By Steve Brown Monday January 11, 2016 First you ask and answer the question, who am I? Then you ask and answer the second question, what can I do? Make sure you don’t get that backwards. Define who you are, then act accordingly. In architecture, it’s “form follows function.” With Christians, it’s “function follows form.” In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that isRead More →

By Steve Brown Christians are divided over just about everything. Yet we should stand with our friends…regardless. It’s an important truism: Convictions, by their very nature, cause division. The only people who fight are people who believe that there is something to fight about. Therefore those of us who are convinced as conservative evangelicals, as Calvinists, as Armenians, as Dispensationalists, etc. must be very careful that the hills we die on are the same hills God would have us die on. There is a difference between a hill God would have us die on and a hill God would, as it were, want us haveRead More →

By: Steve Brown on Monday December 14, 2015 We all know the story of the innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph away. “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). That innkeeper has been the subject of countless sermons and Christmas songs. Generally, he comes out on the “short end of the stick.” The innkeeper has become the metaphor for unbelievers in our time who are too busy, or too callused, or too insensitive, or too closed to truth to evenRead More →

Steve’s Devotional – The God Who Came By: Steve Brown on Monday November 30, 2015 You can tell a lot about people by watching what they do. You can tell a lot about God by watching what he does. God is actively involved. The Word became flesh. He came: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14). So if want to know God—to really know him—watchRead More →

By: Steve Brown on Monday November 23, 2015 How do you believe? If you struggle with unbelief and doubt, it’s important to take a closer look in order to understand it. In fact, it’s of eternal importance. What is the nature of unbelief? And what are the consequences of unbelief? Unbelief is often the result of unbelief. “But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: ‘Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ Therefore theyRead More →

By: Steve Brown on Monday November 16, 2015 A lot happened in the past that affects both our present and future. The incarnation of God in Christ happened in the past. And now, because he came, we never have to feel that God doesn’t care. People asked if there was a God and, if there was, what he was like. A monster? A child abuser? A God with lightning bolts aimed at the people who get out of line? Does he love? Does he love me? Then the laughter of God spilled over into a sour, bent and dark world. We knew, because he came,Read More →

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By: Steve Brown on Monday November 9, 2015 I suspect you’ve probably tried to follow Jesus’ example for most of your Christian life with little success. After all, you aren’t Jesus and you can’t be expected to do what Jesus did. Right? Wrong. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). I don’t know about you, but that frustrates me. We’ve tried so often and failed so miserably. There isn’t a Christian alive who doesn’tRead More →

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Steve’s Devotional – How to Know that You Know Him By: Steve Brown on Monday October 26, 2015 God doesn’t say, “Trust me” and then for the rest of your life make you wonder if you really trusted him. The nature of the God of the universe is not to bring you to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ…then to make you wonder for the rest of your life if you have that saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is God’s business and desire for us to have assurance of our salvation. How do you know that you know him? Check out five indicators fromRead More →

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Steve’s Devotional – How to Know that You Know Him By: Steve Brown on Monday October 26, 2015 God doesn’t say, “Trust me” and then for the rest of your life make you wonder if you really trusted him. The nature of the God of the universe is not to bring you to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ…then to make you wonder for the rest of your life if you have that saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is God’s business and desire for us to have assurance of our salvation. How do you know that you know him? Check out five indicators fromRead More →

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By: Steve Brown on Monday October 19, 2015 We’re living in the between time…and we aren’t Home yet. Life is hard. How do we survive? How can we be joyous in a bad world? In Numbers 10, the people of God blew trumpets in the wilderness. That’s almost impossible to believe. Let me paint you a picture… They were nomads living in tents out in the wilderness for 40 long years (40 years to make an 11 day trip). All they had to eat was manna soup, manna casserole and manna omelets mixed with quail. The people of God had absolutely nothing–no gold or silver–andRead More →