A Heart of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than a holiday on our calendar. It’s an attitude of the heart: a wonderful way to see the world.  Do you have a heart of thanksgiving?

What words would you use to describe your heart?  This is a most important question!  The Bible is clear about the importance of the heart.

Proverbs 4:23  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Constantly guard your heart for it will determine (more…)

Beat The Alarm Clock

12 Easy Tips To Wake Up Early And Conquer Your Day

Stop dreading your alarm clock. Get up early each day to walk with God and to get ahead of your task list. Here’s How…

Waking up early will give you quiet time in the morning to prepare your heart, mind, and body for the day. Awake early to walk with God before the busyness of the day begins. Rise in plenty of time to start your day strong, so when it comes time to perform, you can excel.

Proverbs 6:9–11   “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, And thy want as an armed man.”

There is nothing quite so discouraging as oversleeping in the morning. You wake up and instantly realize that you are behind. You jump out of bed rushing around to make it to work on time or take care of your responsibilities. You feel behind all day never able to catch up no matter how hard you work. You tell yourself you never want to do that again!

On the other hand, some people get up early regularly but feel so exhausted that they have a hard time getting through the day. Some mornings you will have to push through the exhaustion, but you should not feel that way every day. You may need to consider other changes to your lifestyle such as eating healthy, exercising, or adjusting your overall schedule. Consider taking a 15-minute power nap sometime during the day too. Life is cyclical. At times you will have more responsibilities and get less sleep. Other times you will have more free time and get more sleep. The challenge is sleeping enough to excel! Through it all, remember that you are the master of your schedule. Own it and crush it.

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The Baptist Distinctives

8 Bible Truths That Make All The Difference

We live in a time when people reject labels of all kinds. Why is it important to be a Baptist? Why not drop the name and be a non-denominational church? Why does it matter what Christian group with which you identify?

Labels are useful. Imagine how foolish it would be if you went to the canned food aisle at the grocery store and there were no labels. Perhaps there were hundreds of cans marked “Beans.” Are they green beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, or lentils? Are the beans seasoned or unseasoned? No one would know unless they bought the can, took it home and opened it.

Furthermore, how foolish would it be if every restaurant in the world was generically named? Before you enter a restaurant, you want to know if they serve Italian, Mexican, American, Indian, or Chinese. Labels help us see at a glance what kind of food we can expect to find inside the restaurant.

We rely on labels daily to tell us what to expect. They are necessary when it comes to churches as well. Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Universalist Unitarian, Nazarene, Charismatic, etc. are more than archaic labels. Each one signals a body of doctrine and philosophy that is vastly different from one another. Furthermore, a non-denominational church can be any one of these! How confusing! These various churches can’t all be right.

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3 Reasons I’m Glad I’m a Baptist

You become a Christian by believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You become a Baptist by believing the rest of Bible. Here are three reasons I’m glad to be a Baptist.

1. Baptists were never part of the Roman Catholic church.

There’s been a lot of talk about the Reformation lately. I’m glad that men stood up against the doctrinal and moral corruption of the Roman Catholic church. Many groups came out from among the Catholic church and eventually become Christian denominations. I’m for anyone who believes and proclaims the saving power of faith in Christ alone. However, every denomination that left the Catholic church also retained some of its false teaching and unscriptural philosophy. Baptistic believers have never been part of the Catholic church. We are not “Protestants.” We did not come out of the Catholic church. There have been believers holding to the Baptist Distinctives since the time of Christ that has run parallel to every other Christian group. They have been called by many different names throughout history, but their fundamental beliefs have been very similar.

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34 Activities of the Holy Spirit

Includes Free Study Guide Download

The Believer’s most powerful ally is the Holy Spirit Who dwells within.  Do you know what He is trying to accomplish in your life? Do you know what He wants to do to help you?  Are you allowing Him to do His job?

Before our Lord Jesus Christ returned to Heaven, He comforted the Disciples with the revelation that He would leave them the Holy Spirit as their Helper and Comforter.

Wow!  God placed a Member of the Trinity within His children!  He is in you right now.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  He wants to supercharge your life.  There is divine power, wisdom, insight, and more available to you through the Holy Ghost!  Yet, most Christians are unaware of His ministry.

The Holy Spirit is the least understood Member of the Godhead, yet He is the One we interact with most intimately in this life.  I encourage you to begin the journey of getting to know Him and experiencing all He has to offer.

What is He trying to do in your life today?  How can He help you?  Are you filled with Him?  What limits His work in your life? (more…)