How many copies of the Bible do you have in your home?
I’m guessing more than one!
In fact, many of us not only have more than one Bible—we have several different translations.
But are we reading it? Is God’s Word changing us?
The Bible is still the number one best-selling book—ever. But it might very well be the least read.
It’s not that we’re illiterate—we can read, we just don’t read.
And family times around the Bible? Praying together?
Essentially gone—lost to soccer and other activities that we’ve allowed to replace our times together.
It’s our privilege—and our responsibility—as parents to instill in our children the love of God, the love of reading His Word.
Make time with God an essential time as a family!
I think it’s fair to say, we live in a culture of tolerance.
But what disturbs me is how we define tolerance. Tolerance, historically, has been a good word. But the meaning of tolerance in our culture has changed—and not for the better.
It’s become a way to say, “I accept everything, except Christianity.”
So-called tolerance is remarkably IN-tolerant.
It’s being used as a tool to intimidate believers. A tool to silence us.
I know that no one’s fully tolerant. And certainly there are things we should never tolerate. Obviously, things like murder, and rape are intolerable.
But let me be very candid here.
Do not be intimidated by this so-called culture of tolerance. By those who berate and twist words, who put down Christianity as intolerant.
Don’t be silenced! Don’t be intimidated! Live out your faith!
Some surveys show only about 40% of us attend church regularly. What’s everybody else doing?
So . . . why haven’t we won them over?
And actually the news is much worse. The survey I quoted is based on surveys of people who say they go to church.
But if you add up the actual attendance across America, it’s considerably less than 40%.
What’s going on?
There’s a spiritual dullness in our culture that concerns me.
And it should concern you.
The fact is—that spiritual dullness is an inability to connect the dots between faithful, worship attendance, and building strong families and communities.
You can’t separate the impact of one on the other!
The demise of our families and communities, and our moral fiber, is directly related to our failure to understand the importance of worshipping and studying God’s Word in a local congregation!
I love my country. I consider myself a patriot.
But at my core, I’m an unabashed enthusiast for the Gospel of Christ.
Patriotism or the Cross of Christ? Mutually exclusive?
I don’t think so.
I will not extol a nation at the expense of not exalting the Cross of Christ. It’s as simple as that.
The key issue for me is Jesus. The key to meaning and purpose in this life is knowing God through Jesus Christ.
And the hope for a nation, in my opinion, is conformity to God’s ways.
It’s the greatest patriotic act you could ever do for your country.
The only thing that ultimately can save this nation is to share the Gospel in such a way, that the Gospel is so pervasive it impacts every bit of this country.
That’s true patriotism.
We say we want to win the world for Christ.
So what are you willing to do to see that happen?
I heard one preacher say with a degree of regret in his voice, 90% of God’s people are UN-employed in meaningful Kingdom service.
Throughout history, people who understood how to mobilize and equip God’s people, impacted the culture.
In the 1200’s, it was Peter Waldo, who raised up a group of people called, “The Poor Men of Lyon.” They carried the Gospel all across Southern France. In the 1300’s, it was John Wycliffe, who helped bring the Gospel to England by a group called The Lollards.
Later, it was John Wesley and the lay preachers.
The Gospel isn’t spread primarily by pastors. It’s spread by people who realize their calling and the contagious nature of the Gospel.
So how “contagious” are you?
1st Thessalonians 3 says: “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each and every one of you.”
So how are you doing?
Now take a look at 1st Thessalonians 4. It says: “Now about brotherly love, we do not need to write to you, for you, yourselves, have been taught by God to love each other.” That’s quite a compliment.
Apparently they were loving each other well. But it goes on to say in verse 10: “And in fact, you do love all, yet we urge you, do so more and more.”
The Spirit of God would say to us all . . . “Learn to love and grow your love even more and more for those around you.”
So let me ask you again!
How’re you doing in making your love increase for other believers?