Fight to save one more person

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear” (Philippians 1:12-14).  Not everyone is as fortunate as you are this beautiful day the Lord has blessed us with.  Some are in danger every moment as they courageously take the Gospel to areas in dire need…

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An ode to mothers

This is unapologetically long because it is for our mothers, “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all” (Prov. 31:25-31).  Since it is a time for family, I want to single out our mothers this morning.  These women…

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When the happiest time of the year isn’t.

“…I will never leave you nor forsake you…” (Heb. 13:5).  If you believe the Bible and honestly believe it is the inspired Word breathed out by the Almighty God, then this is one of the most comforting verses.  I think we can all agree there are times when the future looks particularly bleak.  Times when your finances are not doing so well, you lose a job you need, your marriage has run into onto some rocky ground, a friendship you cherished suddenly ended, or someone you love gets taken from this life.  The joy we are supposed to feel in…

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Whom do you serve?

“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Jos. 24:14-15).  Most of us have a plaque, or something similar with this verse inscribed on it, put up somewhere in our house.  If not in…

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Confusing Bible Words

Confusing words Several words in the Bible are not that easy to understand, like the following, atonement, propitiation, redemption, justified, righteous, and sanctified. On more than one occasion, an individual has asked me to explain them.  Usually, I define each term first and then put them into a sentence to further clarify their meaning. Atonement is universal in nature and refers to Christ’s death for every person.  It was the reconciliation of God and humanity through the work of Christ on the cross.  It allows any individual who desires to approach God to do so with the secure knowledge that…

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Faith like that is power

Have you ever prayed for something and felt like God did not answer you?  At times like that, you may feel like the writer of Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?  O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.”  Many times, it has to do with the wrong motivation.  We pray for entirely the wrong reasons and then cannot understand why God is “ignoring” us.  In James 4:3, the writer tells us…

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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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