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John Bunyan (1628 – 1688), who wrote the classic “Pilgrim’s Progress,” was imprisoned for twelve years for preaching without an official license from the king. He was viewed as a dissenter, who did not compromise in his beliefs or writings with the leading authorities of his time. Therefore, he was not ordained in the Church of England. He would endure years in prison and many personal sacrifices, rather than giving up his Godly calling to preach the gospel to the world.
Denominations die, not equal sound doctrine. So I say as Paul does in his charge in II Timothy, verses two-four: preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
Denomination does not equal sound doctrine. So I say as Paul does in his charge in 2 Timothy 2:4, “Preach the word of God, only. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Be patient. Correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
Throughout life, all of us at one time or another, have experienced some difficult or hard times. We’ve had times where our finances was so messed up, we wanted to cry, throw in the towel or just run away from it all. Do you remember when you were raising your kids the best you could, only to have them grow up and totally disrespect you or not even appreciate the things or sacrifices you have made over the years for them?
Have you ever looked at snow lying on the ground and think how fantastic our God truly is? I know this is a strange question in our Sunshine State. However, I want to point out to you just how great our God truly is.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is as true and real as the sun rising and setting. The Bible tells us of a man who died after being crucified on a rugged cross, went into the grave, and came out visibly, physically, and literally from the grave three days later.
In Psalm 13:3-4, David cries out to God. He says “Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. David questions God about “how long” in verses 1-2, now in verses 3-4 he asks the Lord to “look on me and answer,” and “give light to my eyes.” David wants God to turn and look “on him” not “at him.” So many of us need the Lord to look on us! Instead of at us! Because we need a complete assessment of our whole life and not just a particular area!
Louis Armstrong also known as “Satchmo,” was born into a poverty-stricken environment. Rising from a humble beginning, he became a great trumpet player who was eventually known all over the world. Born to teenagers, he went to live with his grandmother who also took him to church. At the age of 11, he quit school to make money selling stuff on the streets of New Orleans and singing with numerous groups.
‘Enjoy life today, the Lord’s way, for tomorrow may never come
Matthew 6:34 (NKJV) 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Galatians 6:7-(NKJV) says: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. When I read the text the first word that came to my mind was “boomerang.” A boomerang is thrown by an individual, but it does not stay out, it returns and falls near the thrower. We wonder at times why things happen in and around our lives, could it be a “boomerang” syndrome. ”Boomerang is defined in the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition as; 1) a bent or angular
Almost everything that we do in life has a reason or purpose behind it. When we are kind and polite to others, we expect the same in return. Some of us were brought up to “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” People will do things with negative reasons or motives, only to see how you will react or respond (negatively or positively). Their goal is to hurt you, not to help you.
Genesis two gives a detailed account of the creation of the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve. The first surgery, with anesthesia on Adam, was some 2,500 years later than it was recorded by Moses in what we now know as the first book of the Bible — Genesis. Scripture declares that God “took one of Adam’s ribs