Category Archives: Sin

Getting Right About Being Wrong

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13, N.K.J.V.) A businessman stopped at a restaurant and ordered a cup of coffee. The waitress didn’t even try to disguise her … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Attitude, Backsliding, Change, Confession, Conscience, Conviction, Disobedience, Forgiveness, God's Mercy, Lying, Making Restitution, Obedience, Rebellion, Restoration, Sin | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

God & Evil

Malcolm Woody has asked: “If God is all good, and all knowing, and all powerful, and all loving, why is there evil in the world?” Mathew 5:48 says that God is “perfect.” 1st John 1:5 says: “…God is light and … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Aging, Angels, Creation, Death, Demons, God's Sovereignty, Pride, Satan, Sickness, Sin, Spiritual Warfare, The Devil, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Settling for Pig Food

Let’s say that a kid wants the newest, hottest, super-duper-deluxe video-game system for Christmas. The thing costs $450. Now let’s say that the kid’s parents just can’t afford to spend that much on a Christmas present. So what do they … Continue reading

Posted in Choices, Confession, Desires, Disappointment, God's Timing, God's Will, Impatience, Patience, Perseverance, Repentance, Reward, Sin, Temptation, Trials, Waiting | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Church’s First Martyr

(Series: “The Early Church of Jerusalem” post #13) I take no pleasure in reporting that much of what a lot of Christians believe about God really doesn’t stand up to the test of scripture. “God wouldn’t let me remain sick.” … Continue reading

Posted in Adversity, Christ's Death, Church, Death, Faithfulness, God's Will, God's Work, Heaven, Ministry, Obedience, Persecution, Perseverance, Problems, Series: "The Early Church of Jerusalem", Service, Sickness, Sin, Suffering, The Old Testament Law, Trials | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

The First Church Scandal

(Series: “The Early Church of Jerusalem” post #9) I don’t care how smoothly a church is humming along, it isn’t immune from scandal. The problem is that people can’t help but be people. They are sin-marred individuals who are card-carrying … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Adultery, Alcohol, Backsliding, Church, Deacons, God's Judgment, Holiness, Hypocrisy, Ministry, Money, Pastors, Personal Holiness, Series: "The Early Church of Jerusalem", Sin, Temptation, The Depravity of Man, The Holy Spirit | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Lesson Samuel Didn’t Learn

Of all of Israel’s great spiritual leaders, none rises any higher than Samuel. He was a prophet. He was a priest. He was the last of Israel’s Judges, the series of men who led the nation before its time of … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Family, Fatherhood, God's Work, Husbands, Leadership, Marriage, Ministry, Motherhood, Parenting, Sin, Youth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Important Reminder About Hurricanes

We cancelled services yesterday at Oak Grove Baptist Church because of the threat of flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The forecast was for our Nebo, N.C., area to receive 6 to 12 inches of rain, with the … Continue reading

Posted in Aging, Christ's Second Coming, Christ's Return, Creation, Death, Demons, Eternity, God's Timing, Heaven, Hell, Human Life, Prophecy, Restoration, Satan, Sin, The Depravity of Man, The Devil | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment