"Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it" (John 2:5b).
At the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, the mother of Jesus spoke to servants in the words of this text. What they did, they were doing for Jesus. Today the Lord calls on all believers to serve for Him and His kingdom. In the words of four other Bible texts we will see the method, the motive, the means, and the manner of service for Jesus Christ.
1. THE METHOD OF SERVICE
"But be ye doers of the … Continue Reading ››
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3).
With so much bad and depressing news happening in our world, how about a little good news, dear Christian? Ready?
Our sins are forgiven. God is our Father. Jesus is our Friend. The Holy Spirit is our ever-present Comforter and Teacher. The Word of God is our guide. The family of God is our kin. The past with its sin is … Continue Reading ››
"The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts" (Psalm 10:4).
This verse reflects the state of the natural man, or the man apart from Jesus Christ. He will not seek after God. He will not call upon God nor inquire of Him as to what is right or what is wrong, but will do what seems right in his own eyes. The root cause of this attitude of neglecting the Person and the will … Continue Reading ››
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20).
God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself (v. 19), and Christ is in believers continuing this work of reconciliation. Consider the following thoughts and suggestions which grow out of this subject and text:
1. THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST COMFORTS US
Once we receive Christ and confess Him as our Savior and Lord, we are then ready to … Continue Reading ››
Many years ago now, a sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was too crowded. When the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Russell H. Conwell, asked her why she was crying, she replied that they could not let her into the Sunday School because there was no more room. He said that he would take her in, and he did so, telling her that one day they should have a room big enough … Continue Reading ››
The Faith Promise Offering for missions is a method of giving with a biblical basis. Chapters 8, 9, and 10 of 2 Corinthians is where we find the scriptural concepts upon which we base this practice. In a nutshell, the Faith Promise Offering for missions is the amount each church member promises to give by faith above his or her tithe during the coming year.
It's been said that the Gospel is like water stored deep in the ground. It's free, but it takes money to … Continue Reading ››
In the book of Luke, there is an interesting passage of Scripture telling us about a master who went away and what he expected of his servants in his absence.
He [Jesus] said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. (Luke 19:12-13).
"Occupy" is a word we use a little differently today from the way it was … Continue Reading ››
"I thank my God...For your fellowship [partnership] in the gospel from the first day until now" (Philippians 1:3a, 5).
William Carey, the great missionary to India, said to a body of people, "I will go down if you will hold the ropes." It's a great thought. It's a great mental picture. "I will go into the places where you will never go, but you must hold the ropes. I'll go down into the caves if you'll hold on. I'll go as long as you're here holding … Continue Reading ››
by Oswald Chambers
When it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me… —Galatians 1:15-16
The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me and is an expression of my nature. … Continue Reading ››
Well known pastor and author Charles Swindoll
wrote the following in his book, Embraced by the Spirit: The Untold Blessings of Intimacy with God
What It Means to "Be Filled"
I don’t know of a more important verse in the New Testament for the Christian than Ephesians 5:18
—honest, no exaggeration. This verse tells the believer how to live an authentic, empowered life: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
It begins with a negative … Continue Reading ››