search engines that might use the information.

Your keywords tag should contain a list of keywords and short phrases (separated by commas) that describe what the page is about. It’s best to keep the list to 10 or fewer keywords and phrases, with your phrases containing less than six words.

Website protected SSL

website protection

Site is protected with SSL?

Holy Spirit Sermons

holy Spirit sermon
Spirit and Flesh
Top three sermons, about the Holy Spirit
The best Christian Music by Kim Walker Smith. Still working on this page a little. But this is a blueprint, for all sermons on CWN Network. Prayers everyone.    https://christianwebmaster.net/holy-spirit-sermon/

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT – OUR HELPER

Ever thought to yourself, This Christian life is not all it’s cracked up to be?

If you feel disappointed with your spiritual life, it may be because you’re not relying on the Holy Spirit. In this message, Dr. Stanley explores the essential role that the third person of the Trinity plays in each believer’s life. Don’t miss out on the greatest Helper God gave us-Himself as the Holy Spirit.

 

Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we are helpless. Seek him, and he will rest upon you — especially in your hour of greatest need.

 

Kim Walker-Smith – I Exalt Thee  

https://www.facebook.com/kimwalkersmithmusic/

 

Website: http://www.sermonindex.net | Twitter: http://goo.gl/f9i0R The work and ministry of sermonindex can be encapsulated in this one word: REVIVAL. sermonindex is not a organisation, business, or any attempt by man to build something for God.

It is rather a expression of a heart burden to see the Church revived and brought back to holiness, purity, and power with God. “The mission of SermonIndex is the preservation and propogation of classical vintage preaching and the promotion of genuine biblical revival to this generation.”

Daily devotionals

Daily devotionals

November 1: The Danger of Unwarranted Favor
1 Kings 1:1–53; Mark 1:1–34; Proverbs 1:1–7

 

No sooner had David assumed the throne of Israel than he began to lose sight of God’s way. As a young “warrior in the wilderness,” he had provided a beacon of hope and an ethical example for God’s people. But King David allowed emotion, rather than spiritual or even rational principles, to drive him. And David’s children made the situation even worse. Although we often look to David as an example to emulate, we can also learn from the mistakes that he made, including the disaster recorded in 1 Kgs 1:5–53.

As king, David was charged with protecting God’s people against all outside enemies. What David didn’t see coming—or so it appears from the text—was the threat from within his own family. When David’s sons began to compete for power, David should have put his love for God’s people and the calling God gave him above his love for his sons. The moment that Adonijah showed signs of laying claim to the throne (1 Kgs 1:5–10), David should have rebuked him—or perhaps even imprisoned or executed him, according to law of the time. Instead, David let it go.
Appointing Solomon as king was a wise political rebuttal, but David still failed to deal with the core problem—Adonijah. David may have been old and sick by this point, but he could have made better provisions for his kingdom, especially with so many loyal military leaders on his side. David’s position as king made his leniency even worse: He should have treated Adonijah like any other traitor.
Why did David ignore Adonijah’s rebellion? Maybe he loved his son. Maybe he was too tired or too frail to take on big problems at the end of his reign. We may never know the reason, but we do know the results. David’s weakness nearly ruined all he had built for God; his mistakes nearly tore the kingdom in two.
Parents often love their children so deeply that they overlook their failings. Righteousness should maintain its proper authority over wishful thinking and ungoverned emotions—in both kingdoms and households.

Who are you unreasonably favoring?

JOHN D. BARRY

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 2: Will We Follow?
1 Kings 2:1–46; Mark 1:35–2:28; Proverbs 1:8–12

The Gospel of Mark opens without fanfare—certainly nothing befitting literary greatness. There is no lofty imagery like the Gospel of John, no impressive genealogies like the Gospel of Matthew, and no historical narrative like the Gospel of Luke. Instead, Mark flashes rapidly through events that build on one another. John the Baptist’s prophecy is followed by short summaries of Jesus’ baptism and His temptation by Satan. After calling His first disciples, Jesus begins healing and preaching both near and far—all within the first chapter. The unadorned, clipped prose communicates something urgent.
Mark’s narrative captures the coming kingdom that will erupt with a power only some can see. It imparts a sense of urgency to those who know they are needy.
Mark portrays the advancing kingdom through the person and work of Jesus, who draws people. The crowds at Capernaum seek Him out (Mark 2:2), as do those marginalized by society (Mark 1:40; 2:3). Although Jesus seeks to keep His movements hidden and warns the leper to conceal the miracle of his healing, the exact opposite occurs. The leper opts to “proclaim it freely and to spread abroad the account” (Mark 1:45). When Jesus secludes Himself in deserted places because of His fame, the crowds come at Him “from all directions” (Mark 1:45). Even roofs are removed to gain access to Him (Mark 2:4).
While some question His authority, others respond with radical allegiance. Jesus’ simple, direct call to Levi the tax collector, “Follow me!” requires nothing less. Jesus came for lepers and paralytics, to sinners and tax collectors—those who are sick and in need of a physician (Mark 2:16). He came for us—those who know our desperate need—and reversed our fate. With unfettered truth, Mark presents us with the opportunity for the only healing response: Will we follow?

