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Laborers Together with God

1 Corinthians 3:7-9

A few years ago a sportswriter was interviewing Nathaniel Avery, the caddy for Arnold Palmer in several Masters golf tournaments. Avery made the rather surprising statement that he and Arnold Palmer were partners in those tournaments. He said, “I pick out the club to be used for most of the strokes, and Mr. Palmer makes...

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Patrons or Partners?

1 Corinthians 3:5-10

A lady once wrote to Horace Greeley, the founder of the New York Tribune, to describe the distressing financial straits of her church. She said to him, “We have tried everything that we know to keep our church alive. We have had oyster suppers and grab bags and cakewalks and everything in between. Can you sugge...

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How to Give in a Godly Way

1 Corinthians 16:1-2

As we boarded the boat and set sail across the Sea of Galilee our guide drew a contrast between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee draws its water from the mountains just north of it and it is filled with sweet clear water and an abundance of fish. It then flows south through the Jordan River and empties...

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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