When Times are Tough, Get Tougher

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3 We are now in the sixth month of the COVID-19 virus here in the state of Georgia, as with the rest of the world.  Life is much different than it was prior to the pandemic, and I believe it will not go back to the old normal, but we shall begin to live in a new normal.  Many have been placed on furlough by their employers, and I fear many will not be able to go back.  A friend Read more [...]

Soar on wings like Eagles

"Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31 What a time we find ourselves in.  A pandemic arises from China that has pretty much shut down the world economies and caused the deaths, as of today, of over One Hundred Sixty Five Thousand people.  Most countries, including the United States, have country-wide shut downs, also called quarantines that prevent Read more [...]

Truly Being a Disciple

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." Matthew 16:24 True Christianity is far more than most people imagine.  Many believe that if you have gone forward to the alter at church, state you want to be a Christian; then afterwards pray before every meal, read the Bible as recommended, and say the right things, then you are a Christian.  Now, I am not here to judge anyone, for I cannot read your heart, however, Read more [...]

Ideas from the Jesus People

"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near."  Hebrews 10:24-25 Recently I have been thinking about the 60's and 70's; specifically regarding what is now known as the Jesus People movement.  I then started reading a book titled, "The Jesus People - Old-Time Religion in the Age of Aquarius" written by Ronald Enroth, Edward Read more [...]

Stand Strong in these Days

"But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron," 1 Timothy 4:1-2 I believe that we are in the last days prior to the return of Jesus the Christ.  So much evil in this world and it is only going deeper into the darkness.  We see many countries with terribly evil leadership who care nothing about the citizens Read more [...]

Transform Not Conform

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2 What is happening to much of the church today?  It seems we are leaving the teachings scripture and bowing to the desires of the world.  And the main reason I believe this is happening is due to church leadership fearing people will leave, and thus are teaching what they believe will keep their members Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Thinking of Others – Strangers and those in Need

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part four of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count strangers and those in need more significant than ourselves”.  There are many more strangers around us then there are friends and family.  This is an obvious truth.  And I am also sure there are many people within our reach that are hurting Read more [...]