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Sin and Its Effects

January 3rd

Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death – James 1:15 Sin may bring you pleasure. Sin may bring you wealth. Sin may even bring you a certain degree of satisfaction. But ultimately sin will only bring you death. As the pastor James wrote these words of warning, he no doubt knew how easily we …

Sovereignty of God

January 2nd

Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain – Acts 2:23 Nowhere is the sovereignty of God seen more brilliantly displayed than in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. God had already shown, for hundreds of years …

God and His Attributes

January 1st

God is love – 1 John 4:8 If there is an attribute of God that is popular with even non-Christians, it is the love of God. But even the love of God is widely misunderstood. God is love, but love is not God. Therefore, God is able to direct, apply, and sustain his love entirely independent of the …

Seven Sayings from the Cross

December 31st

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit": and having said thus, he gave up the ghost – Luke 23:46 The seventh and last lesson that we learn from Jesus on the cross is this: commend yourself to the loving hands of your Father. We can apply this lesson to ourselves in at least two ways. First, …

Future Things

December 30th

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness – 2 Peter 3:11 The certain and approaching end of this life, and this earth, should be for us like a warning sign along the highway. When we see a “Dead End” road …

Women of Faith

December 29th

Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God – Ruth 1:16 Although this passage is perhaps most well-known for its use in weddings—and …

Men of Faith

December 28th

David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? – 1 Samuel 17:29 The giant warrior Goliath stood and mocked the army, and the God, of Israel. While doubtless there were many that did not care one bit for this verbal abuse, none were willing to stand up to his savage bullying. That is, …

Death and Dying

December 27th

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints – Psalm 116:15 From our perspective it is the greatest grief we can imagine; from God’s perspective it is the delight of his heart. From our perspective, it brings a sorrow that only heaven can erase; from God’s perspective, it brings a …

Youth and Old Age

December 26th

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart – 2 Timothy 2:22 Youthful lusts are not limited to physical attraction. They include excessive desires for popularity, acceptance, worldly success, or academic achievement. …

Evangelism

December 25th

Having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost…from you sounded out the word of the Lord – 1Thessalonians 1:6, 8 Every church ought to have good acoustics. Not that the music and message should just be heard easily inside the building — they should also be broadcast clearly …