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Christian Living in a Hostile World | 1 Peter 2:11-12

June 11, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Warren Wiersbe wrote of Native American chiefs and warriors who met in 1805 at Buffalo Creek, New York, to hear a minister from the Boston Missionary Society present the gospel. In response, Red Jacket, one of the leading chiefs, responded: “Brother, we are told that you have been preaching to the white people in this place. These people are our neighbors. We are acquainted with them. We will wait a little while and see what effect your preaching has upon them. If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will then...
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The Church Christ Builds | Matthew 16:13-20

May 28, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Under Construction. Excuse Our Mess.Open During Renovation.  When you see these signs, what is your response? Do you boycott that establishment until changes are made? You will if that place or thing does not matter to you. If it is important to you, you will continue to patronize it even with some things out of order.  We respond that way to every institution except the church. Many people’s commitment to the church is sustained as long as they can maintain some false notion of the perfect church. Once they discover something that fails to live up to expectations, they change churches, devalue the church, or abandon the church. There are no perfect churches. The church is...
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God Has No Forgotten You | Isaiah 49:15-16

May 21, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Isaiah 49 begins with what is called a Servant Songs There are four Servant Songs in Isaiah’s. These songs are about the Servant of the Lord, the promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Israel had failed God as his representative to the nations. But God's redemptive plan was not thwarted. God’s anointed Servant would fulfill his plans for Israel and the nations.  Verse 13 records the proper response to this good news: “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.” Sovereign grace invokes universal praise. All creation should sing praise for God’s comfort and compassion toward his afflicted people. ...
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Standing on the Rock | Psalm 119:89-96

May 14, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
In the previous three stanzas of Psalm 119, the psalmist is overwhelmed by a fierce storm of affliction. Verses 81-88 is the low point of the psalm. The storm nearly wiped out his faith. In this section, the psalmist is coming through the storm. He is anchored to the sovereignty of God. He is standing on the rock. Verses 89-96 record the psalmist’s faith-filled testimony about the permanence, power, and perfection of God’s word. It is good news for all who trust and obey the word of God. God’s word is a solid rock upon which you can stand. It will not always make sense to...
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God’s Unblocked Number | Jeremiah 33:3

May 7, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Jeremiah’s warnings of judgment were finally coming to pass. Nebuchadnezzar surrounded Jerusalem. His armies would soon attack Judah, destroy the holy city, and take the people into Babylonian Captivity. Jeremiah was in prison. He had counseled Judah’s king to surrender Nebuchadnezzar. Defeat was inevitable. The prophet was arrested for treason for telling the truth. Jeremiah 33:1 says, “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard.” God is good all the time. God is at his best when things are at their worst.  In this moment of crisis, the word of the Lord...
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How the Lord Builds the Church | 1 Peter 2:4-5

April 30, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
During a panel discussion at a pastor’s conference, a well-known pastor was asked what he had done to build his church. The questioner wanted him to share insights into successful church growth. The pastor claimed he had done nothing to build his church. Surprised by the answer, the questioner pressed the pastor to say more. With such a large and prominent church, surely the pastor had done something to build it up. The pastor held his ground. He had done nothing to build up the church. “I didn’t know that was my job,” he added. “I thought it was Jesus’...
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A Crash Course in Church Membership | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15

April 23, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
1 Thessalonians is about what it means to live in anticipation of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22, Paul teaches the church how to live for Christ in the meantime. These final instructions of the letter fall into four categories: Verses 12-13 teach the church to submit to their leaders. Verses 14-15 teach the responsibility members have to one another. Verses 16-18 teach the saints to live joyfully in the will of God. Verses 19-21 teach the congregation how to respond to divine revelation. These final instructions begin with a lesson about the harmony in...
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The Signature of Jesus | Revelation 1:17-18

April 9, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
Emperor Domitian deemed the aged Apostle John a threat to the Roman Empire. Domitian canceled John banishing him to the deserted isle of Patmos. His planned backfired. John was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day. As he worshiped, the Lord Jesus Christ revealed himself to John. John's persecution was a microcosm of what churches throughout the Roman Empire faced. The Lord wanted them to know that he cared. He wanted them to know that he was at work and would prevail in the end. The Lord commissioned John to write seven churches in Asia Minor. Before John could represent...
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It is Finished! | John 19:30

April 2, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
John 19 records three words from the cross. John 19:26-27 is the word of compassion: "Woman, behold, your son!" "Behold, your mother." John 19:28-29 is the word of suffering: "I thirst." John 19:30 is the word of victory: "It is finished." Feel the tension between the word of suffering and the word of victory. On the tree of death, the Water of Life cried out, "I thirst." The word of suffering was not the last word. From the parched lips of this crucified Savior comes a shout of victory: "It is finished!" Jesus did not say, "I am finished." He...
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Living in the Fear of God | 1 Peter 1:17-19

March 26, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
The church I grew up in did not have a New Members Class. When one began, it became the most popular class in Sunday school. The class name piqued interest: "I'm Saved, Now What?" 1 Peter 1:13-21 is a biblical, fundamental, practical answer to that question. Verses 3-12 explain the reality of our salvation in Christ. Verse 13-21 explains the response to our salvation in Christ. There are three ways we should respond to the God who has saved us: Verse 13 says live in hope. Verses 15-16 say live in holiness. Verse 17 says live in fear. The call...
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Trapped By Tradition | Mark 7:1-13

March 19, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
The beginning of Mark 7 contrasts with the ends of Mark 6. In chapter 6, the popularity of Jesus is at an all-time high, as he feeds the five thousand, walks on water, and heals the sick. Jesus was beloved by the common people. He was despised by the religious leaders. Mark 7:1 reads: "Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem..." "Pharisees means "separated ones." The Jews departed themselves from non-Jews. Pharisees separated themselves from fellow-Jews who did not live in strict adherence to the Law of Moses and the...
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Handle with Prayer! | James 5:13-18

March 12, 2021
By H.B. Charles Jr.
James the Just was a man of prayer. A first-century historian reported that James spent so much time in prayer, his knees became hard and calloused like a camel. Church history remembers the author of this letter as "Camel Knees." I am not sure if James would have been offended by this nickname. James would have been offended if he was accused of having soft, smooth needs that spent little or no time in prayer. To be prayerless is to be non-Christian. Prayer is to faith what oxygen is to the lungs. Show me a person who does not pray,...