How battle tested is your faith? You say you have faith, but is it experiential or merely emotional? Has what you proclaim about your faith come under the fire of real life circumstances? To be a fisher of men means you actually have to go fishing. A self-proclaimed fisherman can buy the best bass boat and equip it with the latest gear and equipment. However, if he never puts the boat in the water and never casts a line, then can he be called a fisherman?
Let yourself cast the gospel line of Jesus Christ to gather men unto Him, and let’s see how strong your faith is. With the holiday season quickly approaching, the chance to witness to unsaved family members is ripe with prospect. However, it is wrought with the potential for ridicule and rejection. Oh David, do we have to ruin Christmas with all that Jesus stuff?
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“A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.” H. L. Mencken
“This Sunday School has been of help to me, greater perhaps than any other force in my Christian life, and I can ask no better things for you than that you, and all that shall come after you in this great band of workers for Christ, shall receive the same measure of blessedness which I have been permitted to have.” John D. Rockefeller
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Church authority can be a touchy subject nowadays with the “Me” centric society in which we live. We grudgingly or willfully place ourselves under authority everyday. We obey laws, we pay our taxes, and we obey our employers, even if we disagree with them. Why? We do so because of the negative consequences of our disobedience.
However, when it comes to church authority too many Christians act like church trout swimming from one church to another until they find the “perfect” church. WARNING! If you do find a perfect church whatever you do, don’t walk in! You’ll make it imperfect.
Continue reading “Others Must Follow Them”
Our former youth pastor used to tell the teenagers at our church, “Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you what kind of Christian you are.” There is much wisdom in that saying, as our former youth pastor is wise beyond his years. So it is with our current youth pastor. But not only should teens look at the company they keep to determine the level of their Christianity, so also should adult Christians. Far too many adult Christians live hellish lives Monday through Saturday expecting to get cleaned up on Sunday as though church is some spiritual car wash.
Now I’m not saying don’t go to church to get cleaned up; by all means go to church on every Sunday. What I am saying is you don’t go mudding in your newly washed car straight from the car wash. Righteousness is attained through discipline and habit and we must understand that we can be wrongly influenced by our “friends.”
Continue reading “Choosing Your Friends Carefully”
Last night Karen and I had the privilege of spending election night with Dean and Jan Young and many of his loyal supporters. Dean came up short in his bid for Congress, but as he said, “The whole world took notice because we took on the GOP Establishment and scared them.” Many of his supporters were obviously disappointed and determined not to vote for Bradley Byrne because of the dishonorable campaign he ran.
What I was most proud of my friends Dean and Jan is there is no bitterness in their hearts, just a steeled resolve to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with their words and deeds. Dean told the press that he would not support Byrne because of the blatant and knowing lies he told about Dean. Byrne accused Dean of stealing money from Christians and putting it in his pocket. When Byrne was proved to be lying, he refused to retract his charges and apologize. Instead he dug in his heels. Dean told the press that Byrne would reap what he had sown.
Continue reading “We Live To Fight Another Day”
Are you an encourager or a discourager? Of course your immediate response would be to reject the thought of being a discourager. It would take a pretty mean person to set out to be a discourager. However, we need to realize that the words we speak can discourage in ways of which we may not be aware. The old saw of “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is as false as it gets. Words can definitely hurt; they can leave scars.
Christian artist Toby Mac does a song titled “Speak Life” and in the chorus we find this line:
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How often do you think about heaven? It is so easy to think about the here and now, especially in the times we live that we miss the blessed hope of eternity. We worry about our loved ones and our futures here on earth that we miss the amazing future we have with Christ.
There is a great song by Big Daddy Weave titled “The Only Name (Yours Will Be). The chorus makes me think about my eternal future:
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