Take Up Your Cross

God is All You Need!

October 05, 2021

God is All You Need!

1 Timothy 6:8 (KJV) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

It is easy to focus on our needs instead of our personal relationship with God and become discontent with the “things” we think we ought to have in this life.  This state of mind is nothing new; the mixed multitude in the desert gave themselves pity parties because they wanted what they did not have.  This mindset is the opposite of ...

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Yes, God Will Let You Do What You Want

October 04, 2021

Yes, God Will Let You Do What You Want

Psalm 106:13-15 (KJV) They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

I hope you understand the difference between God’s will and His permissive will.  The truth is that God will certainly let you do what you want, whether it brings good or bad consequences.  ...

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The Mixed Multitude Lusted

October 03, 2021

The Mixed Multitude Lusted

Numbers 11:4-6 (KJV) And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

The wrong ...

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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

October 02, 2021

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

God does not expect us to drink in all the sermons we hear without confirming the messages we hear and receive.  In other words, just because a professing man or teacher of God tells us that the moon is purple does not mean that it is the truth! Indeed, you know that the last statement made is an example of a far-0ut ...

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Feed The Flock, Not Lord Over

October 01, 2021

Feed The Flock, Not Lord Over

1 Peter 5:2-3 (KJV) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

I am sure you know that a pastor is to lead and feed his flock.  Leading and feeding are the primary duties set before a preaching man of God.  Undoubtedly, ...

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Study Is Necessary

September 30, 2021

Study Is Necessary

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

It is a sad fact that many pulpits are circling the drain on this earth.  Though God promises there will always be a remnant of sincere believers, there is undoubtedly a whole gutter full of dark-minded preachers who do not know or serve God.  It is because such so-called preachers exist that ...

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Hear And Verify The Message

September 29, 2021

Hear And Verify The Message

Acts 17:11 (KJV) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Men in pulpits can and do skew God’s message and intent.  Now, this does not mean that every man standing in the pulpit has a dark ulterior motive in mind as they preach to listening ears.  There are undoubtedly instances where a sincere ...

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Discipling Elders

September 28, 2021

Discipling Elders

1 Timothy 5:20-22 (KJV) Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

This scripture from the book of 1st Timothy pertains to rebuking the church elders, serious business.  The Apostle Paul ...

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A Home With Problems Spills Over Into The Church

September 27, 2021

A Home With Problems Spills Over Into The Church

1 Timothy 3:4-5 (KJV) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

The first few verses of chapter three of 1st Timothy God saw fit to record a pastor’s qualifications.  Undoubtedly, an unruly spouse or raising rebellious children, or holding onto favorite ...

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Good Leaders Plan and Motivate

September 26, 2021

Good Leaders Plan and Motivate

Nehemiah 2:17-18 (KJV) Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, ...

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