PEACE OF MIND

Duke University did a study on “peace of mind.” Factors found to contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability are:

The absence of suspicion and resentment – Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.

Not living in the past. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.

Not wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.

Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.

Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.

Cultivate the old-fashioned virtues of love, humor, compassion and loyalty.

Do not expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.

Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness.

Hear, now, inspired instruction for peace of mind, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Phil. 4:6-9).

How is your peace of mind?

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SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY

*SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY

INTRODUCTION
A. As far as I can recall, I’ve never heard of anyone going in to the boss and asking, “I really need a pay cut. Can you decrease my wages?”
1. Instead, most people recognize that their personal prosperity is a good thing, when used properly.
2. 3 John 2
B. But how does your soul prosper?
1. Is it the same as physical prosperity?
a. Are there spiritual coins to be placed in a spiritual pocket?
b. Do we trade in a spiritual marketplace and stockpile righteousness like money in the bank?
2. Not exactly. You can’t count spiritual assets like so many nickels and dimes in the palm of your hand.
a. And they aren’t transferable … I can’t beg, borrow, or steal your spiritual assets and put them in my heavenly bank account.
b. Note what Jesus said, Matthew 6:19-20
c. “Lay up for yourselves…” – Yes, spiritual prosperity requires personal spiritual accounting, and when realized it is 100% secure.
C. But there are some similarities between physical prosperity and spiritual prosperity.
1. In the physical world, good and moral prosperity is the result of certain disciplines practiced consistently and according to economic laws established by God.
2. Likewise, spiritual prosperity is also the result of consistently molding your life to match divinely ordained laws.
D. So if you were making a list, what would you say would be the most important ideas that promote spiritual prosperity?
1. Many might come up with different ideas about that.
2. Let me suggest to you 8 key concepts – 8 stepping stones – that will help lead you to spiritual prosperity.
DISCUSSION
A. ACCURATE THINKING
1. The first step toward spiritual maturity is accurate thinking.
a. And the most important kind of accurate thinking involves a realistic analysis of SELF.
b. This means we have to look in the mirror and be completely honest. No more blame games, no more self-congratulation for mediocrity or self-delusion about where we are on the spiritual totem pole.
c. James 1:22-25
2. If a person wants to be truly spiritual, they must first recognize the utter impossibility of becoming a spiritually mature person by pulling himself or herself up by their own bootstraps. In other words, you/we need help.
a. Let me emphasize this point. When you really begin thinking accurately about your spiritual state, you will realize there is nothing you can do of your own design and plan to fix what is spiritually broken.
b. None of us has that within ourselves – we can’t do it by ourselves
c. The world tells you that all the answers are inside you. As long as a person believes that lie, they will continue to tread water and it’s only a matter of time before they sink into an abyss of human misery and destruction.
d. But the good news is this, God loves you so much that He has given you everything you need to get the problem fixed – He has given you a road map to help you get past the impossible.
e. 2 Peter 1:3
3. Accurate thinking begins with SELF-analysis, but it also extends to every other discipline.
a. You MUST adopt the mental disposition that good enough isn’t good enough. Perfect is good enough, but we can’t be perfected without the Almighty
b. You MUST be fascinated with truth – not just casually interested as long as some version of “truth” confirms what you’re already comfortable with…
John 8:31-32
c. Without accurate thinking – precision thinking – especially about SELF, and every other spiritual topic, you can’t even begin to take the first step toward spiritual prosperity.
B. GET E-MOTIVATED
1. Even if we are willing to engage in accurate thinking about SELF and come away from that exercise realizing just how bad off we are – nothing, I repeat, NOTHING will change unless we let that realization sink in and motivate us to CHANGE the direction of our life.
2. But what is motivation? The root of that word forms the basis of another familiar word emotion.
