God Bought You


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I just want to share some Scripture today on God owning us as Christians.

for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:20 NLT


God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

1 Corinthians 7:23 NLT


For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT


But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9 NLT


And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Revelation 5:9 NLT


Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Acts 20:28 NIV

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Clock Of Life


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Mark 8:36 NLT


The clock of life is wound but once,

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop,

At late or early hour.


To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed.

To lose one’s health is more.

To lose one’s soul is such a loss

That no man can restore.

Thirty-nine people died while you read this short poem. Every hour 5,417 go to meet their Maker. What are YOU doing to help reach them with the Gospel before they are cast into Hell?

Reminder let’s be active in sharing the gospel with other’s reminding them of the coming judgement!

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

Hebrews 9:27 ESV

The clock of life is ticking and at any moment it can be over!

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Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Jesus Is Our Champion!


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

 If you wish to be disappointed, look to others. If you wish to be downhearted, look to yourself. If you wish to be encouraged…look upon Christ.

-Erich Sauer (1898-1959),  Wiedenest Bible School, West Germany

We ought to continually look to Jesus,

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Hebrews 12:2 NLT

I like the word “champion” to describe how we look upon Jesus. Jesus is our champion! He initiates and perfects our faith. Isn’t that awesome?! Let’s look more into this verse:

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 ESV

Looking to Jesus – We are exhorted to look to the Saviour. We are to look to his holy life; to his patience and perseverance in trials; to what he endured in order to obtain the crown, and to his final success and triumph.

The founder/author/champion and perfecter finisher of our faith – The word “our” is not in the original here, and obscures the sense. The meaning is, he is the first and the last as an example of faith or of confidence in God – occupying in this, as in all other things, the pre-eminence, and being the most complete model that can be placed before us. The apostle had not enumerated him among those who had been distinguished for their faith, but he now refers to him as above them all; as a case that deserved to stand by itself. It is probable that there is a continuance here of the allusion to the Grecian games which the apostle had commenced in the previous verse. The word “author” – ἀρχηγὸν archēgon – (marg. beginner) – means properly the source, or cause of anything; or one who makes a beginning. It is rendered in Acts 3:15; Acts 5:31, “Prince”; in Hebrews 2:10, “Captain”; and in the place before us, “Author.”

It does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament. The phrase “the beginner of faith,” or the leader on of faith, would express the idea.


He is at the head of all those who have furnished an example of confidence in God, for he was himself the most illustrious instance of it. The expression, then, does not mean properly that he produces faith in us, or that we believe because he causes us to believe – whatever may be the truth about that – but that he stands at the head as the most eminent example that can be referred to on the subject of faith.

We are exhorted to look to him, as if at the Grecian games there was one who stood before the racer who had previously carried away every palm of victory; who had always been triumphant, and with whom there was no one who could be compared.

The word “finisher” – τελειωτὴν teleiōtēn – corresponds in meaning with the word “author.” It means that he is the completer as well as the beginner; the last as well as the first.

As there has been no one hitherto who could be compared with him, so there will be no one hereafter; compare Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:11.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last.”

Who for the joy that was set before him – That is, who in view of all the honor which he would have at the right hand of God, and the happiness which he would experience from the consciousness that he had redeemed a world, was willing to bear the sorrows connected with the atonement.

Endured the cross – Endured patiently the ignominy and pain connected with the suffering of death on the cross.

Despising the shame – Disregarding the ignominy of such a mode of death. It is difficult for us now to realize the force of the expression, “enduring the shame of the cross,” as it was understood in the time of the Saviour and the apostles. The views of the world have changed, and it is now difficult to divest the “cross” of the associations of honor and glory which the word suggests, so as to appreciate the ideas which encompassed it then. There is a degree of dishonor which we attach to the guillotine, but the ignominy of a death on the cross was greater than that; there is disgrace attached to the block, but the ignominy of the cross was greater than that; there is a much deeper infamy attached to the gallows, but the ignominy of the cross was greater than that. And that word – the cross – which when now proclaimed in the ears of the refined, the intelligent, and even the frivolous, excites an idea of honor, in the ears of the people of Athens, of Corinth, and of Rome, excited deeper disgust than the word “gallows” does with us – for it was regarded as the appropriate punishment of the most infamous of mankind.

We can now scarcely appreciate these feelings, and of course the declaration that Jesus “endured the cross, despising the shame,” does not make the impression on our minds in regard to the nature of his sufferings, and the value of his example, which it should do.

When we now think of the “cross,” it is not of the multitude of slaves, and robbers, and thieves, and rebels, who have died on it, but of the one great Victim, whose death has ennobled even this instrument of torture, and encircled it with a halo of glory.

