Why should anyone go to church to hear some guy stand up and spit, sputter, and spout?
1Cor 1:21 “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
Preaching sounds like nonsense to the lost or unspiritual mind….at first. Then as the lost person is affected by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, the pieces begin to come together and he sees Jesus as the one and only Savior. Even a saved, but unsurrendered person, can turn a deaf ear to the preaching that has the power to transform a life…at first. Then as the icy heart is warmed by the sweet Holy Spirit, that worldly Christian can be brought closer to the Heavenly Father’s bosom. Why, even the sold-out Christian who walks daily with the Lord is enriched and edified when he sits under the sound of the Word of God that continually builds, bonds, and beautifies the believer before God.
Go to church and give preaching a chance.
Php 2:19 “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. 22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.”
Two things are evident in this passage. 1) Paul and Timothy both loved this church. 2) That kind of love for the church was scarce.
Jesus said that one characteristic of the last days the love many would “wax cold.” Love of self is promoted by self-help authors, psychology, music, advertisements, culture in general, and yes…even the church that so desparately NEEDS to be loved by others. Churches are languishing and seems to be unable to rescue itself. Love your church!
Question: which God do you believe in? The one described in the Bible…or the one perhaps created by you in your mind?
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created BY him, and FOR him:
The above verse declares God to be the Creator of all things and that all things were created FOR Him. That means I must let His revealed Word control what I believe and what my activities include.
I dare say most unbelievers, and perhaps the majority of professing Christians, have created God in their own image rather than completely receiving Him as THEIR creator.
Marriage is often misunderstood by those married to each other.
I just ran across a quote by Adrian Rogers that caught my attention, made me smile, and sharpened my understanding. Read this and see if it might be of help some time:
"One psychologist said that some people come to marriage, they look upon marriage the same way a tick looks upon a dog. He looks at that dog for what he can get out of him. And that’s the way they come to marriage. The only difference is in marriage they are two ticks and no dog. And it just doesn’t work. Doesn’t work. My dear friend, you come to a marriage not for what you can get but for what you can give. It is more blessed to give than it is to receive. But when you begin to give, then suddenly you discover your blessed. You discover that joy. You discover that happiness." Adrian Rogers.
Since our lives are “read” by those around us, what exactly should your life say?
2Cor 3:2 “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men”(KJV)
We all know that our lives speak, not just with words, but with actions, attitudes, expressions, body language, habits, etc.
We biblicists take a firm stand on the Word of God and are perhaps misunderstood by the world and even by other Christians at times. It is clear from news reports, books, social media, and everyday encounters that Christians are seen by many as judgmental, gossipy, critical, and mean. Many of those who say that about us are themselves guilty of the very things they about us as they launch their tirade.
What can we do to have our message from the Bible heard?
As witnesses, we cannot settle for a lifestyle evangelism that has no verbal message to clarify the gospel. As Bible believers, it is not an option to be silent on issues, compromise with sin and pretend that it doesn’t exist. Our calling is not to be popular but we do need to have a testimony that will allow us to be credible enough to be heard. We are to be salt and light to our culture, so here’s the question. Are there things we can do to make us more effective in our churches and in our personal lives to reach out to others without going down the compromising, contemporary path that has absorbed way too many servants of the Lord?
Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (KJV)
I have modified my diet recently in order to try to enhance my health—once again. Cutting out most refined sugar and flour from my diet will hopefully fine tune my almost perfect body. Actually, as we get a little older, we sometimes have to make adjustments in the food type intake that was not necessary before, so here we go with the experiment. Health professionals would applaud at least this little step as a positive one.
What about spiritual nutrition? Seems to me that a broad segment of Christian culture is neglecting a lot of spiritual intake and poisoning themselves with the sugary fluff of the world. Why would they do it? Same reason we do it with physical food—our taste buds are accustomed to the empty desserts, heavy fats, and tasty trash that induces sluggishness. When people get used to that tantalizing flavor that the world offers to the senses, it becomes addictive and spoils the flavor of the godly spiritual food that we should actually savor. I mean, when you’re used to fudge and ice cream, who wants green peas? Who wants Bible preaching when you are on diet of Joel Osteen serving you big helping of Bavarian creme positivism? (Did I just mention a name? Gasp!)
My taste buds are changing already in just a week and now, my yogurt and fresh peaches are tasting as good as apple cobbler with that cinnamon and sugar melted on top of that buttery white flour crust—well, almost! Now the same thing can happen with spiritual food. When we stay on the diet of spiritual meat for a while, that frosty, fluffy, sweet meringue of the worldly, unspiritual, unscriptural, entanglements of the devil’s temptations lose their hold on us. Our spiritual taste buds can certainly be tuned if we’re willing to give the Lord an opportunity to change our desires. It’s the first step of commitment that makes it possible to start the trek to spiritual—or physical—good health.
Being a kid, dumb and all, I tried whittling wood by drawing the knife blade toward me. Several cuts and bandages later, Dad told me to whittle with the blade pointing away from me and then if it should slip, I wouldn’t cut myself. Well, I’ve been in the ministry for over three decades now trying to help people learn to turn the knife around. Funny thing though. I’ve noticed that a lot of people think they can keep whittling toward themselves and not get cut again. Seems to me like the blood is running a little low. But I guess they are confident that sooner or later their way will pan out okay.
Pr 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”
3John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
The aged Apostle John was speaking about those he had brought to the Lord and taught. What joy he must have felt in his heart as he saw them steadfastly honoring their Lord by staying anchored in the truth of the Word of God.
A sense of satisfaction and encouragement belongs to the pastor or Christian worker who can gaze upon those he’s had the privilege to teach, and witness their growth and commitment to the Lord.
Gen 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
“Mankind is overrated anyway” Gabriel says in a post on ABC News affirming that man ought to be more concerned with banning plastic bags than rescuing mankind itself. That comment perfectly illustrates what I said about California’s new law and the majority of modern culture’s way of thinking. Mankind must give way to animals, dirt, weeds, and “Mother Earth”. That is the crazy downward spiral of the poisonous pollution of today’s “education” system. We are taught that man is not important like the rest of the universe. Would you like to be the first to volunteer your spot in life to some other organism? Mankind is the crowning touch of God’s creation, not the animal or plant kingdom or the elements of the universe. It’s time for common sense to be re-invented.