Posts Tagged 'don’t give up'

Revived Thoughts Podcast 2


Some time ago, I was really blessed to be able to voice a minister from the late 1800’s named J.C. Ryle for the Revived Thoughts podcast.

It really was a devotional experience for me. It bolstered my walk significantly, and I told them that I was **really** looking forward to doing it again.

Well, apparently, they liked my interpretation, because it has been my honor to be selected as one of their regular voices. They wrote, “It’d work out well if you wanted to be our J. C. Ryle! If this is something you’re interested in, let me know.”

I let them know right away, and so for my second recording for them is the J.C. Ryle sermon, The Christian Race. I hope you’ll go over to Revived Thoughts, and give it (and the other excellent sermons) a listen!

God bless you as you seek to deepen your faith.

Lingering in Worship: Contending

Lingering in Worship: Contending Sermon Audio Here

Ezra 4:1-6; Jude 1:1-6

When I think of the word “contending”, I think of boxing. I was never a fan until a good friend of mine took time to educate me about “the sweet science”. There’s as much preparation in boxing as there is in chess. They study their opponent as much as they study themselves. As we contend for the faith, what might we face?

How Can We Be Aware Of Spiritual Deception?

The Snare of Likely Fakery ~ Ezra 4:1-6

  • 1 Ask yourself: WHY would Israel’s ENEMIES want to help? What’s their motivation?
  • 2 they THINK they worship the same God; they DO NOT
  • 3 How to answer deception? Speak the truth (nope!)
  • 4/6 When you don’t play along, you’re going to draw ire; YOU’RE NOT ALONE

The Struggle of Living Faith ~ Jude 1:1-6

  • 1/2 remember, God has called you!
  • 3 USING your faith might be difficult; be prepared
  • 4 be on guard against false teaching that deviates from GRACE
  • 5/6 remember: God saves, but those who choose the wrong get judged for it

Our Faith is a GIFT that we’re intended to USE, not just possess! It’s constantly tested, because the world is DESPERATE to see authentic faith that goes beyond mere personal preference. Let them see it IN YOU.

Pearls from Philippians: Considering Commitment

Pearls from Philippians: Considering Commitment Sermon Audio Here

Philippians 3:4-14

When an old Moses Lake grocery store closed, the location reopened with new businesses that are still doing well. How did we know there was a plan for that site’s redevelopment?

What Are The Signs Of Our Salvation?

Under New Management ~ Philippians 3:4-11
Under New Managment

  • 4/6 on what do you base your spiritual self-worth?
  • 7/8 loss=damaged, totaled
  • 8/9 skubala=dung, waste
  • 10/11 I talk a lot about being made like Christ, but we’re not going to become little Messiahs: rather, we are stuck to Christ through suffering. He suffered like we suffer: that was His way of showing that He had become fully like us, 100% human. And because He became like us, we are able to identify with Him. Piggy Back’d Righteousness. Jesus carries us (Isa. 46:3-4)

Under Construction ~ Philippians 3:12-14
Under Construction

  • 12 we are IN PROCESS; picture the passing of the baton; Christ chose us to be on His team; He is the anchor and will finish the race, but we get to run as well
  • 13 We have GOT to let go of our old baggage; we can’t carry it into Christ’s eternity
  • 14 Finish line: Steve Taylor lyrics

God carries us; teaches us to walk with Him, puts us in His race, runs along side of us. But we must run as well: the finish line is closer than we think!


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