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The Attitudes of the Heart

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Life ChangeI have been writing and preaching about attitudes lately – referring to an old saying of mine – Christianity Boils Down to Attitudethe condition and position of the heart. Today’s passage reminds us what impacts the attitudes of the heart. Namely the Word of God! Reading and understanding the Bible is essential as we mature in Christ. It is the key element in our training as Christians.

We have had a number of people put their faith and trust in Jesus lately at First Church (Praise the Lord). Something exciting is happening at First Church. Recently we have seen an increase in young adults coming to First Church. We’ve seen people accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Giving their hearts to Jesus. The best advice I can give them and others is to begin to read the Bible and join a Bible study where they can search together with others the truths of God. We’ve been calling people of late to train up in the Lord. Continue reading

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We Must Tell Somebody about Jesus

Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

RamonBlogI was reading on the internet the other day and read a statistic that alarmed me.  The report I was reading said that less than 5% of all Christians will actually have conversations with others about their faith (outside of people of faith).  As a pastor of an evangelical minded church I find this alarming.  If we believe what the Bible says – we must tell somebody about Jesus!

If we believe that hell is real – as Christ believed in this passage – we must tell somebody about Jesus – about His desire to redeem us.  Matthew 5:29-30 – 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

If we believe that we are either saved or lost – there is no fence rising – again as Christ tells us – we must tell somebody about Jesus!  Revelation 3:15-16 – 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

If we believe that people need to hear the Gospel message – to be draw unto Christ – we must tell somebody about Jesus!  Romans 10:17 – Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

If we believe that God’s word – both in written form and spoken by the redeemed has the power to transform lives – we must tell somebody about Jesus! Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

If we do not tell somebody – are we then ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Are we afraid to speak out for Jesus because of what others might say?  2 Timothy 1:8 – So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,  Luke 9:26 – If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Your witness for Christ has the power to transform someone’s life.  If you are in Christ and know of His saving grace – you must tell somebody about Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 3, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Stand Alone on the Word of God

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I have been writing and preaching about attitudes lately – referring to an old saying of mine – Christianity Boils Down to Attitudethe condition and position of the heart.  Today’s passage reminds us what impacts the attitudes of the heart.  Namely the Word of God! Reading and understanding the Bible is essential as we mature in Christ.

We have had a number of people put their faith and trust in Jesus lately at Mt. Oak (Praise the Lord).  Something exciting is happening at Mt. Oak – just this past week a sister saw her prayers answered as her husband gave his heart to Jesus.  The best advice I can give him and others is to begin to read the Bible and join a Bible study where he/they can search together the truths of God.

General Conference of the United Methodist Church is meeting in Tampa, FL this week (and last).  Some important decisions are being discussed.  Each day I pray for the Holy Spirit to pour out upon them and for the delegates to uphold Biblical standards.  Thanks to Central Conference delegates – mainly delegates from Africa – they have held firm to the Biblical view of marriage (between one man and one woman) for instance.

The Bible can help us understand any and all circumstances of life if we read it and allow the Holy Spirit to help us understand it.  It is the Biblical truth that judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Satan working through the world around us will constantly be trying to get us to move away from Biblical truths and a Biblical worldview.  I pray that Mt. Oak – the United Methodist Church – and other believers will not be taken captive by the society we live in – but rather would hold firm to what we know to be true through the Bible.  Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.  If we must – we must stand alone on the word of God rather than succumb to the ways of the world.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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Please continue to pray for General Conference 2012 which is underway in Tampa, Florida.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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