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MAY 25 “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is reckless living. But be filled with the Spirit.” — Ephesians 5:18

Be Filled With the Spirit

The church of Jesus Christ began in earnest on Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers in Jerusalem with great fanfare as recorded in Acts 2. This was 50 days after Christ’s resurrection. A lady said to me one time, “I wish you would preach a sermon on the Holy Spirit. What is it?” It? Suppose when you get up tomorrow morning, your husband says to you, “Well, good morning, Thing. How are you... More
MAY 24 “They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have remained with us. But they went out, revealing that none of them were of us.” — 1 John 2:19

What About Christians Who Fall Away for Good?

How are we to understand it when someone seems to become a Christian, they seem to actively grow, and then eventually they fall away? They leave, and they never come back. The first thing we think of is that these people are somewhere out there someplace. But they were right in the church.  They went out from us, but they were not of us. They were among them, a part of the church, but they really were not of it in its essence.... More
MAY 23 “Whoever denies the Father and the Son is the antichrist.” — 1 John 2:22

Can You Have God Without Christ?

As noted before, we hear much said about the beast and the Anti-Christ. But interestingly, John tells us that those who deny the incarnation of Jesus makes one an “antichrist.” Now, therefore, there are a great many individuals and movements and even churches that would fit quite plainly and incontrovertibly into that category. John adds, “No one who denies the Son has the Father” (verse 23). Now I think it is... More
MAY 22 “…and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and is already in the world.” — 1 John 4:3-4

Christ vs. Anti-Christ

Much ink has been spilled over the issue of the Anti-Christ. Just who is he or will he be—or as some want to say, Who was he? Jesus said in Matthew 24 that many false prophets would arise and lead many astray. We see that one of the aspects of the anti-christos is to be a deceiver as well as an opposer of Christ, and he also will have false prophets as well.  Furthermore, said Jesus, some of these deceivers will be able to do... More
MAY 21 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:7

The Peace That Passes Understanding

James Cash Penney, better known as J.C. Penney, built that tremendous chain of retail stores. Penney was a Christian, but he, like many Christians, had not yet fully learned the lesson of walking by faith. Though his business survived the economic crash of 1929, he had become involved in some personal commitments that were causing him great trouble and stress. In fact, the stress was so severe that it caused the dormant virus of chicken pox,... More
MAY 20 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” — James 4:6

Pride vs. Trust in the Lord

I saw a book in a bookstore many years ago with an intriguing title. I didn’t buy it, and now I regret it. The book was entitled Not Made for Defeat . You and I were not made for defeat. We were made for triumph. That, of course, is a picture of a Roman general or emperor coming back from war, his soldiers behind him, flags flying from his chariot. Behind them, in chains, was the army of those who had been defeated and now were being... More
MAY 19 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” — Philippians 4:4

All Things New

I remember the words of the classic song, “Old Man River”: “I gets weary an’ sick of tryin’, I’m tired of livin’ An’skeered of dyin’.” Tragically, that is the picture of so many people. But Paul the Apostle is a great model to us on how to live and how to die. He had become the possessor of a new life through Jesus Christ, who makes all things new. He tells us: “Therefore,... More