Salvation

Fortner: The New Birth

By |January 12th, 2018|Devotional|0 Comments

The true believer is a person in whom Christ dwells. The new birth is nothing less than Christ coming into a man’s heart, taking possession, ruling and causing that man to become a follower of him. Anything less than this is not Christianity. The new birth creates a desire in the heart to be like Christ, causing the person who is born again to seek and strive after the perfection of Christ’s character in himself. We know that this perfect conformity to Christ cannot be attained in this life. But that fact in no way hinders us from seeking it. The highest aspiration of the believing heart is to be like Christ. His submission and dedication to the will of God and the glory of God, his patience, love, kindness, tenderness and forgiveness, his self-denial, self-sacrifice, humility and unflinching boldness in the cause of God are things all of God’s people seek. Let us ever seek these things ardently. When we close our eyes in death, we shall have this blessed conformity to Christ!

 Donald S. Fortner, Grace for Today: Daily Devotional Readings, (Danville, KY: Grace Baptist Church of Danville, 1986), 9.

New Beginnings

By |January 1st, 2017|General News|0 Comments

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…”

A new year feels like a new beginning. Maybe that’s why there’s so much excitement over it, off with the old and on with the new. A chance to start over, learn from our mistakes and start fresh in the new year. The new year feels full of possibilities of what may and can be. Who doesn’t want a new lease on life?

This is exactly what every person gets when they accept Christ into their hearts and lives. Not a remodeling job, not a makeover or a refurbished heart and mind, but a brand new beginning. What sounds like a fairytale that’s too good to be true can become a reality. God tells us in the Bible, “If any man be in Christ, he is a NEW creature, old things are passed away, behold ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

How about you? Are you wishing your life were different and that you could start all over? Well, you can. If you’ve never asked Christ to save you and forgive you of your sins and invited Him into your heart and life and make it brand new, you can today. Do it now right where you are and make this a new year of new beginnings!

Adrian Rogers: The Separation of Death

By |June 11th, 2015|Devotional|0 Comments

Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body; spiritual death is the separation of the spirit from God. I can never die in that sense because I can never be separated from God. Neither can you. Paul said there is nothing that can “separate us (the child of God, the Christian) from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (www.lwf.org.org)

Adrian Rogers: New Life

By |April 22nd, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

When Jesus rose, you rose with Him. Christians are not just nice people, they are new creatures. We have the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. We have come out of the grave of the old life. Our old master has no more hold on us. The old debt has no more penalty that we have to pay. – LWF

Charles Spurgeon: The Scarlet Thread

By |March 19th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

“This act of Rahab sets forth a yet more solemn lesson. Have I implicitly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied the scarlet cord, as with a Gordian knot in my window, so that my trust can never be removed? Or can I look out towards the Dead Sea of my sins,or the Jerusalem of my hopes, without seeing the blood, and seeing all things in connection with its blessed power? The passer-by can see a cord of so conspicuous a colour, if it hangs from the window: it will be well for me if my life makes the efficacy of the atonement conspicuous to all onlookers. What is there to be ashamed of? Let men or devils gaze if they will, the blood is my boast and my song. My soul, there is One who will see that scarlet line, even when from weakness of faith thou canst not see it thyself; Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over thee. Jericho’s walls fell flat: Rahab’s house was on the wall, and yet it stood unmoved; my nature is built into the wall of humanity, and yet when destruction smites the race, I shall be secure. My soul, tie the scarlet thread in the window afresh, and rest in peace.”

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