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 ››

The Value of Work

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday of September, and it celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers. The Central Labor Union of New York City observed the first Labor Day in 1882. Laboring men and women took the day off to march through the city streets in parades and then gather in parks for picnics. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day. In 1956, the United States Post Office … Continue Reading ››

What Jesus Saw

"And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following..." (John 1:37-38b). Seven times it is recorded in the Gospel of John that the Lord Jesus Christ "saw" something which caused Him to act. First, in the verse referenced above, Jesus saw two of John the Baptist's disciples and invited them to come home with Him. As a result, their lives were changed forever, and they brought others to Jesus! Second, "Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him..." (John 1:47a). Jesus … Continue Reading ››

Amazing Grace!

"But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20b).
The biography of John Newton is one of the most well-known in church history. It is the story of how God transformed a blasphemous sailor and slave trader into a godly pastor and influential abolitionist. John Newton is the author of the most famous hymn ever written in the English language - "Amazing Grace." The lyrics tell of a sinner who was once lost, blind, and wretched before being found and rescued through no effort or … Continue Reading ››

Let Your Light So Shine Before Men

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).
D. L. Moody told the story of a man who was crossing the Atlantic by ship. He was terribly seasick and confined to his cabin. One night he heard the cry, "Man overboard!" He felt that there was nothing he could do to help, but then said to himself, "I can at least put my lantern in the porthole." He struggled to … Continue Reading ››

What Defines a Christian?

There are many people today who think that just because they go to church, or were baptized as an infant, or were raised by godly parents, that it earns them the title of "Christian." But what does the Word of God say? The word "Christian" only appears three times in the Bible. Those three times help us to define what a Christian is from God's perspective. Being a Christian involves:
  1.  A CERTAIN DEMONSTRATION - Acts 11:26b
"And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts … Continue Reading ››

A New Perspective

A very wise person once said, "It is more important to ask the right question than to discover the right answers." Peter asked a familiar question in Matthew 19:27 - "Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?" Many Christians today are still asking the question, "What will I get out of this? What's in it for me?" Many church members, when asked to serve in the local church in some capacity or … Continue Reading ››

Praise the Lord

The triumphant nations went wild with joy at the defeat of Germany. The noise of drums, horns, and other things was deafening. The sights were indescribable. It was V Day. Psalm 33 sends out a clarion call to go wild with joy, the joy of 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 … Continue Reading ››

Genuine Freedom

     "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"(John 8:32).
As we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, I am reminded that there is a greater liberty than that which we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. I am speaking, of course, of the liberty we enjoy as believers in Jesus Christ. Spiritual freedom from sin can be viewed in three distinct ways. First, when we believe upon Christ as our … Continue Reading ››

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