Speakin’ The Truth

  • Contentment
    Contented (happy and at ease) Christians can have powerful, effective testimonies and witnesses that Jesus Christ can provide what the “world” cannot. But, our enemy loves to see discontentment (dissatisfaction, especially with one’s circumstances) among Christians. It’s a wide open door for him to enter and work his cunning deceptions. In Philippians 4, Paul speaks […]
  • Pastor Kimon on Foolishness, Noah & Hollywood
    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the disputer of […]
  • It’s All Him!
    Have you ever considered Ephesians 2:10? “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged […]
  • Life’s Challenges & Trials
    I recently heard it said that challenges and trials don’t make us who we are, they reveal who we are. As Christians, we are not exempt from trials. In fact, James 1:2 tells us we are to “count it all joy when we fall into various trials.” Developing the right attitude according to God’s Word […]
  • Narrow Your Field of Vision
    While driving to church one day, I was having a difficult time seeing the road because it was snowing so hard. I was afraid I was going to go off into the ditch, so I started praying in the Spirit. While I was praying, He said, “Narrow your field of vision.” So, I dropped the […]
  • Need Help? Cry Out!
    I recently spent the day with my two little granddaughters, Josie and Lilee. Josie is nearly two and Lilee is only five months old. So, this can be a little bit of a handful at times. It seems like while I’m tending to one child, the other has a need. The other day while I […]
  • In Him, You’re Always Deemed Worthy
    “But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us,” (Romans 5:8, AMP). While sweeping the patio one day, I found a coin. I picked it up and noticed how grimy it was. I felt it […]
  • His Love Covers It All
    Jesus said that whosoever believes on Him will have everlasting life. Those who do not believe on Him will have everlasting death. The scriptures tell us this in Saint John’s gospel, Chapter 3 and verses 15 – 18. Jesus is the only way to God – there is no other way! Not Buddha. Not Allah. […]
  • A Child of God or a Distant Relative?
    Most of us don’t enjoy family reunions when the collection of people gets beyond the tight-knit group. We all have those strange cousins and long-lost aunts who gush to the point of making us cringe. We view God the same way. We’re either confident because we spend time interacting with Him—making Him the tightest of […]
  • The Dispensation of the Spirit
    Did you know that you live in, what God calls, the “dispensation of the Spirit”? According to II Corinthians 3:8, it is the spiritual ministry of the Holy Spirit to cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit. The verse goes on to say that it is attended with much glory. So […]
  • Good God, Bad Devil
    Have you ever paid attention to the “traffic” that is going on in your mind? Sometimes the devil shoots so many firey darts at your mind that it’s like a 6-lane expressway each going 90 miles per hour! Far too often, we allow this to go on much too long before we hold up the […]
  • A Believer’s Goal
    As born-again Christians, it should be our goal to complete those assignments that God has called, chosen, appointed and anointed us to do. One might ask, “How do we know what we’re called and anointed to do? How do we know God’s will for us?” To know God’s will is to know God’s Word. He speaks […]
  • In Whom Are You Placing Trust?
    Paul wrote, “I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that [Christ] is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to Him,” (2 Timothy 1:12). The airplane I was traveling home on was enveloped in thick, dense clouds. All of the passengers had become silent […]
  • The Ultimate Good News
    “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb,” (Matthew 28:1 NIV). I love the two Mary’s. They were the first ones to arrive at the tomb, the first ones to hear the angel and the first ones to learn the good […]
  • A True Story of Faith
    I just know what my husband will do, even before he does it. It has been 20 years together now, so over time we have become a very good team. I have faith in him. I have no reason to doubt his word. He has proven to be faithful time after time. I have come […]
  • I Lost A Friend Today
    I lost a friend today, unexpectedly. My mind automatically went racing to all the fun times and things said, done and laughed about. I thought about the kind of person they were and if they had loved Jesus. Fortunately for them, they did. My friend was not perfect. He made mistakes. But, none of that […]
  • His Plan for You
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Joseph’s brothers couldn’t know what the final outcome of their actions would be when they sold him […]
  • It’s Time to Reset Our Focus
