Keeping WatchMark 14:41
41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.
The hour had finally arrived for the Son of God to be betrayed and handed over to the cruel hands of His torturers. And what did Jesus do? Did He run and hide in fear of His captors? Did He set up a defense? No, He prayed and anxiously kept watch for His betrayer. Jesus was keenly aware of the danger that lay just out of sight in the seemingly peaceful darkness of the night. And where were His beloved disciples? Jesus found them, not once, but three separate times sleeping while they too should have been praying and keeping watch. But why did Jesus instruct them to keep watch? Was it so they could flee at the first sign of danger? No! He told them to keep watch and to pray so that when the evil of the night finally arrived at their doorstep, they would be both spiritually and emotionally ready to stand boldly in the face of the danger at hand. Jesus did not want them to be surprised, confused, disoriented and disillusioned by the sudden surprise of the enemies assault. But that is just what happened. When the trap was sprung, most of the disciples fled in fear and confusion, others cowered and Peter even lashed out in physical violence and anger. If they had been keeping watch, they would have seen the torches of the enemy in the distance as they made their way through the mist of the olive grove. If they had been beseeching the Lord in prayer they would have both understood and been at peace about how to respond in the time of trouble. Dear Believer, are we so different than those poor tired disciples on that fateful night 2,000 years ago? Isn’t it so true that we are often just as oblivious to the danger that is often so close at hand? The enemy is ever near, ever scheming, ever springing traps to surprise and disorient our faith. The traps of false teachers, pride, resentment, anger, offense, distrust, unforgiveness, addiction, laziness and every form of spiritual cancer. The enemy’s goal is to surprise the Church in order to scatter us and sow seeds of discord, distrust and strife. Are we keenly aware, as Jesus was, of this very real and present danger? I think that many times we are not. The ease, carelessness and even foolishness of our own hearts often prevents us from keeping watch over our hearts, minds, families and the brethren. It is much easier to sleep than to remain alert! Especially when we do not daily seek to refill our spiritual “tanks” through prayer, worship and reading the scriptures. Let us then return to a state of alertness! Always remembering that the enemy is prowling with the intent of injuring our individual faith, but even more so than this, to injure the unity of the Body of Christ…His Church. But take heart brethren! Jesus has promised that in this world we will have trouble…but He has overcome the world! Remember, Jesus has already gone before us into the night and into the very depths of the enemy’s camp, and He has dismantled sins power over our soul! This same power of Jesus is alive and well in every Christian! The power of the Holy Spirit has been given to us to resist the Devil’s ambushes, attacks, and schemes. If you have fallen prey to the attacks of the enemy lately, then I suggest it is not because the Holy Spirit is weak…it is because you have fallen asleep and not taken the threat of the enemy seriously. Remember; God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Wake up! Arise! Keep watch and resist the Devil and he will flee!
Yours in Christ,
Matchless GraceLuke 22:20
20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. – Luke 22:20
Here, in Luke 22:20, we see both the severity of God’s hatred of sin, and His unfathomable love demonstrated. On one hand, we see the terrible reality that yours and my sin is so severe, so rebellious and so exceedingly sinful that it cannot be forgiven without the shedding of blood. And God hates sin so much that He was willing to pour His wrath out upon His only Son to atone for it. God, by nature, is Holy, Just and Righteous, mankind by nature is sinful and wicked to the very core. The two natures could not be further opposed to one another. And because God is perfectly Just, not only does He hate sin and the sinner that commits it (Psalm 5:5), He will also punish sin wherever it is found. God’s standard is perfection, and mankind is far from that standard. As such, every man, woman and child on earth are enemies of God through wicked works. What then is God to do with sinful man? He can’t just let us go free without payment. That would be against His Good and Just nature. Justice demands retribution. And the retribution (payment) for sin is death. Without a mighty work of God, every one must pay for sin with their own blood. And that payment is the eternal death in hell. That is the level of God’s hatred of sin…it cannot be forgiven without the payment of death. On the other hand, we see the matchless love of God displayed in the same verse. Retribution demands blood, but God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, declares that he will willingly take the penalty of mankind’s sin upon Himself. The Perfect One exchanging His life for the sinful. Literally, the Lord dying in place of those who hate and despise Him. That is love the world cannot duplicate. As we consider this night, that Jesus willingly laid His life down on behalf of sinful man, let us consider the incredible implications of our Saviors love and sacrifice. First, Christ’s blood confirms the promise of the New Covenant. We do not hold fast to a Savior that fell short of completing the work the Father sent Him to accomplish. If you are in Christ through repentance and faith and have been born-again by the renewing work of the Holy Spirit, then your salvation is secured and sealed by the fully atoning blood of Jesus! God has made a covenant