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November 18th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland

    A soldier in one of the Prussian regiments had a watch chain of which he was very proud. But, he could not afford a watch, he used to wear a bullet attached to the free end of the chain. One day, King of Prussia, Frederick II, noticed this curious ornament and, deciding to have some fun with the man, took out his own diamond-studded watch. “My watch tells me it is five o’clock,” he said, “What time does yours tell?”

    The soldier replied, “My watch does not tell me the hour, but tells me every minute that it is my duty to die for Your Majesty.” King Frederick was pleased with the soldier’s answer and gave him his own watch, saying, “Take this so you may be able to tell the hour also.”

    Commitment. Loyalty. Single-minded devotion.

    How can I keep Christ first in a world that demands more of me?


    Pray that God will help you understand how He wants you to live, what your purpose is in life. If a greater job opportunity comes open, should you take it? Pray that God will open doors or close doors for you (Colossians 4:2-4).


Certainly, we cannot talk to God without listening to God. We must read His word. We must meditate on His word (Eph. 3:3-5). This book will help us prioritize our lives (Prov. 16:3).


Under the rubric of three priorities God has given us in His word (Him, family, work), you may need to itemize your responsibilities and then list them in order. Then, you have to put them on some kind of schedule and prioritize: what you need to do, what you would like to do if you had time, what you can ask someone else to do, or what you simply cannot do at all.


    We need to leave ourselves open to providential interruptions. Leave your heart open to possibilities that God sets before you to use you in ways that you might not have anticipated.


    Learn to say, “No.” You may be the best at what you do. You may be the fastest. You may be the strongest. You may be the smartest. But you can’t do everything. Many Christians are “trained” to serve others, to say “Yes,” whenever they can. But Satan can use that aspect of your personality to tear you apart – to wear you out physically, to get you distracted from your priorities, to keep you out of church.


    Being evangelistic does not have to be something that we “turn on” or “turn off.” Sharing the Gospel, yes, should be done at the appropriate times. But, sharing the Gospel needs to have a foundation laid in interpersonal relationships (Col. 4:5).

    Invite your co-workers or teammates or classmates into your world – your Christian world. If you need to work on a project, maybe you could invite your co-worker home to eat with your family and then work on the project (with your wife’s foreknowledge and approval, of course!). That helps the other to see your home life and it may open further doors for evangelism.


    Time is something that you simply cannot control. The clock just keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking into the future. Maybe you are a fan of the country music group,Alabama, and they have a song entitled Never Be One Again. Is that how you want your children to remember you?

    Use your time wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16). Do not get so caught up dealing with the immediate that you can’t deal with the important. Too many times we live our lives in such a haphazard, careless, nondiscriminatory way that we wake up long after the alarm clock goes off, and we stay behind all day long. Because we are always behind, we get distracted by the immediate needs or demands of the office or classroom and then do not have time or energy for what is important.

    Learn how to use your time wisely. You cannot control time but you can control your use of time. Keep in mind that God wants us to be productive and then rest.


    Ultimately, we have to recognize the fact that we are each in control of our own lives. We should not allow our boss to control our lives. We should not allow our work schedule to have a negative impact on our family life. We cannot allow our fanaticism for sports be greater than our fanaticism for God’s priorities (Prov. 16:9).

    If we truly want to be faithful to God, we will allow the Lord to direct our steps…

     How can we keep Christ first in a world that demands more of us?

P – raying

R – eading the Bible

I – temizing our responsibilities

O – pening our heart to possibilities

R – efusing to accept everything offered to us

I – nviting others into our world

T – ime used wisely

Y – ou are in control of your life


October 21st, 2015 | By admin

By Katt Anderson

A lot of emphasis is put on our faith. How deep is your faith? No one can judge another’s faith, only God can do that. But sometimes actions reveal our faith.

What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things unseen.” We can’t see faith, it has no form. Bu we see the evidence of faith. We see the missionaries who risk their lives and the lives of their family to teach people in dangerous places the love of God. Most of the time they are alone in their teaching and can be put in jail or killed at any moment. That is faith to me.

In sickness, we see the faith of dying people who are still talking about God’s grace and love, even when they draw their last breath. They continue to teach their loved ones and show that they believe in God and trust his commandments.

