Entries by John Barton

The Power of Your Words

What are you saying about yourself? Do you speak well of yourself? Are your words working for you or against you? One of the most powerful conversations you will ever have is with yourself. What you say to yourself every day will either lift you up or tear you down. The words we tell ourselves […]

No More Lies

Jesus warns us that we have an enemy whose strategy is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). One of the things he’s constantly trying to steal from us is our sense of worth and value.  He accomplishes this mission by whispering lies into our minds and trying to convince us that we are useless. […]

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Do you feel like you’re in a comfort zone? Are you ready to step out and try something new? As much as we like being comfortable, it’s only by being uncomfortable that we grow and excel in our destiny. Think about a baby learning to walk. They may fall down over and over again. However, if […]

Something Greater Ahead

“Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening.”– Isaiah 43:18-19 (NCV) Whatever challenges or setbacks you have faced this year, be resilient enough to let go and move forward. Regardless of your past experiences, don’t lower your future expectations. Always […]

The Gift of Family and Friends

“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”– Philippians 1:3 (NLT) Life is all about relationships. Unless you live in a cave somewhere and completely isolate yourself from people, every facet of your life touches a relationship in some way. Just like God created us to have a relationship with Him, […]

The People You Choose

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” – Proverbs 12:26 (NIV) There comes a point in all of our lives where we have to evaluate the people we choose to surround ourselves with. Most people, when it comes to choosing relationships, make decisions out of fear rather than […]

Made for Relationships

“If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.” – Ecclesiastes 4:10 (CEV) We are made for relationships—with family, friends, and loved ones. The Bible says it’s not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). Without relationships, we are missing the main component […]

Beyond Your Ability

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30 Have you ever sensed that God was calling you to do something you knew you didn’t have the ability or resources to do? Perhaps you have found yourself in a situation that seems too impossible for you. There have been times in my life where I was […]

Count Your Blessings

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” – Psalm 103:2 (NLT) Too many people never realize how blessed they are because they spend so much mental energy focusing on what they don’t have. Instead of counting their own blessings, they are counting someone else’s blessings. […]

Why Rejoice?

“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4 Paul doesn’t just say it once, but twice—REJOICE!  To rejoice is a command given throughout the Bible. This is not a command to ignore the realities we face, but to see God at work in the midst of them. Joy is the base word of […]