    God has been so good to me and my family. Time after time He has delivered us from one mess after the other. I’m sure God has done this for you, too–if you think about it. That’s the trouble. Most of us just get so busy or consumed with the problems that we forget to […]
  • God is Always Listening
    “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry,” (Psalm 34:15). My friend always called me when she had a problem to work through. One morning, she had a particularly complicated problem that took some time to explain. I was listening intently, without interrupting her, in order […]
  • Under-Emphasizing That Which is Needed
    Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. She had a sister named Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word (Luke 10:38-39). But, Martha (desiring to become the perfect hostess) became distracted and worried, under-emphasizing the importance of that which was needed (Luke 10:40). Martha’s intentions were honorable, but in her worried and troubled […]
  • Who Are You? (Part 2)
    I was waking up this morning and this random thought popped into my head: “Does my spirit have its own voice?” It sounds silly – I know, right?! But, if you know me at all, you know that I have to know the ins and outs. I figured I would make this mornings thoughts Part II […]
  • Let God Take the Lead
    The psalmist wrote, “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for Your name’s sake lead me and guide me,” (Psalm 31:3). When I take my dog, Opie, for a walk, I prefer to take the familiar route. Opie, on the other hand, likes to explore new trails and will often tug to pull me […]
  • Who Are You? (Part 1)
    1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This scripture makes it clear; there are three parts to man: Spirit Soul And, body Most people would not disagree, but the part of the body we identify ourselves with will […]
  • Let’s Talk About Sex
    Kind of a shocking title to see on a church blog, huh? Well, the truth is that sex is an issue that is dealt with inside and outside of the church. Sex can be a beautiful, loving time of intimacy, but if it’s done carelessly, sex can result in a world of hurt. I was […]
  • A Mother’s Love–And, the Father’s Love
    Have you ever wondered how much you are loved or if you are loved at all? There are times in life that really seem much more challenging than others. I have been blessed in having four beautiful children. They have all grown up now and moved out on their own. There were times as they […]
  • You’re Never Alone
    “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man,” Mark 1:41. What did the lepers feel when Jesus placed His hand on them to offer them hope and healing? What was it like to feel the warmth of a human touch after years of enduring the stares of those passing by and […]
  • Stay in Your Lane
    In both track and speed skating, competitors usually have their own lane they must stay in until they cross the finish line. Becoming distracted and stepping out of their designated lane could result in a disqualification, so their focus is on the finish line and the prize. Christians have a race to run, also (Hebrews […]
  • Raised a Catholic, Born a Believer
    I was raised to believe in Jesus in a Catholic home. I went to catechism and mass on many Sundays and especially on holidays. I, however, missed out on the part in my spiritual training that taught me how to incorporate Jesus into my everyday decisions and make Him truly Lord of my life. Then […]
  • Leaves & Hiding Places
    As a result of their disobedience to God’s command, Adam and Eve hid and sewed leaves for coverings to hide their guilt. They were spiritually changed and their intimacy and life with God was forever changed. Rather than running into His presence, they ran away from Him. We also have coverings and hiding places that […]
  • Faith test: Where’s your head at?
    I recently assigned the youth a task – something seemingly simple, yet is a struggle for many believers on a day-to-day basis. The assignment: to think of one new positive thing for seven days straight. These positive things cannot be how hot they think Justin Beiber is or how awesome their score was in Black […]
  • Jesus is coming
    The following is a prophetic word given by the Holy Spirit through Gary February 9, 2012. “Jesus still is the way, the truth and the life. Satan is still the liar; there is no truth in him.” “The end times are upon us and this there is no doubt. God is about to shake some […]
  • What was I saying?!
    “I’m tired.” That was my confession every day. I would say it every day, many times a day. I would say it to myself and to everyone I talked to and, for some reason, I kept feeling tired. Thankfully, God opened my eyes to what I was doing. He showed that I was creating the […]
  • Trying to do it all on your own?
