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Need help raising children?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:24:47 +0000

1.Begin regular spiritual training now and continue through all their developing years (Proverbs 22:6). 2.Clearly demonstrate to them at all times that God is the most important thing in your life, by never allowing other things to interfere with the worship and work of the Lord (Matthew 6:33). 3.Let their early memories include daily readings […]



Maybe you ought to just stay put for awhile

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:33:04 +0000

YOU CAN BE sure the process of relinquishment and preparation in life can get confusing at times… Moses tried to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt but things suddenly took a turn toward disaster. He and the Israelites ended up at the shore of the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army hot on their […]



If I were choosing things to put on display for all the world to see, what would I select?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:21:52 +0000

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” […]



God’s training ground

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:32:49 +0000

THE WASTELAND IS God’s training ground…  …There are half a dozen different things God does to the person going through the wasteland.  While there, you usually just spin your wheels.  It’s so discouraging.  You feel like God’s not hearing your prayers, He’s not letting you break through.  And the truth of it is, He is […]



It can kill or make alive

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:22:39 +0000

JERRY KRAMER, AN offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, played on championship teams for legendary coach Vince Lombardi…   Kramer recalled the following story from his days of playing for Lombardi:   “One day during the first year I play for him, he rode me unmercifully, pointing out how slow I was, how weak […]



Apostates come from homes where religion is emphasized less overall than non-apostates.

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:59:08 +0000

RELIGION BEGINS IN the home… That’s where we are first able to come into contact with God and where the religious seed is often first planted. Certainly many, many people come to the Lord who weren’t raised in a religious household. However, when compared with those “raised religious,” the latter are less likely to fall […]



WHAT’S ON THE OTHER SIDE?

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:45:21 +0000

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room. He said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. I need to know what to expect when I go to heaven. Please tell me what lies on the other side.” The doctor wanted to offer comfort to his patient, but […]



The Titanic’s Deck Chairs

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:53:56 +0000

Within the early hours of April 15, 1912, the Titanic slid below the icy waves of the North Atlantic. Two hours and forty minutes earlier a deadly iceberg had sliced along the hull. Let’s wind the clock back on that fateful night to about 9 p.m. As the ship’s clocks tolled nine and lights flickered […]



DiscipleSHIFT

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:53:22 +0000

No, it’s not a typo.  I meant to type “discipleshift” rather than “discipleship.”  The reason for the “shift” is to bring to our attention some “shifts” in our thinking and conduct that may need to be made in order to conform ourselves more perfectly to the will of God. When we view discipleship as just […]



Searching for Widow Jones’ farm

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:12:49 +0000

No Big Secret I heard recently about a “big city” boy who was preaching in a small country town. He wanted to learn everything “country” so that I could fit in. As he was searching for Widow Jones’ farm, he got lost on the back roads. He saw a farmer walking into his barn so […]



DO NOT Commit Random Acts of Kindness

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:36:14 +0000

A while back a bumper sticker read: “Commit Random Acts of Kindness” The Bumper sticker is wrong. Christians are called to a way of life; not random acts, but habitual practice. We are called to practice that which reflects God’s own character and righteousness. It is said, “Justice is one side of the coin of […]



Man despises cause and effect, but there have always been consequences for sin

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:27:13 +0000

God uses everything to accomplish his will. He planted seeds in the Old Testament so the New Covenant would be easier to understand. As Christians, we pursue the threads in Scripture to gain a deeper understanding of God’s plan and the doctrines that pertain to us. In Genesis 6, we find rampant sin upon the […]



Are you unprepared?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:13:53 +0000

Unwilling to Prepare Many people at the judgment will say to the Lord, “I’ve been a good person.” Many have never been guilty of what they consider to be serious positive transgressions of God’s commands. They think they should be admitted to heaven solely on the basis of their conduct. In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees […]



She was cool, attractive, quick on her feet

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:20:28 +0000

Venting “A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11, ESV.). Back when I was doing undergraduate studies (this goes back some time), I was working at a local television station. I took news off the “wire,” composed it to the teleprompter so it could be […]



The graveyard is full of people that had plans for tomorrow.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:46:29 +0000

READY TO VANISH AWAY An older lady was in the hospital reading her Bible when her doctor came in for his visit.   She asked him how she was doing. He told her to read Hebrews 13:8, which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”, meaning she was about the same. However, she […]



Jesus Christ

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:05:17 +0000

JESUS WAS NEITHER a salesman nor a manipulator… He was not trying to convince anyone to do anything.  Instead, Jesus focused on illuminating the truth about issues, events, questions, and concerns. His words made it possible for his listeners to see the truth. But what they did with that understanding was their choice. Of course, […]



THE POWER OF one…

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:04:44 +0000

One Samaritan woman told the men in her city about the Christ.   One man, Noah, built a boat that saved the human race.   One man, Moses, stood up to Pharaoh and delivered the Hebrews from Egypt.   One woman, Deborah, delivered Israel from the Canaanite oppression.   One man, David, defeated the Philistines […]



Those of you who came here today to worship Henry Ward Beecher are excused at this time

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:13:02 +0000

Why Are You Here? Henry Ward Beecher was a renowned 19th century preacher.  He actually achieved “celebrity status” in his day.  People would flock to hear him preach when he came to their community.  On one occasion in Brooklyn, NY, many curiosity seekers arrived at Plymouth Church to hear the famous Henry Ward Beecher speak.  […]



She’s ‘Bananas’

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:48:26 +0000

Seems we preachers are always looking for illustrative material to use to help accent a point. Well, here’s one I found with respect to labeling and judging: A lady was being admitted to the hospital, and as the procedure goes, she was asked if she was allergic to anything. They needed to know so they […]



“Reciprocation”

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:33:24 +0000

To reciprocate means  to “give in return,” to “respond,” to “give back,”  or, to “reply.”  In the context of Biblical love (agape love), reciprocation is a necessity else genuine love does not exist in the relationship.  For example:  A man may genuinely love a woman, but if the woman does not “reciprocate” that love, the […]