with you through His own terms and blood. And He does not go back on a promise! Rejoice in this truth! Next, the blood of Christ covers our iniquities. One of the greatest truths of the Christian faith is that the blood of Christ is sufficient to forgive us of all sin…past, present and future. We are covered with the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, and when God looks upon you, pitied sinner, He no longer sees your sin, but He see’s the righteousness of Christ that has been granted to your account through repentance and faith. That is why there is now therefor no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! Because of the grace of God and the blood of Christ, you are no longer under the penalty and wrath of God! Do you truly understand the magnitude of God’s grace in Christ? You and I never deserved God’s forgiveness, we could not, and even still cannot earn God’s favor. There is nothing you or I could ever do to believe enough, serve enough, try enough, obey enough or atone enough for our own sin. Even as Christians, by our own actions we are daily reminded of our woeful indifference to God, our lack of trust of Him, our wandering devotion to obey Him and our outright rebellion at times! And yet…God’s grace and mercy never run dry. Through the blood of Christ and the Gospel terms He gives us what we don’t deserve…salvation. God’s matchless grace has never been nor ever will be about what we have done or can do…it has always been and always will be about what Jesus did when He poured out His life on behalf of sinners like you and me! Find encouragement in this truth; He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
Yours in Christ,
A Desolate House
A Desolate HouseMatthew 23:38
What a terrible declaration the Lord made to the religious leaders of Israel! The temple in Jerusalem had symbolized God’s earthly home and had been the center of Jewish life, culture, religion and worship for hundreds of years. To a people who had been under foreign rule, occupation and oppression for centuries, the last remaining source of cultural pride and religious significance was that their sacred temple was the home of Yahweh. And yet, as the Lord Jesus departed this earthly abode for the final time before His death and resurrection, He declared that as He left, so too would the Spirit of God leave the temple forever. Desolation! What a terrible word for God’s chosen to hear! And why did God leave the temple? Because the faith and religion of the worshipers in that temple was dead. They had missed the Messiah as He passed before their very eyes. And as He walked out of the temple and up to Calvary, the Spirit of God then found a new abode in the hearts of those under the New Covenant. Christian! Do you realize that you are the earthly dwelling place of the Most High! Not in a figurative sense either, but in a very real way, the Spirit of the Living God has taken up residence in your heart, mind and soul. As those redeemed of God through the glorious Gospel, it is our duty and privilege then to make this living temple a Holy and honorable abode for the Most High! With a great passion and sober heart, we must commit daily to the crucifying of our flesh so that this temple is pleasing and honoring to our Savior. Just as we would take great care to prepare our earthly homes for an honorable guest, it must be our life’s goal to surrender our fleshly desires in exchange for the Spiritual Fruit that brings such joy and honor to the most distinguished guest in all of the universe…the Holy Spirit. Let us not offer the Lord a desolate house to live in. A house that is weak in faith, weak in holiness and weak in obedience. As we consider God’s incredible gift of love, passion and sacrifice this Holy Week, “let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Reflecting the Light of Christ
“Reflecting the Light of Christ”
“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.”
Just the other night, as I was driving home from work, I couldn’t help but notice the beauty of the Christmas lights that illuminate the landscape during this time of year. Everything from houses, trees, shrubs and columns are lit up with an array of colorful and brilliant lights. Those small lights transform the dark and drab night into a truly beautiful sight. As I drove down a familiar road I came upon a very familiar house. It is a home that I see nearly every day, as it is on my way to and from nearly every destination I travel to. During the day, it is easy to see that this home is in various stages of disrepair. To put it bluntly, this home is rather run-down, unkept and even ugly. But as I turned the corner and looked upon this home that night, what I saw was not the run-down home I thought I would see, but rather, what I saw was a beautiful display of lights that sparkled in the cold night air. The home had been transformed from something ugly and offensive to the eye into something that reflected beauty. As I slowed down as gazed upon the home as I drove past, this seemingly unremarkable transformation reminded me of a different, remarkable transformation that takes place in the lives of God’s children. Some of you may be offended that I am comparing us to a broke-down ugly home, but is that really that far from the truth? All of us, before being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, were in various stages of utter disrepair. Our sin made us as ugly as the even the most condemned of homes and our lives were offensive to the God of the universe and even to those who knew us. We were broke-down, unkempt and ugly in our sin. Yet through the blood of Christ we were made clean and declared righteous in the sight of God and have now been called to be a reflection of the light of Christ! A true transformation! And as children of God we are called to shine the beautiful, eternity