Main Text for Today: Ephesians 4:17-5:21
“I, therefore, ……………..beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,………” (Ephesians 4:1 NKJV).
It is a wonderful day when a baby takes his or her first steps. The occasion may be captured in a picture and sent to family and friends. Soon the infant is learning how to walk. Walking is very important for life and growth. Indeed, parents will be very concerned if a child does not learn how to walk in a timely manner.
God’s grace has brought the child of God into a new life that involves a God-given and directed walk (Eph. 2:10). This walk is made possible by all that God has done for us in Christ (Eph. 1:3 – 3:21). Just as we receive the gift of salvation by grace through faith, we begin a walk by grace through faith. This walk, though, is described in a specific way in our text in Ephesians 4:1. This walk...
Please read 1 Timothy 1:12-17.
Main Text: 1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV - “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
Think about all the messages we receive in a day, or in a week. Some come from people we know, and some come from people we do not know. Some are easy to understand, some are hard to understand. Some are helpful or encouraging. Some are hurtful or discouraging. Some are very important, some are irrelevant and a waste of time.
As you think about our Christian faith, our faith is based upon a message. It is based upon a message that we believe is ultimately from God Himself to us. I want us to think very simply but specifically about this “Gospel” message, this good news that is still good news for today.
This message is the message of Christmas. Sadly, even Christmas cards can express seasonal messages but miss the true message of Christmas. But...
For some, the Christmas season is just a time to celebrate the end of another year. It may be simply a time to forget all that has happened in daily life as well as what is happening in our struggling world.
That may be especially true this year.
Sadly some miss the joy of the Savior completely. We know also that this season can be a depressing time for many: especially those who have suffered loss, and those whose lives are filled with personal hardship and painful memories. The joyful message of Christmas may be very distant, even though it is still really needed.
The challenge for many of us is to allow the true joy of Christmas to be experienced afresh and at a deep level.
Yes, this can be a challenge for genuine Christians. With the difficult circumstances that many are facing right now, joy may seem a long way off. Also, the clutter of commercialism can add seasonal pressure and can cover-up the real source of joy.
This true joy is what is declared in...
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (ESV).
Galatians 4:4a “But, when the fullness of time had come,……” (ESV, NKJV)
“When the time came to completion,……..” (HCSB)
“When the right time had come,…….” (NLT)
“But when the set time had fully come,……..” (NIV)
INTRODUCTION: You may be familiar with the “best practices” terminology that is used in various training contexts. Usually, after researching “successful” organizational functions and procedures, the presenter will recommend the best practices for a particular business. These practices are the best ways to handle the operations and challenges that are being faced.
TEXT: “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart” (2 Cor. 4:1-7 ESV, Full text 2 Cor. 4:1-18).
In our text, the Apostle Paul is speaking very personally. He definitely is not putting on a seminar. But, what he states in these verses is an inspired record of Paul’s approach to his own ministry. And this passage of Scripture along with many others provides us with ‘best practices’ for those who are seeking to be faithful in the ministry of God’s Word, especially during difficult seasons.
In the broader context,...
I would like you read Isaiah 55 (ESV) written below. Our focus will be on verses 8-11, but the whole chapter needs to be read, if not the whole prophecy of Isaiah!
55 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
This beautiful Psalm is a poetic celebration and response to God’s personal revelation both through His Creation and through His Word.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International, Inc.,
Greetings in Jesus’ Name!
I hope you are sensing the grace and the strength of the Lord as you walk with Him during these critical days. Most of us, if not all of us, have been impacted by the pandemic and/or natural disasters that have taken place this year, 2020.
I needed to be tested for the virus two days ago, and I was positively negative! We can be sure, of course, that God is sovereignly orchestrating all things to work together for good in relation to God’s people (Rom. 8:28). That is a truth that we must hold close to our hearts even when we don’t see “the good.”
I want to present something to you that is unusual for me, especially on our website.
As I think about the focus and the goals of our ministry, I think it is appropriate that churches be made aware of the possibility of supporting O.M.I. financially. We are an interdenominational ministry committed to the faithful...
Jeremiah 36 gives us a detailed picture of how God’s words given to Jeremiah and written down by Baruch are preserved. These words are ruthlessly rejected and apparently destroyed by King Jehoiakim. This comes at a critical point in Judah’s miserable final years before exile as Judah faces judgement through the instrumentation of the Babylonians. But, the King’s rejection of God’s Word is not the end of the story – for the king is to be punished and God’s words are to be re-written. This is a great account of the triumph and preservation of God’s Word.
Read Jeremiah 36 (The Whole Chapter!)
This text has all sorts of details, lessons, and applications. I want to focus specifically on what we can learn about the Word of God itself. It is very important to have a firm belief and an accurate understanding of the nature of God’s Word. This Word...
“Thus says the Lord:
Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where
The good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
— JEREMIAH 6:16
If you have traveled “on land” for any distance, you may have had this experience. You are traveling and you think you are going in the right direction. But, you find out at some point that actually you are not on the right road or path at all. The question is, will you seek direction? Will you ask someone who knows the right way to go, listen to what they say, and then follow their directions?
How long will it take before you admit that you are actually lost and need help?
The imagery in our text is familiar. It is as if God’s people are traveling on a journey. They are instructed to stop at the crossroads and to ask for the right way to go. Indeed, God Himself is giving his own people...