Don’t Squander the Day

October 17, 2017

Don’t Squander the Day

“This is the day the LORD has made.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJ) “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” Time is something all living creatures share.  It is both […]

October 10, 2017

Faith to Persevere: The Application

“All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.” Hebrews 11:13 (NRS)   All the Faith Hall of Famers “died in faith” not having received the promises but having seen them afar were […]

October 3, 2017

Faith to Persevere

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:13   (NKJ) To persevere requires one to continue despite difficulties, opposition, or discouragement. This requires not only spiritual power […]

September 26, 2017

Power to Persevere

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)   If you were to ask me what character trait is critical for spiritual growth and maturity, I would answer, “perseverance”; and if you were to then ask me which character […]

September 19, 2017

God’s Guide to Spiritual Fitness

In support of our 2017 Lydia’s Market theme of Living Well, I’d like to focus this week’s teaching on a key disciple that is foundational for “living well”—spiritual fitness.  For our discussion today spiritual fitness is defined as the state or condition of being qualified and suitable for God’s purpose. Examples of spiritual fitness can […]

September 12, 2017

You Know Better!

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV) I was a very mischievous child and admit that […]

September 5, 2017

Spiritual Failures

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72 (NIV) One of the most difficult things for believers to do is to recover from spiritual failure.  Instead of asking for forgiveness, repenting, and then moving […]

August 29, 2017

The Wisdom of God

But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Cor. 1:23, 24 (NKJV) After reading 1 Corinthians 1-2, I wanted to get out of my seat, stand […]

August 22, 2017

The Fear of the Lord, Part 2

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 (NKJ) In Search of Wisdom Man has always searched for the best method to assist him in making good decisions, right judgments and sound pronouncements.  In primitive times, groups would cast lots and dices, […]

August 15, 2017

The Fear of the Lord, Part 1

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 (NKJ) Jerry Bridges in his book, The Joy of Fearing God, notes “there was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people.  This was a badge of honor.”  So what does “God-fearing” […]

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