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 5, 2017, will be 42 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 ››

Four Reminders about Our Worship

"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 29:2). "O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together" (Psalm 34:3). "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker" (Psalm 95:6).
The following thoughts come from a video series by Dr. David Jeremiah entitled, "Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven." His  message, "Worship in Heaven," included four points which are extremely practical and relevant to us today. … Continue Reading ››

We Live on a Broken Planet

Because the creature [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now (Romans 8:21-22, KJV).
Tragedies such as the Las Vegas massacre refocus the issue of evil in a very striking way. If God is loving and good, why does He allow such horrendous acts of evil to take place? Why doesn't He stop or prevent such acts of wickedness? … 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 42 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 they are right now. Uncertainty seems to be the watchword for these days we are living in. Devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, civil disturbances, terrorism, health crises, threats of war, and so many more problems seem to be an almost daily occurrence. It looks like the times … 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 ››

God Is Our Hope and Our Help

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
This verse is rich in positive statements about the person and power of the God of this universe for every soul. Notice three things that should give comfort to the heart of every believer and inspire courage and confidence. 1. THE PROTECTION OF GOD IS PROMISED "God is our refuge." The place of safety and security is found in the loving care of God, Who has promised to be with His own (Isaiah 43:2), … Continue Reading ››

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