All posts by Bryni Tiggs

What’s on Your Mind?

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Our minds are so powerful! If you look around the room you are sitting in right now, everything that you see started in someone’s mind as a simple thought. God spoke to nothing and created everything, but it all started in His mind. Because the mind is so powerful, what we do with our minds is extremely important. God wants us to think on positive things. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” It seems like, for some reason, it is easier to think on negative things. Most of us have more good things happening to us than bad things but we focus on the bad things. When we focus on our problems, we make our problems bigger than God. Whatever you meditate on, you become like, which is why we have to watch what we put into our bodies. What you feed your mind is what is going to be in it. Take heed to the word of God and fill your temple with his goodness!

Friendship

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Relationships are one of the most important things on this planet. In the Bible, God commands us to do one simple thing; love one another as Christ loves us. But this is far from easy. It’s actually one of the biggest challenges we face. We come into this world selfish and have to be taught how to share and think about others. When we learn to stop being so selfish, we learn to love one another. Jesus loved us so much that he gave up his life for us. Jesus called us his friend. He is the epitome of a true friend. A friend, in the dictionary, is a favored companion. There are different types of friends that we encounter throughout life. The first is a frienemy. This is someone you think is your friend but is actually your enemy. The second is a fair-weathered friend. These are the people who are your friends as long as everything is going good. Another type of friend is a crab-in-the-barrel friend. They are your friends as long as you stay right there where they are. With friends like those, who needs enemies? These are not your friends! Friends do not hurt each other, they show each other love. Real love is a decision that you make. Choosing to love God is the most important decision you will ever make.

The Battle Is Not Yours!

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When bad things start happening, most of us complain and start pointing fingers, it is human nature. We have to understand that there is not victory without conflict and no miracle without impossibility. You have to go through something to get a miracle. It is ok to be fearful in the face of danger. The Bible says not to have a spirit of fear. You are supposed to fear stuff so that your body can react when you are in danger. Now, the way you react is what makes a difference. In 2nd Chronicles, chapter 14, we read the story of Jehosaphat who was faced with an impossible feat. Instead of giving up in the face of the enemy, he trusted God and put the army’s musicians out on the front line. This confused the enemy! The armies they were up against actually started fighting each other. Praise confuses the enemy! Praising God in the midst of our trouble helps us to know the greatness of our God. We should think about the great things God has already done in our lives. The Bible says that praise should continually be in our mouths. You can’t praise and fuss at the same time. Praise starts in your mind, so you should meditate on his word day and night.

Are You Free to Worship?

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Let’s get into the depths of worship! Are you free to worship today? In the book of Romans, chapter 8, the Bible says “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” One thing that the devil constantly beats us over the head with is condemnation. If we are not busy condemning ourselves, we are condemning someone else. The law of Christ supersedes the law of sin and death but you cannot supersede the law of sin and death without Christ. This means that you do have to ask God for forgiveness and repent of your sins but you do not have to ask for forgiveness for the same thing over and over again. There is no reason for you to be condemned over something that happened 10 years ago because you have already been forgiven. Once we are free from condemnation, we can worship! The Bible says, what you worship you become like. Have you ever noticed that the first time love is used in the scripture is the first time worship is used. What you love is what you worship. Anything you put above Him and love more than Him, you worship. So, I have two questions for you. Are you free to worship? And, who or what are you worshipping?

A Good, Good Father

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Today we are going to talk about the parable of the prodigal son. This parable tells a tale of two sons and a good, good father. The youngest son tells the father he wants his stuff now! He was pretty much telling his dad, he would rather his dad be dead than to not have his stuff. When his dad gave him some, he took it all and went to a far off land. He then started hanging out with the drunkards and prostitutes. He spent all of his money and then tried to get a job, but a famine came. Eventually he took a job that went against everything he was raised to believe. He then realized he messed up. There has to be a point in everyone’s lives when we realize that God has more in store for us than what we get ourselves into. As long as he was with the father he did not have to worry about anything. He left the real source to go somewhere he thought was better. Often, we do the same thing to God, but he always welcomes us back with open arms!

