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It's Time to Go, Go, Go!

Christmas-time can be a very complicated and hectic time of the year.  We feel a need to decorate everything.  We put lights, wreaths, and bows on our house.  We put big air-filled decorations in our yard.  We put antlers on our cars (I don't, but I know those who do).  We put trees in our living rooms, candles in the kitchen, and trinkets on every empty surface of the house.  We also feel a need to shop.  We feel a need to buy gifts for our children, our spouses, our parents, our grandparents, our friends, our neighbors, our children's teachers, our children's friends, our mailman, our trashmen, our auto mechanic, and the greeters at Walmart.  We feel the need to make contact with those we know and associate with.  We send cards to business associates.  We send cards to family members.  We send cards to our good friends.  We send cards to people who don't even care about getting our cards.  We feel the need to party and gain weight.  We have work parties where we will…

Lessons From Black Friday

Black Friday!  Two words that send chills down my spine.  I can't stand to shop on the best of days, but to campout in front of a store for hours and to race in with an angry mob just so "I might" get want I want, that's definitely not for me.  But Black Friday does teach me something.  The best deals go to those that want them the most.  If you want the best deals, you have to campout in front of the store for awhile.  If you want the best deals, you have to walk quickly or in some cases run to where the item is located.  Those who go about Black Friday half-heartedly don't get the best deals.  The same could be said for Christians who read their Bibles half-heartedly.  Those who read it quickly and then toss it aside or those who read it without thought are not going to be the ones who gain great insights from God.  Those who gain the most from the Scriptures are those who understand its immense value.  When speaking of God's wisdom, Solomon wrote, "If…

The Solid Rock

Jesus once said that the person who obeys His commandments is like a person who builds his house on a rock.  The winds can blow, the storms can come but when it is over the house will still be standing.  He went on to say that the person who refuses to obey His commands is like a person who builds his house on sand.  When the storms of life come their structure will not be able to stand and great will be its destruction.  Now no one would really think of building a house only upon sand, but it is amazing how many will build their lives on things other than the Word of God.  Many wonder why so many marriages are ending in divorce, why so many governments are collapsing, and why so many individuals are coming apart at the seams.  It's because so many people refuse to obey God's Word.  Obedience to Christ may not be the easiest way to build, but it is the only way that will last.

No Need to Apologize

While watching some of the candidates during the Republican debates, I felt that they were almost apologetic concerning their faith.  It was as if they were saying, "I believe this but I don't expect anyone else to."  It was as if they were trying to communicate the idea that their faith would in no way be a determining factor in how they made their decisions.  Now, I am not exactly certain what these candidates believe, but as a Christian I would hope we would never become apologetic concerning our faith.  We should not be arrogant and obstinate, but neither should we be timid and fearful when we are adhering to the truth.  We should know what we believe and why we believe it.

Why Should We Fear?

The more our world moves away from God, the more fearful we become.  Individuals become more fearful of those things that they cannot control, because they no longer see a God who can control them.  They see the world in a chaotic mess with no one manning the helm.  I'm glad that the Scriptures teach us something completely different.  I'm glad the Scriptures show that their is an Almighty God and His plan for the ages is continuing upon its course.  It's a lot easier to pillow my head at night knowing that God is alive and awake watching over all.

We All Need Revival

This Sunday we will begin our Revival Meeting with Evangelist Hal Hightower.  The word "revival" means to "to regain full strength."  As we maneuver through this world, it is inevitable that our spiritual energies will be sapped.  As we war against our sinful flesh, the corruption of this world, and the devil himself, we can't help but wear down from time to time.  That is why it is good to have an intense dose of solid preaching.  It is the Word of God that increases our faith and it is by faith that we please our God.  I hope you can be a part of all of our services this week because all of us need revival so we can get back to "full strength."

Our Nation Needs God

I was moved when I saw the new monument that opened in New York City to remember the tragedy that happened on 9/11 ten years ago.  It looks to be a beautiful piece of work that should help remind us of that horrific day and the lives that were lost.  I could not help but think how much that one event has changed us as a nation.  It has caused us to increase our security both at home and abroad.  It has led us into wars in the Middle East.  It has caused many in our nation to feel very vulnerable and insecure.

That is why I wish that event might have turned the hearts of men and women back to Almighty God.  People need to feel safe.  They need to have a sense of security.  In order to enjoy their time on earth, they need their hearts and minds to be at peace.  But the turbulence experienced in this world and the uncertainty of the future rob people of their joy.  That is one of the many reasons why man needs God.  King David understood this when he lived upon the earth.  Though he had …

A Changed Life

Christianity is not about someone changing from an irreligious person to a religious one.  It is not about someone who decides to stop doing immoral things so they can start doing things that are more morally acceptable.  Christianity is about God making an individual spiritually alive.  It is not about reforming a life.  It is about a regenerated life.  It is about being born again.  It is about the Holy Spirit indwelling a person so that the person has new desires and a whole new outlook on life.  It's about an individual becoming somoene who desires to please God and who has a love for others.  Therefore, Christianity is not about doing as much as it is about being.

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North Valley Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental, Bible-believing Baptist Churchserving the north side of Phoenix, Arizona. We use the King James Version of the Bible in all of our Sunday school classes and from the pulpit.

Outreach is the focus of North Valley Baptist Church. We believe that God has given us the responsibility to lead others away from sin and to the Savior. We do this through one-on-one soul winning and through the preaching and teaching of the gospel.