Monthly Blog Archives: September 2017

No Longer Condemned and Off Death Row

No Longer Condemned and Off Death Row

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 The scene has been repeated in numerous movies and TV shows. The convicted killer on death row; eats his last meal, a minister prays for his soul, and then he’s marched off to the instrument of execution. Writers depict the scene because it’s dramatic, emotional, and an excellent theme for building a plot or subplot. If the criminal is depicted as guilty, then […]

Great is Your Reward in Heaven

Great is Your Reward in Heaven

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 For the Christian, all roads lead to heaven. No telling what you’ll have to go through to get there, but one day you’ll be admitted to that place Jesus promised to prepare for you. And it’s because of that, whatever you’re required to endure, you can “rejoice and be glad.” I must […]

How to Handle Relationships with Unbelievers

How to Handle Relationships with Unbelievers

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 When I joined the Navy, I was introduced to a group of sailors known as Salts. The name originated from their life sailing on the salt water of the sea. They were known for their salty language, thus the expression, “Curse like a sailor.” To be clear, the Apostle Paul’s admonition that our conversation was to be “seasoned with salt” is not the same […]

A Roadblock Called Unforgiveness

A Roadblock Called Unforgiveness

24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:24-25 In 2016, there was a devastating forest fire in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Reporters dubbed the inferno, a Hellscape. More than one hundred homes and thousands of acres of woodlands were destroyed. Ultimately, mountain roads were closed and there was no way for folks to get home. How helpless and frightened […]

Your Labor for the Lord Matters

Your Labor for the Lord Matters

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 When Paul admonishes us to “stand firm,” he wants Christ’s followers to keep on keepin’ on. Don’t allow anyone to sway you from sound doctrine or  hinder you from serving the Lord. Paul devoted considerable ink to defending the resurrection of the dead. False preachers in the Corinthian church denied that essential doctrinal truth. Some of the local believers were swayed by the false […]

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