Are you following Jesus with total allegiance? What is holding you back?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 3: Love and Commitment: Not Always Synonymous
1 Kings 3:1–4:34; Mark 3:1–3:35; Proverbs 1:13–19

Loving God and living fully for Him are not necessarily synonymous. If I love someone, does that mean I always show untainted respect and unfailing loyalty? Love should command complete devotion and commitment—but our lives are rarely as pure as they should be.
Like his father, David, Solomon acted out of passion and love, but his commitment and respect for Yahweh faltered at the same time: “Solomon intermarried with … the daughter of Pharaoh and brought her to the city of David … Solomon loved Yahweh, by walking in the statutes of David his father; only he was sacrificing and offering incense on the high places” (1 Kgs 3:1, 3).
Solomon didn’t marry Pharaoh’s daughter because he needed Egypt’s protection. Egypt, Israel’s ancient enemy, had enslaved God’s people once before, but it was not an imminent threat. Worse, Solomon committed himself to Pharaoh, an ally who viewed himself as a deity. This alliance introduced the worship of foreign gods into the chambers of the king who was supposed to steward God’s kingdom.
Solomon’s behavior is particularly ironic in light of his own words: “My child, do not walk in their way. Keep your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they hurry to shed blood” (Prov 1:15–16). Solomon may have avoided the wars and violence of his father’s generation, but he walked into a spiritually enslaving sin. Solomon’s problems epitomize Jesus’ words: “And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand” (Mark 3:24). By bringing Pharaoh’s daughter into his household, Solomon divided Yahweh’s kingdom against itself.
Was it lust that drove Solomon to make this decision, or a lack of faith, or a desire for peace? We cannot know for certain, but no matter the reason, this episode shows us something about ourselves. When we ally ourselves with God’s opponents or when we lust after what God has condemned, we do more harm than we realize. We divide what God is building in us and through us against itself by tainting His pure plan.

What are you wrongly allying with or lusting after? What are the long-term effects of doing so, and how can this perspective help you change course?

JOHN D. BARRY

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 4: Cutting a Deal with God
1 Kings 5:1–6:38; Mark 4:1–24; Proverbs 1:20–27

Sometimes we think we can make deals with God. We hear His commands, but we plan on being faithful later. Or we make light of our rebellious thoughts and actions, thinking they’re only minor offenses in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps we think God will overlook them just as easily as we’ve rationalized them.
Jesus put special emphasis on “having ears to hear” in the Gospel of Mark. He expected much more than a captive audience, though: “ ‘If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!’ And he said to them, ‘Take care what you hear! With the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you, and will be added to you’ ” (Mark 4:23–24).
Jesus issued this command shortly after giving His disciples special insight into the parable of the Sower and the Seed. The rocky soil, the thorns, the road, the good soil—these represented various responses to the good news. The good soil was receptive to the seeds. But more than that, such soils “receive it and bear fruit—one thirty and one sixty and one a hundred times as much” (Mark 4:20).
Jesus revealed the secret of the kingdom to His disciples, to the surrounding crowd, and to us. Now that we hear, we must take care that we respond. Bear fruit befitting His work in you (Mark 4:20), and let others know why you bear fruit (Mark 4:21–22). Because He has given to you with such abundance, He expects you to live abundantly for Him—right now.

How are you rationalizing your response to God’s work? Are you delaying responding to God?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 5: Of Fields and Temples
1 Kings 7:1–51; Mark 4:26–5:20; Proverbs 1:28–33

The building of Solomon’s temple and the growth of the kingdom of God are similar: Both require extensive labor. Both bring miraculous results. And in both efforts, the dredging and toil can proceed for weeks, months, or years before the fruits of the labor become apparent.
When the Bible describes the building of God’s temple, it mentions features and materials that would have been incredible at the time: “He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon … It was covered with cedar above … There were three rows of specially designed windows … All of the doorways and the doorframes had four-sided casings” (1 Kgs 7:2–5). Consider the logistical, expediting, and procurement hurdles that Solomon must have faced. How could one leader build a project that required the finest materials and the most highly skilled craftsmen from all over the known world, all in his lifetime? That it was completed is nearly miraculous. Even today, major architectural feats often take longer than a lifetime (e.g., Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona).
Like the construction of Solomon’s temple, what we as Christians build into other people’s lives is meant to happen miraculously. We labor for it, but the fruits are not ours—they are often unexplainable. Jesus once remarked, “The kingdom of God is like this: like a man scatters seed on the ground. And he sleeps and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows—he does not know how. By itself the soil produces a crop: first the grass, then the head of grain, then the full grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he sends in the sickle [a tool for harvesting crops] right away, because the harvest has come” (Mark 4:26–29). We must continue to labor, knowing all the while that the results will be different than what we expect. We must rely on the Spirit for the real work.

