One of the greatest questions ever asked in response to hearing the Word of God… "What should we do then?" (Luke 3:10) To the believer who is already walking with God: Remember salvation is not turning over a new leaf, it is about living a new life. This affects all areas of your life - spouse, children, parents, work, giving and serving. Don't just talk about the benefits of salvation; live them. To those who are still in need of coming to Jesus - Repent! Turn from your sin and self efforts (Eph. 2:8,9) and trust in Jesus ...
While we don't know much of the details of Jesus's young life, we do have enough information to help us form a healthy personal growth pattern for ourselves. Luke's gospel account shows a natural progression. 2:40 Jesus is called "the child" v.43 "the boy" v.48 "Son" and v.52 "Jesus." Each of these titles shows a specific growth pattern. Luke says, "the child continued to grow…" Growth is natural, the desire to grow is a part of us. The lack of desire to grow, mature and learn shows there is a problem. If an ...
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You may think you have nothing to offer.
Do you know your work matters to God? Yes, and it matters to your employer and your co-workers.
Do you show evidence of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in your daily life? A look back at the disciples before and after photos gives us some things to look for in our own personal lives.
The world cannot know him, but we know him because he indwells us.
You have heard it said, "It's all in your head." Well, it is true. Every battle is first fought in the mind.
It is wonderful God saves us from the penalty of sin and by his victory at Calvary, he frees us from sin's power.
We spend billions of dollars as a nation every year on physical health and fitness.
Oh, my aching tongue! You may never say that unless you bite your tongue. And while biting your tongue is painful and most of us avoid doing it as often as possible, it may be a something we should practice on a much more regular schedule.
"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel."
You have heard it said, "One of these days, your tongue is going to get you in trouble!"
Solomon's humble spirit and request of the Lord resulted in God making him great (2 Chronicles 1:1, 7-12) He stood high above all others and had no peers who could compare. However, while God (and his walk with God) made him great, something happened, something that took this great man down.
What do you do when the bottom falls out from beneath you? I don't know about you, but some people look up, others look around, and yet some jump up. By the end of Solomon's reign he was experiencing a great fall. He never does look up; he never does look around. In fact, he just keeps acting like this isn't really happening. But it did happen and it was Solomon's own fault. And at the risk of being brutally honest, most of the time, when it happens to us, it's our fault, too. Solomon ...
Who's really raising our children? Christian psychologist James Dobson writes, "By the time the average preschooler reaches 14 years of age, he will have witnessed 18,000 murders on TV and countless hours of violence. Time magazine once wrote, the average viewer sees more than 9,000 scenes of suggested sexual intercourse or innuendo on prime time TV in one year. Most of our children have iPods loaded with music (mostly unchecked) that carry the messages of violence, the occult, sadomasochism, rebellion, drug abuse, promiscuity and homosexuality according to the U.S. News and World report. It is estimated ...
The truth is, our problem is not exposure to wisdom, it is putting it into practice that's the hard part. Proverbs chapter one tells us that we not only have access to wisdom, but we often ignore it for various reasons. Verse 22 tells us the naive do this because they love simplicity. The scoffers do it because a scoffer always disagrees with anything that opposes their own ideas. And the fool does it (a fool is not one missing mentality - it is one who misuses their mental ability) because they hate knowledge. I pray we don't find ...
"What?" You know you've done it; we all have. You heard what was said and answered "What?" anyway. The problem is, we do this to God more often than we would like to admit. We hear God speak, but we act like we didn't. Sometimes it isn't so much that we are rejecting what God is saying as maybe who or what he is using to say it. He may use his word, or a child. He may use a friend or a sermon.