Daily Christianity

The Bible clearly portrays the church as a divine institution. But the strength of any local congregation depends upon its members. If we are not spiritually strong, the church cannot be. Our spiritual strength depends upon our daily activity. We realize that many things must be done daily - eating, sleeping, etc. - but, Christianity is also a daily undertaking. Far too many people have a "Sunday religion." At this time of year, you will see people who are not usually religious expressing religious sentiments.

"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled"

"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:1-3).

Shaking The Bible

The young man had worked for a number of years as an associate minister at the congregation where the older, well-known and respected preacher worked. During his time there, he learned to read the older man and could tell when he was pleased or when he was upset. The young man, now preaching full-time himself, was conducting a gospel meeting at a congregation near where the older man lived. He was well into his sermon when the older preacher sitting in the audience reached into his coat pocket and pulled out his New Testament, held it up and shook it at the young man.

The Drive For Five

United States athlete Marion Jones announced to the world that she wanted to win five Olympic gold medals in this year's Summer Olympic games. She referred to it as the "Drive for Five." It had never been done in Olympic Track and Field events before, and, since Ms. Jones finished third in both the long jump and one of the relay events, it still has not been accomplished. In a recent report of her "Drive for Five," a reporter commented that she "set her sights too high."

Tragic Consequences

We are all familiar with tragedy -- often far more familiar that we would like to be. Tragic news from distant places on our globe come to us on a regular basis Drought strikes an African nation leaving thousands to starve. Civil unrest tears at the fabric of a Middle Eastern country and thousands live an entire lifetime without knowing peace and tranquility. An earthquake leaves hundreds dead an thousands homeless in Eastern Europe, and the list could go on and on.

What I Owe The Church

 

We derive great benefit from being members of the Lord’s church.  Surely we all appreciate our redemption from sin by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28), the status that we now enjoy as children of God (2 Corinthians 6:16-18) and the numerous spiritual blessings that  we enjoy in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).  The song “Count Your Many Blessings” emphasizes that as Christians, we are truly blessed beyond comprehension.

In Heaven

 

Just as home has a special place in our hearts, heaven is a special word to the child of God.  After all, it is the word that represents the abode of our Father.  It is that place to which we all desire to go after death.  The word “heaven” occurs over 200 times in the Bible, over 90 times in the New Testament.  Seven of those times, the word heaven is joined to the word “in” to form the phrase “in heaven.”  Truly it is a phrase worthy of our consideration.

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