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In Word and Deed

Faith without WORDS is dead! We are created in the image of a communicating God, and it’s not what goes in the mouth, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man (Matthew 15:11). If we believe, we need to confess Jesus is Lord. What comes out of the mouth on a regular basis will reveal whether faith is operating in the Christian life. You can’t believe that all things work together for good to those who love God and then say, “Woe is me, I’m doomed!” You can’t believe that the Lord has made you righteous, and then carelessly speak profanity. Words are expressions of what’s dominating inside.

That’s why it’s so important to have the Word dominating. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16). Notice that when the Word dwells richly, we all become teachers! It doesn’t just apply to pastors, but it speaks of teaching and admonishing one another. And it doesn’t say to use sermons, but psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
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Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

   It’s often been taught that God brings His people into trying situations in order to produce something good. But if this is true, why would Jesus teach us to pray, “lead us not into temptation”? Temptation is present everywhere. It’s present with you the minute you wake up in the morning! You might be […] Continue reading →

Conformed or Transformed?

  Paul instructed, be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). To be conformed means to be passively fashioned or molded. You don’t have to do anything, you just get shaped. The influences of the world easily settle in and have effects on your life […] Continue reading →

Divine Workmanship

   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10. We are his workmanship. It is easy to get this wrong. It is often the case that believers struggle, trying to do everything in their own efforts. We forget […] Continue reading →

Put On, Put Off

   The battle is on! To “put on the armor of light” implies that we are dressing for battle. A battle means that there will be continual need for alertness, effort and more choices. This does not mean that the Christian life has to be one constant source of stress. No, it should be marked […] Continue reading →

Live Deliberately

   Usually Christians hardly feel like saints. But as in other areas of life, it is sometimes necessary to take responsibility and play the part. It is easy to put off all the work of gospel living to God alone. While it is true that we must depend upon God for the fruit, it is […] Continue reading →

Be Clean

   Here is my attempt at being poetic: Faith is the faucet that turns on the shower of God’s grace. Ok, so I’m not Shakespeare! But think about it. In a normal shower, the water is already in the pipes, it just needs to be released. This is the way it is with God’s love, […] Continue reading →