Keep the Body in Unity

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."  Eph 4:31-32 Paul is telling the Church in Corinth that it was necessary that they be in unity, not having any anger, slander or outcries within the church.  In the beginning of this chapter, Paul explains it a different way in verses 1-6 of the same chapter.  "Therefore I, the Read more [...]

God knows

"Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose, calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."  Isa Read more [...]

Not all who profess are

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Rom 12:2 I want to start this out by saying we do not have the authority to say if a person is saved or not.  We cannot see what is in the heart of another.  However, we have been told to judge the fruits of those who declare themselves to be a part of the Church.  Paul lays this out clearly in his letter to Titus Read more [...]

Be Bold and Uncompromising

"But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20 Some of you know that every other Saturday night my wife and I meet with two other couples for Bible study at the Cobb Pregnancy Resource Center in Kennesaw, GA .  We go verse by verse through difference books and we are currently going through the Book of Acts.  Three of us take turns teaching Read more [...]

Stand Firm

"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1 Cor 15:58 This post will be shorter than most, however, it needs to be said.  First, let me present a quote that I saw on the internet that I believe is worth sharing.  "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority."  Booker T. Washington.  This is an incredibly Read more [...]

Go out to where they are

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23 Here Jesus tells the story of a man who once gave a great banquet and invited many people to attend.  After everything was ready, he sent his servant to tell those he had invited that the banquet was  set and they should come and enjoy.  However, everyone of them had an excuse as to why they could not come.  So the master sent his servant into the Read more [...]

Go out into all the World

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled."  Luk 14:23 Last week as I was preparing for my temporary move to Evansville IN, I was watching Fox and Friends and they were filming from the last open Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon.  Kevin McCarthy, a regular movie critic on the Fox morning show was playing the part of an employee helping customers.  It brought back lots of memories of going to our Read more [...]

Genuine Love

"'And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.""  Mat 22:37-40. Love is the foundation of the Christian life.  First of course we are to love God with all we are.  Mar 12:30 says "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with Read more [...]

Lead them to Believe

Recently I was teaching some friends from the book of Romans chapter 1  When I got to verse 5, someone asked a very intriguing question.  At first the answer seemed pretty obvious but as I thought about it, I knew I had to be careful.  The question was, "If we are talking to an unbeliever and we bring up verses that condemn behaviors they indulge in, are we judging them or is the Bible?" This ignited a very robust discussion.  I listened intently and was praying for wisdom at the same time. Read more [...]

As though you were there too

"Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body."  Heb 13:3 I had the opportunity this past weekend along with my wife to attend a one day conference in South Carolina put on by the great organization Voice of the Martyrs.  It was an incredible time to hear stories from people who have suffered for their faith and service to God while sharing the gospel to those who need to hear it.  One lady, Gracia Burnham was Read more [...]