“I don’t believe in door knocking.” “Door knocking offends people.” “Door knocking does not work anymore.” “Door knocking is a waste of time.” Have you ever heard these before? I have heard elders and preachers say such things. I concede that door knocking does not always produce great numbers. I also concede that it is one […]
How many times has something like this happened to you: You are talking with a friend or acquaintance who is not a Christian, and the topic of God, Christ, the Bible, or the church comes up. Or maybe this person said, “The Lord has sure been good to me.” Or something like, “God sure works in mysterious ways.” Or even, “That is a miracle.” And instead of using that opportunity to teach them, you simply shrugged your shoulders or raised your eyebrows, or something like that. Later, as you thought about what had happened, you said to yourself, “I should have said something about that.” But you didn’t!
(1 Peter 2:9) “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” I have heard people quote the aforementioned verse, only to end it by saying “Christians are to be different.” While that statement is true, we need to understand why we are to be different, and in which ways we are to be different. Simply saying “we are to be peculiar” doesn’t cut in it. The book of 1 Timothy very clearly gives us an outline of how we are to be different. (1Timothy 4:12) “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Let’s examine these in more detai:
“Once upon a time”, these words have begun many a story or “fairy tale” as they are called. When one of our grandsons was a bit younger, he would begin a story with “when I was a baby”. Nothing wrong with stories, they help us to convey concepts and ideas to people. They are also used to entertain and amuse. Sometimes, this is a great way to be taken away from the cares and concerns of this world.
Usually when a preacher mentions the things that I am going to mention in this article, he becomes really unpopular. But, as most preachers, we recognize the importance of what I am about to mention and will be able to bear such unpopularity, hopefully for only a short while. Most of this comes from an article I read in the Northside Anchor bulletin from Calhoun, GA. “Have we allowed our eyes to adjust to darkness?” by Ron Hall.
If you begin to take a look around at the leaders of the atheistic/agnostic movement such as Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker and even Darwin himself, you will see a very interesting trend. The aforementioned men, as well as many of their constituents ,claim to have believed in God at one point during their life. When you ask these men how they came to the conclusion that God does not exist, you, will get various answers. However, the one answer which seems to be notably popular among this group is that of pain and suffering. The argument goes as follows “If God is truly all powerful and all loving, why does he allow people to suffer?” While the question is itself flawed, the topic of suffering is very deep and sometimes hard to understand. This study will not answer every question we may have about this topic. However, the following points have helped me gain a better understanding of pain and suffering.
What if all leaves on trees were different colors? No green leaves, just various shades of different colors? Kind of hard to imagine, since we know that not to be the case. But say that someone saw them that way. In other words, to them the leaves are all different colors, depending on the variety of the tree.
I ran across this statement in a daily devotional guide and it really hit home, that one should make everything right with God and others long before they expect the time of death.
Throughout the course of our lives there will be highs and lows. This is seen in the workplace, in our homes, and in our personal relationships. While the rollercoaster of life takes its toll on our bodies and emotions, it does not have to alter our relationship with God. The question must be asked, “Do we desire God even when we are in distress, or do we only serve God when everything is going our way?” When our hearts are heavy and when we feel half empty, what are we to do? Let us study the Word of God to answer these questions.
There’s a hymn titled “Refiner’s Fire” and some of the lyrics are “Purify my heart. Let me be as gold and precious silver. Purify my heart. Let me be as gold, pure gold. Refiner’s fire. My heart’s one desire is to be holy. Set apart for You, Lord. I choose to be holy. Set apart for You, my Master. Ready to do Your will. Purify my heart. Cleanse me from within and make me holy. Purify my heart. Cleanse me from my sin, deep within.” One verse that this song draws from is Zechariah 13:9, “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God .’”