In a world where people have forgotten how to treat one another, this list will save you a lot of grief. Check it out.
Matthew 18:15-17 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”
Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
We live in a day where accusation and innuendo have tremendous power. No longer are you innocent until proven guilty. It seems that most people today believe you are guilty until proven innocent. That sentiment plays strongly into satan’s role as the “accuser of the brethren.”
Furthermore, good people can get upset with one another over misunderstandings that are not handled (more…)
Making a spiritual decision is great. Keeping it is better. Make decisions that don’t fail using these three tips.
As I write this, I am in the chapel before an evening service of New England Baptist Teen Camp. God has been working mightily. Friendships of a lifetime have begun. Happy memories have been made. Powerful sermons have been heard. The altar has been full after every message as tender hearts surrender to God. Several people have been born again. Hundreds of life-changing choices have been made.
I am thankful to God for every decision made this week. Imagine the wave of change that would take place if every decision took root and bore the fruit of righteousness!
However, as an experienced youth worker, I am saddened to know that many of the decisions will not stick. I’m not being cynical. I believe that the decisions were from God. I heard God’s power in the messages. I felt the same Holy Spirit conviction. I saw the tears of repentance.
Nevertheless, the statistics are undeniable. Many decisions will not last past 60 days. Some people will fall into the old sins before they walk in the door to their home.
How can this be? How can God move so powerfully, on a heart with no lasting fruit? (more…)
You must take care of yourself to take care of others. Don’t be a casualty of your desire to help people. Heed this powerful reminder.
Song of Solomon 1:6 “Look not upon me, because I am black, Because the sun hath looked upon me: My mother’s children were angry with me; They made me the keeper of the vineyards; But mine own vineyard have I not kept.”
This verse speaks of a woman who was a servant. She had responsibility and worked hard. Her skin was darkened from long days in the sun. She helped others to the detriment of her own responsibilities, yet people were still unhappy with her. Sound familiar? This scenario has played out many times over throughout history.
You must take care of yourself to help other people!
A New year is a perfect time to reevaluate your life and make important changes. What if you had the power to make lasting personal changes that would benefit you and your family for generations? It is easier than you think!
There are things that need to change in your life. You know it. I know it. There are things that need to change in my life too. One of the constants of human experience is the need to grow; to improve; to better oneself.
The age old question is “Can people change?” There are those who state emphatically that people cannot change. Their experiences in life have painfully proven it time and time again. The truth is people don’t change on their own. We tend to rise or fall to the level of our character and morality. But notice the important phrase “on their own”.
People don’t change, but God changes people. Yes, God can change people! (more…)
Our God is kind and generous! He blesses us with numerous benefits. How do you respond to these blessings? Your response matters to the Lord. Let’s see what God teaches us about King Hezekiah.
2 Chronicles 32:24–26
“In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.”
Hezekiah was a good king. He brought revival to Israel and led the people to follow Jehovah again. The Lord blessed his obedience greatly. God won the impossible victory against the large Assyrian army and vicious king Sennacherib through the prayers of Isaiah and Hezekiah. 2 Chronicles 32:20-22 Furthermore, the Lord magnified Hezekiah in the sight of the people, protected him from his enemies and enriched him financially. Truly, we serve a generous and compassionate God! (more…)