Aug 2, 2023
The Bitter Road to Recovery (Ruth 1:19-22)
Just like eating bitter food leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, enduring bitter circumstances can leave a lasting impression that may take time to recover from. During the time of recovery, we will be tempted to allow the bitterness of life to cause us to become bitter in spirit. While the road to recovery may be bitter, but we do not have to be.
  • Aug 2, 2023The Bitter Road to Recovery (Ruth 1:19-22)
    Aug 2, 2023
    The Bitter Road to Recovery (Ruth 1:19-22)
    Just like eating bitter food leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, enduring bitter circumstances can leave a lasting impression that may take time to recover from. During the time of recovery, we will be tempted to allow the bitterness of life to cause us to become bitter in spirit. While the road to recovery may be bitter, but we do not have to be.
  • Jul 30, 2023The Fix For Fear (Psalm 56:1-13)
    Jul 30, 2023
    The Fix For Fear (Psalm 56:1-13)
  • Jul 30, 2023He Hath Done All Things Well (Mark 7:37)
    Jul 30, 2023
    He Hath Done All Things Well (Mark 7:37)
    “And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.” -Mark 7:37-
    In the creation account of Genesis 1, we read that at the end of each day God reviewed what He created and saw that it was good. We learn a foundational truth in those brief statements. God is a doer, and everything that God does, He does well. Some believe that God is impersonal and disconnected. They do not think that He takes a personal interest in our lives or cares about the details. They imagine that He is more of a spectator than the sovereign Author of history. This is not true. God is a doer. He is actively working His sovereign plan in each of our lives. Everything that happens to us then is part of God’s perfect plan. There are no surprises to God. He is not reacting to plot twists as the main character of your favorite story might. Even when we are affected by the consequences of sin, everything is still under God’s sovereign control. Whatever God does, He does well. Because He is good, He does good. (Psalm 119:68). That is why we can confidently affirm that all things will work together for good. (Romans 8:28). God does not make mistakes, and He does not overlook details. You can trust God in every situation because “He hath done all things well.”
  • Jul 26, 2023Responding to Tragedy (Ruth 1:6-18)
    Jul 26, 2023
    Responding to Tragedy (Ruth 1:6-18)
    Ruth 1:6-18 shows us how three ladies responded to their tragic circumstances. Naomi decided to return to the land of promise. Orpah's departed to go back to the land of Moab. Ruth was determined to remain with Naomi and chose to place her trust in Jehovah. God uses times of trial in our lives to draw us to Himself and to grow us. When we face tragedy in our lives, we must respond with repentance and faith, trusting God to work through the trial for our good and His glory.
  • Jul 23, 2023God Gave Them Over (Romans 1:18-32, Judges 19:1-29)
    Jul 23, 2023
    God Gave Them Over (Romans 1:18-32, Judges 19:1-29)
    Man was created to worship God, but because of sin, we are tempted to turn from God and worship other things. When a person rejects God, they are choosing a path toward levels of debauchery and evil that they could never imagine. A person who persists in their rebellion against God will reach a point where God will relax His restraining hand on the wicked desires of his heart and allow him to pursue the fulfillment of all his lusts. God will give him “over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:28) As they indulge their sinful lusts, they will begin to endure the natural consequences of their sin. They will “receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:27) These truths are vividly displayed in Judges 19. This chapter of scripture is one of the most difficult to read because it shows us the natural and logical result of rejecting God and the truth of God’s word. When there is no absolute truth, and no one is accountable to anyone for their actions, a society inevitably descends into the depths of the most disgusting and repulsive behavior. Sadly, we see the same kinds of things taking place in our nation today. What God calls an abomination is celebrated and paraded down the streets of America. We are being led further and further astray by reprobate minds. With so much evil on full display, there has never been a greater opportunity for Christians to make a difference. We must first be sure that we are not letting the world influence us and spoil us with their godless philosophy. Then we must be salt and light, glorifying God by living and sharing the gospel.
  • Jul 23, 2023The Tomb of the Unknown Prophet (I Kings 13:1-34)
    Jul 23, 2023
    The Tomb of the Unknown Prophet (I Kings 13:1-34)
    The mistake of the unknown prophet was to go against the clear revealed will of God. His story teaches us that no matter who we are and no matter what we are told, we must obey God's Word. While God may not strike you dead the instant you disobey, failing to obey God always results in tragedy.
  • Jul 19, 2023The Danger of Departing (Ruth 1:1-5)
    Jul 19, 2023
    The Danger of Departing (Ruth 1:1-5)
    The book of Ruth is all about God’s redemption. He can redeem a foreign widow from her destitution. He can redeem a bitter woman from her sorrow. He can redeem the sinful choices of a fearful man so that “all things work together for good.” But God’s grace and His power to redeem should never be used as an excuse to depart from the will of God. We must trust God through the hardest times and obey His word, even when another way seems better to us.
  • Jul 16, 2023The Disappointment of Worldly Worship
    Jul 16, 2023
    The Disappointment of Worldly Worship
  • Jul 16, 2023Humble Faith
    Jul 16, 2023
    Humble Faith

    The Lord Jesus Christ was known for his gracious speech. "And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth." (Luke 4:22) But there were a few times that Jesus' words appear to be harsh and unkind. Such is the case with Jesus' conversation with a Gentile woman, recorded in Mark 7. This woman had a problem she couldn't solve. Her daughter was possessed by a devil. She heard that Jesus had come to town, so she went to Him because she knew that Jesus could heal her. When she found Jesus, she fell at His feet and begged him to cast the devil out of her daughter. 