    The Lord says: “I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.” Jeremiah 15:21 (NRSV) Sometimes in the midst of many activities, quietness settles on the inside of me. I feel at peace and totally secure—like the lost sheep must have felt in the […]
  • Let’s try some spring cleaning
    As a mother of four, I learned early on the need for cleanliness and organization. I’ve always considered cleaning my house as a “good” thing. It is good to take care of the blessing God has given us. The bible says in Luke 19:17: “Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful […]
  • just tell me the truth
    Telling the truth is something we all know is right. We know we shouldn’t lie. But how are you at hearing the truth? Most people think they love the truth and really appreciate it when people take the high road. Yet, for some reason, they have a hard time understanding that there is only one […]
  • I Was So Mad …
    “A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11 I have a problem with other drivers on the road. It seems I always get behind the person who stops on the on-ramp rather than merging with traffic. I also seem to get stuck in the left lane behind […]
  • settle up sooner
    “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3 NIV) Sometimes when I’m walking to warm up before I run, I get a small pebble in my shoe. At first I simply ignore it, but the more I do, the bigger that pebble seems to become. When I can’t stand any […]
  • having confidence in god’s will
    The Lord was talking with me the other day. I had asked him how I’d know if I was missing out on something. He showed me Luke 1 and told me some things about Zacharias and Sarah I had never thought about before. Luke 1:5 talks about how Zacharias was a priest in his city, […]
  • Faith is not a mystery – it’s a gift
    I remember years ago thinking I wish I had more faith. God showed me: according to Romans 12:3, we are all given the same measure of faith. I had all He was going to give me. I (you, too) have been given the same measure of faith as Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Savelle and […]
  • Go ahead: shout good news
    “We write this to make our joy complete.” 1 John 1:4 (NIV) Have you had an experience so good that you couldn’t wait to tell someone else about it? Maybe you told your friends about a book or movie you wanted them to read or see. Perhaps you gave them a new recipe you thought […]
  • how to solve a problem the God-way
    I can remember when I was in 3rd grade and it was time to learn multiplication in school. I never did well in math, and this seemed like an insurmountable task for me. I remember my dad deciding that this was not going to be something that defeated me, and he put a plan into […]
  • learning patience in confusion
    I moved to East Jordan last December from Grand Rapids to follow God’s call on my life. I knew He was calling me to Harvest Barn Church about a year before He gave me the “go-ahead” at the Women Alive Conference in 2010. As soon as I heard Him say, “It’s time,” I became very […]
  • the key to spiritual growth
    When a baby is born, biologically, it has everything it needs for adulthood – it just needs to grow into it. The same is true with spiritual growth. Our spiritual growth is a journey of stages in godly development. As spiritual infants, we feed on the pure milk of the Word. The Bible even says, […]
  • edification
    Anyone who has the Holy Spirit and has prayed in tongues knows how you feel during and afterward – you feel lifted up, comforted and “high spirited.” This is because you are being edified when you pray this way. This is supported by 1 Corinthians 14:4: “He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself…” […]
  • abandoned love
    Pastoring a church is an interesting vocation, to say the least. One of the hardest things we do is counsel people who are hurting – and it’s hard for a variety of reasons. Heartbreak abounds. One of the frequent heartbreaks we minister to is an abandoned spouse. In this situation, the person is still married, […]
  • the time will come
    “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” Ecclesiastes 3:1. I like potted plants, but I’m not always successful at keeping them healthy. Once I had a beautiful potted plant, but despite my efforts, it withered. So, I set it outside next to the potting soil, intending to […]
  • overcome your desperate faith
    I’ve begun to realize that some people have forgotten what true faith is. They have forgotten that the simplest form of faith is the key to a successful faith walk. When a problem starts to arise, we’ve started telling God, “Ok, time for You to prove Yourself to me again.” It’s a voice of desperation […]
  • How’s your Love Walk?
    For one week I have been very angry. What – are you shocked? It’s true, even those who have loved God for years can get caught in that “trap” the devil sets called anger. It seemed like everywhere I went something was just rubbing me wrong – do you know what I mean? I thought […]
  • the secret place of the most high
    Two of my favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalms 91. While getting ready for church one morning, the Lord said to me, “When you determine in your heart to dwell in that secret place of complete trust in Me, the plans I have for you can be fulfilled.” His precious promises to you The […]
  • get your fresh start!
    In the margin of my Bible next to Mark 1:40-45 I have written, “When others won’t touch you with a ten foot pole, Jesus will touch you with His hand.” The story here is of the leper that came beseeching Jesus, kneeling, and saying, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Jesus’ response was […]
  • He always answers our cries
    Last year, on a summer day, I had a feeling that something was wrong with my youngest son, Adam. Then the town siren went off. I just knew this time would be important to me, personally. Within one minute, I received a phone call from Adam with that “voice” — and it said, “Mom, I […]
  • Don’t give up–help is on the way!
    Always remember: Trust God!–and how to maneuver through life with God’s Word! In today’s world, the hearts of many people are bound up in fear, worry and anxiety. If you need to be free from any of these, begin to plant God’s Word in your heart, and be sure to plant the part of the […]
  • gearin’ up!
