Prayer: Who, Why & How

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous main avails much” (James 5:16).  Since prayer is such an important part of the Chrisitan life, it only makes sense the more I know about prayer the more it can benefit me and those in my prayer life.  Here are some basic details Paul gives Timothy about prayer in 1 Tim. 2:1ff…

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Ben Bailey
The Precious Blood of Christ

The Holy Spirit says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins” (Heb. 9:22).  The Old Testament Levitical system was a very bloody system (Lev. 1-5).  For every sin of every kind there was a blood sacrifice to be offered (Lev. 4:1-12).  Yet the Scripture records that the blood of all those bulls and goats could never really take away sin (Heb. 10:3-4).  How thankful we should be that Jesus was willing to shed His blood once for all for sin so that the sin problem would have a permanent solution (Heb. 10:12).  Notice just how important the blood of Christ is to our salvation.

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Ben Bailey
True Religion: Separating Fact from Fiction #fakereligion

When watching television, reading the newspaper, or listening to the radio sometimes it is hard to separate fact from fiction.  Of course, the only way to do this is to analyze the facts and the source to ascertain if what is said is true.  The same is true four some people’s religion. Some people talk a good talk but do they have true religion. James deals with true religion and teaches us how to separate fact from fiction in James 1:26-27.

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Ben Bailey
What Must I Do To Be Saved?

The most important question ever asked is “What must I do to be saved?”  (Acts 16:30, 2:37).  Everyone who believes in God must ask this question at one time in his or her life.  Truly, no other source is better able to answer this question than the word of God, for it is able to save and sanctify the souls of men (James 1:21; Jn. 17:17, 8:32).  Therefore, what does the Bible teach one must do to be saved?

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Ben Bailey
Will The Lord Find Faith on Earth? 

When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).  This question Jesus asked arose from a discussion of persistence in prayer.   This question of the Lord is designed to provoke an evaluation of our faith.  The Apostle Paul said, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves” (2 Cor. 13:5).  How can we make sure the Lord finds faith when he comes?  Let me offer a couple of things we can do to ensure faith.

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Ben Bailey
Are You Ready for the Judgment Day?

The Bible clearly teaches that God has a day prepared when He will judge all men.  To the idolatrous people in Athens, Paul declared that God “…has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31). For many people this will be the saddest day of their life. They did not prepare spend their life preparing for this day.  As a result, they will be lost (Matt. 25:1-10).  To others, this will be the most wonderful day of their life. They spent their life preparing for this day and were ready to go to Heaven (Matt. 25:23).  For The Day of Judgment to be a happy day for us we must understand the nature of this day.  Let us consider several biblical characteristics of The Judgment Day.

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Ben Bailey
5 Rules for Prosperous Bible Study

Study the Bible Prayerfully.  Before a person ever open his Bible, he should fall down on his knees and ask for God’s blessings.  Paul reminds us of this principle as he prays for the Christians at Collosae. “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9). 

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Ben Bailey
Where is Your Treasure?

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;   but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.   For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19-21).  With these words our Lord teaches us the folly of material wealth and the splendor of heavenly riches.   There are many worldly temptations that the Devil throws before us each day: money, power, luxuries, etc,.  Jesus clearly teaches us that none of these are more important than our eternal soul.  Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and looses his own soul?  Or, what shall a man give in exchange for his soul” (Mk. 8:36-37).  Nothing is more important than your soul!  Notice several reasons why we must not put our focus on earthly treasures.

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Ben Bailey
What is a Saving Type of Faith?

It is evident from the Bible that not every type of faith is a saving faith.  For example, the Bible records that even the demons believe (From the Greek word pistis which is used interchangeably for faith), yet we know the demons are lost and their faith only evokes trembling (James 2:19).  Throughout the Bible, there have been people who had faith, but it was not a saving kind of faith.  For example, the Israelites were God’s people during the times of Moses and Joshua, yet because of a lack of true faith (i.e., they believed in God), they perished (Heb. 3:7ff).  What is a saving type of faith really like?

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Ben Bailey
Are You Influential?

An old Korean Proverb illustrates the power of one’s influence when it says, “Power lasts ten years, influence not more than a hundred.”  Sometimes we may think, “Am I influencing anyone?  The question asked is really a faulty one.  It’s not IF we are influencing anyone, but HOW are we influencing them.  All of us are an influence on others either for good, bad, or indifference.  What type of influence should a Christian possess?  Let’s notice what God says.

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Ben Bailey
Stand Up For Truth!

In a world that want to accept everyone and everything regardless of moral consequences, it is easy for Christians to be tempted to bow at the altar of compromise.  Instead of standing up for the Lord and His Word, too often we give in to  “go along to get along” mentality.  All of us must admit that times of conflict and confrontation are not at always enjoyable.  Yet, when we compromise the truth or remain silent on biblical issues, are we doing anyone a favor?  Let’s look at a few biblical examples where it would have been easier to compromise and determine who that would have ultimately helped.

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Ben Bailey