The ministry of many a man today is lifeless and dead because the Lord has departed from him, though he, like Samson, may not know it. And the Gospel we preach too often has a barren womb; sons and daughters are not brought forth into the kingdom of God, and the starving saints are not fed! Oh, for fire from heaven! -John R. Rice
If you do not know how to stand fast against the world, you will find the world will stand fast against you. -C.H. Spurgeon
Elijah was not on Carmel to demonstrate what he could do but what God could do. -Vance Havner
I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven. -A.W. Tozer
You might as well try to hear without ears or breathe without lungs as try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart. -D.L. Moody
When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well-nigh hopeless. Bob Jones, Sr.
That which we do for ourselves is forgotten; that which we do for Christ is immortal. -T. DeWitt Talmage
Success in marriage consists not only in having the right mate but also in being the right mate. Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterward. -Benjamin Franklin
The Gospel is the good news of how Jesus came to this earth, how He died on a cross in our place for our sins, how He was buried and rose again the third day. -Curtis Hutson
When the persecuted become the popular, they are powerless. The church prospers in persecution but pines in prosperity. ~ Vance Havner
Such a dilemma are the church’s watchmen in: men will curse them if they be faithful, and God will curse them if they be false. But it is a needful office. ~ Matthew Henry
“It is impossible to do nothing about Jesus Christ. Not to decide for Him is to decide against Him, but decide we must.” -Vance Havner
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” -Ronald Reagan
“What we think about when we are free to think about what we will- that is what we are or will soon become.” -A.W. Tozer
“God sometimes puts His children to bed in the dark.” -D.L. Moody
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and under a just God cannot long retain it.” -Abraham Lincoln
“Prayer does not need proof; it needs practice.”
Jonathan Edwards, when a boy, wrote in his journal: “resolved to live with all my might while I do live.”
You always enter God’s hospital as a charity patient. You can’t pay your way.
We build expensive churches and sometimes it is like erecting million-dollar launching pads to send up firecrackers.
The Christian’s view of the future is not a spectacular dreamed up by science or the brainstorm of secular historians. He gets it from an old, old book written by a solitary exile on a lonely rock in a restless sea. The Apocalypse is laughed at by this world and discredited even by some churchmen but it is precious to all strangers in modern Babylon who are looking for the City that’s soon coming down. Its strange, mysterious characters make more sense every day as the seven-sealed book opens the meaning of God’s history within history and the stage is set for the last chapters in the drama of this age. He does not argue with the wise-acres of this world, for that would be casting pearls before swine. Blind eyes cannot see this vision nor can dead men understand Scripture until they are born again. God goes His quiet way and lets the panels discuss and symposiums debate current events in all their learned ignorance. Headlines mean something entirely different to Him and newscasts tell another story to His ears. Blessed is the man whose vantage point is Patmos!
There are many brands of treason in the Christian camp. Men who deny the historicity and authenticity of God’s Word; worldlings who hobnob with the enemy; indifferent church members who come not to the help of the Lord against the mighty – all these are traitors. It sounds good to talk about forgetting all our differences and closing ranks to face the foe without, but we may lose to the foe within. Paul recognized two threats to the church – wolves from without and false leaders within (Acts 20:29, 30).
Someone has suggested that a good text for an Easter sermon can be found in a phrase out of Acts 12:4: “Intending After Easter…” Everybody goes to church on Easter Sunday but most of them do not intend to keep it up. It is not a religious show on a big day but faithfulness to God every day that counts. Putting in an appearance on a special occasion and then being conspicuous for absence on most occasions is the bane of our church life today. Isaiah thundered against the hollow and meaningless observance of new moons and Sabbaths and ‘the solemn meeting.” Christmas and Easter Christians, the holly-and-lilies crowd, make poor soldiers of the cross and followers of the Lamb. The real test of our piety is what we intend to do “after Easter.”
DOCTRINE, DYNAMIC, DISCIPLINE
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine.
I Timothy 4:16
Stir up the gift of God which is in thee.
II Timothy 1:6
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 2:3
Doctrine, Dynamic, Discipline – Paul would have young Timothy qualified in all three. For lack of any or all, our Timothys do not fare so well today. Some know not what they believe or else turn from truth to fable. Some lack fire from heaven, vainly “compassing themselves about with sparks.” And real discipleship has given way to a modern version without a cross.
How the church suffers for lack of all three! How many members can give a reason for their hope? How much of our religious activity is the work of the Spirit? And while we have professed believers aplenty, how many disciples do we have?
We need a fresh course in the Three D’s!
We cannot of ourselves produce any of the experiences of the Christian life. We cannot regenerate ourselves, for we are born again not of the will of the flesh but of God (John 1:13). We cannot confess Jesus as Lord but by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3). We cannot understand the Bible but by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; I John 2:27). We cannot live the Christian life – Christ lives in us (Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20). The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 2:14). We can consent and cooperate, but this is a supernatural work of God from start to finish.
The Great Commission bids us teach the disciples to observe all things commanded. Our word “observe” has two meanings today. It may mean to behold, to look on, to view the scene. It may also mean to adhere to, keep the rules, abide by the terms, obey the laws of an organization or society. Most Christians belong to the first category; they are balcony Christians, spectators, onlookers, nonparticipants. We hire a church staff to do church work, and on Sunday we sit and watch them do it. Too many are in the grandstand, too few are playing the game.
We have come all the way from burning hearts to itching ears, from “Amen” to “So what?”
We are in the midst of a moral epidemic which all our wonder drugs cannot stop.
Pray For The Church To Stand Up Like The Early Church In The Book Of Acts. Pray For Revival In America!
I want my message to be intelligible to the ordinary man. I’m feeding sheep, not ministering to a few intellectual giraffes.
It was said of the great racehorse Man o’ War: “Some horses led him at the first turn, some led him at the backstretch, a few led him at the far turn, but no horse ever led him in the homestretch.” Some Christians run nobly at the start of the race, some do well halfway, but blessed is the man who makes a good finish. Paul’s batting average was good to the end of the reason: “I have finished my course” (II Timothy 4:7).
God sometimes snuffs out our brightest candle that we may look up to His eternal stars. ~ Vance Havner
Do you have friends and long time acquaintances who do well in life but never give a thought for the Lord? They often have never suffered extreme setbacks, hence they lack the realization of their need for God. The Christian, however, may have been pruned back so they would have a better understanding of the Lord and their need for Him. Humility is the gateway to a close relationship with the Lord. Thank Him for your trials and losses. Wise men seek Him in their hour of need. Blessings, Pastor Steve
2 Timothy 3:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Hebrews 12:6-11 King James Version (KJV)
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.