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Do Not Fear Their Intimidation

Do Not Fear Their Intimidation
1 Peter 3:14-18 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: (you are blessed, privileged, honored) and be not afraid of their terror, (intimidation) neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
A True Story I remember the day she walked into church pushing a baby stroller and looking a bit intimidated. I went to introduce myself and realized she was there because of a troubled past and an…

Is There Power in the Name of Jesus?

Is There Power in the Name of Jesus?
Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Song Story
Reverend E. P. Scott was a missionary, living in India during the 1800s. At the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but against advice of his fellow missionaries, Scott set out alone to visit a remote village. He was determined to share the Gospel with a dangerous savage tribe.
Several days into his journey. Scott was met by a large group of warriors who quickly surrounded him, each one pointing a spear towards his heart. Expecting to die, Scott made a decision to use his last few breaths to glorify God, and to hopefully stir something within the hearts of his captors. He took out his violin (which he always carried on him), cl…

The Christian Life, a Foot Race

The Christian Life, a Foot Race
Hebrews 12:1,2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Christian life is a race and to run and run well, we must run light and rid ourselves of anything that may hinder us. Many things can hinder Christians today, but one thing that seriously interferes with a believers race, is substance abuse. We are commanded to “put off” or “throw off” anything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us. We are to run with perseverance the race that God has marked out or set before us. 
What things have hindered you from running the race and running to win? Do you need to get rid of things t…

A Glance at an Exceptional Mother

A Glance at an Exceptional Mother
Acts 12:1-12 Mary, the mother of John Mark
A remarkable mother quietly appears in the middle of one of the most dramatic stories about the emerging church. The story has been read many times and most likely been brushed aside without taking notice of this woman’s extraordinary life.
The Story Background:Herod Agrippa I was the grandson of Herod the Great and reigned from A.D. 37-44 . It was said that he ran up numerous debt in Rome and fled to Palestine. After some careless statements made by King Agrippa, he was imprisoned by Emperor Tiberius and then released following Tiberius’ death. Later he was made ruler of northern Palestine, to which Judea and Samaria were added. His relationship with Rome was very shaky at this time, so, he cultivated favor with the Jews by persecuting Christians. 
Mark, the son of Mary, was an evangelist, an early Christian church leader, and the author of the book of Mark, one of the four gospels written in the Bible. Like a n…

Do We Try to Appease God?

Do We Try to Appease Christ?
Mark 10:17-22 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.  Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
The rich young ruler came running to Jesus and knelt before Him, asking this question, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” We see Jesus feel…