The Baptist Man

At the church where I pastor, First Baptist Church of Decherd Tennessee, we have a special day called Baptist Men’s Day. On this day we have special activities for men and an emphasis on godly manhood and leadership along with a celebration of Baptist men. You may ask, “What is a Baptist man?” To answer…

Recapturing Love

Throughout history we have seen words and expressions that have evolved in their meaning. What one word meant a hundred years ago may not mean the same thing today. Because of our sin nature, words have a tendency to lose their value and meaning. Such has been the case with the word: Love. Warren Wiersbe…

Keeping His Commandments

We live in a culture that places a high value on proof. If we are going to believe something, we must be convinced that it is true. Previously, John dealt with the issue of our continual battle with personal sin and our need to be in the habit of regular confession of sin. This correlates…

Trust in the Advocate

In verse 7 of 1 John 1, we are encouraged to “walk in the light.” Light reveals truth. The light reveals the truth concerning God, ourselves, and Jesus. Now that we know the truth, we are to live in the truth. However, though we are in Christ, we still have a sin nature we must…

Walk in the Light

In the first four verses of 1 John, the writer establishes his credentials and authority. He is able to speak with authority concerning Jesus because he was an eyewitness of all that Jesus said and did. The purpose of his writing is to encourage the church and strengthen their fellowship so that their joy may…

The Words I Speak

                Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” This is a prayer I pray every day, especially before I preach a sermon or have any meeting or conversation with others. I pray that my words…

Experiencing Jesus

Everyone wants to be joyful. Many people will spend large sums of money and go into tremendous debt in the search for happiness and joy. It is an endless pursuit that never brings true joy and contentment. Joy does not come through the pursuit of material things. True joy is found in a relationship with…

The Day After Christmas

The presents have all been opened and the tree is taken down. All the lights are stored away and all the joyous music fades into the cold winter. The parties are over and its back to work we go. The laughter and the excitement of the season has come to a sudden end. Christmas is…

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…