A Living Faith in a Faithless World

While recently teaching through Ecclesiastes in our midweek service, I was impressed with how Solomon’s Spirit-wrought wisdom enabled him to make such practical observations and applications. They are for us today as well (Rom. 15:4).

The Cost of Contending for the Faith

Abel contended at the cost of his life. Elijah was pursued, fed by ravens, and forced to share the widow’s meagre fare while his life hung in balance because he contended for God’s truth versus Baalism. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, was imprisoned and suffered attempts upon his life through starvation, being cast into a pit of quicksand and in other ways because he contended for the faith. Contending caused Daniel’s three companions to be cast into the burning fiery furnace. Daniel was placed in the lions’ den for the same reason.

 

Salvation—Great News!

Being a Christian means having a relationship—a relationship with the Creator of the heavens and the earth, a relationship with the One who loves us so much that He died for us though we did not deserve it nor even desire it. The most important decision any individual will ever make is the decision to receive God’s grace gift of eternal life through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ or to reject this precious gift. Those who accept this gift will become new people. Those who reject it will continue to be “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1).

The Uncertain Sounds of Evangelicalism

Evangelical leaders today are so uncertain and tentative in their words and actions that it is difficult to know just where they stand on some of the most important issues of our day. Many of these leaders vary their messages to appeal to different audiences, often expressing positions and principles that are contradictory.

Paying the Price

“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:8-10).

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