There is no doubt that siblings can be extremely different from one another, and no two brothers fit that description better than Cain and Abel. Cain, a tiller of the ground. Abel, a keeper of the sheep. Cain, the firstborn son. Abel, the baby of the family. Although very different, there is one common denominator … Continue reading Abel: The Legacy of Obedience
“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.”
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…
Can you imagine being dropped in the middle of a place you’ve never been, with things surrounding you that you’ve never seen before? You question the reality of just how beautiful this place is. Everything seems so vibrant and lovely. It is strange to you, yet you feel at home. That is a small glimpse … Continue reading Adam: the Power of One Decision
Bro. Bobby Roberson was my only pastor growing up. His humble spirit and love for Christ ignited something in this preacher boy that I just cannot explain to you. I grew up at Gospel Light Baptist Church all my life. I was saved in our Christian school when I was seven and called to preach … Continue reading 3 Lessons from My Pastor
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.
Reminders are good things. I know it is hard for our manly pride to admit it, but they are. Sometimes reminders come as banner notifications on your cell phone, and other times they come from the little woman you call your wife. Regardless, they are completely necessary to a sex so prone to forget.
This week I had the privilege of speaking at a special conference for revival and evangelism. My heart has been stirred and my hope renewed. Christ is still “able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” (Hebrews 7:25). The gospel has not lost its power, it remains “the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16)! God’s ability has not lessened and His promise has not expired.
Someone once said, “There is no such ‘instant maturity’ available in this earth. God does not offer a formula that produces fully mature Christians overnight. Christian growth comes through hard-core, gutsy perseverance of applying what you hear and obeying it.” There is nothing else that will do in this life except hanging in there through the power of the Lord! Think with me, if you will, about five (5) questions concerning perseverance.
There is no day like payday! The rush of landing a huge client or your boss handing you a few weeks’ reward for your hard work, is always satisfying. It constitutes a deep feeling of worth and masculinity when you know you did your job well and your labor merits a good reward. So, you strut your way to the bank with your “millions” in your pocket, and you come home with a bag filled with so much money, you don’t know what to do with it all! Right?