A Sincere Expression Of Our Love

sincere-loveI just finished teaching at my church a 6-week class on evangelism by Bill Fay titled “Share Jesus Without Fear” and on the last night I asked the class this question: “Why do you want to witness to the people on your list?” (We all made a list on week 1 of those people we knew who needed to be saved). One sweet, godly lady said, “So they won’t go to hell.” I replied that was a common answer and a good one. However, I told the class that your motivation has to be more than that. In fact, what would it say about us if we wanted anyone to go to hell?

To overcome the fear and intimidation of witnessing we need more than making sure our loved one doesn’t go to hell. Someone else said we need love. I told the class yes but that our love for our lost one isn’t enough. I asked them, “All of us love those people on our list, right?”

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Presuming Upon Tomorrow

crystal ballI have a confession to make. Too often I make sweeping statements that on the surface might seem wise, but scratch just below the surface and you’ll find foolishness at the core. This morning I began reading the proverb of the day and God didn’t let me get past verse 1:

    “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)

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Pure From Corruption

corruptionOur government has been corrupt for a long time. There is a good reason for that. Our culture has been corrupt for a long time. There is also a good reason for that. Our churches have been corrupt for a long time. Yes, there is a good reason for that too. Our homes have been corrupt for a long time.

Many Christians believe if we can just get the right people in office, then our nation will make a comeback. While that would help some, it is more of an ointment than a cure. A person suffering from skin cancer might be able to relieve the surface pain with some sort of ointment, but the disease itself must be dealt with. Trying to fix a deep-abiding problem with surface remedies only deal with the symptoms. The cure for the disease is what is desperately needed.

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The Comfort and Happiness of Parents

Child wateringToday is my youngest daughter Becky’s birthday. Today is also the birthday of Marc Alan Lee, the son of Karen and my dear friend Debbie Lee. Marc and my son Eddie were both great warriors who, as Debbie describes it, just beat us to heaven. Debbie always says “I have three children, one just beat me to heaven.” I too have three children, and on just beat me to heaven.

While there is sorrow in losing a child, there is also joy knowing that child beat us to heaven. Of course on memorable days such as the birthday of a departed child, there is joy knowing that he or she is in heaven because they were a child of God. The Lord’s great blessing to parents are children. An even greater blessing for a believing parent is when that child is born again.

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Choosing To Sin

choose-to-sin_choose-to-sufferComedian Flip Wilson used to portray a female character named Geraldine. Geraldine was not the kind of woman you would bring home to meet your mother. When she would try to explain away her misconduct she would exclaim, “The devil made me do it!” That would be funny, however too many Christians use that excuse for living in sin. Last Sunday our Minister of Discipleship and Evangelism, Reverend Pete Belmain, cleared up any confusion about our sinfulness. We sin because we choose to sin.

If we try to make excuses for our sinfulness, we are in actuality condoning it. That may not be what we want to hear, but to blame our sins on our flesh or Satan, or anyone or anything else is to condone it. If we must give a reason for our sin, let us get back to the path of righteousness by at least admitting our culpability. We sin because we choose to sin, and when we do so we condone it. We must never condone sin in our lives or in others. The Apostle Paul warned against such behavior:

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A Living Faith

Shield Of Faith (1)I like one of the more popular Christian acronyms and that is the one for FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him. Like is the case with many things in our Christian culture, this makes a great refrigerator magnet and bumper sticker, but when the rubber meets the road we often times do the opposite.

It is our natural tendency to trust our senses before we trust our faith. That’s because we have faith in our faith instead having faith in God. Jesus taught His disciples an important lesson when it came to faith when they came upon the withered fig tree:

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One Mistake Away

One Mistake AwayChristianity is so simple, intellectuals completely miss it. Conversely, Christianity can be made so intellectual that the simple miss it. As adults, at times even after we’re saved, we can’t seem to get past our desire to earn our salvation. Before we get saved we think we’ve done too many bad things to ever receive God’s forgiveness. After we get saved, we think we can be bad enough to actually lose God’s forgiveness. King David knew something about God’s forgiveness; that’s why he could write:

    “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)

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The Yielding Of Self-Will

self willMost Christians approach knowing God’s will as some great mystery to be solved, using the latest materials available for a pretty price at the local LifeWay store. While Bible study materials are definitely a great assistance in furthering your Biblical knowledge, they alone will not “crack the code” when it comes to understanding God’s will for their lives. The most important source we can use in learning God’s will is…the Bible. I know that may seem so 16th Century, but it does work.

In John 7 we find Jesus teaching in the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles “and many of the Jews marveled, saying, ‘How does this man know letters, having never studied?’”(v.15). First understand that in the 1st Century, the word “letters” could mean the actual characters of the alphabet or Scripture. In this case, the Jews are referring to Scripture.

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