May 30, 2018

standing on the promises...

We living in a fallen world, surrounded by fallen people, and fight our fallen nature.  No wonder it is often easy to follow the crowd even when we are walking a path we know it is not good for us. The culture tells us it is good to indulge in anything and everything we want. However, as Christians we are called to live differently.  Living differently can bring ridicule from people around us. It will likely bring criticism.  Being different is uncomfortable and challenging.

Brothers and sisters, as Christians, our citizenship is in heaven!  The Apostle Peter says this way, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”  (1 Peter 2:11-12).

So, as “temporary residents and foreigners” in this world, let each of live as such.  Let us stand up and follow Christ!  Let us know is Word and live out its truth in our lives.  Let our lives make an impact on the lives of our friends, our family members, our community, and our world!

April 25, 2018

As far as the curse is found!

“Go and preach.  Go and tell.  Teach the good news that Christ has redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse for us.  Take the message of the gospel of Christ far as the curse is found.” 
- R. Albert Mohler Jr.

How long is a marathon?  A long way!  If asked to run one today, it is likely that you and I would be unable to complete the 26.2 miles.  Why?   Well, most of us are not prepared to do so.  We can want to finish.  We can talk about what it would be like to finish.  We can dream of finishing.  Yet, because we are not prepared for the distance, because we have not trained and practiced, our chances for success are greatly reduced. 

Sharing your faith is much like that.  As Christians, most of us would acknowledge that we are called to “… go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. (Mark 16:15)” We realize that each one of us should be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15).  We even might say we recognize importance of telling others about Jesus and God’s message of forgiveness.  So the question is, are we ready to share our faith?

For most Christians the answer to the question is no.  They do not know to explain or share their faith.  They use excuse after excuse as to why they cannot or will not share the reason for the hope they possess.  By their choices, and sometimes even by their words, they show evangelism as someone else’s job.  This is the wrong attitude.  As Christians we must have an evangelistic mindset!  We must be about our Father’s business!  For your see, because the curse of the fall has reached the ends of the earth, we too must preach “…to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)”