On September 23rd, 2017 some great sign was supposed to happen. The stars were suppose to line up and many across the hemisphere were predicting some great thing to occur. Many yelled catastrophe, while others who proclaimed Christianity cried rapture. Apparently it did not happen, or I missed it. I think the latter. What do you think?
The only great thing I did on September 23rd was study the Bible and prepared for the Lord’s day. I worked around the yard and made an offer on a house as...
Text: Matthew 14:14-33
Jesus valued His alone time. As I think about it, when Jesus was alone He was not alone because He was in prayer to His Father.
In our text, tonight we see the same thing…
In my mind’s eye… In my imagination, I often wonder what Jesus was…
Thanking for Father for?
petitioning the Father for?
Seeking of the Father?
What He was talking to the Father about?
It was during a concert that folk singer and songwriter David Wilcox responded to a question from...
The Way God Moves!
Text: Mark 10:46-52
The lesson here in Mark is this:
We may not get the answer we want immediately, but we must keep asking and keep believing. God will answer in His time!
John Wesley, the great Methodist preacher, encountered many times of refusal, and denial, during his early years in the ministry. He logged a few of these instances in his diary:
Sunday A.M., May 5: Preached in St. Anne’s. Asked not to come back.
Sunday P.M., May 5: Preached in St. John’s...
The one thing I like about Nehemiah is that He did not allow his comfortable position in life as the…
To the most powerful man at the time to nullify and to void his concerns for his country.
As we talked about last week, Nehemiah had talked to some that had just come back from Jerusalem only to find the walls down and his countrymen unprotected and the Scriptures tells us that his heart broke for them.
Nehemiah 1:4 tells you and I that that he…
Nehemiah 1:4 “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven”
God has chosen to move through our prayers to accomplish things that would not have happened through any other means.
As we seek God’s presence, He gives us light for the direction ahead and makes his ultimate purpose known for us.
Many Christians struggle with spending time in prayer because they have been taught and...
I am reminded from time to time how great a blessing we have in our bible. Paul wrote to Timothy to remind him that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16
R.C. Foster wrote this about Jesus in his book STUDIES IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST…
“The life of Jesus of Nazareth is so deeply...
I must admit that I have been hurt in the church and I have been hurt bad enough in times past that I have thought about not going anymore. It was when I studied God’s plan for the ages I have come to realize that it is this collective of believers in this local assembly that I go to is how God…
So, how come so many people will ignore the church and have no desire to go to church. I think I have the answers? Well at least a partial list.
I have been hurt
In Mark 6 Jesus sent his disciples out on a short-term mission trip in which they were to preach the gospel, cast out demons, and heal the sick.
When they returned, they enthusiastically told Jesus all that had happened on their little expedition into ministry.
I can imagine what it was like for them; you usually come back from such ministry events on cloud nine, exhilarated and more motivated than ever.
What did Jesus say to them?
He didn’t say, “Not bad let’s take things up a...
Recently I came across this quote and it gave me pause and I considered what I desire to be for the Lord.
“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” Carl Sandburg
I don’t know much about Carl Sandburg, besides that he is a poet, but I sure do like this quote.
He may not have known it, but he was describing not only the Christian life but I am afraid he was describing me. In everyone who knows Christ, we have...
This morning I am thinking about the discipline that is in or maybe the discipline that is not there in our life.
The motivational speaker, Jim Rohn said, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces — regret weighs tons.“
Rohn’s quote grabs our attention because many of our regrets stem from lack of discipline:
If only I had been more diligent.
If only I had been more consistent.
If only I had been more...