Curb Clappers

We are in a sermon series on Romans at The Cross and I wanted to share with you a single verse we took a look at that I think will be a source of great encouragement to you this month. It certainly was for me. The verse is Romans 1:12 which says, “When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” Clap it to the curb! As a pastor, what is remarkable for me to see in that verse is that the great apostle Paul confesses to the […]

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Three Words to Live By!

  You’ll quickly recognize the three words I am referring to in this month’s title when you reflect for a moment on the wilderness experience of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look. ‘Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the […]

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MID-DAY became MID-NIGHT!

(Scroll down to leave a comment on this awesome change from mid-day to midnight) “When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ And some of the bystanders hearing it said, ‘Behold, he is calling Elijah.’ And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will […]

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A New Thing!

We stand at the threshold of yet another year and, if God gives us the next 12 months, the question we need to ask and answer is this: “How does God want us to live them out?” It is far too easy to head off into another new year focusing in on ourselves and what we want rather than on our Savior and what He wants for us. It is in our DNA to ask questions like these… “What are the goals I want to accomplish?” “What are the plans I need to make?” “How far do I want to […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

(What does ’Twas the Night Before Christmas mean to you? Leave a comment down below.) Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) wrote the poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 1822. It is a tradition in many American families to read the poem every Christmas Eve. Here is the familiar beginning portion of it… “‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions […]

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Unholy Hiding

(Scroll down to leave a comment on your experience hiding from God) When we read the account of the horrific fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we may not give the proper attention to the exchange between God and Adam. “The man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the […]

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Killer Complacency

The dictionary’s definition of complacent is “to be contented to a fault; self-satisfied and unconcerned, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.” Sadly this describes far too many in the church today. They have grown so comfortable with their spiritual standing that they have become complacent, to the point where they are living out a Christless Christianity. Complacency vs. content Complacency is never good; contentment is another thing altogether. The Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to encourage us: “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, […]

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How Holy Are You?

If you are anything like me, you struggle with holy living. If you are not anything like me, please let me know how you are doing it! As a minister of the Gospel, the reason I don’t mind confessing that I am far less than perfect is because another minister of the Gospel, who was far, far more sanctified than I, confessed the very same thing.  Here the Apostle Paul sets forth the ongoing experience of every Christian: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate […]

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The Pain of Struggles: Upward or Inward

I learned the term “pain reflex” while I was in seminary; it refers to the witness of the early Christian church. It is said that some of the most powerful Gospel preaching came through the “pain reflex” of the early church. For many in the church today, especially in the United States, this term is somewhat foreign; we do not have to deal with much pain regarding our faith! But the early church certainly did, as have many throughout the world during the past 2,000 years.  Here are just a few examples of how the early church suffered under the […]

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God’s Want Ad

If God posted an ad on one of those career builder/job-seeker websites, do you know what it would look like?  Do you know the kind of person He would be looking for to do the job He has for them to do?  Well, God already posted His want ad, long before these sites became popular, and He posted it in His Scriptures:  “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Help Wanted In God’s want ad, we see that He […]

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