a. And what are emotions? They are intense feelings that compel us to do something.
b. Are emotions good? Yes, absolutely. God created them to help us get up off the couch and into the game of life.
c. However, they must be educated with spiritual perspective.
d. Proverbs 14:12
3. The first part of that perspective has already occurred in step one (accurate thinking), or as I like to call it, living in “Realsville”
a. Accurate thinking should stimulate intense emotional feelings – sometimes painful feelings – that energize us to do something about the sorry state in which we find ourselves.
b. That real, emotional state should provide the energy needed to help us get to the next step.
C. SAY “NO” TO SELF
1. While emotions are great for motivating us to take action, especially when they are the product of us seeing our true spiritual state, feelings must give way to discipline.
2. If you can’t say “no” to self, putting the brakes on when needed … or if you can’t kick yourself in the back side to get going when necessary, then your emotional energy will be wasted and bound to cause more damage than good – emotion without action can lead anger, foul moods, depression, etc.
a. Galatians 2:20
b. Say no to self and yes to Christ
3. Here’s a tip. Saying “no” to self is probably the most difficult part … especially when we live in a world that makes it easy to avoid immediate negative consequences for the bad decisions we make.
4. But if you can harness your emotions and use them to get you headed in the right direction spiritually, then it’s time to feed an addiction.
D. GET SPIRITUALLY ADDICTED
1. Addiction for many people is a bad word, it brings to mind those who are enslaved often to a chemical dependency of some sort.
a. However, there is an addiction that is perfectly acceptable, and here it is.
b. Getting addicted to reading, studying, applying, and teaching God’s word.
c. 2 Timothy 2:15
d. 1 Timothy 4:13
e. Psalm 119:97
2. I know a fellow who once told me, “I really don’t like reading the Bible.”
a. That makes me sad.
b. Because that person is not addicted to the one thing that provides the ONLY source of true spiritual development.
c. Matthew 5:6
3. When you analyze self and realize you are spiritually broke…
a. When you get motivated to do something about it – to make real and meaningful changes…
b. When you say no to the thoughts of your own head and look for real answers in God’s word, and then begin searching the scriptures relentlessly for wisdom and direction in your life,
c. When you become physically and psychologically dependent on God’s word, and when there is no plausible substitute
4. Then and only then will your spiritual progress greatly improve
5. But be careful there is a pitfall to avoid. And it’s the basis of the next step.
6. But before we move on, let’s quickly recap the first four steps.
a. Accurate Thinking – We must MUST demand of ourselves accurate thinking in all spiritual matters … especially when it comes to self-evaluation.
b. E-motivated – We must be emotionally affected by the truth. Rocks are unemotional; so are tree stumps. We are humans, not stumps. We must fuel the emotional fires that will help us move in the direction of spiritual maturity.
c. Say “No” to self – Emotional energy must not run amok. Our emotions must be directed with self-discipline. We channel emotional energy to work for us rather than against us.
d. Get Spiritually Addicted – With so many diversions and distractions, we will never grow as we should until we pursue righteousness as if it were the most important thing in our lives.
7. This next step is critical because it addresses a big problem that has the potential to destroy even the godliest person. In order to continue to progress along a path toward spiritual maturity, we must develop…
E. COMPASSION FOR OTHERS
1. Have you ever known someone who seems to be spiritually knowledgeable? I mean, they can quote verse after verse from the Bible (or at least cite lots of references), but then they demonstrate very little tolerance or compassion for others especially those who are just starting on the path toward spiritual maturity.
2. Compassion for others is the next step. Don’t skip it.
a. Mercy and heartfelt compassion for others is essential to getting beyond the basics.
b. Because love demonstrated constantly reminds us of where we were and where we are spiritually.
3. Fostering compassion for others helps us to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought.
a. Romans 12:3
b. 1 John 3:17
c. A sense of compassion for others helps us to go back and relive step 1 (accurate thinking), but on a more active level.
d. Why do some folks hold grudges? Why do some constantly jockey for position seeking the chief seats?
e. Such behaviors only demonstrate that a person is bogged down and stuck in a spiritual ditch rather than truly maturing in Christian virtue.
