Faith, Hope, Love

Faith, Hope, Love

Faith may waiver, hope may hang its head, and love may wax cold, but they can never be lost.  They are given at the new birth and they hold our hand through death. (more…)

We live in an ever-changing world.  Fads, philosophies, and people come and go but these three graces remain. They are the essence of the Christian life.  Learn how they can improve your life today.

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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The Apostle Paul, moved by the Holy Ghost, wrote a scathing letter to the Corinthian church.  Not only were they excusing appalling sin, but also they were fighting over the spiritual gifts. To cut through the confusion, God draws their attention to the significance of faith, hope, and love.

Faith, hope, and love are exalted as the trinity of Christian graces that rise above all others.  They abide when all else fails. 

Faith may waiver, hope may hang its head, and love may wax cold, but they can never be lost.  They are given at the new birth and they hold our hand through death. (more…)

Sacrifices To Remember On Memorial Day

Sacrifices To Remember On Memorial Day

Some things should never be forgotten. Remember these selfless sacrifices today and follow their example for a bright future.

Have you ever forgotten something of importance? A birthday? An Anniversary? An Appointment? 

It is easy to do. Why?

People are forgetful.

The Bible gives us many instances of mankind’s forgetfulness.

Genesis 40:23

“Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”

Judges 3:7

“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.”

1 Samuel 12:9

“And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.”

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Psalms 78:11

“And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.”

Psalms 106:13

“They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:”

Psalms 106:21

“They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;”

Lamentations 3:17

“And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.”

Hosea 2:13

“And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.”

These verses remind us how easy it is to forget. 

Some forget because they are absent-minded while other forget because they are inconsiderate. Ultimately, why we forget matters little in the grand scheme of things. 

One of the duties of a preacher is to help us remember.

Examine these verses. 

2 Peter 1:12–15 

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”

This portion of Scripture teaches us five essential truths about remembering.

  1. We need people to remind us. (vs 12)
  2. We need people to remind us of things we already know. (vs 12)
  3. God gives us people to remind us like preachers, parents, teachers, and mentors. (vs 13)
  4. Remembering things of importance wakes us up to important truths and responsibilities. (vs 13)
  5. We need to remember things people taught us after they are gone. (vs 15)

Memorial Day was instituted to help us remember the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

Wikipedia says, “Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.”

First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), Memorial Day was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

It’s a good idea to set triggers to remind us of important things. Dates on a calendar, reminders, alarms, etc. prompt us to recall what matters. 

On this Memorial Day, let’s consider some sacrifices that we should never forget.

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Examples of Faith (found in the Bible)

Examples of Faith (found in the Bible)

God expects His people to live by faith. But what does living by faith look like? These examples of faith found in Hebrews chapter eleven will encourage your heart and strengthen your confidence in God.

Hebrews 11 is an incredible chapter detailing what faith is, what faith does, and what faith can do for you. It overflows with precious truths about faith.

There are 17 people named in Hebrews 11 as examples of those who showed faith. This portion of Scripture is known as the Hall of Faith.

These testimonies are patterns of faith meant to encourage us to believe God.

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How do we learn to live by faith? We learn in the same way we learn other things.

There are three categories of learning.

  • Teaching – This includes every form of education, including reading, studying, and listening.
  • Time – This is learning by life experience over time.
  • Testimony – This is learning from the testimony and example of others. Modeling is the most potent form of teaching and the most memorable form of learning.

God has given us examples of faith. These testimonies of what faith did in others’ lives are powerful illustrations of what God can do through your faith.

Consider each of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 and what their faith can teach us.

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Choose The Right Fear (Fear Of The LORD)

Choose The Right Fear (Fear Of The LORD)

Everyone is afraid of something. Fear is not the enemy. It is a necessary part of life. The key to life is choosing the right things of which to be afraid. 

What are you afraid of today? 

I remember some of my fears from childhood. Were you ever afraid of:

  • The dark?
  • Monsters under the bed?
  • The opposite gender in grade school? Remember “cooties” anyone?

What is fear?

Fear is the emotional dread of impending doom. Most of the things people fear never come to pass.

This acrostic for fear adequately describes it. 

F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fear can cause a misinterpretation of the facts. The key is to focus on what you know, not what you think might happen.

I’m not advocating you pretend like everything is ok when it’s not. Rather, I’m encouraging you to exercise faith.

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Fear steals courage. Faith gives it. Fear robs strength. Faith imparts strength! Fear focuses on the unknown. Faith concentrates on God.

Satan loves fear. It is his tool to wreak havoc. Fearful people are prone to bad decisions and are easy to control.

Not all fear is bad, however.

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3 Benefits of Christ’s Empty Tomb

3 Benefits of Christ’s Empty Tomb

The Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ changed the course of human history and the fate of human souls.  Here are three benefits to remember this week.

Most empty things are not good:

  • cupboards
  • refrigerators
  • wells
  • stomachs
  • wallets
  • bank accounts
  • houses
  • heads
  • hearts

In contrast, an empty grave is a good thing.  Some of you may own a grave plot, but you are not in it yet.  That’s a good thing!

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Jesus died.  He should be in the grave, but He is not.  He stayed three nights in a borrowed tomb and rose again.  His grave is empty!

Jesus is the only Religious leader who is not in the grave.

  • Muhammed, the founder of Islam, is buried in a mosque in Medina.
  • Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was cremated in Kushinagar.
  • Mahavira, the founder of Janism, was cremated in Pawapuri.
  • Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, is buried in the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo, IL.
  • Charles Taze Russel, the founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses, is buried in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Hindu leaders have died and are turned to ash.
  • Toaist leaders have been long buried and turned to dust.  

The grave of Jesus Christ is empty!  The God for the empty tomb!

Jesus took something that is empty and made it the path to fullness.

God’s economy works differently than man’s economy.

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Don’t Quit! Poem

Don’t Quit! Poem

Have you ever felt like quitting? We all have at times. This poem will encourage your heart to keep going.

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Don’t Quit! Poem

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

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