Thanks Living Is Better Than Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 is a well known psalm, probably second only in popularity to Psalm 23. It emphasizes the universal nature of God's kingship and is a benediction to that series of psalms (Psalms 93,95-100) which are devoted to the Lord's kingdom rule during the Millennium. Most of it is a call to praise and thanksgiving. Thanking the Lord, however, is something we must do with our lives as well as with our lips. How shall we do it?
  1. BY SERVING - "Serve the LORD with gladness..." … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Forget God!

"I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old" (Psalm 77:11).
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the most destructive earthquake ever was the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake that struck the Tokyo and Yokohama areas on September 1, 1923. The initial jolt, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, was followed by a 40-foot-high tsunami. About 80 percent of the dwellings in Yokohama and 60 percent of those in Tokyo were destroyed. A total of 142,907 people were killed … Continue Reading ››

Freedom is not Free

"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour" (Romans 13:7, KJV).
On Veterans Day, November 11, let us pause to reflect on the service and sacrifices of all those who have put on the uniform to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. Let us honor our veterans, who proved their heroism and love of country time and time again. More than a million have died in service … Continue Reading ››

What a Privilege to be a Preacher

 
"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" (1 Timothy 1:12).
This Sunday, November 7, 2021, will be 46 years that the Lord has allowed me to serve in full-time Christian ministry. I began as an associate pastor to Dr. John McCall at Faith Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, on November 1, 1975. While the ministry has not been an easy life in many respects, it has certainly been a blessed life. … Continue Reading ››

Remain Focused on the Work!

 
"And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you"? (Nehemiah 6:3).
Nehemiah was cupbearer to Artaxerxes, king of Persia. His heart was deeply troubled upon hearing the news of the sad conditions in Israel. With permission and authority from the king, Nehemiah set out to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and make it a fortified city once again. However, he encountered resistance … Continue Reading ››

Blessings Out of Brokenness

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel" (Psalm 31:12).
Psalm 31 is a song of trust. David, who was in constant danger and trouble, always implicitly trusted in God. This is a very encouraging Psalm as a whole. It speaks of great victories and trust in the Lord. It speaks of God strengthening the heart and preserving the faithful. However, in the middle of this encouraging Psalm, we find some verses that that are not very encouraging. … Continue Reading ››

Getting Back in the Habit of Church Attendance

( NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS COPIED WORD FOR WORD FROM THOM S. RAINER, CHURCH ANSWERS) We are back. I get it. The church never closed. The church is the people, not the building. Someone reminds me of those points daily. But the doors to the church facilities closed. The opportunity to gather for worship in-person closed. A lot has transpired over the past few months. Now it is time to exhort your members to return to in-person gathered worship. Though this statement is not theologically precise, it is time … Continue Reading ››

The Reason We Run Dry

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name" (Psalm 100:4). In her daily devotional book Edges of His Ways, Amy Carmichael wrote, "I believe that if we are to be and to do for others what God means us to be and to do, we must not let adoration and worship slip into second place. For it is the central service asked by God of human souls; and its neglect is responsible for much lack … Continue Reading ››

The Marathon of Faith

THE MARATHON OF FAITH
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).
Most of us are familiar with the great Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11. Hebrews 12:1 is a transition verse, as indicated by the opening word, "wherefore." As chapter 12 begins, the writer quits referring to the faith … Continue Reading ››

My Hope Is in the Lord

I have been in full-time ministry now for almost 46 years, a good while perhaps to some, and just a short time to others. But I can honestly say that I've never seen times quite as difficult as the ones we are living in are right now. Uncertainty seems to be the watchword for these days on this planet. Deadly plagues like COVID-19, devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, civil disturbances, terrorism, health crises, threats of war, financial distress, and so many more problems seem to … Continue Reading ››

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