Author: Joel Littlefield

The Joy of Giving Like Jesus

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Withholding what you are willing to give for the cause of Christ, whether it’s supporting missions, giving to the poor or tithing to your local church is one way to know where your treasure lies. Think about the last time you received a paycheck. What was your first thought? Was it about you? Did your mind daydream about that thing you’ve been saving for and are now a little closer enjoying? Maybe a greater sense of security came over you because there’s now a little more padding...

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Trust Him When You Don’t Know

The patriarch, Jacob, had dealt with his fears before. He had wrestled with God and prevailed and had heard over and over that God was with him, but still, he feared to meet Esau again. He expected the worst. To his surprise, though, this is what actually happened. Genesis 33:4 “But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” Think of the worry and the toil in Jacob’s mind as he thought of this day. Now compare this to how often you battle made-up scenarios in your mind,...

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The Church: A Community and a Family

The Church in Acts The early Church, as described in the Book of Acts had a beautiful sense of community and family. They sold possessions for the sake of the poor and sold houses to the point that “there was not a needy person among them”. There was devotion to the Word, to the fellowship and to the work. There was excitement and anticipation for what God had promised to do. I observe these characteristics and it brings longing to my heart for the Church today, as I hope it does with you. A Community  A community is a people...

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If You Love Waiting Raise Your Hand

“What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should be patient?” (Job 6:11) Show me a person who loves waiting and I’ll give you a million bucks. I don’t think you can. Whether you love it or hate it, it is part of the journey we’re on. But those who wait on Jesus have hope. The waiting becomes part of what shapes us into His image and likeness. We must learn to embrace the waiting and use that time for His glory, no matter how hard it gets. We must all wait,...

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Christ Our Advocate

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly...

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