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Effective and Productive Faith

Effective and Productive Faith

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8 “Ineffective and unproductive.” That could be said of all of us once in a while. You might feel that way about housekeeping, lawn maintenance, or a job situation. As Christians, we sometimes think of […]

The Crippling Disease Called Hate

The Crippling Disease Called Hate

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 1 John 2:9 Years ago on a family vacation, we visited Cathedral Caverns in north Alabama. During the tour, our guide turned off the lights exposing us to total darkness. Thankfully, that experience lasted less than a minute. But it made a lasting impression. The Bible uses darkness to depict the absence of God. As Christians we live in the light of God which enables us to understand His word and helps us find our way as we navigate through the maze of […]

How to Turn Hardships into Blessings

How to Turn Hardships into Blessings

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. Job 5:17 “Lord, why?” What Christian hasn’t asked that question when faced with suffering and hardship. Back in the day, I heard folks say, “You shouldn’t question God.” I ruled that old wives’ tale out a long time ago. There’s no Biblical precedent for it, no reason at all not to take that question to the Lord. Our focus text in Job speaks of God’s correction, the “discipline of the Almighty.”  It’s only natural for us to wonder if our hardship is punishment for sin. […]

Become a People Builder and Change Your World

Become a People Builder and Change Your World

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Blessed are the encouragers. No. You won’t find that statement in scripture, but the idea is contained in our focus text. Without question, those who encourage us are a blessing. They lift our spirits with positive reinforcement in a negative world. The Apostle Paul’s message was intended for Christians, his brothers and sisters in Christ. Encourage. Build each other up. As people of hope, we have been divinely equipped to exhort others to keep on going no matter how difficult the race has […]

10 Signs You have been Born Again – Part 2

10 Signs You have been Born Again - Part 2

… if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 Today we’ll continue to examine how life changes after becoming a born again Christian. What’s new? How has the Lord changed you? What is the evidence He has been working in your life? Yesterday, we looked at the first three signs that give evidence of the new birth. (1) You have a second birthday. (2) You have a living hope. (3) You desire spiritual things. As we continue, let’s consider that famous poem, Footprints in the Sand, by Mary Stevenson. […]

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