Archive for the ‘Faithful’ Category

THE PREACHER IS TO BE BRAVE

February 14, 2014

The preacher is to be brave, a witness-martus-martyr….the apostles, like our Lord, went to martyrdom for faithfully proclaiming the Word of God. The Master said, “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” And, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Paul said, “If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” The mind of the natural man is enmity against God; therefore the unsaved demand of the preacher, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits;” and a premium is placed upon finesse by many in authority in the church. Because of this, it requires as sublime courage in these days to speak faithfully the Word of God as was shown by Micaiah, when he stood before Ahab, Jehosaphat and the four hundred lying prophets; or Simon Peter when he said to the threatening, wrathful rulers of Israel, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” There never was so much need of fearlessness on the part of the servant of God as in these days; brave true men, who will not receive honors of men, or seek their own, are absolutely necessary to successful evangelism.

– Evangelist L. W. Munhall

FUN VS. DISCIPLINE

February 13, 2014

The old nature lives for entertainment of self. It looks for things that are fun. … The problem is that God did not create us primarily to have fun. He created us to serve Him. That means work. He created us to glorify Him. That means being oriented to please Him rather than ourselves. He created us to do what is right. That means placing doing what I ought above doing what I want. Now, do not misunderstand me. I am not preaching against fun. Fun in and of itself is not intrinsically evil, but we have a culture and a generation surrounding us today that has essentially made fun their goal in life. …

Discipline in general and self-discipline in particular force us to do what we ought to do whether it is fun or not. ….

Beware of the fun philosophy that seems to prevail in our culture. It is anti-spiritual and anti-Christian in character. … Fun is a natural desire of the flesh. Never let it prevail as a matter of course and habit (Training Your Children to Turn out Right, by David Sorenson pp. 42, 43, 45).

Faithful

February 13, 2014

“If we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trials of life.”

– Hudson Taylor