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Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

By Clifton Angel

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15, KJV). This passage is often quoted to encourage memorization of Scripture and the knowledge of God’s Word. While these are very important, and the principle may be present in the passage, the context provides a very different meaning. 1 Peter 3:15 is not about memorizing Scripture. Continue reading “Be Not Afraid”

What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It is great for many reasons although I have to admit that I am still grateful for the food. Most of all, I am grateful for the time with family. However, I am still grateful for leftovers that will last for days. Despite our fondness of food, Thanksgiving has to be more than food. Continue reading “What are you thankful for?”

Haggai and getting to work.

The prophets Haggai and Zechariah joined forced in 520 B.C. to encourage the rebuilding of the temple following Babylonian captivity. Continue reading “Haggai and getting to work.”

What a Friend!

In the mid-1800’s, a young Irishman named Joseph Scriven was engaged to be married to a young lady. On the day before the wedding, he rode out to meet his fiancé at a river. Upon arriving, he was devastated to learn that her horse had been startled and thrown her into the water, where she drowned. He said later, “The bottom of my world seemed to disappear.” He turned to God and leaned upon him for strength. Continue reading “What a Friend!”

Making Our Invitations to Worship More Effective.

Most people experience varying degrees of social anxiety in new situations. When inviting our friends to visit Sunday morning worship services, one thing we can do to make them feel more comfortable saying “yes” is to simply let them know what to expect when they arrive at the church building. Continue reading “Making Our Invitations to Worship More Effective.”

Zephaniah. A matter of sin and hiding.

The book of Zephaniah is an interesting and challenging little book. It was written by Zephaniah somewhere between 640-620 B.C. Continue reading “Zephaniah. A matter of sin and hiding.”

God’s Seven Water Tests

Those who ridicule God’s command to be baptized in order to be forgiven would do well to consider at least seven occasions when God used water to separate those who followed Him from those who rejected Him. Continue reading “God’s Seven Water Tests”

Habakkuk: faith in crisis.

We don’t know a lot about the prophet apart from the information we can gain from his book. His name means “to wrestle” or “to cling” and speaks to the fact that he is literally wrestling with God for answers. Continue reading “Habakkuk: faith in crisis.”

It’s Not About You

    We live in a society that basically believes, “It’s all about me.” Almost every message that advertisers use promotes “me.” Check them out and see if I’m right. Pamper yourself. Please yourself. Protect yourself.

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