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:
- A CERTAIN DEMONSTRATION - Acts 11:26b
"And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts … Continue Reading ››
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 ››
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 ››
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance" (Psalm 33:12).
In spite of what some history revisionists are propagating today, there is overwhelming historical evidence that commitment to Christ and biblical Christianity were the driving forces behind the founding of the United States of America. Consider the following facts which are only a fraction of the evidence that could be presented.
- In 1607, when the first permanent English-speaking settlers in America landed on the … Continue Reading ››
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Ephesians 3:21).
The last verse in our present chapter gives to GOD the glory by CHRIST the Son, in the church. Paul was jealous for JESUS. Paul wanted all honor and glory to be directed to the Lord JESUS CHRIST. He did not crave nor accept praise from men for himself. To GOD be the glory . . . He is worthy; and Paul said, "I count all things … Continue Reading ››
"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
What can we do to protect our children? Remember this - "More is caught than taught." The home is the schoolhouse of life. Studies have proven that the home produces 80% or more of the influences - good or bad - that will mold the life of a child. This is precisely why we must, as Christian parents, increase our involvement to influence … Continue Reading ››
When Jesus was transfigured on the Holy Mountain, "...there talked with two men, which were Moses and Elijah" (Luke 9:30). Moses represents the Law and Elijah represents the prophets. What did they talk about? Scripture gives us the answer: they communed about the Cross (v. 31).
When Peter suggested paying homage to Moses, Elijah, and Jesus (v. 33), it seems God wasn't too interested with the proposal. He spoke from heaven, telling the disciples to listen to Jesus (vv. 34-35). Then Moses and Elijah disappeared, and … Continue Reading ››
"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).
After preaching about Heaven one night, a certain minister put this question to his congregation, "How many want to go to Heaven? If you do, stand right where you are." Without any hesitation, everyone in the auditorium jumped to his feet. The preacher then said, "And how many of you want to go right now?" Stunned by the thought of such an immediate departure, they all quickly settled back into their seats. … Continue Reading ››
Every Memorial Day, we as a nation remember those who have died in the service of their country. In the United States of America, a place where such remembrances carry an emotional and profound significance is Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, DC. This famous national cemetery is a serious place where, due to the passing of aging war veterans and the ongoing fighting around the world, there are currently about 27 to 30 military funerals every day, Monday through Friday, and 6 to 8 services … Continue Reading ››
"Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity" (Job 31:6).
Webster's simple definition of integrity is: "(1) the quality of being honest and fair, (2) the state of being complete or whole." The Bible's definition of integrity is "moral soundness." I think you would agree with me that integrity seems to be lacking today in virtually every area of our society - in politics, business, and even in religion.
Two men surveyed thousands of people and performed hundreds of case studies … Continue Reading ››