What Is Sin?

Sin condemns the soul to Hell and destroys everything it touches. Only faith in Jesus Christ can remove the eternal penalty of sin and restore fellowship with God. Learn the Biblical definition of sin so you can avoid it.

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There is a lot of confusion about what sin is today. Make sure you know what sin is so you can evade its devastating effects. Only God has the right to determine what constitutes sin. He gave us His definitions of sin in the Bible. Click To Tweet

Consider this information from a poll that highlights the confusion about sin.

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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.

Sacrifices To Remember on Memorial Day

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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How To Increase Our Faith

Have you ever wished you had more faith? Learn how to increase your faith in God with these steps from the Bible.

HOW TO INCREASE OUR FAITH

In our text, the Lord Jesus Christ taught the disciples some hard lessons on forgiveness.

Luke 17:3–5 

“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.”

Forgiveness is necessary. God forgave us. He expects us to forgive others. We must even forgive the same person repeatedly if they repent. This revelation blew the disciples’ minds! 

Forgiveness is one of the most challenging duties of the Christian life. It is contrary to fleshly wisdom. It requires elevation of petty feelings of offense, anger, malice, and revenge.

The Bible gives us four ways to increase our faith. Click To Tweet

Unforgiveness is a sin. It is one of the most hurtful and ignored sins among Christians.

This article is not about forgiveness. Although forgiveness is a worthy study, we don’t have the space in this article to discuss forgiveness, the levels of forgiveness, and how to forgive. 

Today, we focus on the phrase, “Increase our faith.”

The Disciples recognized that they didn’t have the strong faith required to take the next step of obedience. They needed more faith!

The idea that we need more faith to accomplish God’s will can be applied to many areas of life. As you grow in grace, your faith will need to increase.

Some people have stopped following Christ because they sense their inability to obey what God commanded. The Apostles recognized that they didn’t have what they needed, but the Lord did. They asked Him to increase their faith. 

INCREASE OUR FAITH!

What a compelling request! 

This request acknowledges the: 

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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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HANNAH’S FAITH IN GOD

Hannah is known as the mother of the great prophet Samuel. But that is only the end of the story. Learn how Hannah’s faith in God gave her a son and gave Israel one of its greatest prophets. The same faith is available to you today.

Hannah's Faith IN God

It is impossible to overestimate the worth of a godly woman. 

Proverbs 31:10 says, “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”

Hannah was such a woman. Her story is immortalized in the Word of God forever. Let’s examine her life to learn valuable lessons about faith.

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The account of Hannah is found in 1 Samuel chapters 1 and 2. She was the first of Elkanah’s two wives and was barren. Elkanah loved her and favored her above his second wife, giving her preferential treatment. 

Yet, her heart was broken. She needed a miracle. 

Let’s find out how she got one.

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