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We Fight

"True Christianity is a fight" - J.C. RyleThe distractions of life In a world where we can video chat with friends across the globe from the comfort of our backyards, find and purchase a new weed eater in a couple clicks and have it delivered the next day from across the country,  instantly and effortlessly start reading nearly any book (or even have it read to you), or sit back with a cold drink after a long day at work, it is a typical day to have our lives overwhelmed by everyday distractions. We have a limitless supply of information, an abundance of resources, but only hours in a day.

We are being deceived It is important to remember to turn off the noise (including music, TV, and the kids) and find a quiet place to spend time with our Lord daily.
"Be still, and know that I am God." - Ps. 46:10a God is our refuge and strength. We often try to fight through the battles of life with our own strength, which will always ultimately result in our failure.  Worst yet…

Be Careful What You Pray For

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” My oh my, the depth of His Truth, the continuous challenge of growth, and the purpose He desires to show us!

Over the last few months we’ve been contemplating what seemed like a worthwhile opportunity to expand our backyard into an additional two lots, by purchasing a foreclosure next door. Oddly, this is during a time that we’ve been actively and passionately ridding ourselves of needless possessions and wasted spending, in an effort to invest more in the active and ever-present spiritual war that is going on in this world! My rationalization was that it was for a good cause, our family, our children, and enjoyment. Of course we want everything for our children. But the fight against the comforts and luxuries and other desires of this world are never-ending! It is a fight worth fighting!

Our purpose, our reason for existence, our “plan” that is so quickly missed in many lives... We are created for God…

Possessed By Possessions

An allegiance to our possessions and to the deceitful promises of the world lead to our death. How easy is it to be comforted and ultimately controlled by the very things we have been blessed with. “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” The cause of death and destruction remain in the love of the world, and the root of life and joy remain in Christ.
And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” - Luke 12:19
It is wise to heed the many warnings Jesus gave in regards to the destruction caused by clinging to our possessions (Mark 10:25), as a man turns away from Christ to keep his belongings (Matthew 19:16-30), and in knowing that we cannot be partiall…

Have you "crucified the flesh with its passions and desires"?

Did you know that a King is coming in might and glory? A righteous King is coming that we stand no chance against, that we are too depraved and corrupt to stand alongside. The stains of our sin soak down deep into our lives and deceive us into thinking that the pleasures of this world are worth the eternal death and destruction they bring, and assure the perishing that there isn't a real joy and abundant life attainable with a real and loving Father. Friendship and servitude to the awesome and loving King is found in the realization of the depravity and depths of that death-bearing stain that has driven a wedge between the Creator and created. The only reparation with the true King is by being clothed with Christ. Simply having the ability to acknowledge our depravity is an act of grace, it is undeserved. He died our deserved death for our undeserved life. A dying soul that has been reborn into life joyfully and faithfully seeks the continual discovery of the One that brought life…

Prophecies Of The Christ To Come

Prophecies of the Christ to come

The death of Christ was foretold 1,000* years before Jesus was born. Gods plan to save us was set before our creation. The Bible shows us the wickedness of men and the grace of God in forgiveness and sacrifice. Rejected and hated by his own creation, yet he desires not one to perish. Life with our Lord and Creator Jesus Christ is more fulfilling than anything this world has to offer. We can know him. The one and only living God.

Silent before his accusers “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” - Isaiah 53:7“And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.” - Mark 15:4-5Hated without cause “More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who wou…

What is the Church

One of the many topics on my mind as of late has been church structure and strategy. I am surprised to see in various areas, including Douglas, when multiple churches are erected and separately managed. It is unavoidable and understandable that there are those that depart from sound teaching and are given over to their depraved minds. Nonetheless there is a simple fact, there is one church, one Body of Christ. Some would say that they each have their own purpose, though I don’t support that. I believe there should only be one Bible believing and Bible teaching church within each community or city limits that is understood to be the church in that area. Over the decades and centuries we have clearly divided over preference, ritual, and other areas where such division is simply wrong. If we do not agree it could be an opportunity to sever a relationship and seek like-minded individuals to validate ourselves, but rather than divide, we should grow. We learn from each other, grow and supp…