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Lay down your rights.
By | September 18, 2017

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you…

—2 Corinthians 6:17

 

If a stranger looked at your life objectively, would they come to the conclusion that you are a follower of Christ? Take into consideration what your tastes in entertainment say about you. What about your language, ethics, and relationships.  

 

Now, what I’m about to say is essential if you and I intend to serve Christ: We are called to separate ourselves from the world.

 

You see, it’s impossible to make a difference in the world if we’re not different! I’ll even go a step further. The churches and Christians who are most like the world are the ones that do the least amount of good for Christ Jesus!

 

Do you know why? It’s because these people love themselves more than they care about a lost and dying world. It’s tragic and it’s true. There are people who call themselves Christians who’d rather have their own way and secret vices than to align themselves completely with Christ and to stand for him.

 

What about you? Are you willing to lay down your own rights and wishes in order to be a light to your friends and family? Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

 

Come out from among the world and become a messenger of Christ’s transforming power!

 

It’s impossible to make a difference in the world if we’re not different!

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Lift Christ up
By | September 18, 2017

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

—John 12:32

 

There are many today who suggest that the church would be better off if we watered down the message of the Gospel for the sake of our witness.

 

These people say things like, “You’re too hard on people. Don’t be so dogmatic regarding Christ’s teaching. You’re going to run people off.”

 

Well, you know what? The very opposite is true. You and I have been given clear instruction and teaching in the Scripture on how we should behave and how we are to perpetuate Christ’s teachings in the world.

 

So what is our message and how do we present it to a hostile world?

 

Part of the message that we carry as Christ-followers states unapologetically that there is a right and wrong when it comes to cultural, ethical, and moral issues. It’s clearly written in God’s Word. And we’ve been given a message of hope and transformation that the world desperately needs to hear and to embrace.

 

So when you engage those whose opinions are diametrically opposed to yours, be respectful. But remember who you represent. We aren’t here to champion our own opinion, but to lift up Christ and his Truth!

 

Treasure and defend the hope and love that Christ has deposited within you! Never deny your faith but be faithful to lift up Christ Jesus! And when you do, he will draw men to himself!

 

We aren’t here to champion our own opinion,

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Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4

 

I’d like to cut through the mystery and confusion about God’s will today and remind you that there are specific ways you can discover God’s will for your life.

 

If you’re facing a major decision, personal dilemma, or relational challenge, then let me share with you a five-point checklist you can use.

 

First, is what you’re doing or thinking about doing consistent with the Scriptures? God will never ask you to do anything that is inconsistent with what He says in His Word.

 

Secondly, have you prayed about it faithfully? As today’s verse as says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I believe if you stay in communion and union with Christ in prayer, God will implant in your heart the right desires! 

 

Thirdly, have you sought the wisdom of godly friends and counselors? Proverbs 11:14 tells us that in “an abundance of counselors there is safety.” If you’re facing a big decision in life right now, be sure to seek counsel from godly friends… people who are passionately pursuing Christ and who understand the Scriptures. 

 

Number four, what do the circumstances surrounding your decision look like? Are they lining up with what God wants you to do? Does it look like is opening a door… or is He shutting a door? Pay attention to your circumstances.

 

And finally, number five, if you’re dealing with a relational challenge… and you’re not sure how or...

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Money can’t buy you love
By | September 6, 2017

“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

—Luke 12:20-21

 

When the Scripture stresses the principle of riches in God over the riches of the world, you and I need to pay close attention.

 

For instance, the man Jesus was talking about in today’s verse had invested all that he had in his crops. And when he had a bountiful harvest, he hoarded everything he had. And in the end, the man lost his soul.

 

You see, there are things that money can do for you… but there are some very important things it cannot do:

 

·       Money can buy you entertainment, but not happiness.

·       Money can buy you a bed, but not sleep.

·       Money can buy you a reputation, but not character.

·       Money can buy you medicine, but not health.

·       Money can buy you influence, but it can’t buy you salvation in Jesus Christ!

 

Take this to heart: Never substitute money for the things that only God can provide. Money might buy you things, but it can never make your soul prosper!

 

MONEY MIGHT BUY YOU THINGS, BUT IT CAN NEVER MAKE YOUR SOUL PROSPER!

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And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

—1 John 2:17

 

What is a soul? Maybe you’ve never really thought about it. And yet, every human being on earth has a soul given to them by God himself.  

 

The Scripture says that when God created Adam, he breathed the breath of life into him and Adam became a living soul. God did that very thing for you and for me when he breathed the breath of life into us!

 

So you might even say that your soul is the “you” of you. It is your innermost person. And it’s a part of you that only God can see and know. 

 

And at the same time, it is your soul that makes it possible for you to know God and to live forever, because your soul is immortal, just as God is immortal. So your soul has incredible value. And Jesus proved that when he ransomed your soul on the cross so that you could live for eternity with God! 

 

You may own a lot of valuable things, but you own nothing more valuable than your soul. It is of infinite value and of eternal worth.

 

So let me ask you today, are you caring for your soul as the precious gift from God that it is? Please don’t neglect it, but nourish it by spending time in the Scripture and by praising and worshipping your creator.

 

NOTHING YOU OWN IS MORE VALUABLE THAN YOUR SOUL.

 

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Where is God when the storms come?
By | August 30, 2017

Where is God when the storms come?

