October 15, 2017
I think that we can all agree that evil is certainly growing around us today. In spite of the restraint of the Holy Spirit during the day that we live in, evil is still on the rise. Men murder others. Women even murder their own children, and now we have children who become murderers in their own homes and schools.
Yet, most of all, may God have mercy on the murderers of unborn babies. May God send His Spirit to bring repentance to every man and woman who has participated in this most heinous act against defenseless little babies. People today get upset and wonder where the judgment of God is for the perpetrators of terrorism and mass shootings, but the number of people who die all across the world from terrorism is but a fraction of the murders of babies that occur each year in this country. It is a sin that God will hold this country accountable for. It would be easy to wonder where is God in all of this, and why isn’t He doing anything about it.
Click on the link below to hear a sermon on the Biblical truth that timing is more important to God, than time. God has a plan to deal with all of the evil of this world and in all of creation. That plan is on time. God is never early, and He is never late. Nothing, or no one can stop or change that plan. Not Satan, or all of his demons, for Satan is but a creation, and God is sovereign.
We started this series by asking Doesn’t God know? Doesn’t God care? And if God knows and cares, then why isn’t He doing something about it? God knows, and God cares. It is man that has turned his back on God. That no longer wants to know God. That no longer cares about God. Yet, we have still have a chance during this age of grace that we live in to turn to God. God loves you. Lay aside your pride. May the mercy of God through His Son bring the saving judgment of eternal life to you today, so you will not be lost in the fires of Judgment for all of eternity.
October 9, 2017
With events like the terrible tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas last week, it would seem that everything not nailed down is coming loose, and that Satan is busy at work prying loose everything else. Every day it seems that evil is growing and dominating the world. It would be easy to understand if there are people who are asking Where is God? Doesn’t He know? If He knows, doesn’t He care? If He knows and cares, can’t He do anything about it?
Click on the link below to learn that God does know, God does care, and God does have a plan. If you want to know where God is, He is right on time. With God, timing is more important than time. If you want to know if God knows and hears your prayers, the answer is yes, they are before Him as incense. If you to know if God cares, yes He does, He cares so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross so you do not have to. If you want to why God is not doing anything, God says, just wait, my plan will occur just as I said it will, because I am sovereign, and nothing, and no one, can stop or deter my plan. Amen.
March 14, 2015
Think about the things that you yearn for. These are the things that start as a desire deep in your soul and well up into your heart and mind. These are not our simple wants, but the things that are so passionately desired by our soul that we groan for them. Now think about how you could ever go about obtaining these things. Are they even within your power to obtain?
Next, think about the things that you hope for. Are they the same things that you yearn for? To hope for something is to look forward to something that you have not seen or realized yet. Do you hope for a body that is free from disease and pain? Do you hope for an end to loneliness? Now think about how you could go about obtaining these things that you hope for. Are they even within your power to obtain them?
Our lesson today is about the yearnings and the hopes of the believer. What are the things that a believer wants so badly that they well up from the bottom of their soul? And what are the hopes of a Christian? Are they different from a person who has rejected Christ as their Savior? And best of all, what is the solution for how a believer goes about obtaining these things.
April 14, 2014
When we think about the term worldliness we think of the envy and strife that exists in our secular lives. Political parties split, and one group becomes pitted against another. As management and labor meet around the conference table, there is a battle going on. In the corporate world there are climbers on the corporate ladder who are stepping on the hands of others as they go up. In our neighborhoods, one family does not speak to another family. Within families there are quarrels, brother against brother.
When a church allows worldliness to enter its doors, the characteristics of the world become evident in the church. The envy and strife that exists in the world are displayed within the church. The symptoms of a worldly church are divisions, conflict, power struggles, and open warfare among its members.
Worldliness can be exhibited from both the pulpit and the pew. It can pray with self-righteous eloquence. It can find triumph in the middle of a deacon’s meeting. It can take over a trustee’s meeting. It can split churches over the color of the carpet, or a building program. It will begin in a fight over who to ordain to its ministry, who can become a church member, or who can be baptized. All are topics that can destroy the fellowship and evangelistic efforts of the church.
Listen to this podcast to learn that symptoms of worldliness are evidence of a problem that lies much deeper. It lies within the heart of the church member.
What is the answer to worldliness? Prayer. Personal prayer, properly performed, can reveal the worldliness in our hearts and can cleanse it. James teaches us the secret of obtaining an answered prayer from the almighty, living, God who tells us that we have not because we ask not.