A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll reveals that 42 percent of US adults are not “absolutely certain” there is a God compared to 34 percent who felt that way when asked the same question three years ago. Eight percent is statistically significant. People are changing. When questioned whether God is male or female, 36 percent of respondents said they think God is male, 37 percent said neither male nor female, and 10 percent said “both male and female.” One percent think of God as a female. As to whether God controls events on Earth, 29 percent believe he … Continue reading Our Changing Culture
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and … Continue reading Build Your House on the Rock
Christians have a responsibility as citizens to behave and to participate in life in such a way as to bring honor and glory to God. We do this through our acts of kindness and through our responses to the world around us.
The world seems to be more and more hostile to Christianity. Alternative lifestyles and religions are challenging the very morals we share in Christ. Rather than retreat and allow the world to overcome us, we should take our roles as citizens seriously. Let us make every impact for Christ we can in our society. If we sit silent and do nothing, the devil won’t. He intends to thwart every good and godly thing. Continue reading “A Christian Duty”
Loving Christians want to be at church every time the congregation meets. They love worshiping God and being with others who worship him. They don’t allow other activities in their schedule to keep them from attending. They even don’t allow out-of-town visitors to keep them from worship. They want to be with Christians in worship even when they are away from home. They try to find a congregation and worship wherever they go.
Why are these people so insistent on going to worship? Here are four reasons:
First, they desire to express their love to God. Worship is one of the means we say to God, “I love you!” When we worship, we are meeting with God. Matthew 18:20 reminds us that wherever two or three are gathered together, “there am I in the midst of them.” When the church meets, God meets with them.
Second, they believe being with the church glorifies God. Psalm 29:2 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” There is a difference between a person who claims to follow Christ and one who publicly meets with his saints. Those who attend show their love and loyalty to the Lord; and those who forsake the assembling give their support to other things.
Third, attending worship is an interactive experience between believers. In Hebrews 10:24, the writer encourages us “to stimulate one another to love and good works.” The example of love shown by other Christians makes our own hearts bolder to love and to do more.
Fourth, worship builds us up in Christ. William Temple said, “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” The more we give our hearts to God, the more we grow in faith and love, the more we become like God, and the more we are willing to serve God before other.
Let’s determine to be loving Christians and attend worship at every opportunity.
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20,21). The Lord Jesus prayed for unity among his people. The kind of unity Jesus desires for us is the kind of unity that he had with his Father. Such unity is necessary to persuade a lost and dying world that Jesus is sent from … Continue reading The Unity for Which Jesus Prayed
Pilate’s wife warned him to have nothing to do with that righteous man, Jesus Christ (Matthew 27:19). The Jewish leaders were demanding that Jesus be put to death, since they had no king but Caesar, and Jesus was claiming to be king. Pilate knew that the Jews had turned Jesus over out of envy (27:18). More than once Pilate had proclaimed that he had found no fault in Jesus. He had even tried to get Jesus off by offering to release him, but the Jews chose Barabbas (27:15-17,21). Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who … Continue reading Washing Our Hands of Jesus
The Gospel! “But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:14,15) There are many things that lead to the salvation of the soul. The love and faith of good parents, the sacrifice of teachers in Bible class, speakers at retreats and camp, and preachers … Continue reading The Gospel
We can all learn a little more about baptism. Baptism is the culmination of our obedience to the gospel. Baptism without faith is useless (Hebrews 11:6), without repentance is futile (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38), and without love is empty (Matthew 22:37-40). It does little good to baptize anyone who doesn’t understand what he is doing or why he is doing it. Baptism is a willful, knowledgeable act of faith and obedience toward God. Christian baptism takes place by the authority of Jesus Christ. Jesus has all authority and has authorized his followers to preach and to baptize (Matthew 28:18-20). When … Continue reading Christian Baptism
Nearly all Christians go through peaks and valleys. We find ourselves sometimes close to God and at other times distant, sometimes disciplined and at other times lax, sometimes taking our faith seriously and other times unaware that there is a battle, and sometimes fighting temptation and at other times giving in. In those low times we may even forget our own souls and that there is a lost and dying world out there that needs the gospel of love and grace. Ephesus was strong in faith, works, and doctrine but had lost its first love for the Lord (Revelation 2:3-5). … Continue reading Restore My Spirit, Lord
Jeremiah, Abel, Ruth, Joseph, Josiah, David, Philemon, Epaphras, Daniel, Enoch, Dorcas, Noah, Paul, Barnabas, Aquila and Priscilla, and many others all left amazing legacies of faith, love, and commitment. Demas, Diotrephes, Hymenaeus, Judas, Korah, Cain, Baalam, Ahaz, Urijah, Herod the Great, and Felix are all remembered for their moral and spiritual failures. How will you be remembered? A good Christian lives a godly life, a great Christian leaves a legacy of faith and love. Perhaps one measure of a Christian is what he/she said or did to make a difference in another’s life. What will you leave behind? 1. Make … Continue reading Sharing Yourself