Pastor Norm's Devotional
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December 9, 2019, 11:03 AM

Building an Unshakable Faith


Building an unshakeable faith

 

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” – Galatians 1:6-8 NKJV

 

It’s an unfortunate reality today that many men and women in our churches are being swept away by false teachings. Whether it’s the newest self-help guru or another method of “spiritual enlightenment,” many people simply want to follow another gospel, which is not the Gospel at all.

I think I know why so many Christians fall for everything that comes along. It’s because they’ve never consciously chosen and made decisions regarding the convictions of their lives. They’ve never set up a set of non-negotiables and said, “Here’s where I refuse to compromise.”

And rather than being governed by the Word of God, these people are governed by the system of the world, and anything it throws at them. They’re susceptible, and vulnerable, because their commitment has not been made, and their faith is missing a firm foundation.

It’s time we as Christians make commitments to Christ. It’s time today to make the choice to commit and stand on principle, when it comes to not negotiating on our faith. Don’t let the world sweep you away. Instead, stand firmly on the Gospel, and you’ll never be put to shame!

Lay the foundation for an unshakeable faith by identifying areas of your life where you refuse to compromise.




November 27, 2019, 10:43 AM

Discovering His Will for Your Life


Discovering His will for your life

 

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” –Philippians 3:13 NKJV

 

I love the story of Nehemiah in the Old Testament. Nehemiah was a man who knew how to get alone with God. He fasted, prayed, and wept, then, God told him what to do.

Have you ever done that? Have you sacrificed and surrendered to the Lord to discover His will for your life? Or are you just putting your life in neutral and letting life happen to you? Do you have a focus?

God has something He wants you to do. You are special to God. Nehemiah said, “God had laid something on my heart.” If you’ll listen, God will lay something on your heart.

Get alone with God this week. Discover what He wants from your life to do His will.




October 22, 2019, 2:34 PM

Be a Hero to Your Kids


“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NKJV

 

As you might imagine, over the years many men have expressed to me their concerns about being a good father. They’ve said things like, “It’s too late for me. I didn’t have a good dad and I don’t know how to be one.”

To those who think that let me say, “It’s not too late! You can get on track and become a hero to your kids.”  I absolutely know it’s possible because I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes.

Your kids don’t need you to be perfect, but they do need you to be present and engaged, to be a godly man who shows them love, and to invest yourself and your time in them.

It’s a myth to say that you spend brief but quality time with your kids. That might make you feel better, but it doesn’t accomplish in your children’s lives what God needs you to accomplish.

There is no substitute for “you” in the lives of your children. You can’t just delegate spiritual teachings to their mother and call it done.

Show and tell your children that you love them. Live your faith in front of them. Be godly and consistent and you’ll be on your way to becoming your kids’ hero.




October 8, 2019, 9:55 AM

Does Your Testimony Really Matter


Does Your Testimony Really Matter

 

“Return to your own house and tell what great things God has done for you.’ And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.’" - Luke 8:39

 

It’s funny how people who’ve had life-changing experiences can talk about them as if they happened yesterday. Take a professional athlete, for example, who can describe the great championship game in detail. And soldiers often get deeply emotional when remembering their comrade who was killed in battle 60 years ago.

 

When Christ comes into your life, it’s a life-changing experience. So if He really has come, then you’re going to want to tell others about it. I’m not saying you won’t ever struggle to articulate the Gospel. But the truth is that if you’re truly changed, your story of grace is going to be seared into your mind.

 

Now, there are some believers I know who don’t think their testimony is all that interesting. They say, “I’ve never done drugs or anything like that, so people aren’t really moved by my testimony.” Well, the same grace that saved you is the grace that saved the worst sinner. So your testimony matters!

 

Your testimony of the Gospel is important. That’s because it’s about God, not about you. Share it with others as evidence that your life is truly changed!

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September 17, 2019, 9:38 AM

Keeping Your Focus on Jesus


Keeping your focus on Jesus

 

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” – I Corinthians 9:24

 

Satchel Paige, the great baseball pitcher, once said, “When you’re running a race, don’t look back because somebody is probably gaining on you!” If you spend your life looking at others, if you’re just running the race for the accolades and the attention that others may give you, you’re going to be defeated.

If you look at the devil, you’ll be discouraged. I think we need to be aware of the devil and we need to know who he is. But some people get so wrapped up in the devil they take their eyes off Jesus!

In much the same way, if you look at other people, you’ll be disappointed because you’ll spend your life comparing yourself to how this or that person lives instead of focusing on how God wants you to live.

But if you look at Jesus, you’ll never fail. He’s the one who is your true example. So, as you live the Christian life, keep your eyes focused upon Jesus because eternal life with him is the prize at the end of the race!

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