changing light of Jesus Christ into this lost world that is in the dark. Like a home is adorned with Christmas lights, we are to adorn ourselves with truth, love, heavenly wisdom and most importantly, with the words of eternal life…the Gospel! When we do, we will be a light that is impossible to mistake. Even though all of us may still struggle with various degrees of fleshly temptations, even though we still may be in various degrees of disrepair, it is not our mortal bodies that are the light of Christ, it is the message we are called to proclaim that is. This Christmas season remember that the Light of the world has come, and that Light of truth, love and salvation lives inside of you. We must be bold in our proclamation of the truth of the Gospel so that all that come in contact with us hear and see the hope and light of salvation that is in Christ Jesus. Many of us will be spending time with unsaved family members and friends this Christmas season…will they see and hear about the Light of Jesus Christ in you? Or just an unkept home with the lights turned off? What good is light if we hide it? What good is a lighthouse if the light be off? Therefore, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Yours in Christ,
Indebted to Love
Indebted to LoveRomans 13:8
8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
As of 2017 the average American is approximately $280,000 in debt including mortgages, credit cards auto loans and student loans. That is a staggering number! It seems Americans have become accustom to owing other people a lot of money. Debt has become the American way of life and unfortunately this is no different in the Church either. Actually, Christians are just as eager to go into debt in order to acquire the glint of yet another earthly treasure as anyone else. This is just another symptom of a greater problem within the Church…we have our priorities mixed up (in more ways than just one). Romans 13:8 tells us that the only debt we should carry should be the debt to constantly love one another. Yet it seems it seems Christians are eager to carry any and all sorts of debts except the debt of love. Do you truly love your neighbor? If your neighbor is an unbeliever the greatest act of love you can show them is by sharing the truth of the Gospel with them. If you are unwilling to share the gospel with them, then you do not love them (inviting them to church, saying “Jesus loves you”, or being nice to them IS NOT the Gospel). Who else is your neighbor? Your neighbor is a friend who has offended you. If you are unwilling to forgive them and reconcile then you do not love them. Your neighbor is a Christian who is in need. If you are unwilling to help them you do not love them. Your neighbor is your spouse who has messed up for the hundredth time. If you keep a record of wrongs then you do not love them. The truth is, your neighbor is every person you come in contact with, not just those whom you are comfortable being around. It is time for professing Christians to love the way God has called us to. To be a bold witness for Christ, to stand up for truth in a depraved society, to forgive and reconcile, to resist the temptation to divorce, to be patient, kind and merciful even when we don’t think others deserve it. If you are a professing Christian and you do not love the way God has called you to, or even know how God has called you to love, then you are not who you claim to be. God is love, and His children will take in the characteristics of their heavenly Father. Do you look like the Father?
Yours in Christ,
Hardcore Love1 Corinthians 13:1-8
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…
Over the past several weeks I have been thinking very deeply about what it means to love each other well. I think very often when the word love is brought up we think of some hard to define mushy emotion that overtakes us from time to time. Sometimes this culture teaches us, especially men, that true love is wimpy and amounts to nothing more than a sappy feeling. This week I have directed your attention to a very familiar section of scripture because I would like to make a point that may have escaped us before. Love is not mushy, sappy or wimpy…love is hardcore! Right now, take a break from reading this paragraph and start reading 1 Corinthians 13 starting at verse 4. Love is… After reading those things, how many of those qualities does the version of love that you practice possess? Often, I read these verses as follows and then ask myself if those statements are true. John is patient, John is kind and not jealous, John does not brag and is not arrogant…and so on. Are these things true of me?
Last night I turned the television on and caught a clip of “Iron Man” the movie. In the clip, the super hero Iron Man was doing some sort of overhyped, spectacular fighting and he was destroying the bad guys at will. We might think “Wow, Iron Man is incredible, and tough…he is hardcore!” We often lift up men that can fight well, or invent well, or govern well and we praise them. But I say, what about men and women that can love well? I want to hear more about them! When I read through those verses and place my name in the same sentence with those incredibly beautiful attributes, I notice that I have a long way to go until some of those things are made prominent in me. By God’s standard, if I do not learn to love well, then for all of my outward accomplishments and for all of my outward strengths, I have really done nothing. If my life is not a testimony to loving God and His people the way God has called me to, then for everything that I do, if it is done without love as the common thread woven throughout the act, it is useless. It is empty and it does not please God. It takes an amazingly strong man or woman to love in the way God defines it. Someone who excels at love is “hardcore”.