We have been accustomed to read of it as an imperial standard in war in the days of Constantine, and as the banner under which armies have marched to conquest; it is intermingled with the sweetest poetry; it is a sacred thing in the most magnificent cathedrals; it adorns the altar, and is even an object of adoration; it is in the most elegant engravings; it is worn by beauty and piety as an ornament near the heart; it is associated with all that is pure in love, great in self-sacrifice, and holy in religion. To see the true force of the expression here, therefore, it is necessary to divest ourselves of these ideas of glory which encircle the “cross,” and to place ourselves in the times and lands in which, when the most infamous of mankind were stretched upon it, it was regarded for such people as an appropriate mode of punishment.

That infamy Jesus was willing to bear, and the strength of his confidence in God, his love for man, and the depth of his humiliation, was shown in the readiness and firmness with which he went forward to such a death.

And is set down at the right hand of the throne of God – Exalted to the highest place of dignity and honor in the universe; Mark 16:19 note; Ephesians 1:20-22 notes.The sentiment here is,

“Imitate the example of the great Author of our religion. He, in view of the honor and joy before him, endured the most severe sufferings to which the human frame can be subjected, and the form of death which is regarded as the most shameful. So amidst all the severe trials to which you are exposed on account of religion, patiently endure all – for the glorious rewards, the happiness and the triumph of heaven, are before you.”

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

God Is Beauty


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I’m excited to share it with you all. God really is beautiful! After 9 years of being a Christian I’m still in love with God. When you’ve really come to know God you know there is none other like Him!

God is beauty.

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), founder of Franciscans

With the Psalmist let us yearn to,

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:4 ESV

One thing have I asked of the LORD – One main object; one thing that I have especially desired; one thing which has been the object of my constant wish. This ruling desire of his heart the psalmist has more than once adverted to in the previous psalms

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23:6 ESV

O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.

Psalm 26:8

He frequently refers to it in the subsequent psalms.

That will I seek after – As the leading object of my life; as the thing which I most earnestly desire.

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord – Read above Psalm 23:6.

All the days of my life – Constantly; to the end. Though engaged in other things, and though there were other objects of interest in the world, yet he felt that it would be supreme felicity on earth to dwell always in the temple of God, and to be employed in its sacred services, preparatory to an eternal residence in the temple above. To him the service of God upon earth was not burdensome, nor did he anticipate that he would ever become weary of praising his Maker.

How can a man be prepared for an eternal heaven who finds the worship of God on earth irksome and tedious?

To behold the beauty of the Lord – Margin, “the delight.” The word rendered “beauty” here – נעם nô‛am – means properly “pleasantness;” then, “beauty, splendor;” then, “grace, favor.” The reference here is to the beauty or loveliness of the divine character as it was particularly manifested in the public worship of God, or by those symbols which in the ancient worship were designed to make that character known. In the tabernacle and in the temple there was a manifestation of the character of God not seen elsewhere. The whole worship was adapted to set forth his greatness, his glory, and his grace. Great truths were brought before the mind, fitted to elevate, to comfort, and to sanctify the soul; and it was in the contemplation of those truths that the psalmist sought to elevate and purify his own mind, and to sustain himself in the troubles and perplexities of life.

And to inquire in his temple – Or tabernacle. The word used here would be applicable to either, considered as the “palace” or the residence of Yahweh. As the temple was not, however, built at this time, the word must here be understood to refer to the tabernacle. Read the following,

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.

Psalm 5:7 NLT

The meaning of the passage is, that he would wish to seek instruction, or to obtain light on the great questions pertaining to God, and that he looked for this light in the place where God was worshipped, and by means of the views which that worship was adapted to convey to the mind. In a manner still more direct and full may we now hope to obtain just views of God by attendance on his worship. The Christian sanctuary – the place of public worship – is the place where, if anywhere on earth, we may hope to have our minds enlightened; our perplexities removed; our hearts comforted and sanctified, by right views of God.

Source: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Jesus Wasn’t Afraid To Talk About Money


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Today I want to talk about money. I will probably be talking about it for the next few days. I don’t want to talk about it in a health, wealth, or prosperity manner. I want to understand it from a Biblical perspective. I’m reading blogs and books on this topic and I’d like to share them with you! Any thoughts or comments feel free to share them with me!

Jesus wasn’t afraid to talk about money (WHY?)

Quick. Besides the Kingdom of God, what did Jesus talk about most often?

Love? Peace? The poor?