What are you laboring at today? How may the results be different than what you expect?

JOHN D. BARRY

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 6: The Pursuit of God
1 Kings 8:1–53; Mark 5:21–6:6; Proverbs 2:1–15

We’re willing to put an incredible amount of effort into pursuing something that’s really important to us. Before buying a new gadget, we’ll read reviews, research the manufacturer’s reputation, and consult our tech-savvy friends. Our efforts and curiosity betray the true treasures of our hearts. Other things that we say are important might not receive the same effort—often to our detriment.
In Proverbs, being curious about God’s ways is vital for life. The father in Proverbs encourages his son to be curious about God’s ways, representing his desire to fear God: “My child, if you will receive my sayings, and hide my commands with you, in order to incline your ear toward wisdom, then you shall apply your heart to understanding. For if you cry out for understanding, if you lift your voice for insight, if you seek her like silver and search her out like treasure, then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and the knowledge of God you will find” (Prov 2:1–5).
The knowledge of God isn’t just knowledge about God. It’s also the desire and the process of inclining and applying your heart to understanding. The father encourages his son to cry out for understanding or lift his voice for insight—going beyond just intellectual comprehension. The son must seek understanding the same way someone might search out silver or a treasure. The father wants his son to learn about God’s ways, to understand them himself so he can apply them to his life.
We might claim to hold to a life of worship, but do our actions really reflect that value? Do our efforts and decisions reflect a heart that cries out to God for His wisdom? God has redeemed us at a great price with the death of His son. He desires that we turn over our lives to Him—and that includes pursuing Him with all our being.

Are you pursuing “the knowledge of God” and applying your heart to understanding?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 7: The Results of Worship and Teaching
1 Kings 8:54–9:28; Mark 6:7–44; Proverbs 2:16–22

“It happened that when Solomon finished praying to Yahweh all of the prayer and this plea, he got up from before the altar of Yahweh, from kneeling down on his knees with his palms outstretched to heaven. He stood and blessed all of the assembly of Israel with a loud voice …” (1 Kgs 8:54–55).
Solomon demonstrates the natural and proper response to worship—declaring God’s goodness to others and blessing them in His name. These blessings can come in simple forms, such as doing good for others, or they may look more elaborate, as Solomon’s prayer continues in 1 Kgs 8.
Worship can become stilted when we focus on our place before Yahweh instead of His natural and rightful place. We’re meant to view Yahweh for who He is and what He has done, and to respond to His work by helping others.
Jesus demonstrated a similar point in His own ministry. He could have kept His disciples with Him day and night, but instead He sent them on their way to do God’s will (Mark 6:6–13). For Jesus, teaching was a means to an end. Everything the disciples had learned up to that point would carry them in the ministry work they were about to do. They weren’t meant to hoard their knowledge or focus on learning for learning’s sake. Instead, teaching led to action.
We, too, must follow worship with actions. When we learn, we must act upon what we have learned. Anything that stays in a vacuum is useless. It’s only when we apply what God is doing in our lives that we live up to our calling in Him.

What is God asking you to live out?

JOHN D. BARRY

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 8: Traditions and a Priority Problem
1 Kings 10:1–11:8; Mark 6:45–7:13; Proverbs 3:1–5

Traditions make us feel secure. They give us a sense of camaraderie with those who came before us, and they can build a sense of community with those around us. But traditions handed down unexamined can be dangerous. We can apply them in contexts that differ from those in which they were born—often leading to disastrous results, offenses, and misunderstanding. More dangerously, we might consider these human traditions to be the commands of God—or above His commands. In doing so, we hold the opinions of people to be higher than God’s. We commit the same type of idolatry we find rampant in the OT.
In many communities, traditions can carry the heavy weight of religiosity, as if God were the very author of the tradition. Many of the Pharisees in Jesus’ time were known to “tie up heavy burdens and put them on people’s shoulders” (Matt 23:4). When the Pharisees confront Jesus because His disciples did not wash before eating, Jesus quotes from Isaiah: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:6–7).
To us, hand-washing seems like a smart, valuable tradition. For these Pharisees, it is a cleansing ritual meant to protect against defilement. Jesus shows how the practice sharply conflicts with the state of their hearts, which are far from God. The Pharisees often excuse some of God’s commands if it means following their traditions—like offering sacrifices while neglecting to provide for the material needs of parents (Mark 7:11–13).
Are there areas in your life in which you hold others’ opinions above those of God? Do you have nagging guilt because you’re not living up to others’ expectations? Why? Examine your life, seek biblical wisdom, and ask God to show you how best to serve Him.