4. Here’s a self-check quiz: Do you actively think to yourself, “How can I demonstrate compassion to ______,” and think those thoughts about every person you meet?
a. It’s not easy, quite frankly, for some people are not so lovable.
b. But if we put our personal agendas aside and learn to really show compassion, not just with lip service but in action, then we are well on our way to getting the next step in focus.
F. ELIMINATE THE DROSS
1. So how do we become a more compassionate people?
a. Like a refiner of gold, we must get rid of the dross – the worthless impurities that devalue the treasure.
b. Eliminating ALL other motives other than serving God and helping others is the key to this step.
2. But words are cheap. It’s much easier to say, “I love God,” than it is to PROVE it by demonstration.
a. In fact, the person who truly masters this step has little need to TELL anyone how much they love God – for it is easily seen
b. So here’s a tip. Behavior proves your motives. In other words as the old saying goes actions speak louder than words.
c. Matthew 7:21
d. Luke 6:46
3. In other words, the fruit that you bear is evidence of what kind of tree you are…
G. HELP TRANSFORM OTHER PEOPLE … EVEN YOUR ENEMIES.
1. If you have followed all these steps thus far accurate thinking with self-analysis, emotional focus, self-discipline, getting addicted to God’s word, compassion for others, purifying your motives…
a. When you understand and put these steps into action, then you will be prepared to be transformed into something different.
b. And most importantly, you will be ready to deal with the most difficult people in your life on a whole new level.
c. Romans 12:1-2
2. Imagine turning the biggest pain in your neck, the person in your life who causes you the greatest amount of grief, into a personal friend and spiritual partner.
3. You may be thinking: “Tom, have you been talking to fairies in the woods?”
a. If you knew Mr. _______, you would know my pain.
b. What you are talking about is mission impossible.”
4. The fact is that you will never know if your enemy could become a friend unless you TRY with your best effort to become what Christ called a “peace-MAKER.”
a. Matthew 5:9
b. When you have the righteous confidence that only comes with spiritual maturity and compassion for others,
c. When you realize that you cannot lose by making peace rather than engaging in mortal combat with others – peace is possible
5. We are not talking about compromising truth for peace.
a. Proverbs 23:23
b. We are talking about working for peace and harmony with your enemies – those who would do you harm – using God’s word as our guide
6. And now you are ready to move to the final step…
H. TOTAL, ABSOLUTE, UNCONDITIONAL COMMITMENT
1. This last step is so simple and so obvious to explain but not so easy to do. That part will be up to you.
2. When President Truman was negotiating the terms of surrender in World War II, these were his conditions: There were NO conditions. The only thing he would accept is complete and total unconditional surrender.
3. In the spiritual journey we’ve been discussing, we are the enemy. Christ is the victor. He is inviting us to join Him as friend and brother.
a. But here are His terms: Total and unconditional surrender. Total commitment to Him no matter what the cost… Mark 12:30
b. And there is a cost. You may be abused by enemies who will never soften despite your best efforts at peacemaking – it may cost you relationships with family – it may cost you a job
c. Matthew 10:34-39
d. Spiritual maturity WILL cost you something so here is the key…
4. Are you willing to sacrifice something NOW for something better LATER?
a. Jesus put it like this… Luke 9:62
b. To really develop spiritually, you’ve got to be 100% committed to making spiritual progress – NO MATTER WHAT.
5. Those are the 8 Steps that lead to spiritual prosperity.
a. Embrace Accurate Thinking
b. Be Emotionally Motivated
c. Exercise Self-control
d. Get Addicted to Righteousness
e. Practice and Demonstrate Compassion
f. Eliminate Impure Motives
g. Seek peace
h. Be Totally Committed
CONCLUSION
A. These 8 steps that lead toward spiritual prosperity are not merely steps they ARE spiritual prosperity.
B. In this case the journey really is the reward.
1. When you successfully incorporate these principles, ALL of them in your life, you will be a spiritually prosperous person – something to think about.
2. And ultimately these attitudes will lead you to the ultimate spiritual reward in heaven with your God.
C. Finally, I didn’t make up these steps. They are not my own creation. So I don’t take credit for some kind of super spiritual insight. I have merely brought these ideas to you as something that can really help you like they have helped me.
D. Where did I get these ideas? Read Matthew 5:3-13

