What Is Your Motivation?

As we serve the Lord in our various capacities what is your motivation? Do we desire to be noticed? Do we want to be people who help hurting, broken people? Do we desire to be great evangelists and grow the church? Why are we doing what we are doing? All of the things mentioned above can be good motivations for doing what we do. We have a God-given desire to be loved and accepted, but that desire can be corrupted to the point where we begin to get on the performance treadmill and try to please others to get compliments. There is also a great need to minister to the hungry, destitute, depressed, and addicted – those who are experiencing various levels of brokenness. However, this can als

Noah and Christians in the 21st Century

It is easy to become discouraged when you look around you and see the lax morals, the injustice and violence in our present society, and the lack of folks who will cry out against these things and offer a remedy for them. However, what we are facing is not new. It has happened to others. In the book of Genesis we read of Noah and the great wickedness that was prevalent in his day. The God of the Bible is a loving and merciful God who is patient with sinners, but He is also a holy and just God who will punish wickedness that is not confessed and from which people fail to repent. God's punishment of the wicked is not due to Him being a bully or Him being unloving and unreasonable. Heinous cri

Singing the Gospel

In the book of Colossians 3:16 we read how music and Christian education form a powerful alliance to assist individual believers and the body of Christ, His beloved Church. The Common English Bible states it this way. The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. First of all, the word of Christ is the glorious gospel word by which we were called into relationship with Christ and that continues to supply us with daily hope and joy. We must never grow weary of singing about the Good News of the gospel. The gospel is not only good for the sinner in that it o

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