The Task of the Called

                In Jeremiah 1:4-10 we learn of God’s call on the life of Jeremiah. In that context we learn how God is calling all of us to Himself both for faith in Him and for serving Him in this life. We also learn how God always prepares those He calls. He never sends us out…

A Call to Prepare

God never calls anyone to anything without adequate preparation. If we want to be successful in fulfilling God’s call on our lives, there must be preparation. Robert Shuller said, “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” When God called Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:4-10, we see that God did not send Jeremiah out blindly. God…

A Call to the Called

In Jeremiah 2:4-10 we read of God’s call on Jeremiah’s life. There is often great confusion concerning what it means to be called of God. There is even more confusion relating to the will of God and God’s specific plan for the life of an individual. There are some who confuse God’s will and God’s…

Thorns in the Flesh: Sin

Paul’s thorn in the flesh mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 is certainly unlikely to be a sin problem in Paul’s life. However, every believer in Christ still struggles with sin. Just like the thorns of physical ailments and the thorns of relationships, we all have nagging sinful tendencies that we are constantly fighting against. Perhaps…

Thorns in the Flesh: Relationships

It is probably 90% certain that Paul’s thorn in the flesh mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 was some type of physical ailment. However, Paul had many enemies. He had people in his life that frustrated him. Though the thorn referred to in our text may have been a personal physical problem that Paul had, he…

Thorns in the Flesh: Physical Ailments

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said…

FREEDOM!

On July 4th, 1776 the declaration of Independence was signed and the United States of America was born. Freedom is a precious jewel. It is experienced by only a few as most nations of the world do not enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy here in America. As great as living in a free nation…

The Purpose of Giving

                H.G. Wells, famous historian and philosopher, said at age 61: “I have no peace. All life is at the end of the tether.” The poet Byron said, “My days are in yellow leaf, the flowers and fruits of life are gone, the worm and the canker, and the grief are mine alone.” The literary…

The Attitude of Giving

Everything we do and everything we are hinges on our attitude. Attitude is defined as: “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.” Chuck Swindoll said, “Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live…

The Choice of Giving

                Just like most things in life, giving is a choice. For the believer and for members of the local church, giving is an expectation, however, we still have the choice as to whether or not we fulfill that expectation. We give, not because it is expected of us, rather, because our heart is aligned…