When people are saying bad things about us and making fun of our faith, and we stand up and show our true faith, that’s faith. We humans are prone to believe what we want to believe. It’s sad, but some really bad things are said about Christians. No one is perfect.

Christians are to set the example to the world. We should be happy about ourselves, our religion and the world about us. It’s hard when so many people don’t believe in the true God. God is a God of peace, not conflict. God is a God of love, not hate. God wants everyone in the world to believe his Word. After all, Christ died on the cross for all of us, not just a few.

Do your show you’re faith in God daily by not gossiping, showing God’s love, helping others and being happy? Happiness can be gained by studying the Word and meditating on it day and night.


August 5th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland

    When Jesus came down from the mountain where He was transfigured, there was a daddy there who had a son possessed and tormented by a demon. The disciples could not cast out the demon. Jesus commented to the dad: “All things are possible to him who believes.” The heart-broken daddy cried, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

    That boy’s dad expresses the doubt in our hearts, sometimes. “Lord, I believe, as far as I can go. But doubt is clouding the path.”

    You and I are not God. It sounds pointless to say that and yet, we doubt because we are not all-powerful and all-knowing. Doubt is not skepticism in the sense that we do not want to believe. Nor is it unbelief in that we choosenot to believe. Doubt, to quote the medieval philosopher Anselm of Canterbury, is “faith seeking understanding.”

     Doubt means that we have a pain in our heart that is drawing our attention. It might be pain relative to our own weaknesses or sin or inconsistencies. It might be pain relative to our trust in Jesus to resolve some problem we are having. It might be pain relative to our faith in God that He will, in fact, walk us through the valley of the shadow of death.

    But, as pain can send us to the doctor, so doubt should send us to the Great Physician. Think about the patriarch Job, what he experienced, and how he came through it with a strong conviction in the God of heaven. You and I, too, have to make the decision to put our trust in God, regardless of the weaknesses in our heart: fear, anxiety, confusion.

     Because we are not all-knowing and all-powerful, we have to trust the One who is.

     When you look out at the sky in the mid-day, you do not see stars. Yet, you believe the sky is still full of them. Why? You can’t see them. But you trust, based on what you know, that they are there.

     When we doubt, we feel a sense of discomfort in our heart. This discomfort is not in sync with our knowledge, our reason, or our faith. So, to which do we succumb? Our knowledge? Or our doubt?

     Doubt is a indication that we need to go back to God and His word and strengthen what might be weakened by the onslaughts of the Devil.


May 11th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland 

    In 1776, Augustus Toplady wrote a song which we still sing today: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.”

     Our Lord is the Rock of Ages, based on such passages as Deuteronomy 32:3-4: “For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”

The idea that God is a rock is the idea that God does not change. He is not susceptible to the same whims and passions that afflict the human race. Indeed, God isimmutable.

The word “immutable” means “unchanging over time or unable to be changed.” In describing God as “immutable,” we mean to say that God does not change His nature.

One of the most obvious verses on the immutability of God is Malachi 3:6: “For I the Lord do not change.” Other verses show the same: Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Psalm 102:26-27; 103:17; Isaiah 28:17; Hebrews 6:18; Hebrews 13:8; James 1:17.

There are, therefore, things that God cannot do. He cannot do something that is outside or beyond or againstHis nature. He cannot lie. He cannot do anything immoral. He cannot make a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it. He cannot deceive. He cannot do something that is illogicalor irrational.

Because God’s nature does not change, we have examples where God is good to non-Israelites because of their response to Him:  Abimelech in Genesis 20; Balaam in Numbers 22-24; King Cyrus in Isaiah 45; Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4; Nineveh in Jonah. Consider Jeremiah 18:8: “if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.”

    In other passages we see that God punishes the disobedience in His own people and we see the immutable nature of God: Moses in Numbers 20, David in 2 Samuel 12, Israel itself, Peter in Matthew 16:23; Ananias and Sapphira.

    Because God does not change, we can trust His word – Numbers 23:19. We can trust His promises completely – Romans 4:21. We know God will be faithful to Himself - 2 Timothy 2:13. His nature is an anchor for our soul – Hebrews 6:17-18. His nature is the foundation for our Christian service – 1 Corinthians 15:58.

    You can trust the Rock of Ages because He does not change!

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