No, money. (That may be a shocker to you, it was to my mom!)

Jesus talked about money all the time. Look closely at the parables of Jesus and count the ones that refer to money,” says stewardship expert and author Dan Conway. “If you didn’t know better, you’d say that all Jesus cared about was drachmas, denarii, and the coins that belonged to Caesar.”

Keep in mind that there is a reason why Jesus speaks so much about money!

Not everyone agrees on how many parables are in the Gospels – since parables can be defined many ways as stories, pithy quotes, or proverbs – but most Scripture experts agree on roughly 40 recorded parables of Jesus. Of those, nearly half speak directly about money – for example, the pearl of great price, the lost coin, the silver talents.

Of the other parables, many also touch on material wealth: the Prodigal Son squandering his inheritance (Lk 15:11-32), Lazarus and the rich man (Lk 16:19-31), or the day laborers in the vineyard (Mt 20:1-16).

The use of money also occasioned many of Jesus’ teachings: the widow’s two coins (Mk 12:41-44); Caesar’s taxes (Mt 22:15-22); the rich young man (Mt 19:16-24); and Zaccheus the tax collector (Lk 191-10).

Then there are the famous quotes: “Where your treasure is, there also your heart will be” (Mt 6:21); “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, not food, nor money” (Lk 9:3); and, most famous of all: “You cannot serve both God and Mammon.” (Lk 16 and Mt 6:24).

(I desire to write brief blog posts on each one of those passages above in the future but if you’d like to read them yourself now the Scripture verses are stated. Open your Bible and read what God’s Word says.)

Mammon is a word from the ancient world. In Greek, it was mamona, meaning wealth or riches, in the personalized sense, even as the riches were taking on a personality their own. Mammon meant wealth idolized and sought after. It was also recognized as something that could debase and dehumanize. Mammon could truly be a god, a false one.

“Jesus, time after time in the Gospel, calls his disciples’ attention to the use of money.”

Money is an important part of life. (Jesus thought so. I think so. Do you think so?) Ken Untener of Saginaw said in the reflections on stewardship, “Money speaks the hard language of real life.”

How do we pay the light bill? The car needs repair. The mortgage is due. Gas prices keep rising. It was the same in Jesus’ day. (Surprising to you? It shouldn’t be!) There were taxes, both government and religious. Food had to be bought at the market. People had to have a place to live and clothes to wear.

And people always like those extras – like a fancy dress or a bracelet from the caravan. (Today, it’s SUVs and HDTV.)

The late Richard Halverson, a chaplain of the U.S. Senate, in his book, Perspective, wrote,

“Jesus Christ said more about money than any other single thing because money is of first importance when it comes to a man’s real nature. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character.”

Did Jesus spend so much time talking about money because having money was wrong? (Many people especially Christians tend to think that way!)

Since many wealthy people – both in Jesus’ time (See Lk 8:3) and today – followed the Lord and did good things with their money, it seems that Jesus had other concerns with money. Concerns about human nature.

Jesus’ messages about money seem less to do with “too much” than with “too little.” Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is concerned with people having too little of what they really need. That meant health for the sick, welcome for outcasts, food for beggars, and protection for women and children.

But Jesus’ concern also included those who had too little of what really matters – the Kingdom, in which everyone has a close relationship with God and with others.

And Jesus saw that money and wealth often cause a poverty of character, a lack of what really mattered. That is why – when the rich young man “went away sad, for he had many possessions”- Jesus said “it will be hard for those who are rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” It’s also why he told us to “give to the one who asks of you” (Mt 5:42) and that we would be judged by the measure, the generosity, by which we give (Mt 7:1).

What we do with wealth – whether that be a plenitude of money, power, talent, influence or anything else that comes to us through the grace of God – shows where our heart is.

“In the United States and other nations, a dominant secular culture often contradicts religious convictions … (and) frequently encourages us to focus on ourselves and our pleasures … many of us also have been adversely influenced by this secular culture.”

This is the very danger Jesus recognized when he told us to store up “treasures in heaven” rather than “treasures on earth” (Mt 6:19-20). If we focus only on our wealth, on getting more and not losing what we have – that wealth can take on a power of its own, just like the false god Mammon.

Instead, as good stewards, Jesus calls us to focus on God – and to put our wealth freely at his disposal. If we do, our hearts will still be with our treasure – but that treasure will be with our true and eternal treasure: God.

Any comments or thoughts please feel free to share, thanks!


Patricia Kasten, The Compass.

“Good Steward” columns by Dan Conway; The Little Burgundy Book on stewardship; and “Stewardship A Disciple’s Response”

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez