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The Comfortable Church

Friday, May 20, 2011 May 20 The Comfortable ChurchMatthew 28:16-20 I think it’s fairly evident that the society we live in is very self-centered, and this same characteristic can be present in a church. Whenever a local body of believers develops an inward focus, its fruitfulness in ministry begins to decrease, and each member’s Christian walk is hindered. Many believers want their church to be cozy and comfortable. They come to listen to a nice sermon, fellowship with friends, and have their needs met. But Godnever intended for the gathering of His people to be like a country club; He calls us to join an army that will bring the gospel into enemy territory. An effective church—one that poses a real threat to the Enemy—is a body of discipled people who have been taught the truth of Scripture, trained for service, and helped to mature spiritually. But all this is accomplished for the purpose of going out into the world, not for becoming a self-contained sanctuary of Christian com…

For All Walks of Life

Friday, May 20 For All Walks of Life He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3 Recommended Reading Psalm 37:1-4 A tire shop in Milwaukee advertised: "Invite us to your next blowout." An optometrist said, "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place." And a California landscaper boasted: "We're Easy to Get a Lawn With." But when it comes to clever slogans, maybe the podiatrist had the best one when he said: "Put Your Feet in Our Hands!" Most of us have learned that if our feet hurt, we hurt all over--and our feet hurt when we're wearing the wrong shoes. (Another podiatrist said: "Time Wounds All Heels," but that's enough slogans for now!) The point is that when we slip our feet into gospel shoes, we feel good all over. When we are shod with the Gospel of Peace, we needn't be anxious as we walk through life. We can cast all our car…

Humbly Receive

Humbly Receive Text Size: Zoom In May 20, 2011 — by David C. McCasland Subscribe on iTunes Play MP3 (Mobile) Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: James 1:13-22 Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. —James 1:21 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 10-12; John 6:45-71 While reading the first chapter of James, I was struck by the phrase “humbly accept the Word planted in you, which can save you” (v.21 NIV). A decision with which I’d been struggling came to mind, and I thought: I don’t need to read another book, attend another seminar, or ask another friend about this. I need to obey what the Bible tells me to do. My efforts to be better informed had become a means of resisting God’s instruction rather than receiving it. James was writing to followers of Christ when he said: “Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is ab…

Living in Obscurity

Friday, May 20, 2011 Living in Obscurity by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:16–25 Pay close attention to that last sentence. "Moses was willing to dwell with the man." How good that is. Here is a man he had never met; an obscure desert priest and shepherd, who had spent a lifetime raising sheep (and daughters!) in the desolate patch of land known as Midian. "And he gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses. Then she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land" (vv. 21–22). Moses, who would have been in line to marry an exotic Cleopatra-type beauty back in Egypt, settled down with a shepherdess. And when she gave birth to their firstborn, Moses gave him an unusual name: Gershom. It means "a sojourner." That's what Moses had become—a sojourner in a distant land, forgotten and obscure. He came into Midian not knowing anyone, not knowing the ropes, not even knowing where he was going to …

When Will Jesus Return?

Friday, May 20, 2011 When Will Jesus Return? Dr. Ray Pritchard During a radio interview two days after an earthquake and tsunamis wreaked so much devastation, the host asked if this could be a sign of the Second Coming of Christ. It is a relevant question in light of what Jesus said in Matthew 24. When the disciples asked, "What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" (v. 3), Jesus offered six "signs" of the Second Coming (vv. 4-14). We can call the third one Natural Disasters (vv. 7b-8): "There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains." When a woman is pregnant, she knows from the calendar the general time when the baby is due. Her body begins to send specific signals as the day approaches. Those signals are called labor pains. They begin with low intensity and low frequency. Sometimes they can go on for several days and then suddenly stop. They may start and stop several time…

The Power of Love

Friday, May 20, 2011 The Power of Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 Today’s verses teach that love does not “rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.” This means believers aren’t to dwell on another man’s wrongs and give up on him as a hopeless, despicable criminal. Love enables us to hate the evil unjustly visited upon the innocent while valuing the one who committed the act. More simply, we hate the sin but love the sinner. In spite of everything that seems apparent about someone who’s been driven to sinful actions, God has created him or her with the potential to be made into something good. Outwardly, it may seem as if substandard upbringing, poor treatment, or negative influences have corrupted a person’s morality and worldview beyond repair. For such individuals, the capacity to love and rise above circumstances can get buried so deep that it may seem nonexistent. God still considers the most evil and corrupt person worth saving. How do I know this is true? Because …