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09
Aug
17

The Fire Of Gossip

Gossip destroys friendships and relationships. When we hear gossip, we have a choice to make. We can repeat it or we can stop it. Proverbs 26 says this:

Without wood a fire goes out;
    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. – Proverbs 26:20-21 (NIV)

If we choose to repeat gossip, then we are adding wood to a fire. It is like adding charcoal to a barbecue grill. The gossip we spread has the potential to keep adding drama to a situation that may be destroying a relationship. Let’s face it, when we hear gossip we get a little bit excited. You know something juicy and now you can’t wait to tell someone else. Ask yourself, “Will this help defuse a situation or will it make things worse?” Don’t spread gossip. Let it die with you and you can help extinguish a raging fire.
08
Aug
17

Showing Kindness To Enemies

When someone treats you like an enemy, the last thing you want to do is be kind to them. We’d much rather try to get revenge on those who harm us. Solomon said that we should be kind and show compassion to our enemies. He wrote:

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you. – Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

Notice that there are two things that will happen when we show kindness to our enemies and adversaries. First, we heap proverbial burning coals on their head. They may feel guilt and shame over how they have treated you. Second, the Lord will reward you. God does not reward vengeance. Instead, He rewards kindness and compassion. Jesus told us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. We do this by showing kindness to them, not in seeking revenge.
07
Aug
17

Dirt

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.  This message is based on Luke 8:1-15, the parable of the soils.

07
Aug
17

We Have Hope

Followers of Jesus are living for more than this life. We have a hope beyond the seventy or eighty years we get on this planet. We are living for the billions of years we will live in Heaven with Christ. Proverbs says that we should neither be afraid of those who seek to do us harm nor should we be jealous of those on whom God’s judgment will fall. Proverbs 24 says:

Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. – Proverbs 24:19-20 (NIV)

There’s no reason to be afraid because we’ve got nothing to lose. No matter what persecution may come, our hope is in Heaven. No matter how the wicked may prosper in this life, they have no hope of eternity. Don’t worry about the temporary pain or difficult circumstances of this life. Instead, keep your eyes on Heaven. Heaven awaits and the One who waits for us there keeps His promises.
04
Aug
17

Don’t Be Jealous Of Sinners

It’s hard to watch the wicked prosper. Especially when you are trying to do the right things and live your life for Jesus. When those who do not fear the Lord seem to get ahead, it’s just not fair. Why do they have so many blessings and we just struggle? Solomon said this:

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:17-18 (NIV)

Pastor and author Randy Alcorn said this:

“The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”

Remember that God has promised you a future in Heaven with Him. The best things in this life cannot compare with the future God has prepared for you. This life is brief and Heaven is eternal. Stay faithful to Jesus for your hope is secure in Him. Better days are coming…
03
Aug
17

The Blessing Of Generosity

God’s Word has much to say about being generous. God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. Solomon says that when we share our blessings with the poor, we receive even more in the way of blessings. He says:

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor. – Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)

Rather than pointing fingers at the poor and being generous in insults, let’s be generous with our blessings. Some will say that poor people are ignorant or lazy. That’s not necessarily true. What about the poor who are exploited by tyrannical governments? What about the poor who lose their jobs because of greed? What about the poor who are victims of an economic downturn? Not every poor person is poor because of bad choices. And even if they are, who are we to judge? Let’s make the choice to be generous and invite God’s blessings into our lives.
02
Aug
17

More Than A Sacrifice

When it comes to life, we need to not only focus on our vertical relationship with God, but also on our horizontal relationships with others. We can’t have one without the other. Solomon said that God is more concerned with righteousness (vertical) and justice (horizontal) than He is with what we give to His Kingdom through sacrifice. This is what Solomon wrote:

To do what is right and just
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – ​Proverbs 21:3 (NIV)

The prophet Hosea said something similar:

…I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. – Hosea 6:6 (NIV)

We can get so wrapped up in outward shows of religion (sacrifices and offerings) that we forget to let God transform us from the inside out. Relationships are more important than legalism. Let Jesus transform your heart before you try to impress Him with your tithes and offerings. God isn’t saying, “Don’t give.” He’s saying, “Let everything you do come from a transformed heart.”



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