He that prays only when he prays with others, would not pray at all, were it not that the eyes of others are upon him. He that will not pray where none but God see him, manifestly doth not pray at all out of respect for God, or regard to his all-seeing eye, and therefore doth in effect cast off prayer.
Monday, March 28, 2011 in Christian Living & Discipleship
For Spiritual Life and Growth
With our ears we can enjoy varieties of music, experience the thrills of explosions in movies, listen to the whispers of friends or loved-ones in our ears, or be alarmed by loud sounds that startle us. But the ear also has a function that is essential for the soul. It can hear words that go deep into the heart of a man. Destructive words can cause a person to hate others and altogether become bitter and angry. Encouraging words can cause a person to be filled with comfort and courage.
Jesus emphasized the importance of hearing through his ministry. In the parable of the sower, Jesus shows us that the way in which you listen, can make a dramatic difference in your life.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 in Christian Living & Discipleship
Gospel Growth Involves Every Christian Speaking the Word
Sit in church on Sunday, hear the word of God preached; wake up in the morning, read the Word of God written; go to bible study, hear the Word of God taught. All of these things are a good part of the Christian’s life, but the Bible exemplifies that the Christian life also includes speaking the word of God to a watching world with boldness.
Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Christian Living & Discipleship
Taking the Log Out of Our Own Eye First
People easily express their dissatisfaction with the way the government handles education, or poverty. I’ve had many lunch room conversations where this sentiment is expressed with conviction and vigor. Yet, it is equally common that these same people do nothing about the situation. Charles Spurgeon, a famous preacher from the 19th century, once said it this way in one of his sermons.