Devotional Thought

The Bible Isn’t Trustworthy

“Hey, Mister! Give you a good deal! Genuine Rolex watch. Only $16! No? How about $12? Still no? Maybe $6? Okay, okay. I give it to you free!”

Sound too good to be true? Does it sound like the Bible?

Is the Bible a collection of myths from the ancient past? Stories about God by sincere but misguided people long ago? Fairy tales? Science fiction? The deluded dreams of the wishful? An opiate for the unthinking masses?

Many people think the Bible is disproved by modern science. Many people reject it in today’s world.

How about you? What do you believe?

Do you take other people’s word for really important things? Or do you investigate for yourself?

What does the Bible say about love, sin, evil forces, forgiveness, life, or death? What does it say about God, heaven, hell?

Are you thinking there is no proof for what the Bible says?

How can you prove to a blind man that the sun is shining? You don’t need to. He can feel its warmth.

Have you felt the warmth of God’s love? The proof is in reading the Bible.

Don’t expect to grasp everything the Bible says in your first hour of reading. Many people don’t understand how their car works, even after years of driving. So don’t give up.

Remember also, God talks to you as you read his Word. He wants you to understand what he wrote. Look for the simple meaning. Concentrate on God’s love for you as he shows it through his Son, your Savior Jesus Christ.

And be in church every Sunday!  Listen as the the Bible is explained and applied to your life every week.  I want you to know more about God’s love for you.

Pastor R.

Devotional Thought

I Try to Improve Myself

Are you a “religious” person?

What’s a “religion,” anyway?

A newspaper article said religion is “anything you do over and over in an effort to improve yourself.”

If you look at it that way, doing sit-ups would qualify as a religion. So would dieting. Maybe that’s why people say they do these things “religiously.”

A lot of people would agree that the purpose of religion is to improve yourself. Ask them why they go to church, and they’ll say it makes them better people.

Notice what happens when you define “religion” as “something you do over and over in an effort to improve yourself.”

Did anybody else miss the little word “God”?

Religion once had to do with who God is and what God has done. It all began and ended with God.

Self-help religion, however, begins and ends with me. God becomes a way of achieving my personal goals. In this view, if you find that believing in God makes you a better person, go for it. If not, don’t worry. There are other ways to accomplish the same thing.

Something you do over and over in an effort to improve yourself might be one way to define religion. However, it doesn’t fit Christianity.

The Christian message says it is a waste of time for us to try to improve ourselves by doing certain things. Instead, it tells what God has already done for us. It tells us we’re forgiven and restored, not because we do something over and over, but because Jesus Christ did something — once and for all.

When you get right down to it, being a Christian isn’t anything at all like dieting or sit-ups.

Christianity is more like sitting back and enjoying a great victory. You know it was won for you. You applaud in appreciation.

Pastor R.

Sermon

Accept No Substitutes!

Sermon text: Galatians 1:1-10

Summary: Paul carefully refutes the spirit of legalism. Galatians sounds out the gospel’s “sola fide” – by faith alone – and the resultant freedom that we enjoy in Christ. It is called the Christian’s “Magna Charta.”

Read the full sermon here.