Admire vs. Desire

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord” (Pro. 18:22). Men, do you know what you have in the wife you have chosen? Too many men find themselves looking with desire at other women as their marriage becomes “stale.” He had had the pleasure of his wife so many times that she lost the “luster” he initially saw in her. Soon he begins the search for a newer, shinier trophy that he can conquer and display for all the world to see. When he finds her, he “dumps” the “love of his life,”…

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Your spiritual fire extinguisher, repetance

“Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?  Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?” (Prov. 6:27-28).  These are two of the lesser-known verses in the Bible, but ones that bear a message well worth learning.  I don’t think that I am wrong to conclude that most of the world does that, but more concerningly, even many Christians.  Saying that you are carrying something next to your chest is illustrative of somehow trying to protect it or that it is near and dear to you.  Often, man has sin so…

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The signs are always there

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).  I emphatically believe God has a plan for our lives.  Sometimes it is obvious, sometimes it is a little less clear, and other times we only see it with the wisdom of hindsight, but He always has our best interests at heart.  The example I like to use to illustrate my point is driving a vehicle.  At times the weather is clear. It is a beautiful summer day, and the sun is shining…

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THE ONLY WAY TO BE THAT BLIND…

I saw a post on Facebook that got me riled up a while back. There are a lot of those on FB – posts that are meant to elicit some reaction, but I mostly ignore them. Not this one, though; this one got “under my skin,” so to speak. It was a meme that stated, “It doesn’t matter how many Sundays you sit in church or if you think you are saved. God sees what you do and how you treat people. That’s what really matters. Amen.” The deluded soul who wrote this actually had the audacity to end it…

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Learn the art of feeding yourself spiritually before it is too late

“Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the Word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11) Many years ago, in San Diego, California, city authorities were alerted to an extraordinary and tragic event happening to some of the pelicans on their beaches. For some unknown reason, pelicans were starving to death by the hundreds. For a while, wildlife authorities and researchers alike were dumfounded by the deaths. Food contamination was initially suspected, but soon that was disproved, as were sicknesses and various other ideas that were…

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Is it a betrayal?

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). Paul says he is not ashamed of the gospel and then proceeds to qualify his statement with the fact that it has the power to save everyone. But it is the first eight words I want to concentrate on this morning, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel….” As a minister, I have witnessed far too many people who cannot claim the same as Paul. They are…

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He is not a vending machine God

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). People often treat God like a vending machine. When you are at work and become hungry, you walk to a vending machine, insert the correct amount of money, and receive your snack in return. You did not think of that vending machine until you were hungry, though, did you? You could walk past it every day and never…

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