In Paul’s letter to the Philippians he instructed them as to where to find the power to face and deal with life successfully (Phlp. 4:11-13). The lesson within that text is equally important for us today.
Is it OK to be almost the winner in a contest, almost right on a question of facts, almostsuccessful in an endeavor undertaken, almost safe and secure in the face of potential danger? In most cases we’d quickly acknowledge that almost is not OK.
The face of our culture is changing before our eyes. Computerized technology may be the biggest influence affecting and shaping much of the change. It seems that only our imaginations limit us as to what continued changes lay ahead.
Just how important is it to be at services when the church meets? As Christians, we need to always be examining ourselves to make sure that our lives reflect true faithfulness (2 Cor. 13:5). We also need to seriously reflect on our spiritual well being. Just how strong is our faith? We need to not do anything that could put our souls in jeopardy.
God’s word is “living and powerful” ( Heb. 4:12 ). God guides us and communicates His will to us through His word ( Ps. 119:105 ). The gospel message of salvation is revealed to us in God’s word (Rom. 1:16 ). By reading His word we understand that it is through the gospel that we are actually called to salvation ( 2 Thess. 2:13-14 ). His word guides us as to how to live a faithful, productive Christian life after coming to salvation ( 2 Tim. 3:15-17 ). It is no wonder that God instructs us to diligently study His word in order to be able to correctly understand and apply it to our lives, and to stand approved before Him ( 2 Tim. 2:15 ).
Drive in any direction in any part of this land, and it won’t be long before you pass a church building. They dot the landscape throughout the countryside, and several will usually be found in any neighborhood in any city. While many people do not attend church services frequently, a majority will attend somewhere at least once or twice a year, and a vast majority will claim an actual identity with some church.
Tomorrow we celebrate Labor Day, a federal holiday set aside to honor the working people of this nation. The first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City. It was made a national holiday in 1894. While the holiday was originally designed to recognize organized labor, it has become a holiday for all workers. For many, it marks the end of summer and begins the activities of the fall season. It is somewhat interesting that a day designated as Labor Day is celebrated with a day taken off from laboring.
It’s rather amazing how many people subscribe to the notion that it doesn’t really matter much what a person believes, when it comes to Christianity. They would hold that a few beliefs, and it would be a very few , are basic to being a Christian. If pressed, many of them would probably state that while their personal preference is Christianity, they don’t necessarily believe that a person has to be a Christian to be saved.
Jesus told the apostles, "and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). He would establish His church, and nothing would prevent its being established. The establishment of the church was of paramount importance in the Lord's mission to this earth.
Last Sunday I began a short series of sermons on Self Esteem. Self esteem has to do with a sense of self worth, and it's a part of the human psyche that affects every area of our lives, including our spiritual lives. First, we'll look at the very concept of self esteem and consider why we ought to have a sense of self worth. Then we'll establish what is the best source for good self esteem. We'll conclude by examining some Bible examples of people who found the right source for self esteem and thereby changed their lives for the better.
Gary L. Hutchens