The strongest man in the world or the brightest or the most powerful is nothing compared to the man who has excelled in love. Loving well is, and forevermore will be more difficult than any other accomplishment man can dream up. The conquering of nations or reaching the outer planets of our solar system is nothing compared to loving the way God has called us to. My hope is that we learn to love this way. I can promise you two things if we take seriously the command to love well. One, it will not be easy. And two, God’s Church will be the brightest of lights shining from a high hill into a dark world. This week, identify one attribute of love that you are lacking in, and then with all of your might, and with much prayer, work on excelling in that area. Are you not often kind? Learn to be kind. Are you not patient? Learn patience. If you hold grudges, learn to forgive. Whatever may be lacking in your love, ask God to grow you. And the God who loves you so much, will also teach you to love!
Yours in Christ,
The Sufficiency of Scripture
The Sufficiency of Scripture2 Timothy 3:16-17, Ephesians 4:14-15
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Did you know that every false sect of Christianity in the world has one thing in common? Each sect teaches that God has revealed a special, secret revelation to its founder. A revelation so mysterious and important that only a select few were favored enough by God to have the truth revealed to them. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, claimed God revealed to him and him alone a series of special visions of what true religion was. Of course, these visions were in direct contradiction to God’s word, yet nevertheless, millions of people throughout the past 200 years have been led astray by this man’s deceit. Likewise Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witness sect also claimed to receive a special secret revelation from God. Ellen G. White claimed to have a special vision from God which led to the founding of the Seventh Day Adventist sect as well. The list could go on and on.
I have known many people throughout my life that have been looking for the next new “revelation” from God. Constantly following the new fad teaching in the church, running from conference to conference and from this teacher to that in order to find the next emotional high or “secret” understanding of God’s word. Unfortunately, many of these same people have been led astray by false teaching and are now very far from the faith. I have also known many people who have been ensnared by the pursuit of “Academic” Christianity. Many bible scholars and professors have fallen into the trap. It is the idea that knowing and understanding the scriptures is so complicated that only a select few can truly understand them. I have sat in the classroom many times while these types have overcomplicated the most simple and beautiful truths of God’s word. Always be wary of men or women that either tell you they have received a special revelation from God or try to overcomplicate and confuse God’s word in order to place themselves on a higher plane of understanding than the average believer.
The truth is, God has given us His glorious word in a language that is plain for every believer to know and learn. God has also given His Church teachers who do not complicate His word, but rather plainly teach and reveal God’s glorious truths to His people in a way that all can understand. The best way we as a Church can protect ourselves and our children from false teaching or proud teachers is to know God’s word ourselves. To study and to learn with the help of the Holy Spirit so that we are intimately familiar with God’s truths. As a Pastor in God’s church it is my goal to make God’s truth plain and understandable for all. I wish for all of God’s people to know and rest in the sufficiency of scripture as much as I do…and even surpass me! The truths of scripture are sufficient to sustain all of God’s people. We do not need new revelation, we need to know the “ancient ways”! (Jeremiah 6:16) We need to know, trust and not waver from what has already been plainly revealed. How familiar are you with God’s word? When you need help with understanding do you go to a trusted source (Pastor, Elder, Evangelist or other well-known man or woman of God)? Or do you seek out an unconfirmed source from the church of YouTube?
I thank God that His word never changes, that there are not new, continually changing revelations in which we must study and learn. Not only would this be confusing, but it would be against the very nature of God. God does not change and neither does His word. The word of the Almighty God has been revealed and in His word everything we need to grow in our understanding, wisdom, faith and obedience is available to us. God’s word, the Holy Bible, is complete, and because of this we can be sure to place our sole trust in the truth of it! Make it your daily goal to become more and more familiar with the word of God! Every single verse contains treasure that is more valuable than all of the treasures of the earth. And knowledge of the scriptures will guide and protect your very soul from folly.
“14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ…”
Yours in Christ,
The Love of God
The Love of GodJohn 3:16
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
As I was reading through John’s Gospel this week I came to these incredibly familiar words from John 3:16. There is no question that this single verse is the most well-known verse in all of the Bible. This verse is so well known, and so familiar to us I am afraid that far too often we look past the profound truth that this single verse contains. I am sure most Christians can recite this verse with great ease, but I think it is so important for us to slow down and be reminded of what Jesus is telling us in this statement. It will do good to our souls to be reminded of the great love God has for the lost sheep of this world.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…” God gave the most precious thing that a Father could ever possess…his son. And God did not give a son, He gave His only Son. This one act of love from God should be a constant reminder of just how much God loved the lost people of the earth. The most precious thing the Father could give was not spared on the worlds account. But I want to take this thought to its logical conclusion, God did not spare His most precious gift, His Son, specifically for you. For God so loved you, that He gave His only Son so that you might not perish. The infinite God of the universe, the God that owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the God that has dominion over billions of stars and galaxy’s…only has one Son. And this one Son, Jesus Christ, was not more precious to Him than your and my soul. So God gave Him up as an offering to reconcile a lost people to Himself. Through the blood of Christ and the resurrection of His body, God accomplished the greatest act of love the universe will ever know. He spared no expense to redeem your and my lost soul!
