Contributed on Apr 9, 2018
The world teaches that those who finish first are always declared the winner. Much emphasis is placed on our perceived position and status in life. Jesus challenged this teaching, declaring the Last shall be First.
The Last shall be First Matthew 20:16 Much of life is guided by perceived standards and expectations. We are quite familiar with these standards, being exposed to them as long as we can remember. In order to be accepted and successful, one is taught to believe they must abide by these long held ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2018
Paul dealt with a thorn in the flesh, a continual, unceasing burden. Although he had prayed specifically three times for the Lord to remove it, the thorn remained. God allowed his thorn in the flesh for a purpose.
Strength through Weakness 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 Our text today comes from the second letter Paul had written to the Corinthian church. The church at Corinth struggled with purity and spiritual consistency. While they had embraced the Gospel, many continued to walk according to the flesh, and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 22, 2018
Most today focus more on their personal desires than the needs of others. We are urged to gain all we can and put much of that away in reserve. Society teaches the pathway to success is through gain. The Bible teaches we must give if we are to receive.
Giving is Receiving Acts 20:35 There can be no doubt that we live in a selfish and inward focused world. The majority today have little concern for the needs of others, and few are willing to make any sacrifices to benefit someone else. Dr. Adrian Rogers described the mentality of many today. ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2018
While serving the Lord and walking with Him, we learn a great paradox - genuine gain often comes through loss. We must lose certain things in order to gain what the Lord desires for us.
Loss is Gain Matthew 16: 24-26 1 Tim.6:6-7 – But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. Many in our world today are fixated on material wealth and social status in this life. The majority of their energy ...read more