Work Out Your Salvation!

What does it mean to work out your salvation? What it doesn’t mean is to gain your salvation! Let’s take a closer look… Paul writes… So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and …

What is Self-Control?

I left off yesterday with Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:23-27, where he tells us to exercise self-control in all things so that we can win the race. Instead of lacking self-control by being with bad company, maybe we should let them see and hear that we are truly Christians. Paul compares exercising self-control to …

Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals

I don’t know about you, but I always wondered about these words. Evidently Paul is quoting an old proverb… I am going to start a brief series on Self-Control, but before I get to it, I need to build up to it. Paul tells the church at Corinth to stop sinning! Yes, you read that …

The Death and Raising of Lazarus

The late R.C. Sproul teaches us through the death and raising of Lazarus in the gospel of John. John 11:1-44. So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.” He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” Holy Spirit, living Breath of GodBreathe new life into my willing soul.Bring the presence of …

The Providence of God

My wife and I have traveled to Rhode Island many times in the past going through the city of Providence. I have to tell you every year that we traveled through Providence, I would think of the Providence of God, how can you not! When does the word Providence ever come up in our daily …

It’s Probably a Duck!

I was reading in James to get a scripture reference the other day for a post I wrote earlier this week. It really made me think! It was James 1:27, where James tells his readers two things… …to visit orphans and widows in their distress, …and to keep oneself unstained by the world. I get …

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The idea behind this expression has been around for thousands of years and quoted by too many people to mention. It also has a few meanings behind it. But generally it means “the better we know someone, the more likely we are to find fault with them.” Most often you find this attitude within your …

What is the Church Anyway?

I was talking with my wife after she got home from work yesterday, we were talking about our Church and Church family. We were saying to each other how we really miss meeting together and seeing all their beautiful faces. What about you, do you miss your Church? Regardless what community you are living in, …

Marinating in the Word of God

I was thinking about those steaks I spoke of in yesterdays post. I mentioned that I let them marinate with olive oil and salt. I couldn’t help but think that’s what the word of God does to us, it gets deep into our beings. When the richness of God’s word is always on our minds …

Are You A Salty Christian?

As I read my morning devotions I continue to pick out verses in Matthew to look at for future use. I find myself thinking about Jesus’ words in the sermon on the mount. He just finished with the beatitudes. He says. “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, …