Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may…read more
1 Timothy 5:22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. The word “hasty” caught my attention the other day. I was watching some brothers and sisters in Christ jump to an individuals aid and start laying on hands and prayer. I know the young man and in agreement of the efforts I joined them and laid hands on them as they prayed. That is when someone asked me; “Pastor, why are you so slow to lay hands…read more
Faith is not a meritorious work. It is never the ground of justification—it is simply the channel through which it is received and it, too, is a gift. — John MacArthur Ever hit something so deep it just puts your mind out of wack? This was it for me last night. Faith is a condition we find ourselves in. Faith is a channel caused by and for the Holy Ghost. I was reading in Romans 3:29-4:6 in preparation for a sermon and these verses just nailed what my brain knew…read more
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5 When all truth on earth has faded and man has let you down. Where else can we look but to our Lord? How often we are left with no trust in ourselves and no trust in strength. That we may become keenly aware of the source of grace and mercy in our lives and the world around us and trust in the faithfulness of the Father.
To pray is nothing more involved than to let Jesus into our needs. To pray is to give Jesus permission to employ His powers in the alleviation of our distress. To pray is to let Jesus glorify His name in the midst of our needs.
As I child we sing “This little light of mine” and we talk about a light that can not be hidden. Then we grow up and our “Christianity” becomes a light we turn on and off. Discovering when it adds to us or subtracts from what we want to accomplish. I don’t think we intend it that way but we can dangerously end up in this very unChristian behavior. Men love darkness rather than light because their hearts are EVIL… I can’t do it. I can’t shut off the light…read more