    Jesus' answer seems cold and callous.
    "Let the children first be filled: for it
    is not meet to take the children's
    bread, and to cast it unto the dogs."
    Did Jesus call her a dog? Was He
    refusing to answer her prayer? 

    Many people would have been so
    offended by that kind of an answer
    they would have turned around
    and left, but not this woman. She
    knew who she was and that she
    did not deserve anything help
    from Jesus. But she also knew who
    Jesus was. Just a crumb of his
    power was enough to deliver her
    daughter, and that's all she asked
    for. In response to her humble faith,
    Jesus healed her little girl.

    True faith is always humble. It does
    not demand of God what it wants,
    nor does it think it deserves to get
    what it wants. Humble faith admits
    that for God to help us, He must
    stoop to where we are. It realizes
    that whatever good thing God gives
    us is better than we deserve. The kind
    of faith that honors God is humble faith. 

  • Jul 9, 2023God’s and a Good Luck Charm
    Jul 9, 2023
    God’s and a Good Luck Charm
  • Jul 9, 2023The Sins of the Elder Son
    Jul 9, 2023
    The Sins of the Elder Son
    The story of the prodigal son is one of the most well-known parables that Jesus ever told. Most people are familiar with the prodigal’s part of the story. He was discontent with living and serving in his father’s house, so one day, he demanded his inheritance early. The father gives it to him, and he leaves home and wastes all the money on wicked living. After some time, famine came to the land, and the prodigal had to find work feeding pigs to survive. Finally, he comes to his senses and returns home. Instead of being angry and holding a grudge, his father happily receives him back into the family. But the prodigal son had a brother, also mentioned in the story. The story concludes with an exchange between the father and the elder son. The elder son never left home. He was hard-working. He obeyed his father’s instructions. All of these are admirable traits, but there was something wrong with the elder brother’s heart. He was proud, bitter, and envious, and he proved it by refusing to join in celebrating his brother’s return. How we react when the lost are found reveals what is truly in our hearts. If we are unmoved by a sinner’s profession of faith in Christ or cynical about a backslidden Christian getting right with God, we are acting like the prodigal’s big brother. We must confess our pride, bitterness, and envy and rejoice with the Father when a prodigal returns.  
  • Jul 5, 2023Living Right In A World Gone Wrong
    Jul 5, 2023
    Living Right In A World Gone Wrong
    As the book of James comes to a close, the final instructions sum up how to live right in a world gone wrong.  So many times we focus on visible outward actions instead of the invisible spiritual condition.  The outward is merely a reflection of the inward and the visible is merely a symptom of the invisible.  If we are going to live rightly, we must be right with God and others.   
  • Jul 2, 2023Giving As An Act of Worship
    Jul 2, 2023
    Giving As An Act of Worship
    “Give unto the LORD the glory due
    unto his name: bring an offering,
    and come before him: worship the
    LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
    (1 Chronicles 16:29) Everyone is
    worshipping something. Even the
    most irreverent, ungodly atheist
    engages in worship. Webster
    defines “worship” this way: “To
    adore; to pay divine honors to;
    to reverence with supreme respect
    and veneration.” Worship is when
    you demonstrate your devotion to
    someone or something by giving the
    most and the best of your time and
    treasure to it. The idea of giving is
    so connected with worship that we
    cannot even imagine a form of
    worship that doesn’t involve some
    aspect of giving. Even those who
    do not worship the true God
    understand that worship involves
    giving of offerings and sacrifices.
    They do it to appease their false
    gods and earn their favor, but it
    shows that God has put into the
    conscience of man the knowledge
    that giving is a part of worship. As
    Christians, we too should give as
    an act of worship to the Lord. We
    should give thanks, we should give
    praise, and we should give money.
    We do not give to earn God’s favor,
    nor do we give expecting God to
    bless us with great and greater
    wealth. We should give to the
    Lord because God means so
    much to us. When we give tithes
    and offerings in obedience to
    the teachings of God’s Word, we
    are showing that we take God
    seriously and that He means
    enough to us that we are willing
    to part with our hard earned
    dollars to honor Him.
  • Jun 25, 2023Samson’s Tragic End
    Jun 25, 2023
    Samson’s Tragic End
  • Jun 25, 2023Pride Goeth Before Destruction
    Jun 25, 2023
    Pride Goeth Before Destruction

    Samson was known as a strongman, but
    in reality, he was very weak.  He could
    slay a lion bare handed, kill a thousand
    men in one fight, and carry the gates
    of an ancient city up a mountain.  Yet
    he was not strong enough to control
    the sinful desires of his flesh.  All of
    the famous events from Samson’s
    story involve him indulging sensual
    desires and suffering the consequences. 

    Perhaps the most well-known portion of
    Samson’s story is his encounter with
    Delilah.  Delilah was not a godly woman
    and did not love Samson.  The Philistines
    bribed her to discover the secret to
    Samson’s strength and she readily agreed.  

    The first three times Delilah asked him,
    Samson lied to her.  Each time the
    Philistines were ready to take him, but
    each time he escaped unharmed. 
    Astonishingly, Samson finally revealed
    the secret of his strength after Delilah
    asked him for the fourth time. Did
    Samson not know what she was trying
    to do? Or could it be that he had
    become so prideful that he believed
    he didn’t need to keep his vow to God
    any longer to keep his strength? 

    Whatever he was thinking, the
    result was Samson’s capture, torture,
    and humiliation.  He had lived a
    sensual, prideful life and he became
    a prime example of the old adage,
    “The bigger they are, the harder
    they fall.” Why? Because “Pride
    goeth before destruction, and an
    haughty spirit before a fall.”
    (Proverbs 16:18) Instead, we should
    humble ourselves, and if we do,
    God promises that He will lift us up.