Ready and Waiting

Scripture For Today: Psalm 65:1-13 “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.” Psalms 65:1 We are all grateful for the minute men who responded with a minutes notice to fight the battles that secured our liberty on this continent. We are thankful today for the Rapid Deployment Forces that sit, even now, in readiness to respond to any threat to our nation. But in case you think that they just show up and good things happen, let me assure you that they spend their lives preparing each day to be ready to respond in an instant with prepared action against any threat to our nation. Preparation for the defense of our nation can not be more important than preparation to praise our God. Our praise should not just be a...

Leave It All On The Field

Scripture For Today: 2 Corinthians 12:10-19 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” 2 Corinthians 12:15 In my junior year of high school our football team lost every game. On the way home from an out of town game where we had been beaten badly by our opponents the atmosphere of the bus was marked by a spirit of fun and rowdiness. As the noise and horseplay grew our coach stood up, got our attention and told us that the reason we had so much energy to spend on horse play was that we had not given all we had on the field. He told us that if we had really been concerned about winning that we would have spent all of our energy on the field instead of saving it to be used later. He...

The Great Exchange

Scripture For Today: John 8:30-36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 There is a great difference between being free from captivity and simply exchanging one captor for another. Addicts often claim to have gotten victory over their addiction to one drug and are soon found to have only exchanged it for a different, more socially acceptable drug that still has them in complete bondage. They were never free, they just changed the way the bondage looks in their life. The cocaine addict stops cocaine and becomes an alcoholic, proclaims he is “clean” while still addicted, bound, and speeding to destruction. There is a difference between victory over sin, and exchanging one habitual sin for another as well. Anger...

The Genetics Of A Christian

Scripture For Today: John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 There is one trait that Jesus said would be the identifying trait of His disciples – Love. The same love that He had expressed to them was to be expressed between believers and that expression would be the “last piece of the puzzle” that identified His disciples to all men. We can perform a spiritual DNA test on our own lives if we will check our love for one another as disciples of Jesus Christ. “Our wonderful life in Christ is to be a life of selfless, loving service because of our new nature in Christ –...

If It Is Not Lived, It Is Not Love

Scripture For Today: 1 John 3:1-24 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 If I told you I was mechanic and never fixed a car, you would soon know I am not a mechanic at all. Saying that something is so does not make it true. If I tell you I am a Christian and that I love the brethren and never meet the needs that I can in real ways, you would soon know that I am no Christian at all. Our new birth is testified to by the living of love in one another’s lives. No works of love, no love. Love that is expressed in word’s with no actions is not love at all. Christians love fellow christians in actual activity directed at the pursuit of the other’s highest good. “The thing we must understand is...

Look At That Love

Scripture For Today: Philippians 1:3-8 “For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:8 n 1765 John Fawcett was called to pastor a very small congregation at Wainsgate, England. He labored there diligently for 7 years, but his salary was so meager that he and his wife could scarcely obtain the necessities of life. Though the people were poor, they compensated for this lack by their faithfulness and warm fellowship. Then Dr. Fawcett received a call from a much larger church in London, and after lengthy consideration decided to accept the invitation. As his few possessions were being placed in a wagon for moving, many of his parishioners came to say good-bye. Once again they pleaded with him to...