The next thing that is so incredible to understand concerning God’s love as demonstrated through Christ is that there was no power in Heaven or Earth that could have ever taken the Son from the Father. The Father had to give the Son. Freely and by His own good will. God gave, because God loves us in a way that is so deep and so profound that we will assuredly never understand the fullness of it while we are still here on Earth. I am sure that we will not fully understand it nor fully appreciate it until we are all standing face to face with God in all of His glory in Heaven and all of the mysteries of His incredible love are finally revealed to us and come rushing toward us in eternity. The love of God is a force that the powers of darkness can never extinguish. The love of God and the obedience of the Son made possible a way where there seemed to be no way. And scripture tells us that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will not perish. Praise God for His love!
I know this truth is not new to us as those redeemed by the Lord. But has this truth become so familiar that we fail to see the incredible amazement, wonder and the mystery of the Gospel on a daily basis? It is my prayer that we never become so familiar with God’s great love that we take it for granted, or worse, that we lose our sense of wonder and gratitude for what God has both given and accomplished through Jesus Christ. Next time you fail as a Christian, next time you fall into sin or begin to doubt God’s love for you during a difficult time in life, remember that “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Yours in Christ,
A One-Track Mind
A One-Track Mind1 Corinthians 1:22-23, Proverbs 11:30
“22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,” 1 Corinthians 1:22-23
What if it were said of you that the you were a man or woman that had a one-track mind? How many of you would be flattered by that statement? Not many I presume! This statement is most usually used to shine a negative light on a person. But that being said, I am sure everyone of us have fallen prey to a one-track mind at one time or another.
When Steph and I were just married she would very often pack me a lunch to take to work. Since she left for work before me she would always place the brown paper bag containing my lunch on top of my work boots so I wouldn’t leave home without it. This was a very thoughtful and well devised plan. There was only one problem. More often than not, in my haste to leave for work, I would remove the pesky lunch bag from atop my boots and walk out the door with the lunch tossed aside in the corner. I think there is a saying about “best laid plans”! You see, my only goal at 6:30 in the morning was not being late for work. What I was going to have for lunch was the furthest thing from my mind. I had fallen prey to a one-track mind! Something that has been my nemesis for many years!
But is having a one-track mind always a bad thing? I would venture to say that the answer to that question is always “yes”, except in one case. As Christians, we are not only all called to have a one-track mind, but our one focus should actually all be the same. What is this one focus?
“It is a grand thing to see a man thoroughly possessed with one master passion” – C. H. Spurgeon
In truth, every Christian should have a one-track mind!
You see, in this life there are many things that vie for our attention. There are worldly interests that seem to have a greater hold on our lives than they should. We all know of areas in our lives that we must let go of more and more. But I have also noticed that there are “good” pursuits that seem to take up more of our time than they should as well. Doctrinal and theological study, raising our children and offering them opportunities in this life, working on our marriages, pursuing a good job and the list could go on. While these things may be important, the goal of soul winning should be laced throughout everything we do in life. While raising a family, a good marriage and doctrinal study and theological principles are important things, they are not THE thing. I am afraid that we far too often substitute these “good things” for our true purpose for being called by God…
To preach Christ crucified.
We far too often seek out wisdom by studying and learning “good things” while neglecting wisest thing of all…
“30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.” Proverbs 11:30
He who wins souls is wise! God’s standard for wisdom is winning souls! If you as a mother or father are raising your children without the main purpose being winning their soul for Christ then you are not wise. If you are studying theology and doctrine from dusk till dawn yet do not win souls for Christ then for all of your knowledge you are not wise. If you are working in a job just to get a paycheck and yet do not win souls then your time is being wasted. He who wins souls is wise!
Brothers and sisters, we are called to have a one-track mind as Christians, to preach Christ crucified! This one passion should invade every space in our lives. It should never be the afterthought, it should always be the only thought! Everything else is secondary. This is no easy task, I understand that, but Jesus never promised that the Christian walk would be easy. So, in light of all of this, the question then becomes…”Do you have a one-track mind?” Is it your goal to preach Christ crucified and win souls for Christ no matter what you might be doing? If not, then by God’s standard are you wise or a fool?
Yours in Christ,