Pearls of Wisdom

Read about what God is saying to His people in these last days. Let Him stir your heart and challenge you to live according to His will.

A Major Preaching Challenge

A Major Preaching Challenge Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.—1 Timothy 4:14-15 Many of us who preach the…

Great Preachers

Great Preachers Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. —1 Corinthians 2:12 I’m against the idea of putting the “big preachers” on tape and playing them back to the congregations that…

A Genuine Gift

A Genuine Gift So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.—1 Thessalonians 2:8 Let me shock you at this point. A naturally bright person can carry on religious activity without a special…

Unanswered Prayer

Unanswered Prayer Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith….—1 Peter 5:8-9 If unanswered prayer continues in a congregation over an extended period of time, the chill of discouragement will settle over the praying people. If we…

Be Patient

Be Patient Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. —Romans 12:12 Think of the kernels of grain, the seed, that the farmer plants in the ground in the fall of the year. How patient the farmer must be! Throughout the long, cold winter the seed is dormant. There is no evidence at…

Pray Till You Pray

Pray Till You Pray Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.—Colossians 4:2 Dr. Moody Stuart, a great praying man of a past generation, once drew up a set of rules to guide him in his prayers. Among these rules is this one: “Pray till you pray.”… The habit of breaking off our…

Two Conditions Must Be Met

Two Conditions Must Be Met Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.—1 John 3:21-22 When we go to God with a request that He modify the…