Jealousy and Selfishness

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. James 3:16
 
We all have to be careful of selfishness and jealousy.  The Bible says that it will lead to disorder, confusion, and all kinds of evil.  That is true in a marriage, in a church, or in a community.  We don’t realize it, but when we are motivated by and act on purely selfish desires, we are opening the door to more evil than we can imagine.  We don’t mean for it to happen, but it will.  God is good and He warns us in order to protect us from evil and it’s devastating results.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Growing Close to God

Come close to God and He will come close to you. James 4:8
 
God doesn’t force Himself on anybody.  He waits for us.  Nobody is born closer to God than others.  We all have the opportunity to get closer to Him and He promises to come closer to us.  He is simply waiting on you.   Are you going to get closer to Him? The next move is yours. 
 
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Leave the Past in the Past

But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago.” Is. 43:18
 
Some people live in the past.  They let what has happened control the present.  You can’t change the past but you can refuse to let it ruin your life now.  God gives us all the opportunity to be forgiven and have a new start.  You may live with consequences from bad choices but you can move on with a new hope that only God can give.
 
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But With God

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. PHIL. 2:13
 
If you will invite God into your life, He will help you to serve and please Him.  It is not up to you to live the Christian life on your own.  God in you will give you the desire and the ability to make good choices and follow His will for your life.  Some people give up on following God because they don’t think they can.  They’re right!  They can’t.  But with God’s help, working in them, they can.
 
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A Way Out

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. I Cor. 10:13
 
We all face temptation.  The good news is that we never have to give in to it.  God will always give us a way out.  He limits our temptations and provides a way to say “no” to all of them.  He loves us and is faithful to always help us to follow Him.
 
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Love

Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. I JOHN 3:18
 
For the Christian, love is not just an emotion, it is an action.  Love is known by what is done, not by what is said.  Feelings and emotions are fine, but the proof is in the deeds done to show love.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…”  God loves us and has demonstrated it to us.  We are to do the same to others.
 
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Hate Evil

Hate evil, you who love the Lord. Psalm 97.10
 
With all of the talk of love in the bible, it is interesting that it also tells us to hate.  We are not to hate people but we are to hate evil.  We are to hate it because of what it is and what it does to us.  It destroys lives and families.  We must be careful not to tolerate it or make room for it.  That which is evil can be tempting but it must be avoided.  A healthy hatred of evil is basic to true happiness and long term success.
 
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From Old To New!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor. 5:17
 
When we come to Christ, confessing our sins and serving Him as Lord, He makes us brand new.  The past is forgiven and forgotten by God.  He gives us a fresh start to live for Him.  The past cannot hold us down any longer.  We are now free to truly live.  Regardless of what you have done, come to Jesus and surrender your life to Him.  He’ll give you something better than a New Year.  He’ll give you a NEW LIFE!
 
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Our Amazing Savior!

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
 
We all know what a manger scene is, but how many know what a manger is?  It was a feeding trough for animals.  It was smelly and probably not very sanitary.  But that shows us the kind of savior we have.  He is willing to come down from heaven into the dirt of our smelly lives to save us and lift us up to Him.  Wow!  What a great Savior we have!
 
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Was Mary’s Virginity Important?

The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us. Matt 1:23
 
We all know that the Bible tells us that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived in her womb.  But is that a big deal? YES!  If she were not, then Jesus was just another holy man or a prophet.  But if she was, then He truly is God in the flesh.  God loved us so much that he did not just sent us another man to speak for Him, but His own Son, to die for us.
 
Pastor Ray Pile