Saturday, October 20, 2007


Sometimes we “church” people use “church words” that others don’t understand. Take the word sanctification for example. Sounds fancy enough but what does it really mean?

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NKJV)

So then, we might deduce that sanctification is remaining sexually pure. Is that all it means?

The Greek word used here is hagiasmos, which the Thayer Greek Dictionary says means:

1) consecration, purification

2) the effect of consecration

2a) sanctification of heart and life

Wikipedia says consecration is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious. The word "consecration" literally means, "setting apart."

For this is the will of God, your purification, your setting yourself apart to the things, desires and will of God.

The Greek word hagiasmos is from hagiazo, which Thayer says means:

1) to render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow

2) to separate from profane things and dedicate to God

2a) consecrate things to God

2b) dedicate people to God

3) to purify

3a) to cleanse externally

3b) to purify by expiation: free from the guilt of sin

3c) to purify internally by renewing of the soul

Hagiazo is from the Greek word hagios, which Thayer says means “most holy thing,” or “saint.”

For this is the will of God, for you to be holy…set apart from the things of the world, to Him, your Creator, to be holy as He is holy.


Thursday, October 18, 2007


If you had the choice between telling someone about something that was good or doing something good for that person, which would you do?

Often times, we in the church would simply like to tell the homeless person about Jesus rather than also helping him find housing. We might prefer to tell the teenager who has a rough situation at home “Jesus loves him (or her)” rather than also showing them the love of Christ by listening to them and trying to help.

Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart

is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather

or pouring vinegar in a wound. Proverbs 25:20 (NLT)

James, the brother of Jesus Christ, speaks about this in James 2:15 - 17 (NASB),

If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

If we wish to lead a lost world to Christ, we must remember that we are His body here on the earth, His hands, His feet, His eyes, His loving touch, His caring heart…

Those of us that claim Christ as Savior are His body in this world.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007


In 1990, 86% of people asked claimed to be Christian. In 2001, 77% made the same claim. 40% of those did not attend any type of church service. According to Christianity Today, in a 2006 article, only 17.7% of the population attends a church service.

17 There is hope for your future,” says the LORD.

“Your children will come again to their own land.

18 I have heard Israel saying,

‘You disciplined me severely,

like a calf that needs training for the yoke.

Turn me again to you and restore me,

for you alone are the LORD my God.

19 I turned away from God,

but then I was sorry.

I kicked myself for my stupidity!

I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.’

Jeremiah 31:17 - 19 (NLT)

Pray for this country, starting with you and your town, to listen to God, to heed His call to return to Him as the One True God. This is the same message that John the Baptist preached,

“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 3:2 (NLT)

Jesus is patiently waiting…


Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Have you ever stopped and thought about how much time you waste in one day? Just try it once. As you go throughout your day journal the activity, time spent and what it accomplished. It might prove very enlightening.

Here is what Paul had to say to Timothy regarding a good use of time:

Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. 5The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 6But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. 1 Timothy 1:4 - 6 (NLT)

What should be the uniting purpose of all of our speech?

…that all believers would be filled with love…

Arguing about secondary doctrines, who has the most books in their library, who has a preacher for a dad or even who is going to win the world series…all of that and more, waste time, when we could be speaking about the incredible love of Jesus and at the same time demonstrating it to those we come into contact with.


Sunday, October 14, 2007


Are you thankful for what you have or are you always wishing you had something else, something better?

Perhaps there is a fine line between the two. We need to be thankful for what we have and yet, it is okay to desire something better, especially when it is promised to us by the very One who created us, the Lord God Almighty.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.

2 I long, yes, I faint with longing

to enter the courts of the LORD.

With my whole being, body and soul,

I will shout joyfully to the living God. Psalms 84:1 - 2 (NLT)

The place God has given us to live, whether it is a twenty-room mansion or a simple one-room house, is a precious gift as long as He is with us.

Do you long with your entire being to be with God as the Psalmist did? Do you live each and every day thinking of Him and being thankful for what He has already given you?

Think about it…