You are a Christian because somebody cared. Now it’s your turn.
What a paradox that a babe in a manger should be called mighty! Yet even as a baby, Jesus Christ revealed power. His birth affected the heavens as that star appeared. The star affected the Magi, and they left their homes and made that long journey to Jerusalem. Their announcement shook King Herod and his court. Jesus’ birth brought angels from heaven and simple shepherds from their flocks on the hillside. Midnight became midday as the glory of the Lord appeared to men.
Material wealth is either a window through which we see God or a mirror in which we see ourselves.
The local church is espoused to Christ, but there is always the danger of that love growing cold. Like Martha, we can be so busy working for Christ that we have no time to love Him. Christ is more concerned about what we do with Him than for Him. Labor is no substitute for love. To the public, the Ephesian church was successful; to Christ, it had fallen.
My books are my tools, and I use them. I cannot afford to be a book collector; neither the budget nor the
diminishing shelf space…permits such a luxury… I enjoy my library. Each book is a friend that converses
with and teaches me. Better to have fewer of the best books than to clutter your shelves with volumes that cannot
serve you well. Above all, love your books, use them, and dedicate all you learn to the service of Jesus Christ.
The work of the ministry is too demanding and difficult for a man to enter it without a sense of divine calling. Men enter and then leave the ministry usually because they lack a sense of divine urgency. Nothing less than a definite call from God could ever give a man success in the ministry.
We do not understand and then obey: that is instruction. We obey by faith, and then we understand: that is illumination.