August 31, 2018

Christ Brings Progress To All

‘Righteousness exalts a nation.’ Proverbs 14:34 NKJV The well-known atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair once said, ‘Nothing good has ever come from Christianity. And if Christianity hasn’t, in fact, done good and produced good we must reject it.’ Even Christ Himself said, ‘You shall know them by their fruits.’ (Matthew 7:16 NKJV) But with every word of Christ that’s been preached, lives have been transformed and incredible good done for society. Take science, for example. As one expert pointed out, science could never have originated in any other culture. It couldn’t possibly have originated in the Muslim culture because of its […]
August 30, 2018

What’s Your Ox-Goad?

‘Shamgar… struck down six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad. He too saved Israel.’ Judges 3:31 NIV Because the Israelites disobeyed God, they ended up enslaved to the Philistines who ruled them with fear and intimidation. But Shamgar refused to be intimidated. He decided to disrupt the status quo, and he did it with an ox-goad—a long stick used by farmers to prod animals. He refused to let what he could not do keep him from doing what he could. After all, you plus God equals a majority. And if God is for you, who can be against you? (See Romans […]
August 29, 2018

Faithfulness, Not Prominence

‘Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks [for the privilege].’ Colossians 3:17 NKJV When it comes to serving God, and others, set your heart on being faithful instead of trying to be prominent. The Bible says, ‘Promotion and power come… only from God’ (Psalm 75:6 TLB), so don’t try to promote yourself. Few things in life are worse than being in a slot to which you were never called and are ill-equipped to fill. Josh McDowell, who has spoken to millions of university students worldwide and authored scores of […]
August 28, 2018

The Rewards of Friendship (2)

‘You find families for those who are lonely.’ Psalm 68:6 CEV A woman, recently divorced, moved to a town where she knew nobody. When she finally got up the nerve to visit a church, she prayed, ‘Lord, let me fit in. Surround me with friends.’ The Bible says, ‘A man who has friends must… be friendly.’ (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV) So she asked two ladies if she could sit with them, and they ended up going out to lunch together. Turns out, all three women lived alone and were feeling isolated. So they started a Bible study group and named it […]
August 27, 2018

The Rewards of Friendship (1)

‘A real friend sticks closer than a brother.’ Proverbs 18:24 NLT The Bible says, ‘Some friends may ruin you, but a real friend will be more loyal than a brother.’ (Proverbs 18:24 NCV) Gloria Gaither points out that real friends are concerned about what you’re becoming. They look beyond the present and care deeply about you as a whole person. Solomon writes, ‘A man who has friends must himself be friendly.’ (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV) And while building and maintaining that kind of friendship takes time and energy, the rewards far outweigh the investment. True friends: (1) Give you a hand […]
August 26, 2018

Your Personal Provider

‘You prepare a table before me.’ Psalm 23:5 NKJV When the psalmist said, ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ (Psalm 23:1 NKJV), he was affirming that he had a very personal relationship with God; one that was unique. God has given each of us a one-of-a-kind personality, gifting, purpose, and calling. And He wants a relationship with you that is unlike the one He has with anybody else. Just like your fingerprints are unique, so also is God’s interaction with you. Therefore you need to learn how to hear His voice and to know when He is speaking specifically to you. […]
August 25, 2018

Treasure God’s Word (5)

‘Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.’ John 13:17 NIV Reading, receiving, researching, remembering and reflecting on God’s Word are important, but we must respond to it and be ‘doers of the word.’(James 1:22 KJV) This is the hardest step because Satan will fight you on it. You can be so busy going to the next church meeting, that you forget to put into practice what you learned at the last one. Jesus said, ‘Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built […]
August 24, 2018

Treasure God’s Word (4)

‘How I love your teachings! I think about them all day long.’ Psalm 119:97 NCV You treasure God’s Word in three ways: (1) By researching it. This calls for writing down your thoughts about it. It also calls for asking the right questions, like: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? In other words, your Bible study should give you insight, not just information. (2) By remembering it. You may think your memory is poor, but you’ve already memorized millions of ideas and facts. The truth is, we remember what’s truly important to us! And there are enormous benefits to memorizing […]