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One God

Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.

Isaiah 44:6

God is only, supreme, and eternal. This simple statement is packed with theological heft and power. Let us examine it further.

God is the only true God. Apart from Him, there is no other. All others gods are fakes and counterfeits. Idols cannot see, hear, or act. The God of Scripture sees, hears, and wills the entirety of everything. Yes, there is only one true God.

God is supreme. 1 Samuel 2:2 tells us “No one is holy like the LORD, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.” Every person and entity in the universe bows the knee to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord is supreme over all.

God is eternal. Consider this quote from Psalm 90:2—Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Before anything was, God is. He is the one who was, the one who is, and the one who is to come. (Revelation 1:4)

Let us give thanks and praise to the only God, the supreme God, the eternal God!

Tony French

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The Scriptures

Let us give thanks today for the Word of God. God has revealed Himself to us. He has given us much of Himself. The Bible may not answer every question we have. But, it contains a storehouse of inexhaustible riches that cannot be exceeded.

**We should be thankful for the eternal nature of God’s Word. All else will fail and every other writings will cease. But the Word of the Lord will abide forever.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.  Matthew 24:35

**We ought to give thanks for the power of God’s Word. God’s Word is powerful and active in our world and in our lives as Christians. God’s uses the Scriptures to change us and shape us in ways that are seen and unseen.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

**Let us be thankful for the inspiration of God’s Word. The Bible is “God-breathed” and profitable in our lives. There is no other writings that rival it in the entirety of the universe.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

As we continue in this New Year, let’s make a commitment to study God’s Word faithfully and diligently. Let us be exhorted to read it and know it better than we ever have. And may we seek to obey its commandments and follow its precepts more closely each and every day!

Tony French

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Be A Giver

Are you primarily a giver or primarily a taker? Do you give more than you receive? Simply put, are you a giver or a taker?

God’s people ought to be givers in this life. We should be thankful when we receive and still be overwhelming in giving. We have been made stewards of our time, our talents, our treasures, and God’s truth. Are you giving abundantly in these areas of your life?

Great benefits accrue to those who give. Let us look a three of them today.

**Givers are promised blessings. Jesus statement (as recorded by Paul) reminds us that blessing and benevolence follow giving. Reciprocity should not be our motivation for giving. We should give expecting nothing in return. But, it’s wonderful to know that we are blessed in our generosity.

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, `It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35

**We can expect our gifts to bring forth a great harvest. When we sow to the Spirit, we will realize a harvest someday.  We may not see the entirety of the harvest in this life. But we can give with the assurance that nothing is wasted when we give in the name of the Lord!

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  Galatians 6:7-9

**We have the opportunity to show forth God’s love when we give. The God of the Bible is a giving God. Nothing helps us shine the light any better than giving. God gave to us and now we have the wonderful privilege of distributing those blessings to others. Commit yourself to a life of giving in all areas of our existence. Let us shine the light of the gospel through our giving.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   John 3:16

Tony French

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Count For Something

The New Year lies before us. The pages of the calendar are teeming with possibility and hope. We want to make a difference. We desire to see our lives count for something. How can we do that? How do we insure that we do not waste this year? Let’s examine these questions.


To make the most of the time God has given us, first, define your purpose. What are you called and equipped to do? The Scriptures reveal that we all have spiritual gifts and proclivities. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) Find that purpose and begin to fulfill it. It may take some time and exploration. But it is well worth the cost when one’s purpose can be clearly defined.


Once your purpose is secure begin to prioritize your time around those things that fulfill your purpose. Try to limit distractions as much as possible. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t give up.

Our lives are busy and we all have to make a living, pay bills, and put food on the table. While those things matter, we are created for so much more.  We are created, saved, and sanctified to worship God, love Him, and serve others. Make serving Christ the priority all year long. May the Lord help us to “redeem the time” that He has given. (Ephesians 5:16)


Finally, be patient in the process. Making a difference in someone’s life takes time. We will not be able to accomplish all we want to do as quickly as we hope. Be patient and stay the course. There will be times of failure and sin. When that happens, confess it to the Lord, receive forgiveness, and move one.

Paul teaches us to “not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Galatians 6:9) Persevere and God will use your efforts for His glory.  

Understanding purpose, priority, and patience will help us to move forward in Christian maturity. We only have one life to live and that life is passing quickly. May God help us to make the most of our time. It’s our most valuable commodity!

Tony French

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The Savior Is Born

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.Luke 2:11Jesus is our Savior. He is our Deliverer and our Rescuer. He came as a babe in a manger to ultimately die for our sins, pay our sin debt, and satisfy the wrath of God on our behalf.Jesus saves us completely. Hebrews 7:25 tells us “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” We are saved to the uttermost and we are saved completely from our sins. All of our sins have been nailed to the cross and removed forever. Jesus intercedes for us and secures us forever through His blood.Jesus saves us compassionately. His love for us compelled Him to arrive in the manger and then to go to the cross. Jesus teaches us “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” We are unworthy. Jesus loves us and gave Himself for us despite our undeserving nature.Jesus saves us confidently. Our salvation gives us great confidence and faith. We can trust Christ because we are saved, sanctified, and secured. Our security then fuels our obedience to Him. Have confidence child of God. You are on the winning side! Aren’t you glad we have a Savior? I know that I am. Tony French


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Kingdom Residents

Living as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven is not always easy. Kingdom living requires us to embrace the paradoxical teachings of King Jesus. What exactly am I writing about today? Consider these examples of upside down thinking that characterizes living in the Kingdom of God.

Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.”   Mark 9:35-37

The first shall be “last of all”. Success in the Kingdom of Heaven arrives by putting oneself last, not first. This thought is counter-cultural and even offensive to our generation which embraces a selfish view of life and self. Yet, the call to put others first is strong and unavoidable.

In the Kingdom, the greatest shall be the “servant of all.” Greatness in God’s economy does not flow to us by chasing after earthly power, earthly plaudits, or earthly treasure. Rather, we rise in the Kingdom by serving others. Jesus is the perfect example of this as He came not to be served, but, to serve and give His life for us. (Matthew 20:28)

Christians are citizens of a heavenly Kingdom. The standard of conduct for the Christian is much different than the worldly system.  May we, as God’s people, embrace the challenge of living in this way as it honors God and shows forth His love.

Tony French


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A New Way

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’; But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. f anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Matthew 5:38-42

How do you end a feud? One way is retaliation. This is what Jesus describes in v. 38 when he quotes “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” from Leviticus 24:20.

The problem with this method is that it never tends to end. More and more revenge and retaliation is needed to settle the score.

Jesus gives us a new way. This way can be summed up as non-retaliation and forgiveness. Christ uses hyperbole to make the point of non-retaliation. Turn the other cheek and non- resistance are the way of kingdom living. If the Roman soldier’s compel you to carry there armor a mile, carry it two miles. These examples serve to illustrate the importance of not seeking revenge.

Forgiveness is not mentioned explicitly here but it is in view in light of the totality of Scripture. Biblical forgiveness means to cancel the debt. One can certainly see how forgiveness fits into Jesus teaching at this point. In the Kingdom of Heaven, Christians do not seek revenge and retaliation, rather, we are to go forward in love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Jesus shows us the way by being our example.

Tony French

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Unending Joy

God’s people should be filled with joy. Joy should be a defining characteristic of the life of a Believer. We have joy that lasts and is not dependent on our circumstances. An examination of the reasons for our joy is in order today.

*We have joy because we are forgiven. Our debt has been paid through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Be joyful, dear Christian. You are forgiven.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.  Ephesians 1:7

*Joy is available to us because of God’s mercy. God has mercifully withheld from us what we truly deserve. Jesus took the punishment that was rightfully ours. As a result, we receive mercy. We deserved death but God has given us life. We earned Hell but God has promised us Heaven. We merit separation from God but He has reconciled us. Be thankful today for God’s mercy.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:4-7

*Joy flows to the Christ-follower as a result of God’s grace. Not only has God withheld from us what we rightfully warrant, He has given us blessings that we do not deserve. We have relationship with God, the power of the Holy Spirt, and the promise of His abiding presence. And frankly, we do not deserve any of these things. Yet, through grace we have “God’s riches at Christ’s expense.” Jesus paid the price and we reap the rewards of God’s grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

We have every reason to be joyful. May joy mark our lives and identify us a Christ-followers!

Tony French

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Keep Your Promises

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus attention now turns to the keeping of promises, dealing with mistreatment, and loving those around you in this passage of Scripture. As you read these, please keep in mind that Jesus is giving instruction for living as a Christian. That instruction is radically different from what we hear in society and even what we think in our fleshly selves. We are presented with an entirely new way of living in the Sermon on the Mount. We ought to learn these principles and seek to live as a resident of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Making vows was an important aspect of the Jewish religion. Therefore, many vows and promises were made by the people to God and to others. However, vows and promises were often broken as the limits of humanity and the frailty of life proved to be too big of an obstacle to overcome.

It is out of this context that Jesus addresses vows. He teaches that it is better not to make a promises than to make one and break it. It is better not to “swear an oath” by heaven, earth, Jerusalem, or even our own heads. This seems to imply that elaborate wording was not the most important aspect when making promises and vows. 

What was the most important aspect? KEEPING the vow is what truly matters. If you make a promise then keep it. Otherwise, don’t make a promise or vow.

Jesus said “let your yes be yes and your no be no.” If you say “yes” to a vow then do everything in your power to keep it. If you say “no” then stick to your word. Flowery words are just words. Being truthful is what matters most of all!

Tony French

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I Love The Church

love the church!  God has given me the opportunity, throughout my life, to serve the church as a worship leader, youth leader, a servant, and as pastor. I have given my life to the church and I have no regrets. 

Those who do not participate in the corporate life of the church are missing so much. Tremendous blessings are found as one serves alongside their fellow members in the Body of Christ. We learn so much from one another simply by meeting together regularly, serving together faithfully, and living our lives in the shelter of the people of God. 

The church is not perfect. This should not surprise anyone as we understand that the church is comprised of imperfect sinners. But, even our imperfections allow us the opportunity to both give and experience forgiveness. Our faults allow us the joy of experiencing a love from fellow church members that is not based on performance. We should seek holiness and avoid sin at every turn.  It’s good to know, however, that when we fall, there are those who will stand with us and not forsake us in the Body of Christ.  

Are you a part of the church? Are you searching for a place where you will experience true meaning and purpose? I encourage you to be a part of the local church.  Jesus loves His Body and He is building the church for His glory (Matt. 16:18). It for all of these reasons that I love the church!     

Tony French 

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