Temptation – Every Christian’s Battle

Day One

Every Christian must face the reality of temptation.

Romans 7:24  “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

 You will face temptation in this world until your salvation is completed.  Let me explain.  When you were born again, God saved you to the uttermost.  You will never be more saved than you were at the moment you trusted Christ.  Nevertheless, full salvation takes place in three parts:

  1. Salvation – Past – Saved from the penalty of sin.  
  2. Sanctification – Present – Saved from the power of sin.  
  3. Glorification – Future – Saved from the presence of sin.

Learning these three words will help us understand temptation and how to fight it.

Salvation

Many incredible things happened when you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour.  Your sins were forgiven.  You were born into the family of God.  You were sealed with the Holy Spirit. Your place in Heaven was reserved.  Your eternal inheritance was reserved.  This list of God’s goodness toward us through salvation is far too extensive for us to list here.

At salvation, you were saved from the penalty of sin, but your redeemed soul still lives in a fleshly body that has sinful desires.  You have two natures battling for control.  That’s why we (more…)

Spiritual Decisions That Don’t Fail

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…)

Happy Father’s Day 2018

Father’s Day is set aside for us to honor our fathers.  How will you honor yours?

Fathers are a gift from God.  God created the family structure.  He chose that a man and a woman would leave their families and cleave to one another.  He designed that children would be a product of their love and be cared for by them. He called the woman “mother” and the man “father.”

It is significant that (more…)

16 Characteristics of God’s Agape’ Love

Christ commands us to love one another.  But he is speaking of a much different love than the world exhibits.  The Greek word agape’ (ag-ah´­pay) describes God’s unconditional and sacrificial love that He has for us and expects us to show to one another.  What does agape’ love look like?

1 Corinthians 13:4–8   Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

The word agape’ is translated into the word “charity” in this chapter of the King James Bible.  This is the perfect English word to describe God’s selfless & unconditional love.  Learn why God’s love is the Greatest here.

John 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Our Lord not only gave us a  command that we should love one another but also how to love one another.  The Greek word agape’ is used here for the quality of love that we should display. Ask yourself the following questions.  Are you exhibiting God’s agape’ love?

1. Suffereth Long

Are you patient with others or are you quickly frustrated with them?

2. Is Kind

Are you kind or harsh in your actions and attitudes?

3. Envieth Not

Do you take pleasure the blessings and accomplishments of others or are you jealous of them?

4. Vaunteth Not Itself

Do you notice and fulfill others needs or do you promote yourself and your needs above theirs?

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Should I Tithe on My Tax Return?

You don’t want to rob God, but you’re not sure how to handle your tax return.  What does the Bible say?

Proverbs 3:9–10 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Dedicated Christians tithe. We tithe by returning 10% of our increase to the Lord through our local church. This is a straightforward calculation for your regular paycheck. As a pastor, I have been asked many times how to tithe off of a tax return. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

Tithe off of Net Pay

If you have been tithing off of your net pay (this is the amount you receive with taxes removed), you have not tithed from all your income. Even though the government takes tax out before it gets to you, it is still part of your increase. You must tithe off of your entire tax refund.

Tithe off of Gross Pay

I recommend tithing off of your gross pay from each paycheck. This is the amount you are paid before taxes are taken out. Furthermore, I urge that you tithe off of your entire (more…)