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Our Mission in the World

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Late last evening, Pam Chesley, Dr. John Turner, Mack Phipps, and I returned from a very brief yet very meaningful trip to Belize in Central America. I had gone to dedicate two church buildings we built this past year and to help ordain a pastor. Pam went to sing, and Mack went to film a TV documentary of our work in Belize....

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Overflowing Generosity

2 Corinthians 8:7-9

Today we launch into our fall stewardship emphasis, and in the next few weeks, through testimonies in Sunday school and in the worship services, you are going to be hearing some things about Christian stewardship. I hope that you will be listening attentively to what God may have to say to you about this important area of our...

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Growing in the Grace of Giving

2 Corinthians 8:1-11

The apostle Paul tells us this when he writes in the book of 2 Corinthians 9:7: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” The word purposeth means in the Greek “to chose beforehand.” And it i...

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Satan and the Cults

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Would you know the devil if you met him on the street? “Sure, I would,” you say. “He is a well-formed healthy male with a red suit, horns, a tail, and a pitchfork in his hand. I would know him anywhere.”

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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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