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The Wisdom We Need

Matthew 2:1-12

John Naisbitt in his book Megatrends said that we are living in the “information society.” There was a time when most people were involved in industry—in the manufacturing and the selling of goods. Today most people added to the laboring force are involved in either collecting, assimilatin...

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What You've Got That You Wouldn't Take Nothing For

Matthew 13:45-46

Dr. Bill Hinson, the chaplain at Baylor University, told of a salesman friend of his who was driving through the back roads of Missouri some time ago when he came upon a little country gas station/grocery store. It had a gravel driveway and just one gas pump in the front. While the attendant filled his car, he turned and walk...

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Christ's Church in Today's World

Matthew 16:13-19

George Bernard Shaw said, “If you destroyed all of the churches tomorrow, people would the very day afterwards begin to build them up again.” Jesus spoke of the church when he said, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The Greek wo...

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Looking for Laborers

Matthew 20:1-16

Buckner Fanning, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio, said that early in his ministry that he was preaching a revival meeting at one of the churches in Bogalusa, Louisiana. In the last service of that revival they asked a young man who had not been a Christian for a long time to give his testimony. As he stepped...

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Tithing to Honor God

Matthew 23:23

This sermon grew out of several convictions. One is that stewardship is a deeply spiritual matter. We do not tithe or we are not stewards to raise money for a financial institution but rather to make a deep spiritual surrender of our lives to the Lord. Stewardship is not a matter of dollars and cents; it’s a matter of d...

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Christ and Our City

Matthew 23:37-39

I always use this occasion to restate the objective, the purpose, and the mission of our church. George Webber said, “Any church that does not recognize the basic purpose of its existence is in jeopardy of its life. The predicament of the church in America is precisely that it does not recognize that it’s a missio...

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His Blood Shed for Many

Matthew 26:26-30

One of the most important statements in all the Bible, and certainly a key to understanding the gospels, was made by Jesus when he said, “This is my blood, which is shed for many.”

The occasion for that statement was the institution of the Lord’s Supper. He had met with his disciples in the Upper Roo...

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The Disciples’ Commission

Matthew 28:18-20

Shortly after I became a Christian as a teenage boy, my home church had a special week of study of the book Every Christian’s Job by C. E. Matthews. The thesis of the study was that every Christian should be a witness, an evangelist, and a missionary for Jesus Christ. Being a new Christian, I believed...

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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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