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October 8, 2019, 9:55 AM

Does Your Testimony Really Matter


Does Your Testimony Really Matter

 

“Return to your own house and tell what great things God has done for you.’ And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.’" - Luke 8:39

 

It’s funny how people who’ve had life-changing experiences can talk about them as if they happened yesterday. Take a professional athlete, for example, who can describe the great championship game in detail. And soldiers often get deeply emotional when remembering their comrade who was killed in battle 60 years ago.

 

When Christ comes into your life, it’s a life-changing experience. So if He really has come, then you’re going to want to tell others about it. I’m not saying you won’t ever struggle to articulate the Gospel. But the truth is that if you’re truly changed, your story of grace is going to be seared into your mind.

 

Now, there are some believers I know who don’t think their testimony is all that interesting. They say, “I’ve never done drugs or anything like that, so people aren’t really moved by my testimony.” Well, the same grace that saved you is the grace that saved the worst sinner. So your testimony matters!

 

Your testimony of the Gospel is important. That’s because it’s about God, not about you. Share it with others as evidence that your life is truly changed!

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September 17, 2019, 9:38 AM

Keeping Your Focus on Jesus


Keeping your focus on Jesus

 

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” – I Corinthians 9:24

 

Satchel Paige, the great baseball pitcher, once said, “When you’re running a race, don’t look back because somebody is probably gaining on you!” If you spend your life looking at others, if you’re just running the race for the accolades and the attention that others may give you, you’re going to be defeated.

If you look at the devil, you’ll be discouraged. I think we need to be aware of the devil and we need to know who he is. But some people get so wrapped up in the devil they take their eyes off Jesus!

In much the same way, if you look at other people, you’ll be disappointed because you’ll spend your life comparing yourself to how this or that person lives instead of focusing on how God wants you to live.

But if you look at Jesus, you’ll never fail. He’s the one who is your true example. So, as you live the Christian life, keep your eyes focused upon Jesus because eternal life with him is the prize at the end of the race!

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September 3, 2019, 12:00 PM

Taking an Active Role in God's Army


Taking an Active Role in God’s Army

 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

  • II Timothy 4:7 NKJV

 

Years ago in Scotland, a man by the name of Robert Burns was the commander of a particular troop of Scottish soldiers. Well, one day, Burns fell in battle in the heat of the conflict. So the second-in-command took out his sword and literally cut out the heart of Commander Burns!

As he held up the bleeding heart before all of the troops, he cried out, “Here is the heart of Robert Burns! Who will follow after?” And on that day, that army rallied back after the loss and won their victory over the enemy.

Our great Lord, upon the cross of Calvary, held out his heart and said, “Here is the heart of God! Who will follow after?” And yet, so many Christians are content to simply sit on the sidelines and watch others fight the battle when God is calling them to get up and wage war!

Are you an active soldier in God’s army? Or do you just watch while others are warring? Every believer in Christ is called to play an active role in God’s Kingdom work. So if you’re sitting on the sidelines, God is calling you to get up and fight the good fight of the Christian faith.

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August 27, 2019, 9:00 AM

A Walk by Faith


A Walk by Faith

 

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 NKJV

 

The Bible tells a story of a man who had everything this world says one should need to feel happy and fulfilled: power, wealth, influence, and fame. But along with that came an emptiness that set him on a search for God. As secretary of the treasury for a powerful nation, he was second only to the queen. But there was a hole in his heart, so it led him on a search to the spiritual capital of the world, Jerusalem. He did not find what he was looking for, but as he was returning home, he unexpectedly found the answer to his questions. He had an appointment with God that resulted in his conversion and complete transformation.

His story shows what happens when a person becomes a Christian. When someone truly believes in Jesus Christ, his or her life changes dramatically. This man went from emptiness and misery to overflowing joy. His story ends with the statement “He went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:36). It is no exaggeration when the Bible says that we pass from darkness to light, from the power of Satan, to the power of God, when we believe in Jesus Christ. It is describing what takes place in our lives.

But we also need to recognize that not every case is identical. There are different types of people who come to faith in different ways. Some have a tremendous emotional response, while others have no emotional experience at all.

An emotional experience has little to do with the reality of a person’s conversion. Thankfully, Christianity is a walk of faith and not of feeling.

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August 19, 2019, 12:00 PM

A Renewed Sense of Purpose


A Renewed Sense of Purpose

 

“You will show me the path of life, in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11 NKJV

 

If you’re experiencing tough times, you may be asking yourself “What does God want me to do next?” Perhaps you’re pondering your future, uncertain of your plans, unsure of your next step. But even if you don’t have a clear plan for the next step of your life’s journey, you may rest assured that God does.

God has a plan for the universe, and He has a plan for you. He understands that plan as thoroughly and completely as He knows you. If you seek God’s will earnestly and prayerfully, He will make His plans known to you in His own time and in His own way.

Perhaps your vision of God’s purpose for your life has been clouded by a wish list that you have expected God to dutifully fulfill. Perhaps, you have fervently hoped that God would create a world that unfolds according to your wishes, not His. If so, you have probably experienced more disappointment than satisfaction and more frustration than peace. A better strategy is to conform, your will to God’s (and not to struggle vainly in an attempt to conform His will to yours).

Sometimes, God’s plans and purposes may seem unmistakably clear to you. If so, push ahead. But other times, He may lead you through the wilderness before He directs you to the Promised Land.

So be patient and keep seeking His will for your life. When you do, you’ll be amazed at the marvelous things that an all-powerful, all-knowing God can do.

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