Service to Christ

What do you consider your greatest privilege in life? I have been on a quest the past couple of days. I woke up the other day and the thought that was on mind was that I was commissioned by God to be His servant. I was curious about that because I couldn’t really pin-point a passage of Scripture that told me that. So, I started searching for verses that might have given me the thought. I found several—one rather negative and two positive. The first passage I observed was ““While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from ...

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Returning To Our Roots

What is your passion in life? I had many opportunities to hire brilliant scientists while I was the Laboratory Director at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory. The hiring process we developed at the Laboratory was intense…our goal was to hire the best people could to round out our research team. Invariably I would always ask one question that seemed difficult for most to answer. I would ask them, “What is your passion?” I didn’t explain the question or coach them for a particular answer. I wanted to see what was most important to them. I ...

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The Family of God

What is it about a church that makes it successful? This week, I want to bear my heart in these few short thoughts. As of late, I have been very thankful for Truth Fellowship Live. As we consider churches, by normal measures used today. TFL does not have hundreds of people who attend each week. Nor do we have a million dollar budget. These are the common measures used to measure church success these days. But, going to a large church with all possible programs and money to spend does not make a church successful. I have been in large churches and I have been in ...

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Hostile Happens

Have you ever considered why hope is so important to us? Hope is a major theme of the New Testament. God is the God of hope (Rom 15:13) and believers are the partakers of hope (1 Cor 9:10). We are commanded not to move away from the hope of the gospel (Col 1:23); our hope in in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim 1:1). The Bible also teaches that we should hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering (Heb 10:23). This leads me to ask the question, “Why do we need this hope?” What is the cause of this need and how does our hope help sustain us in the Christian ...

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The Importance of Communion

Have you ever given much thought to the Lord’s Supper? Have you ever wondered why we do the Communion Service at Truth Fellowship Live the way we do it? What is the Communion Service all about? The Lord’s Supper, i.e. Communion, is an important celebration of worship where believers come together to remember the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ made on their behalf and to look forward to His return. One of the primary passages of Scripture involving this act of worship is found in 1 Cor 11:27-32. Corinth was a rich costal city. It had a very diverse culture that ...

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Stand Worthy of Christ

Are you worthy of Christ?
Is your hope in global peace? When you look at the world today, do you wonder why we don’t see peace? Peace is certainly something we all want and hope for. After all, the angels announced: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:13–14) This, however, is not what we see. It is true that sometime, in the yet future, that Christ will bring peace when He comes to establish His Kingdom. At this time, especially with the capacity ...

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Staying True to the Word

Are you concerned about proper interpretation of the Word of God? Certainly there are passages of Scripture for which people disagree on the precise interpretation. In fact, there are schools that subscribe to different theologies and as a result disagree on the interpretation of key passages. In our culture today, there are two branches of believers that disagree on what it means to receive eternal life. Both schools would say that salvation is in Christ alone by faith alone. Yet, they mean something very different when they make that statement. I would like to discuss ...

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Faith in Action

Have you ever failed to act on your faith? I don’t believe I will ever forget one specific event in my life. I had been a follower of Christ for about six years. I had been disciple through a university group that really specialized in discipleship. I had learned to share my faith and had done so on many occasions. I had grown so much during those six years. I was committed to Christ and I was certain that I could and would stand up for Christ in any situation. I had completed my Master of Science degree and I now found myself at Texas A&M University working on my ...

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Who do you say you are?

Through the years, I have met thousands of people. Many times, I have gone up to complete strangers and introduced myself. Invariably during the early minutes of meeting someone, the question comes up concerning our identities. I might ask the person I just met to tell me something about who  they are or they may ask me to tell them who I am. In a professional setting, I might tell them that I am a research scientist working in a certain field. While in a church setting I might tell them what I do in the church. These days I have a tendency to tell people I am helping to ...

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When Friends Betray

Have you ever been in a situation where you wish you could just go and hide? There are times in life where the pressures of life push in on all sides. Life becomes almost unbearable. All we want to do is to hide—we want to remove ourselves from the situation. We cry out to God, “Why? Why is all of this happening? Why aren’t you protecting me and watching over me? Several years ago (1989 to be exact) I hit the wall. I was involved in an exciting ministry. My professional career as a research scientist was going well. I was even leading a troop of Boy Scouts. ...

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