Modern Man’s Three BIG Problems

Modern man’s BIG three problems are not jobs, healthcare, and taxes- in any order.  Instead, they are…

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Breaking the Reign of Sin in Our Lives

While every person born has entered a sinful world, no one is born into sin or as a sinner.  Everyone becomes a sinner in exactly the same way- by committing or walking (living in) sin, cf. Ephesians 2:1-3.  But, since everyone except Jesus Christ has committed or walked in sin, how we become sinners is not really as important as how we get out of sin.  Thus, how we break free from the reign of Satan and sin over our lives is of paramount importance.  As always, God’s word does not leave us without the necessary information and assistance….

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Simplified Salvation

The apostle Paul wrote regarding the revelation (i.e. the gospel), “…when you read you can understand…” Ephesians 3:4.  Could it be that so many don’t understand the gospel’s message of salvation because they don’t read it?  See if this simplified version helps....

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Gluttony- More Than Just Food

Several years ago, I met a preacher friend, who shall remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious momentarily, for lunch at a Chinese restaurant that had a really good buffet.  After looking at my own overly mounded plate, and then his how-in-the-world-did-you-stack that-much-food-on-one plate, I remarked, “From the looks of these plates, I’d guess neither of us will be preaching on gluttony this evening!”  To which he calmly and matter-of-factly replied, “Let me tell you about gluttony: It’s only mentioned three times in the New Testament, and twice it was a false accusation about the Lord.”  He paused for just a second or two to allow the coming epiphany to matriculate through my brain a bit before putting the jewel in this remarkable crown of exegesis, “Brother, that’s just not enough to preach on!”  We both enjoyed a good laugh out of the exchange, and I accused him of being a little too “ready” with that answer- implying that he had been previously accused.  Then we completely devoured our meals like a couple of hogs at the trough, knowing full well that the statement wasn’t exactly true….

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People Say…. But God Says….

“If any may speak, let him speak as the oracles of God…” 1Peter 4:11 (KJV).  This should be the desire of every Christian, and especially every preacher and teacher of God’s word.  Unfortunately, many who claim to speak for God say things that are contrary to His Word.  This is not a new problem- Jesus confronted it also, “But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as their doctrine the precepts of men,” Matthew 15:9.  Notice some current examples...

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Four Hundred, Ninety-One

I’ve never really had a “lucky” number- figured those were for folks who like to gamble.  I haven’t really even had a “favorite” number- it seemed kind of pointless, I suppose.  While I still don’t have a “lucky” number, I do now have a “favorite” one!  It has taken me roughly fifty years to decide that my favorite number is 491!

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Doors

Doors serve two primary purposes: 1) as points of ingress and egress to allow movement into or out of a space; and, 2) to prevent the same.   God uses doors for both of these purposes…

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Living in a Glass House

This article is not about eco-friendly off the grid domiciles, or some sort of terrarium-styled greenhouse.  Neither is it any sort of a rant in favor of more privacy or less visibility- in fact, it’s just the opposite.  Living in a glass house has gotten a bad rap.  They’re not just for non stone-throwers; glass houses are great places to live!  In a spiritually metaphorical kind of way, they are the very best place for a Christian to live. Here’s why…

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Spiritual Neutrality

When it comes to spirituality, some people are kind of like Switzerland- trying to be “neutral.” Switzerland’s neutrality has historically been more about money than anything else.  In WWII, they simply wanted to be “on friendly terms” with, and therefore able “to do business” with, both sides. Most attempts at spiritual neutrality have the same motivation!

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Splitting Firewood and Personal Evangelism?

I love the sound, aroma, and warmth of a nice fire.  But such requires work- lots of work.  For me, this means felling the tree, sawing it up, loading it on the trailer, and hauling it back to the house.  But this isn’t the end, as it still has to be split into pieces that can be easily stacked, and eventually put into the fireplace.  I’ve labored at these tasks most of my life to be able to enjoy the soothing, crackling warmth of a fire.  I should probably mention that I’ve never owned a hydraulic wood splitter- though I have borrowed one occasionally for especially big jobs.  Instead, I usually split firewood the old-fashioned way: with wedges and a splitting maul.  Recently, it occurred to me that there are some lessons to be learned from splitting firewood this way that might be comparatively beneficial to breaking open the sometimes-tough exteriors of people, and laying bare their hearts, with the power of the gospel.  So, think with me for a moment about splitting wood and personal evangelism…

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“Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.””

- Mark 9:35

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