• I want to do good, but I do bad

    The same wind that blew in your back on your way to hell, will blow in your face on your way to heaven. After the initial well-being, saved and accepted in the family of Christ, you find yourself assailed by thoughts and forces you thought were no longer part of your life.

  • Christ's death make everything possible

    The Sunday school teacher was checking her students’ knowledge of Proverbs. She asked, “Cleanliness is next to what?” A small boy replied, “Impossible.”

    Sometimes cleanliness does seem nearly impossible. Why? Because sin is so strong and never-ending. Once we are cleansed from sin, it comes right back to tempt us again. It is very hard to overcome some sins such as greed, lust, ill will, anger and gossip.

  • Being Christ like is our best ambition

    We have an effect on one another, good or bad. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). We sharpen or dull one another. Our influence in another’s life is positive or negative and either building up or tearing down.

    The disciples are an example of how Jesus rubbed off on them. “They acknowledged them as men who had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Paul said, “Follow my example as I follow Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).

  • Lincoln took inspiration from the Bible

    The faith of Abraham Lincoln is best expressed in the phrase he coined, “one nation under God.” He was inspired by the Bible and by God’s direction in his life and the country’s life.

    God is mentioned in many of Lincoln’s speeches. In 1861 when Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, he said at the train depot, “Without the assistance of that Divine Being ... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.”

  • Church calendar

    Day of Prayer

    Dr. Ruth Redel will be  guest speaker at the World Day of Prayer Service noon March 6 at Central Avenue Baptist Church, 401 Central Ave., Elizabethtown. For more information, contact Linda Funk at 737-2929

    .Free dinner and movie

  • What are your views on God’s love?

    A survey was conducted among some 4- to 8-year-olds as to their “views on love.” The following would represent some answers they gave: “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving lotion and they go out and smell each other.”

    We all have our ideas about love, but the best ones come from God. Paul in Romans 12:9-10 tells us that love is a matter of doing something. He says, “don’t just pretend you love someone. Really love them and have genuine affection.”

  • The Christian’s joy will last

    The joy of the Lord and the joy that the world gives are very different. The world’s joy is artificial, is not real and is on the outside. Booze, drugs, clothes, cars, stocks and bonds are outward things. The fleeting joy they bring does not last.

    Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). He came that we might have this joy to the full. It is a joy that the world does not give, nor can it take the joy away. This is a joy where God is at the center of life and is in control.

  • Maintain unity through the spirit

    “By one spirit we were all baptized into one body.” I Corinthians 12:13

    Mark Twain joked about putting a dog and cat together in a cage to see how they would get along.

    They did fine so he added a bird, a pig and a goat.

    They did fine until he added a Baptist and a Catholic – and soon there wasn’t a living thing left.

    Seriously, there’s nothing Satan enjoys more than causing division by pitting Christian against Christian, often over insignificant issues.

  • Don’t be afraid of life’s changes

    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Psalm 23:6

  • Crown him Lord of all

    One day in the jungle a lion with a big ego went around asking the other animals who the king of the jungle was. The lion roared at the monkey, “Who is the king of the jungle?”

    The monkey with fear in his voice said, “Why you are, Mr. Lion.”

    The lion went and found the zebra. “Who is the king of the jungle?” 

    “There is no doubt about it. You are, Mr. Lion.”