“Judge Not?”

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We live in a day of unbelievable business marketing strategies. Anything can be sold by most anyone with some success, if a niche market is found and the appropriate marketing strategy is both properly applied and carefully managed. Thus, whenever a “Christian” book starts selling like hotcakes to both church-goers, as well as to those who are avowed unbelievers, I begin to be very concerned. Then, when that same book’s professing evangelical author begins to make the religious and secular talk-show circuit and his book’s sales hit the New York Times best-seller list, I then start to wonder if this popular title can pass the Biblical test. At this point, I usually go secure a copy of such a publication, hoping that for once this newly famous evangelical guru might follow the Bible. 

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“Does Christ Have First Place in Your Life?”

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It has been said of modern-man, “he worships his work, he works at his play, and he plays at his worship.” Sadly, this is an accurate description of far too many who say that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. The chronic problem lies in these professing Christians simply allowing themselves to get blown along each day by the winds of this age, instead of by the wind of the Holy Spirit. 

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“The Total Package Mom”

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Since Mother’s Day is tomorrow, it is only fitting that we reflect today upon our mothers and the impact that they have had on both our domestic and spiritual formation. At the outset, allow me to just say openly, that I am eternally thankful for my mother, Kathleen Ann Marcellino. Her consistent and unrivaled selflessness toward my brothers and me, especially in our formative years, is a treasure to remember, and assuredly, a memory that will never be forgotten. 

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“Thankfulness”

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Many years ago, I heard a faithful pastor pray the following words: “O Lord, open the eyes of the lost, grant them ears to hear the gospel [Romans 10:17], grant them eyes to see the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ [2 Corinthians 4:6]; And O Lord, turn their ‘never saying they are sorry’ to you; to a heart of true repentance; and their ‘never saying thank you’ to you; to a life of thankfulness. Amen.” 

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“How are You Handling Stress?”

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We live in probably the most amazing time in the history of the world. It’s an era of immense technological advance coupled with profound opportunities for our physical well-being. Specifically, we often have immediate acces to astounding time-saving devices, land and air-travel vehicles, and cellular communication. In addition, we have vast information at our finger-tips (because of computers and the internet), which enable us to access helpful information on medical and financial issues, and even to find answers to Bible questions, and those about the Bible. Yet, we have never been more overwhelmed and maxed-out in our daily lives. 

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“Are You an Anxious Person?”

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Some Bible verses, more than others, just level me to the dust with their profundity, and at the same time, their simplicity. Two such verses are Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The other verse, which is as profound, is 1 Peter 5:7, “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

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“What’s Your Daily Motivation?”

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We begin to answer our question this week, with the words of the psalmist in Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This powerfully practical verse for daily living, provokes three immediate questions that every person must honestly answer: (1) Do you see each day as the Psalmist does? (2) When you get up each morning, are you able to rejoice at the beginning of a new day? and then, determine to be glad in it? and (3) What will motivate you to live the next twenty-four hours? That is, what desires will drive you to put in one more 9-5 day? 

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“Regret? Or Wise Reflection, Repentance, and Holy Resolve?”

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I would like to begin our time together with an important follow-up question to our main question this week, as cited above, “Is it your daily hope and prayer that you will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, both this year, and continuing on until your final breath (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)? I hope so …

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“In the Beginning God”

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In reflecting upon our most recent presidential election, what was obvious to me, was that it revealed a lot about the American people. Particularly, a whole stratum of citizens who have been on the political sidelines for thirty-plus years. Finally, they were awakened at the eleventh-hour and fifty-ninth minute, to turn-back the tide of our culture, toward semi-reality from being on the precipice of insanity. This phenomenon confirmed to me that the American people still have a pulse and somewhat of a moral compass.

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“The Authority and Sufficiency of the Bible”

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When we begin to look honestly at our own lives, and in our churches, we must confess that Biblical Christianity is certainly at a low-ebb in our day. Now, why is this so? Well, there are many reasons for this: Our own indwelling sin, the man-centeredness of our pulpits and worship services, religious self-deception, chronic prayerlessness, a lack of instruction about and living out the spiritual disciplines, the absence of true revival in America since 1858, failing to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), etc., etc. … Put very simply, a shell of religion usually overshadows the church when we become weary in the every-day spiritual battle. At such times, repentance, holy resolve, and the pursuit of godliness become very hollow, or non-existent. 

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