Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #38)

Pilgrim's Progress According to the Bible

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TEXT: James 1:12-16

12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Stepping Out of the Straight and Narrow Way and Getting Into Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #38)

A particularly troubling Pew survey came out last week regarding the state of religion in America. According to the survey, which is said to have “big and broad” implications for society going forward, in the past seven years, the number of Americans who identify as Christians has fallen by 8 points from 78% to 70%. Meanwhile the number of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or as believing “nothing in particular” has risen almost by half — from 16% to 22%. The numbers show further that while nearly 86 percent of Americans say they grew up as Christians, nearly one in five say they are not Christians anymore. Alan Cooperman, the director of Pew’s religion research, said, “Overall, there are more than four former Christians for every convert to Christianity.” In other words, for every nonbeliever who is saved, there are at least four people who once called themselves Christians who have left the faith. Continue Reading…

Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #37)

Pilgrim's Progress According to the Bible


TEXT: Luke 17:26-33

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #37)

So far, from this passage, we have looked at the example of Noah — a wise man who lived in perilous times, as well as the example of Lot — a worldly man who lived in perilous times. The days of Noah and Lot are much like our own. Even as negative events, disasters, wars, crime, and sinfulness are on the rise, most people are just going about their day-to-day activity with no thought of God’s judgment and no thought of the impact of sin on society.

We saw in Noah’s example a man who feared God, obeyed God, led his family to obey God, and faithfully preached righteousness in his generation. However, we saw in Lot, a man who loved wealth and power far too much. Even though he was a saved man, he compromised his beliefs, did not lead his family to obey God, lost any Godly reputation that he may have had, and did not speak against the sins of his day. In our day, we are challenged to follow Noah’s example, not only as examples of righteousness, but as preachers of righteousness as well.

Today, we turn our attention to the third person Jesus highlights in this passage: “Remember Lot’s wife.” What did Jesus mean by that expression? What does this woman who lived thousands of years ago have to do with people who are likely witnessing the last days? Why did Jesus relate what happened to this woman to the disciples and to our day? Continue Reading…

Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #36)

Living in the Days of Noah and Lot, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #35)

Walking Through Vanity Fair: the Christian and the World, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #34)

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TEXT: John 17:14-18

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Walking Through Vanity Fair: the Christian and the World, Part 3 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #34)

From this passage, which is actually part of a prayer which Jesus prayed for His disciples, we have already learned a couple of things about how we should deal with being in the world but not of the world. First, we are to abstain from the evil, the temptation, and the sin that is in the world. And, second, we ought to live like Jesus Christ in the world.

Today, I want us to recognize how that we are on a mission in the world. We are not here to just bide time until Jesus returns or until we die and go to Heaven. Each of us has been commissioned by Jesus to fulfill a specific mission. Jesus Christ prays to His Father, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” Continue Reading…

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