Lessons From The Empty Tomb

This Sunday, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in the history of the world—and the cornerstone of the Christian faith. In fact, it is so foundational to Christianity that anyone who denies the physical, bodily resurrection of Christ cannot be a genuine Christian—because it is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith (built on Scripture) for salvation.
 
You see, without the resurrection there is no Christian faith, no salvation—and no hope for man.
 
As Paul the Apostle said, “If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is useless, your faith is meaningless, we are still in our sins, those who have died believing in Christ are lost and we are of all men the most pathetic. We might as well eat, drink, and be merry for there is nothing more to life than this.”
 
However Paul went on to say, “But now Christ is risen from the dead and is the first fruits from the grave of those who have died believing in Jesus.”
 


Be Transformed By The Renewing of Your Mind

 
 
Ephesians 4:17 (NKJV) This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.
 
Here Paul is admonishing believers to stop living the old life of sin like unbelievers who do so because of the “futility of their mind”—and to start living new lives of holiness and purity for God. The phrase “futility of their mind” means the “empty-headedness of worldly thinking”.
 
The Bible teaches that the power to live a changed life comes from the Holy Spirit working thru a changed (clean) heart. But David prayed, “Create in me a clean heart—O God because he knew he couldn’t create a clean heart in himself. We don’t have the power to change our hearts—but we do have the power to change our minds.
 
That’s what the word “repent” literally means in the Greek—“to have a change of mind”. If I stop thinking that certain behaviors that God condemns in His Word are okay.
 
If I stop justifying sinful activities and old habits—in other words, if I change my mind, God will change my heart. And a changed heart always leads to a changed life! Paul is telling us here in Ephesians 4 that the main difference between Christians and non-Christians—is in the way they think.
 


Behold I Will Do A New Thing

Today, we stand at the beginning of a new year.  What makes a new year special is the fact that it’s, well,—NEW!!
 
Every New Year brings with it new hope—hope that in this new year God will make things in our lives new in the sense of new opportunities, new strength for victory over old sins, a new relationship perhaps if you’re single—in short the hope that this new year will be a better year than last year.  And if that is your hope for this new year—you will be happy to know that you are on solid biblical ground!
 
I say that because we serve a God who is constantly wanting to do new things in the lives of His people.
 
This was something God promised His people Israel, in Isaiah 43 when the nation was in captivity in Babylon because of their sins and things looked like God had abandoned them. You can imagine how the people felt forsaken by Him and the future looked bleak and hopeless— Read more…


The War on Christmas

Well, after taking a few years off—I see that the war on Christmas is back.That the “Grinches” are back who want to do away with Christmas—or at least downplay it to the point that it is no longer recognizable. For example:
  • Many retailers have instructed their employees to no longer say “Merry Christmas” but instead to say something generic like “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.”
  • Many companies won’t allow their employees to put up a Manger or to even have a small one displayed on their desk.
  • Many employers have instructed their employees that they can’t give one another Christmas cards containing any “religious” themes as they might be offensive to some.
 
Of course, one of the main areas where we see this anti-Christmas,  political correctness being promoted is in public schools across our nation.
 


Revive Us Oh Lord

 
We are just a week away from the mid-term elections—which many believe to be the most important mid-terms of our life-time.
 
Many Americans who are discontent or even angry with the president over his rhetoric and policy positions are saying, “We need a change”, “we need a change if our country is going to be put on the right track…”
 
I hear many people saying, “We need a change”—but I don’t hear many saying, “We need to change!”  I believe that, as a nation, what we really need more than a change in leadership is a change of heart.
 
It’s true this country desperately needs a change in direction—but direction away from sin and back to God—in other words what we really need is national repentance and revival!  Read more…


Walk In Wisdom

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Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV) See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
 
The Greek word translated circumspectly in verse 15 carries with it the idea of “precision and accuracy”—but also has the idea of looking, examining, and investigating something with great care. But this Greek word further includes with it the idea of alertness
 
.So, Paul is telling us, “See that you walk (live) your Christian life carefully with great precision—looking all around and giving strict attention to all things as one might do when passing through a very dangerous place.” (As when walking thru a mine field)


God’s Cure For Spiritual Heart Disease

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Ephesians 2:1-3 (NKJV) And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
 
Here in Ephesians Chapter 2 Paul is talking about the riches of God’s grace toward the human race in sending His Son to save us. However, before a person will appreciate the riches Read more…


Remembering 9-1-1

 
Exactly 17 years ago today, America suffered one of the worst terrorist attacks in our nation’s history.
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever live in infamy in our national conscience.
 
On that day, Islamic terrorists hijacked 4 commercial jetliners.


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