Entries by John Barton

What’s in Your Hand?

“Then the LORD asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.” – Exodus 4:2 (NLT) Is there something standing between you and your dreams? Do you need God to open a door, touch a person’s heart, or provide for you in an unusual way?  The children of Israel found themselves in a […]

The Key to Victorious Living

“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEV)  Knowing who you are in Christ is the key to victorious living as a Christian. When you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you take on a brand new identity.  You no […]

Things That Matter

“We must give our full attention to what we were told, so we won’t drift away.” – Hebrews 2:1 (CEV) Everything that crosses your mind is not always worth your focus. Sometimes we give too much attention to things that do not matter, and not enough attention to things that do. Things like spending time […]

Push Through the Pain

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV) Being an athlete has taught me a great deal about life. Along with playing basketball throughout my junior and senior high school […]

Whatever it Takes

“So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life…” – Philippians 3:11 (TLB) When it comes to achieving your dreams, do you have a “whatever it takes” attitude? To possess a “whatever it takes” attitude means that you are not quick to quit or be discouraged. Sometimes this […]

Where Are You Going?

“The LORD says, “I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8 (GWT) Where are you going? Until you can answer that question, you will either settle right where you are, or coast through life unfulfilled. Having […]

Let God Direct Your Steps

“A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 (ISV) Making decisions in life is becoming more and more difficult, especially as options are becoming more abundant. What job should I take? Which direction should I go? Should I pursue this relationship?…and so forth. Scripture reminds us that we can […]

The Faithful Shall Flourish

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” – Psalm 92:12 The life of a believer is sometimes referred to as a plant that blossoms and bears fruit over […]