Devotional: ‘What to Do When You Are Weak’

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I hate it whenever I feel like I have failed especially when it comes to being a Christian. I want to know that I have done a good job in everything God gives me to do. Yet, in spite of all of my effort and desire, I fall short daily.

It may surprise you to know that one of the strongest Christians who ever lived was also a weak man. Consider this portion of Paul’s testimony.

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Devotional: ‘Where Do You Turn When You Have a Problem?’

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Often, whenever we have a problem, we try to solve it on our own and without the help of God. Such efforts are not only futile, they may also be fatal. Consider this story found in the Bible.

Scripture says that King Asa of Judah was facing an invasion from an enemy nation. In order to try to solve his problem, he took the silver and gold from the temple and used it to bribe other nations to help him. Though his scheme seemed to work, it displeased the Lord and in response God said these words to him:

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Sunday Sermon: ‘A Friend That is Closer Than a Brother’

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Introduction

I want to begin my message today by having you take a short quiz. This quiz isn’t hard and you won’t receive a failing grade if you’re incorrect. Here’s my quiz:

What Do These 5 Names Have in Common: ‘C.W., Mike, Gary, Ted, and Buck’?  

I’m sure that other than myself, Tammy is the only one who even has a clue into who these five individuals are, much less what they have in common. Although most of these individuals have never met each other, they all have a common link. At one time or another, each of them was one of my best friends. Actually, even within this small group of guys, only a couple of them were really-really a best friend. I’ve read that although most of us have hundreds of friendships and acquaintances in life, most of us can count on one hand the number of individuals who could be considered to be one of our ‘best friends.’

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Devotional: ‘Rescue the Perishing’ (Jude pt 5)  

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In some ways, I feel a bit like Jude. “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” (Jude 1:4) It was my original intention to write some light devotions for this week, and instead the Spirit gave to me something that was very heavy.

Jude’s message is heavy. Jude told the believers of his day: “For certain individuals, whose condemnation was written about long ago, have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude 1:3-4) Apparently, false believers were creeping into the church and distorting God’s grace by insinuating that it was a license to sin. Yesterday we saw that in the end, Christ will come and judge these false believers. Today I want us to conclude our study by considering the promise Christ has made to those who faithfully follow Him.

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Devotional: ‘Living in the Last Days’ (Jude pt 4)  

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The Apostle Paul tells us that in the last days, perilous times shall come. (see 2 Timothy 3:1) The word ‘perilous’ means: {troublesome, dangerous, and hard to bear.} During the last days, it will be difficult to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. Much of this difficulty will come as the result of living in a world that is filled with people who are selfish, rebellious, and brutal. Added to this list of dangers will be the fact that many will continue to “act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” (see 2 Timothy 3:5) During the last days, many will be an increase of false religion.

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Devotional: ‘A Day of Reckoning is Coming’ (Jude pt 3)    

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“For certain individuals, whose condemnation was written about long ago, have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Jude 1:3-4

When you consider the wonder of God’s amazing grace, it’s not hard to see why Jude was so upset with those who were trying to distort it. Jude refers to them as ‘ungodly people who were perverting the grace of God by turning it into a license for immorality.’ Paul may have been thinking of these same individuals when he wrote this warning to the elders at Ephesus: “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard!” (Acts 20:29-31) Even our Lord said: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-16)

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Devotional: ‘God’s Amazing Grace’ (Jude pt 2)   

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For certain individuals, whose condemnation was written about long ago, have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 1:3-4

Apparently, even during the early days of the church, there were those who were trying to destroy the Christian faith. According to Jude, this attack came not only from those who were outside of the church, but also from some who were inside the church. Consider this parable taught by Jesus.

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted, and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. Matthew 13:24-26

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