Some people may view God’s instruction book—the Bible—like assembly instructions for some product that has to be put together before use, because...
There are 66 books to read and apply. Then there’s the obstacle of insufficient time or interruptions that distract you. Or, it may seem as if additional training is needed to understand divine truth. Any one of these could cause us to veer away from Scripture. Even mature Christians can find themselves at times inattentive to the Bible.
But when we fail to remain close to God and His Word, we soon find ourselves disconnected from Him, His presence, and His blessings.
Most of us learn best when something is simply presented as 1,2,3 or A,B,C. We like things simple don’t we? I want to look at “Intimacy with God” from that perspective this morning. Finding satisfaction, sustenance, and security in our relationship with God is a process.
Too many of us have become discouraged in our pursuit of God by expecting that it will come quickly and that the experience will be in line with our expectations. But what can we “realistically” expect in our pursuit of intimacy with God?
Mel Johnson brings a message of encouragement in these challenging days.
No matter the task God lays before you, it takes courage to forge ahead into what you know is going to be difficult.
But no matter what you might face in life, knowing that God is not just is on your side, but He goes before you, is all you need to have the courage for any task.
Acts 29 is all about the continuation of the Book of Acts—the acts of the Holy Spirit in God’s people and in the life of His Church.
The irony here is that we are living out the final chapter of this book. We are living in the 29th chapter Acts, right now! What I mean by that is, we are living in a time when the Holy Spirit is still active in the world.
Paul and his shipmates had become marooned on the island of Malta. Paul faced a real trial when bitten by the poisonous snake, but God in his mercy spared his life.
There are several lessons for us within this text. I want to point out the different snakes Paul had to shake off on the island of Malta.
You’ve heard it said, “Tough times do not last, but tough people do.” I’m not so sure about the last part of that, but I’m certain about the first. Storms do pass!
You remember that last week, we looked at always setting your anchor in Christ, and certainly when you face the storms of life.
Today, I’d want to look again at chapter 27 to see how we can “outlast” the storm.
I’ve often heard that “God never promised us a rose garden”, referring to difficult times in a Christian’s life. I believe our text today in Acts 27 illustrates that well. What I’d like to focus on this morning is the anchors that kept Paul steady during the storm and how that can help us as we face storms in our lives.
In the text in Acts 26:24-30 we'll look at the attitude of a man’s response to the Gospel and the idea of ‘almost’ being saved, where King Agrippa says to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” I want to look at the attitude of Agrippa and see thatAlmostisnot saved at all.