More Than Forgiven

Can there be any greater blessing than being forgiven of our sins? The answer is, “Yes!” The man or woman whom the Lord does not count their sin against them is blessed indeed. However, as wonderful as forgiveness is, and how necessary it is for our salvation, we must not stop there in our understanding … Continue reading More Than Forgiven

A Sedative for Every Sorrow

After a little while, you will see Me! – John 16:17 Those sweet tender words, “After a little while,” have deep thoughts in them, like the still ocean at the twilight, thoughts too deep for our fathoming. They breathe some precious comfort to those believers whose burdens are heavy, either with care, or poverty, or sickness. Neither shall the mourner … Continue reading A Sedative for Every Sorrow

How to Redeem the Time

How do we redeem the time? The key to understanding how to do that is by understanding what it means when Paul says, "the days are evil." This sermon I preached at Bethel Grace Baptist Church in Bellflower, CA, takes a convicting and encouraging look at Eph 5:11-21. As you will see below, it is … Continue reading How to Redeem the Time

The Four Separations of Sin

Right now, you and I are experiencing the effects of sin, even if we are not conscious of it. When Adam fell and sin entered this world, it wreaked all kinds of havoc. One of sin’s most detrimental effects is that it causes separation, specifically, four types of separation. Francis Schaeffer once laid these out in his book, Genesis … Continue reading The Four Separations of Sin

Don’t Choose Second-Rate Good Things

We must always be making choices in this world. We cannot take up everything that lies in our path, and we ought to choose the best things. Even among right things there is room for choice, for some right things are better than others. There are many Christians, however, who do not habitually choose the … Continue reading Don’t Choose Second-Rate Good Things

A Profound Moment on the Road to Emmaus

There are moments in scripture that are easy to miss, but they are deeply profound if we take time to consider them. One of those moments happens on the road to Emmaus. Jesus speaks two words in light of the context that reveals a world of encouragement. It is resurrection Sunday. A handful of people … Continue reading A Profound Moment on the Road to Emmaus

Self-Help Goes to Church

There is a commonplace religion that invites its followers to do the exact opposite of what Jesus taught. It is a religion of self-help, and it likes to go to church. We see it in many of the popular manifestations of cultural “Christianity.” It has a thin veneer of truth but lacks the substance. It gives lip service … Continue reading Self-Help Goes to Church

God Wants You, Not Your Work

G. Campbell Morgan tells of a friend of his who had a little daughter that he dearly loved. They were great friends, the father and daughter, and were always together. But there seemed to come an estrangement on the child's part. The father could not get her company as formerly. She seemed to shun him. … Continue reading God Wants You, Not Your Work

Do Not Forget You Are United to Christ

If you are a believer, at this very moment, you are united to Christ. Did you remember that this morning when you rose and began your daily routine? How will this knowledge affect you as you go about the remainder of your day? If we truly understand what it means to be united to Jesus, it should impact … Continue reading Do Not Forget You Are United to Christ

The Haunting Effects of Sin

David thought it was over. His sin had been exposed, he had sought the Lord's forgiveness, and it had been granted. A right spirit had been renewed, and a clean heart had been created. Then came the news that his child was gravely ill. The revelation threw David to the floor in anguish as thoughts of his sin filled his mind. Months had … Continue reading The Haunting Effects of Sin