 

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

             Proverbs 16:1

 

Throughout the history of our faith, the question has often been asked, “Where is God when tragedy strikes; and where is He when the storms come?” And as often as that question has been asked, there has been no shortage of answers put forth by Christians and non-Christians alike. But even deeper than that question is the concern by some that God is aloof when storms hit.

 

I just love what Corrie ten Boom, the great Christian who served the Lord during World War II and was a prisoner in a concentration camp, was quoted as saying. She said, “There is no panic in heaven; only plans!” What a perspective from a woman who knew what suffering and tragedy was all about!

 

Has it ever sunk in that nothing takes God by surprise? When tragedy strikes our lives; when the storms come, and destroy all that we have built; God remains steady. When storms, sickness, destruction, and death seem like they’re winning and we’re tempted to panic, God doesn’t flinch. You see, while we’re often taken by surprise, nothing takes God by surprise.

 

No matter how great the power of Satan, or the destructive forces of nature appear to be in this world; no matter how it may appear that evil is winning, no matter how overwhelming the storms of this life may seem; God’s power is mightier than the power of our enemy or the forces of nature. God is...

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Are you smarter than God?
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 25, 2017

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise….

—1 Corinthians 1:27

Sometimes we think we’re smarter than God. But imagine what would happen if people really trusted God with every detail of their lives. Imagine the heartache that could be saved! 

For instance, what does the Scripture says about sex and marriage? God says, “If you will just trust me and keep your heart and life pure, I will bring someone into your life in my own way and timing.”  

But some singles are impatient and don’t wait on God or trust him in the area of sexual purity. And their choices lead to a world of hurt.

Another area that some people fail to trust God in is the area of finances. God asks you to trust him by giving 10% of your income as a tithe. And yet, this scares some people. They’re afraid they can’t afford it. But the truth is, you will be better off with a blessed 90% of your income than with 100% of your income that you’ve kept to yourself!

You see, God’s way may look illogical to the world, but God isn’t looking for your logic. He’s looking for your trust. And when you trust God, he can bless you.

GOD ISN’T LOOKING FOR YOUR LOGIC. HE’S LOOKING FOR YOUR TRUST.

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Breaking through to victory.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 24, 2017

“…Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

Zechariah 4:6

There was a huge obstacle standing between the children of Israel and the land that God had promised them. It was the city of Jericho, which was surrounded by a massive wall.

That obstacle seemed to say, “Keep out! You cannot have the blessings of God. They’re not for you!” 

Now, you and I may not be obstructed by a literal wall in our lives, but we certainly face very real obstacles every day. And they can be every bit as intimidating as that seemingly impregnable wall of Jericho.

Issues like family problems and financial issues can stop you in your tracks. Problems associated with an unholy mind can bring your spiritual growth to a standstill.

Obstacles like these and others are spiritual strongholds that Satan uses to keep you from God’s best plan for your life. You may even hear him chiding you, “Keep out! You’ve gone as far as you can go with God!” But that’s a lie.

Listen, God can tear down those obstacles if you trust him. And you need him to tear down those walls because you cannot do it on your own. It’s impossible.

So today, if you have come to an obstacle that stands in your path, God is saying, “Listen to me. I will show you what to do.”  

It’s time to stop trying to fix things and to start trusting him. Because that is the only way to really break through to victory in your life!  

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Recognizing the hand of God.
By | August 18, 2017

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…

—Genesis 50:20

 

Do you know why Joseph was able to forgive his brothers who sold him into slavery?

 

One primary reason was that he trusted that God was in control. And Joseph could see that God was using the adversity in his life to advance him and to be a blessing to others.  

 

You see, God often uses a major crisis or hurt to get us ready for the next big thing that he is doing in our lives. Those things that you and I might mistake for obstacles often reveal God’s very hand at work.

 

Are you in the midst of a trial or difficulty? Well, here’s what you need to know. As a believer in Jesus Christ, nothing is working against you. With Christ, everything is working for you!

 

Speak that into your own life: “As a believer in Jesus Christ, nothing is working against me. Everything is working for me!”

 

Regardless of how it looks or feels, God is at work in your life. And all those terrible hurts you suffered? God can use them for good if you will let him.

 

So ask him to help you see beyond your current pain. And believe that the hand of God is working for you!

 

AS A BELIEVER IN JESUS CHRIST, NOTHING IS WORKING AGAINST YOU. EVERYTHING IS WORKING FOR YOU!

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The gift of forgiveness.
By | August 15, 2017

And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.

—Genesis 45:15

The story of Joseph is one of most powerful stories of forgiveness and reconciliation in the entire Bible.  

Here was a man who was betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers when he was 17, and then he was falsely accused, imprisoned, and forgotten in prison. Yet Joseph resisted bitterness and grew in godly character.

And when the day finally came when Joseph’s brothers came and stood before him in Egypt seeking grain, he didn’t punish them or retaliate against them. Joseph called them forward and loved them.

Most likely, you have experienced injustice and unfairness like Joseph did. Perhaps someone mistreated you. Maybe you’ve been lied to or betrayed… or perhaps someone even abused you.

Each of us suffers deep hurts over the course of our lives. But you and I can’t change the past. And it does us no good to try to figure out why things happened the way they did.

But here’s one thing you can do. Like Joseph, you can refuse to allow the past to pollute your present or your future. Like Joseph, you can give the precious gift of forgiveness to those who hurt you.

Are you willing to take these steps today?

REFUSE TO ALLOW THE PAST TO POLLUTE YOUR PRESENT OR YOUR FUTURE.

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