The fact of needing rain is not a news flash to most people; especially to those who have farms and gardens or those who like green lawns.
Jonah perhaps serves as the greatest example to be found of one who tried to "run from God."
The scripture teaches us that every one of us is destined to die and then face the judgment of God.
With our physical bodies we realize they need care. When we become dirty we wash, if we are injured or sick we seek medical attention to take care of the problem.
This next Sunday Christians around the world will be celebrating one of the greatest events of history that relates to our faith: the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is April and for those of us who are Christians this is a very important time in the church calendar. Lent is almost over. Holy week has begun and soon we will celebrate Easter. Easter is that time when we remember the one thing that set our faith far above all others religions. Christians have a risen savior who is the son of the living God. Luke 24: 1- 12 records the event as follows:
This next Sunday we celebrate what is traditionally known as Palm Sunday. This commemorates the time in scripture where just a few days before Christ's crucifixion he was seen riding a donkey through Jerusalem with the crowds wanting to crown him as king. Many threw their outer garments and palm branches on the ground in front of him signifying their willingness to submit to his authority and to acknowledge him as their leader ...
Last week we talked about the importance of words. We need to be aware of how we use words. They are both able to build up and to tear down.
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
II Corinthians 5:14, 15: "For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."
How important are our words? They can change a bad day into a good one, make one who is sad smile, but they can break up families, keep lost ones from the truth and destroy friendships, so really they can change the course of our lives. It is important that we are careful with our words. Here is where difficulties arise. James had some good advice on the subject of ...
I am a college basketball fan so this time of year known as "March madness" is a favorite time for me.
God has always had a plan for mankind. When He created the earth he did so in such a fashion that the world was ready for man to inhabit. Later when man sinned God had a plan to save man.
This past Sunday we showed the movie, "Facing the giants." In preparation for this movie we had to hook up the DVD player and run it through the LCD projector which should have been a simple task. We could get the sound but no picture thinking the whole time that we had everything hooked up right.
The place where I live has a whole bunch of trees in the yard. When we first moved in we had satellite television installed but a couple of years ago the experts said that we could no longer get a signal because of too many tree branches in the way (it's a miracle that we ever did receive a signal). The trees have also caused some problems. I planted some small citrus trees ...
There are so many ways one can misuse the tongue. Cursing, tale bearing, gossip, boasting and lying are just a few ways that words can be misused. Cursing in our day seems to have become a way of life for so many. It is as if some people could not talk unless they used a curse word in their speech.
"Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you. Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do. Live in peace with each other." - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NCV)
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11
Recently, my wife and I went on a short trip to the mountains. We happened to be there over a Sunday, so we went to a church close to the motel.
When I was young, my mother read to me often. As I grew, the books were placed in my hands so that I could read them.
The book of Acts tells how the people in the first century obeyed the Gospel.
The other day, I went to one of my grandson's football game. Like most sporting events, the fans - in this case, mostly parents - were yelling words of encouragement as well as instructions to the referees.
Every Sunday morning in our church, we have a time that we call, "Children's Time." The boys and girls from about ages 3-8 come forward and gather around me while I tell them a Bible story, and try to apply it to their lives.
God has blessed Christians with so many things.
The ability to command spirits is given to the believer by the power of God, exercised only through the Holy Spirit.
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14
In 1 John 5:14-15, we read, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him."
Did you hear about the man who decided that he wanted to become the smartest man in the world?
The soul of man will live somewhere in eternity, either in a place of life or of death (Matthew 25:46). God has been clear in his word that his desire is for all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
They may not be playing in The Masters, but they are playing for a worthy cause.