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Do we live like we need God?

Do we live like we need God?

How much do our daily prayers show forth a need for God?  Do our prayers show our dependence upon Him?  Do we expand on the idea of “give us this day our daily bread” from the Lord’s Prayer?  Are we asking for help in our sanctification?  In our vocations?  In our travel?  In how we spend our free time?   Continue reading “Do we live like we need God?”

The Necessity of the Church

The Necessity of Church

Would your faith be any different without the visible Church in your life?  Think about that for just a moment.  The Bible knows nothing of Christians separated from a local body of believers, but for many in our world today, how they practice their faith has no bearing on anyone else but themselves.  The “only me and Jesus” attitude is not a Biblical one.  Faith is personal.  But just because your family or friends may be Christians doesn’t make you one.  The essence of the Christian faith is that it is meant to be lived out in community.   Continue reading “The Necessity of the Church”

A Good Reason to Read

A Good Reason to Read

January is a good time to renew good habits and put away bad ones.  Many people make “resolutions” to strive to do better in various areas of life.

2 Peter 1:5-8 states, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Continue reading “A Good Reason to Read”

Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

We are very familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”   We are less familiar with the verses that surround this account of Jesus meeting with Nicodemus in John 3.   Continue reading “Darkness and Light”

Salt and Light

Salt and Light

Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.  You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Continue reading “Salt and Light”

Self Examination

Self Examination

I don’t know if anyone else is like me, but holidays at the end of each year are a time of introspection and self examination. There are many times I have a love/hate relationship with holidays as I see the way they are often twisted and made into commercial events rather than something that will help me grow closer in my relationship with Christ. Continue reading “Self Examination”

The ABC’s of Presbyterianism

The ABC’s of Presbyterianism

This is our first Friday of the month look at one of the booklets that are provided by The Committee on Christian Education (CCE) of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

What perfect providence that Rev. Danny Olinger is coming to visit with us this very Lord’s Day! Be sure to come to Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.. He is from this committee.

Today’s booklet is, The ABC’s of Presbyterianism by Larry E. Wilson  There are a few copies of this booklet in the bookcase at the church building in the foyer if you would like a hard copy.  This booklet is not available online at this time. This is also the last booklet in this series of reviews. Continue reading “The ABC’s of Presbyterianism”

Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord

Let us Give Thanks to the Lord

Hopefully yesterday was a day of giving thanks for the people of God. Not just giving thanks for the freedoms we enjoy or abundant food, but a true giving thanks to the Lord and His goodness and His steadfast love to His people. Continue reading “Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord”

Falling gods…

Falling gods…

It has been interesting to watch the stories that have dominated the news media over the last few months.  God has a way of exposing our idols and showing us that the idols we tend to place above Him eventually will disappoint, and many times lead us away from the things of God.  I feel like many news stories lately emphasize this fact.  But we rationalize our devotion and ignore the obvious.  There are four great American idols that have been exposed recently.  May we make sure we are not those who are bowing the knee to false gods.   Continue reading “Falling gods…”

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