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The Danger of Being around Good People

I often hear it said, “They are good people.” This is a subjective statement, of course, because it is filtered by the person’s standard of goodness. We know from Scripture that “there is none that doeth good” (Romans 3:12). The Apostle Paul, by any measurement, a good man, testified, “In me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18).

What We Miss While We Are Looking at Our Phones

Have you noticed? Everyone is looking at their mobile device…constantly! In the grocery store. Around the dinner table. Driving down the road. Walking through town. Consumed with a digital world, we are no longer conscious of the world God placed us in. Concerned about connections and messages we are losing real relationships with those who are closest to us on earth. We have added so much information and interaction to life – have we stopped to consider what we may be losing? While we are looking at our phones…

The Way of Cain

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭16:25‬ Like father like son, Cain also disobeyed what God had required of him. Abel’s sacrifice of the firstlings of his sheep was accepted at the altar, but Cain’s sacrifice was a different story. It is important to note that God did not just reject Cain’s sacrifice, He rejected Cain. As it’s been said, “In God’s presence, you cannot be who others think you are, but you must be who God knows you to be.” God looked beyond the substance of the sacrifice and saw that it was Cain’s heart that was not right for “his works were wicked” I John 3:12. God will only accept worship that is pure and holy: “for no flesh will glory in His presence.”

The Danger of Shipwreck

As I ran along the coast in a Florida community some time ago I saw one of the most vivid reminders of the dangers of life. The sun was shining bright and the skies were clear. People around me mingled in the park, walking their dogs and talking to one another. Expensive private boats floated along the pier. And there in the middle of all that beauty was the wreckage…

We Faint Not

As Christian men, we are called to be ministers for Christ. Regardless of our gifts from God, our talents, our abilities, or our occupation, we are called to advance the gospel and to edify Christ's church. We're all called to ministry, and ministry for the Lord Jesus Christ can be a discouraging endeavor for each of us, at times. It is in II Corinthians 4 that the Apostle Paul twice encourages us with these words: "We faint not" (4:1, 16). In making such statements he implies that faithful Christian ministry will often have its discouragements and times of defeat. Though we "faint not," we are frequently tempted to.