Devotional: ‘What to Do When the Enemy Comes’

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There is a story in the Old Testament that has always blessed my heart. It’s about a king named Hezekiah and what he did during a time of trouble.

The Bible tells us that Hezekiah was a good king and that he sought to please the Lord in everything he did. During his reign, the king of Assyria invaded Judah and captured many of the villages. Then the king sent a threatening letter to Hezekiah that contained these words –

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Devotional: ‘We Know When, Why and How’

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For we did not follow cleverly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice from the Majestic Glory said to Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we ourselves heard this voice from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18)

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Devotional: ‘The Ability to Live a Godly Life’ part 2

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During my many years of being a pastor, I have come in contact with a lot of different people. Yesterday I referred to a young man who tried to excuse his sexual immorality because he had an ‘overactive sex drive.’Then there was the man who tried to tell me that it was God’s will for him to divorce his wife so that he could marry another woman who was godlier. Even today there are countless numbers of professing Christians who disregard certain portions of God’s Word because they think it is outdated. Yet, there are no legitimate excuses for sinning as a believer. Peter writes, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” (2 Peter 1:3)Consider carefully these five things the Lord has given to help us.

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Sunday Sermon: ‘The Good Life is All About Christ’

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This morning we come to what I believe is probably one of, if not the greatest verse of scripture in all the Bible concerning what it means to be a Christian. This one verse puts in a nutshell who the Apostle Paul was and how he lived:

Philippians 1:21“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

In this one simple short verse, Paul tells us how he was able to be joyful, even though he was in prison. So, what does this verse mean?

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Devotional: ‘The Ability to Live a Godly Life’ part 1   

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I remember many years ago counseling with a young man who was struggling with a particular area of sin. To make matters worse, he tried to excuse his sin by saying that he was different from other people and this was something that he couldn’t help. I then showed him what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning sin and temptation.

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

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Devotional: ‘The Importance of a Strong Prayer Life’

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This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15)

Warren Wiersbe writes in his commentary on the New Testament – “What breathing is to a physical man, prayer is to a spiritual man.”Much of our confidence before God comes through our prayer life.

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Devotional: ‘The Importance of Maturing in the Lord’

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How long have you known the Lord? When were your spiritual eyes first opened to the truth that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins? When did Jesus become your Savior?

For me, it was when I was twelve years old and attending a fall revival at our church. It’s been so long ago that I have forgotten many of the details; yet I still remember going forward and someone sharing with me John 3:16. “For God so loved Terry, that he gave his only begotten Son, that if Terrywould be in him, Terrywould not perish, but have everlasting life.” There was a lot I didn’t understand about God and His Word at that time, yet I did understand that I was a sinful young man and that I needed to know Christ as my Savior.

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