How are you holding the values of people higher than those of God?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 9: Fear Not What’s Outside but Inside
1 Kings 11:9–12:33; Mark 7:14–8:10; Proverbs 3:6–3:12

How should we respond to a miraculous experience? Worshiping God for His goodness is the right place to start, but our ongoing response is every bit as important as our initial reaction. We see this play out in Solomon’s life.
“Yahweh was angry with Solomon, for he had turned his heart from Yahweh, the God of Israel who had appeared to him twice. And [Yahweh] commanded [Solomon] concerning this matter not to go after other gods, but he did not keep that which Yahweh commanded” (1 Kgs 11:9–10).
Despite Solomon’s experience with Yahweh, he chose to deny Him. This angered Yahweh—not just because of the general disobedience, but also because, after Solomon’s miraculous experience, he had more reason than anyone to stay devoted. Solomon’s refusal of the opportunity to turn back to Yahweh only aggravated the situation.
We don’t know exactly what led Solomon to disobey, although selfish desire, lust, and power seem to dominate his poor decisions. We can be certain that his inner thoughts drove him to act in the way he did. Solomon’s situation is reminiscent of Jesus’ remark about what defiles a person: “For from within, from the heart of people, come evil plans, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, acts of greed, malicious deeds, deceit, licentiousness, envy, abusive speech, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person” (Mark 7:21–23).
How many of us have at some point walked off God’s path and excused our actions in the name of grace? Solomon had ample opportunity to return to God, yet he continued to aggravate Him. How many of us react the same way to the goodness God has offered us?

What is happening “in” you that leads to the evil in your life? How can you allow the Spirit to resolve that?

JOHN D. BARRY

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 10: Take Up Your Cross

1 Kings 13:1–34; Mark 8:11–9:1; Proverbs 3:13–22

The way we respond to desperate circumstances often clarifies what gives us hope. Jesus’ followers faced the very real threat of death by choosing to follow Him—something He warns them about: “And summoning the crowd together with his disciples, he said to them, ‘If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life on account of me and of the gospel will save it’ ” (Mark 8:34–35).
In Jesus’ time, “taking up the cross” would have been associated with a shameful death at the hands of the ruling Roman powers. To risk suffering this type of shameful death required more than lukewarm commitment.
Jesus doesn’t limit this calling to His disciples; anyone who “wants to come after” faces this uncertainty and must hold a faith that displays this loyalty. For some Christians today, following Jesus means opposition and death. For most of us, it doesn’t. Yet Jesus goes on to show that this type of devotion is still relevant today: “For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:36–38).
Many of our lives reflect a lax neutrality—a purposeless ease that avoids conflict and commitment. We might shy away from bold claims. We might fade into the wallpaper in an attempt to fit in. We might show reluctance to declare Christ’s name.
What does commitment look like for you? Are you following Jesus with this type of devotion? Or do you hesitate to share the good news?

How are you taking up your cross?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

 

Daily devotionals
Daily devotionals

November 11: Traditions and Miracles
1 Kings 14:1–15:24; Mark 9:2–37; Proverbs 3:23–35

In the face of perplexing situations, we naturally respond with what we know and understand—we even take refuge in familiar traditions. This is precisely how Jesus’ disciples respond when Jesus is transfigured before them.
After Jesus is transformed and Moses and Elijah appear, Peter says, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! And let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Mark 9:5). Peter is drawing on the Festival of Tabernacles (or Booths), which celebrated God’s dwelling among His people (Lev 23:42–43). Peter isn’t certain how to respond, so he evokes a tradition. At least Peter understands that this confusing event shows God at work among His people.
But is Peter’s response the correct one? Mark gives us a hint in an aside: “For [Peter] did not know what he should answer, because they [Peter, James, and John] were terrified” (Mark 9:6). It’s not surprising that Peter has trouble understanding this situation—who could? But his response, underscored by the editorial aside in Mark, suggests something larger about how we, as the audience of this Gospel, should understand Jesus.
When Jesus reveals Himself to us—really inaugurates His reign in our lives—it may be terrifying, but we do not need to resort to our traditions to understand it. By going back to our old ways, we might lose sight of the point of God’s work altogether. Instead, we must be ready to accept what is new. We must realize that when God acts, the results will be unexpected and perhaps unexplainable. When God intercedes in our lives, when He lets us experience Him, our lives—our very view of the world—will change.

What traditions is Jesus radically altering in your life?

Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.