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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

On Faith and Works

One of the common denominators of all world religions except Christianity is that they do not correlate faith and works. In Christianity there is the closest correlation between them. In fact the Bible says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

The Bible is clear: a workless faith is worthless faith. 

Faith and works must be balanced in true religion. Faith in God and commitment to Jesus Christ are foundational. No man becomes a Christian merely by being good. Faith is the soil from which good works must grow. Real Christian faith always brings forth the fruit of good works. The true follower of Christ first believes, then he serves. As Dr. Perry Webb, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, once said, “A religion that does not look out and reach out and help out is washed out.”

Let us then put our faith into action and thus prove to all the world that it is not dead. 

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