    Why do we do this? This is the seventh year of the Women Alive! Conference. We call it that because that’s exactly what it does—it stirs you up! The intent is to pull away from our daily business to enjoy our friends, surround ourselves with fellow believers, worship and hear the Word of God. Isolation […]
  • moving the mountain
    Got problems? Is life not working out the way you thought? My mother always said, “When all else fails, read the instructions!” Sounds funny, but it has always worked for me. We’re always trying to figure things out our own way. We go around and around our mountain several times instead of getting out our […]
  • A Faithful Finish
    “Well done” – two words that embody the hopeful vision of a faithful finish. “Well done” is the result of a life characterized by well doing. Many times in scripture, we are encouraged to not grow weary in “well doing,” but instead, to keep fighting the good fight of faith, and to finish strong. This […]
  • The Authority of the Believer
    I have been a painter most of my life, and I know all about paint – what kind you put on walls, what kind of brushes to use, etc. I am an authority in painting. When it comes to knowing your authority in Christ, where do you stand? One thing is for sure – you […]
  • YOU are a new creation
    “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new,” 2 Corinthians 5:17. My friend told of a dream she had of how she came to feel the forgiveness of God. In this dream she told God that she wished to be forgiven for all […]
  • matters of the “heart”
    So it turns out that if you want to be scriptural about things, your heart is really your thoughts. The definition in the Strong’s Concordance of “heart” is “the heart i.e. the thoughts or feelings (mind) also (by anal.) the middle” (Greek 2588), and the Word says, “For out of the fullness (the overflow, the […]
  • loving how Jesus loved
    As I was cleaning around the church, I got to thinking about respect. Where has it gone for the church? This was just a thought, but it leads me to thinking about respect for each other. The Amplified Bible tells us “to show honor to one another,” and the King James Bible describes it as […]
  • being consistent against the persistent
    We have an adversary—the devil—that thinks he can outlast us. The question is, will he? I’d like to talk about being consistent about speaking God’s Word until you see it come to pass in the natural. the devil is a defeated foe The devil is nothing but a liar. He knows that the Word of […]
  • Life as a Vessel
    One of the most powerful things we have the privilege of obtaining as Christians is God’s immeasurable grace. The price Jesus paid is, and will forever be, the greatest example of His love and grace toward us. God gave everything He had when He knew all along we didn’t deserve it. He’d already given us […]
  • Death, Life and the Power of the Tongue
    Jesus said: “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” (Matthew 4:4). The words we speak are alive. We should choose our words very wisely. Not speaking words out of emotion, or by what we see, or by our natural senses, […]
  • His Unending Love, Mercy and Grace
    Greetings from a former sinner saved by grace through faith and now a saint in the eyes of God our Father. I wanted to write this blog on three topics: 1.       God’s love for all of mankind. 2.       God’s mercy upon all who believe. 3.       God’s grace to all who confess Jesus as Lord and […]
  • A Safe Haven
    There was just something about her house that made me feel safe. With such a difficult life at home, finding a place where I felt peace was amazing. My grandma’s house wasn’t fancy by any means, but it smelled better than any place I’d known. I think it was a mixture of zest soap and […]
  • Remember His Promises
    What can separate us from the Love of God? In Romans it says, “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God,” (Romans […]
  • You Are Being Prepared
    The preparation of our walk of faith has been a process from the beginning of our lives; however, we are more often than not unaware of it. Consequently, we fail to consult the Lord and ask where He wants us to go or what He wants us to do. Like rudderless ships we drift through […]
  • Celebrating His Resurrection
    Wow, what a great week this is! The beloved Jews are celebrating Passover, and it brings us, the Christians, into Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday—the time we celebrate Jesus’ triumph over Satan, death, Hell and the grave—thank you, God! the real celebration of Easter Good Friday is called a “good” day, because Jesus gave Himself […]
  • A Time to Spiritually Bloom
    In the spring there is a bush outside my back door covered with white, frilly flowers. I’ve noticed not all the buds open at the same time. For awhile, fully unfurled and half-open blossoms share the same space with tight green buds showing no hint of opening. I know that with the warmth of the […]
  • A Love Encounter
    The word Love is probably the most misused word in our vocabulary. Ask five random people walking on the street what their definition of love is—I’m sure you’ll get five different answers. The word “love” is described in the Bible as being God Himself. It says, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8). Essentially, if you’re […]
  • Team Jesus
    “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ,” 1 Corinthians 12:12. Welcome to the first blog of Harvest Barn Church! We consider ourselves to be one part of the whole of the body of Christ. We […]

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