Contributed on Oct 7, 2010
Have we been able to identify the obstacles that keep hindering a close relationship with Christ and ask Him to help you to overcome them?
Opening illustration: What does a teacher desire from his/her students? What does a general desire from his soldiers? What does a ruler desire from his citizens? What do parents desire from their children? WHAT DOES CHRIST DESIRE FROM US? All these ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2010
We often meet with crosses in the way of duty; and though we must not pull them upon our own heads, yet, when they are laid for us, we must take them up, and carry them after Christ. We must never be ashamed of Christ and his gospel.
Opening illustration: What have we gotten ourselves into? Many people have asked this question when they were faced with great personal risk. • A mountain climber ~ is it worth taking the risk? • A soldier in combat ~ is it worth it? John 14: 21 says, "He who has My commandments and keeps ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2010
Being a follower of Jesus can give people a strong sense of their own identity. Indeed you could even say that to belong to Christ, to be "in Christ", to be a member of his body, is the only identity we need.
Opening illustration: Any person working in the US Marine Corps lives with a motto “Always Faithful.” He is to remain faithful to the US Army – even unto death for the cause of his country. What he doesn’t have to do? • Take orders from enemy leadership • Never quit partway through the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 18, 2010
Becoming like Christ is is our ultimate goal. Go ahead and put on Christ. At first it may feel unnatural or uncomfortable, and maybe you may think, “Who am I trying to fool?” But everyday just keep putting on Christ and everyday you will grow to look more
Opening illustration: It is a story about a man who was born with an awful facial deformity. He grew up alone and lonely. When reaching adulthood, he decided to move from his town to begin a new life. On his way he discovered a beautiful mask that fit his making him look handsome. At first the mask ...read more