*This sermon was developed from an article written by Jason Jackson

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HOW DO YOU REACT TO A SERMON?

Whenever a faithful Gospel Preacher stands in the pulpit and proclaims truth from God’s word to an audience of God’s people, they will usually react in one of four ways to that proclamation. Let us now consider those reactions with reference to a sermon on “Giving As One Has Prospered.”

Some Christians will say, “I give as I have been prospered, but I appreciate being reminded of this important truth from God’s word.” This reaction is given by those who give generously and as they have prospered – but still loves to hear that old old story. Some, no matter how many times over the years they have heard a sermon on a given topic – still love to hear the truth ring out. “O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psa. 119:97).

Other Christians will say, “It is true, I have not be giving as I have prospered, and I appreciate you pointing that out to me.” This reaction is given by one who allows the message of truth to affect their lives, and want to do better and will put forth every effort to do so. These are the type of Christians who wants to be informed when they are wrong, because they want to be pleasing to God in every area of their life. The Psalmist declared, “Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me” [or, given me life - NKJ] (Psa. 119:92-93). I pray that this is the attitude we would all possess! The word of God is powerful enough to change lives if we will only heed its teachings (Rom. 1:16). Will you heed the word of God?

Then there are other Christians who will say, “I am guilty of not giving as I have been prospered, and I appreciate you pointing this out to me,” but they make no attempt to change their giving for the better. These type of Christians know they are wrong, and know they need to do better, and yet – for one reason or another, refuse to do so. Some have referred to this type of Christian as a “milk toast” Christian, that is, one who is without stability and backbone. James wrote, “For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was” (Jam. 1:23-24; ASV). Please, let this not be true of us!

A final reaction to any given sermon might be set forth in this manner: “All that preachers knows how to preach is negative sermons! Doesn’t he know how to encourage?” It is strange that that some will consider a sermon to be positive, while others will consider the same sermon to be negative. I believe that you will find that those who accuse the preacher of always preaching negative sermons have had their “toes stepped on” – and they do not like the feeling. This kind of listener is much like those in Isaiah’s day, who cried, “Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isa. 30:10).

Many have the attitude, “Preach what I want to hear – not what I need.” Again, things have not changed much over the centuries as is seen in the words of Jeremiah. “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken” (Jer. 6:16-17). If this is how you react to a sermon you need to make a change – you need to repent.

How do you react to a sermon faithfully preached from God’s word?

Think About It!

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ENCOURAGEMENT

The late Tom Landry, Coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once said, “My job is to make others do what they don’t want to do in order that they can do what they’ve dreamed about doing all their lives.”

I am sure everyone has dreamed of going to heaven, but often times there are many who are not willing to do what it takes. This is where encouragement comes in. We need to encourage one another to faithfulness. The Hebrew writer said, “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:13; ESV). Paul told Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2; ESV).

We owe it to our family, friends, and brethren to encourage them to “do what they don’t want to do in order that they can do what they’ve dreamed about doing all their lives.”

Think About It!

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A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESS

An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy.

He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.

The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, “Oh, Buddy is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn’t even try!”

The Hebrew writer declared, “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” (Heb. 12:1). My friends, we are not the only ones pulling – there were those before us, those with us presently, and those in the future. Let us pull together.

Think About It!

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FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLY

FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCTION
A. Hebrews 10:19-27
1. The Hebrew writer is speaking of the conversion process
2. Jesus consecrated by His flesh a “new and living way” for all of us; thus:
a. We have “boldness to enter into the holiest” (v. 19)
b. This occurred when the “veil” – His flesh – was torn
3. It is our duty to draw near to this “new and living way” by:
a. Having “our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience” (v. 22) – i.e. repentance
b. Having “our bodies washed with pure water” (v. 22) – i.e. baptism
c. Holding fast “the profession of our faith without wavering” (v. 23) – being faithful until death
d. “Provoking unto love and to good works” (v. 24) – admonition
e. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together” (v. 25)
4. The reason for not forsaking the assembly is seen in Hebrews 10:26-27
a. Our faithful attendance keeps us from rejecting the truth
b. Our faithful attendance keeps us from the fiery indignation of judgment
c. There is no forgiveness for those who intentionally remain in sin
B. Today I want to focus on one part of this conversion process as seen in Hebrews 10:19-27 – “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”
C. When we forsake the assembly, whether it be a.m. or p.m. worship, or Sunday and Wednesday Bible Classes – we are forsaking God, one another, and ourselves.
DISCUSSION
A. Early Christians assembled EVERY Lord’s Day for worship
1. Acts 2:42
a. The church was “steadfast” [to continue all the time Thayer] in assembling together
b. They assembled at every opportunity
2. Acts 20:7 … The Christians at Troas met on Sunday to worship
3. The church in Corinth (1 Cor. 11; 16:2) are seen assembling on the first day of the week
B. Let us now consider several reason why we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together:
1. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study demonstrates a contempt for spiritual things
a. Romans 8:1, 6
b. If one chooses not to assemble with the saints to worship would you say they are spiritually minded or carnally minded?
c. Galatians 6:7-8
d. If Christianity were illegal, and you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
2. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study involves choosing not to do that which is known to be good
a. James 4:17
b. I have never talked to anyone who denied that it would be good for one to attend all the worship services
c. Would you agree that who chooses to worship is a making a good choice?
3. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study is choosing not to give or receive needed encouragement in living the Christian life
a. Hebrews 10:24-25
b. We encourage each other in many ways, but one of the most important ways is by our faithful attendance
c. Faithful attendance helps prevent others from falling away from the Lord
4. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study is a violation of an explicit command
a. Hebrews 10:25
b. We need to remember what sin is … 1 John 3:4
c. If it is not wrong to miss 1 worship service, then it would not be wrong to miss 2, then 10, then 100, then 1000. If it is wrong to miss a 1000 services is succession, it’s only because it is wrong to miss one.
d. Choosing to miss 1 service violates Hebrews 10:25
5. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study contributes to ignorance
a. Hosea 4:6
b. 2 Peter 3:18
c. Ignorance is one of the things that crucified our Lord (Acts 3:17)
d. Two 15 year old boys – one attends worship once a week, and the other 4 times a week. Notice what happen if they learn just one new spiritual truth each time they attend:
1) Boy 1 – y1 (52), y10 (520), y55 (2, 860)
2) Boy 2 – y1 (208), y10 (2,000), y55 (11,440)
e. Friends attending worship makes a difference
6. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study sets a bad example
a. 1 Timothy 4:12
b. Our example either brings people closer to the Lord or pushes them farther away … Romans 14:7
7. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study discourages the faithful
a. It is discouraging that only 2/3 of those for morning worship are there for Bible Study and evening worship
b. It is discouraging that only 1/2 of those present for Sunday morning worship are there on Wednesday night
c. On of the most encouraging aspects of church work is good attendance
8. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study is a failure to let one’s light shine – Matthew 5:14-16… Are you dimming your Christian light? Or, is your light already out?
9. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study demonstrates that one’s priorities are not properly arranged
a. Matthew 6:33
b. Do you really suppose you are seeking God’s kingdom first when you would prefer to do something else [TV, fishing, etc.] than worship with the saints
10. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study is an affront to God
a. By not attending you are telling God that is really not all that important to you
b. Matthew 22:37
11. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study is to do so with intent and purpose
a. Some sins are committed unintentionally, or through ignorance. A faithful Christian does not plan to sin
b. Those who choose not to worship with the saints usually know they should, and they could if they would, but they plan not to do so
12. Choosing not to assemble with the saints in Worship and Bible Study is the only thing it would take to destroy the church from the face of the earth, if everyone did it
a. If one member of the church can, as a matter of preference and choice, not assemble with the saints for worship without committing any sin – then two can. If 2 can, then 10 can. If 10 can, then 100 can. And if 100 can, all can.
b. If it is right for 1 to do it then it is right for all
CONCLUSION
Please do not forsake the assembling of the saints

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WHAT’S YOUR HURRY

Have you ever noticed that it seems that many are in a hurry to get out of worship services? It also seems that many want to spend as little time in worship as they can get by with. Why do I make this observation? Here are a few things that I have noticed over the years.

Song leaders, for the most part, seldom sing the third stanza of a four stanza song. Why? Are were in a hurry? In our hymns we have a message being sung, and we often miss important and powerful thoughts by skipping stanzas in a song. Why not sing all the stanzas of a song getting the full message, spending as much time as possible lifting our voice to God in praise, and spending beneficial time in encouraging one another.

Many times I see people almost running out of services after the last amen is said. Many hurry in at the last minute (or even a few minutes late) and then hurry out. What’s the hurry? Should we not have enough love and concern for one another to spend some time associating with one another, giving words of encouragement, and welcoming our visitors?

Are we “put out” with the preacher when his sermon lasts more than 30 minutes? What’s the hurry? Where is the attitude of “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psa. 119:97)? Would we be “put out” with Paul who preached until midnight (Acts 20:7)? If we love God’s word as we ought should we not want to listen to it as much as possible?

Is it not true that we try to spend as much time as we can doing this things that we love to do? Is it not true that we look for every opportunity to be involved in that which we love? So what about the time set aside for worship? Do we treasure each moment in worship, and perhaps even longing for more time in this precious event?

Friends, what’s your hurry?

Think About It!

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