Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:25
Why is attending a local church so important? Can't a Christian just worship God in the comfort of his own home, out in the woods, or on the lake? Why is it important for a Christian to assemble with other believers for regular times of worship?
- Because church is like a family reunion. The Bible … Continue Reading ››
"As we draw close to our nation's national elections on November 3, it seems prudent to me for Christians to get on their faces before God in prayer. Specifically, we need to pray for our national leaders and for the process of selecting them.
"Leadership is a major factor in everything at all levels of our society. Success or failure is not incidental or accidental. If there is success, someone can always be credited. If there is failure, you can … Continue Reading ››
"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 ››
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3)
America is unique in her Christian origin and way of life ever since the Mayflower landed in 1620. The very purpose of the Pilgrims was to establish a government based on the Bible. The New England Charter, signed by King James I, confirmed this goal: "...to advance the enlargement of the Christian religion, to the glory of God Almighty..."
Daniel Webster wrote, "Lastly, our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. … Continue Reading ››
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (II Timothy 3:16).
While visiting in the hospital recently, a dear lady remarked to me, "I've been reading my Bible, and it's amazing to me how it answers the questions of life." Most people who get around to reading the Bible for themselves are amazed to discover how many questions it answers. Someone has said, "The B-I-B-L-E stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth." Beyond … 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 ››
Strategic prayer for missionaries involves an understanding of their life and work. The Scriptures draw our attention to numerous aspects of the needs and struggles missionaries consistently face. The apostle Paul himself made reference on multiple occasions to his overwhelming need for the prayers of others. Consider Paul' s A to F prayer requests:
- ACCEPTANCE by co-workers (other believers) - "[T]hat my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints" (Romans 15:31b).
- BOLDNESS in witnessing - "And for me, that utterance … Continue Reading ››
"If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there shall it be. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap" (Ecclesiastes 11:3-4).
Farming has never been easy work, and this was especially true in ancient Israel. The Jews were faced with tilling a very hard, rocky soil. In addition, no one can predict … Continue Reading ››
"And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me" (Mark 14:6).
In Mark 14, Jesus is on His way to Calvary. As He is in Bethany, in the home of Simon the leper, a woman expresses the depths of her love for our Lord by a costly sacrifice. We know from John 12 that the woman's name is Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. She broke an alabaster box of costly ointment and anointed the head … Continue Reading ››
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
In his 1967 book, The Tyranny of the Urgent, author Charles Hummel taught his Christian readers to navigate the constant tension between the urgent and the important. He stressed the fact that the urgent things in daily life tend to crowd out the important things and that, while everything may be "urgent," not everything is "important." Would you agree with that?
Quite often we find … Continue Reading ››