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We Are Called to be the Evidence

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"(Matthew 5:16).
A German historian once said to a Christian, "Show me your redeemed life, and I might be inclined to believe in your Redeemer." That's a pretty straightforward approach, isn't it? If I'm trying to tell you how great my doctor is, and I'm dying under his care, you might question his skill. This is something of the principle that's behind what Jesus said … Continue Reading ››

Staying by the Stuff

In I Samuel chapter 30, we find David and his men discouraged by the fact that, while they were away, their wives and children had been taken captive by the Amalekites. We read in verse 8 that David inquired of God if he should pursue after the Amalekites, and God told him to do so. As David and his men began to pursue the enemy, 200 of David's 600 men became so fatigued and faint that they could not continue in the battle, and stayed by … Continue Reading ››

Every Member a Minister

For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened (II Corinthians 8:13).
God never intended that a minority of believers carry the entire burden of the ministry in His churches. God used the apostle Paul to teach the members of the church in Corinth the grace of giving and how they could grow in the spirit of generosity. We can well imagine that some might think, "But what about me? Should I sacrifice alone?" The answer is that God wants all of us to … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Forget to Remember

"I will remember the works of the LORD; surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings" (Psalm 77:11-12).
memorialday250x175Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that is observed each year on the last Monday in May. We set this day aside as a memorial to remember and honor those who have given their lives in the service of our country. We enjoy … Continue Reading ››

You Can’t Take It with You

"He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this also is vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, … Continue Reading ››

The Influence of Godly Mothers

This Sunday, May 13, we pause to honor that special person in our lives whom we lovingly call "Mother." The Bible says of the virtuous woman and mother described in Proverbs 31:10-31, " Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her" (Proverbs 31:28). History records that almost all Christian workers who have been greatly used of God had godly, devoted mothers. It is no accident that God put His hand upon a young man named Timothy, for he grew … Continue Reading ››

The Gospel in a Nutshell

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
One day a teacher was conducting some object lessons for children. He held up a walnut shell and pulled a piece of paper out of it on which was written John 3:16. He then asked the class, "What is this?" A young boy exclaimed, "Why, that is the gospel in a nutshell!" That is a fitting description of that familiar and … Continue Reading ››

Two Kinds of Love

      "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." --Matthew 22:37-40.
"One of the puzzling questions likely to turn up sooner or later to vex the seeking Christian is how he can fulfill the Scriptural command to … Continue Reading ››

Sing Unto the Lord

"Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise" (Psalm 33:1-3). 
Singing has always played an important role in the worship of God. The psalms were sung in the temple, often in the form of antiphonal praise; that is, responses between a soloist and the choir, then between the choir and the … Continue Reading ››

Large Asking

"I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it" (Psalm 81:10).
This verse has often been used wrongly by preachers of the gospel to justify a lack of sermon preparation -- as in, all they have to do is open their mouths and the Lord will give them a message. The true meaning, however, is that if God's people come to Him with great petitions, He will grant them. The God of … Continue Reading ››