The Chosen Few

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To be chosen means to be selected, to be picked out from the bunch. All of us have a calling on our lives. Gideon was a man who was simply trying to provide for his family when God appeared to him and chose him. God told him to get an army together to fight trained soldiers. He also gave him requirements. God told Gideon to send home all of the men who were fearful because He knew they would run away in time of need. God also told him to send home all of the men who did not lap up water like dogs because He knew they would not be watchful. Gideon was left with 300 men to fight over 135,000. God told them to shout “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon…”. Even though Gideon was not nearly as powerful as God, God told them to include Gideon’s name because God uses people. God wants to use you. A popular scripture says “many are called but few are chosen”. You can be called and not chosen because you refuse the call. Most people will not except their calling. You decide where you fit in. How much are you willing to sacrifice and how far are you willing to go? Salvation is free but discipleship will cost you your life.

On The Cross

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There are thousands of “great” days in history but I believe that the greatest day of them all is the day that Christ was slain on the cross. The cross is, debatably, the most popular religious symbol and is symbolic all over the world. What is so ironic about the cross is that it that is a presented as a symbol of hope when, in actuality, it was an instrument of death. The cross is where God’s judgment and His mercy meets. He hung because of what we did, because of our transgressions. Three things happened at the cross that completely changed history. First, it became the ultimate place of forgiveness. He paid the ransom for all of our sins. Second, it became a place of reconciliation and restoration with Christ. Before his death, we were separated from Christ. We were not allowed to just go to him with our problems. When Christ died on the cross, the veil that separated us from our God was torn in half. Finally, it became a place of inner-fulfillment through self-denial. Jesus says that the cross is suffering. If you are going to listen to Christ, you are going to suffer. Things are not always going to be good. We must constantly remember the power of the cross and how “great” of a day it was in history.

Divide & Conquer

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One of our goals, as Christians, should be to continuously be effective in ministry. We have to remember that the church is not a social club. We are family in Christ. Because we are family, little things will come up to test us. It glorifies God when we overlook the little stuff and work together for His kingdom. Part of working together is sharing your testimony with each other. Your testimony is powerful, it gives others hope. Just like you are constantly looking for something else, somebody is looking for what you already have. It is also important to share your testimony because most people don’t know Jesus and the only Jesus they are going to ever know and see is the Jesus in you. Fellowship is imperative to being effective in ministry. Growth happens through the relationships you have with the other saints in the church. The adversary gets us by dividing and conquering.

I’m In It…But I’m Coming Out

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We have all heard the story of Paul and Silas but there are some interesting things that were happening in the background of this well-known story. Barnabas was the reason Paul got in with the apostles but they ended up having a disagreement and parting ways. Barnabas and Paul had problems but it didn’t stop them from working for God. People in church feel like, if a problem arises, they need to leave the church but if the apostles had problems and could still do the work of God, so can we. Sometimes, when you live for God more stuff happens to you. In fact, we don’t really grow unless stuff is happening to us. We can’t grow in the mountaintops, we grow in the valley! Paul and Silas were having a valley experience, but instead of complaining and pointing fingers they prayed and sang praises to God. It was at midnight that their praises tore down the prison walls and loosed all chains. Midnight signifies the darkest hour. Some of us are in trouble but we have to remember that we can come out of it, and we can drag others out of it with us!

Are You Ashamed of Jesus?

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Are you ashamed of Jesus? Do you realize how hard it was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in biblical times? Paul wrote letters that he had to hand deliver the various churches, one of which was the Roman church. In his letter to the Romans he wrote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel”. Rome was the capitol of the world, where Caesar lived. Caesar was considered their god, so they did not take kindly to someone who was saying that our God is greater than all other gods. It is not nearly as hard to spread the gospel in this day and age, but it seems that many of us are ashamed of the gospel. We can’t be in the world and of the world. Just like Paul, we have to be bold and unashamed. We have to be the light that shares the gospel! The Gospel is all about the lamb of God who was slain and the savor who loved us so much that he did not want to see us ruined and destroyed because of sin.