Monthly Archives: June 2020

The Value of Sound Doctrine

In a follow up to my last post, I think it’s important to reiterate the need to be well-versed in solid biblical doctrine.

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. -II Timothy 4:1‭-‬5 NKJV

holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:9 NKJV

Many more verses will document the value of righteous doctrine. My prayer is that you know its value, study it and employ its truth in your daily walk with Christ.


My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as my priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your sons. -Hosea 4:6 CSB

Please note, they were destroyed for lack of knowledge, not how they feel or what they ‘believe.’ Too often, Christians view doctrine as something divisive and not worth the effort of studying. Sadly, they are deceiving themselves and rejecting God’s directive to study and “show ourselves approved.”

Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. -2 Timothy 2:15 CSB

How do you regard doctrine? Do you spend time studying God’s Word to glean the harvest of knowledge He has there for you?

Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wondrous things from your instruction. -Psalms 119:18 CSB

Great Fear Reliever

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31 NKJV

How many times in my life do I need to remind myself of Roman’s 8:31? We live in a world filled with servants of Satan and enemies of God. It is natural that we will experience oppression if we proclaim the Gospel and live in accordance with what we acknowledge as Christian principles. So please remember: if God is for you, nobody can stand against you — from an eternal perspective.

Is God for you?

Thank God for His patience!

Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of the same mind one with another according to Christ Jesus: that with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Romans 15:5‭-‬6 ASV

So much division in the world is present that it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the negativity. From virus to racism to underhanded politics, our society is replete with animosity, bitterness and hatred. But what of the Church? Are we not to be pilgrims in this world, passing through while preaching the Gospel of peace and salvation? Thank the LORD that He is so patient with us in our sinful frailty and many failures. He is truly a God of grace. Do you know that patient grace that can only come from Him?

Happy Father’s Day

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “ Abba , Father! ”
-Romans 8:15 HCSB

I was fortunate growing up with the family I had. Although I didn’t know it at the time, my parents were loving and nurturing and good examples whenever I had the brains to notice. My siblings were also alright, all things considered.

So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. -Luke 15:20 HCSB

Did each of us as children have issues? Naturally. Did our parents love us anyway? You bet, each of us very much and without question. As far as humans go, filled with human frailty and sin, they did a pretty decent job. Can everyone say that? Of course not. We were fortunate kids, but I [for one] didn’t know it at the time.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. -Psalms 103:13 HCSB

As Father’s Day is almost upon us, perhaps we can all take some time to reflect not only on our earthly father, but give special thought and honor to the One who cannot be out-loved: our Heavenly Father.

In remembering your Heavenly Father on a day largely set aside for earthly Dads, please take time to think about your own children, should you have them, from a Biblical perspective:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4 KJV


For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36 KJV

I want it and I want it now. How often, as Americans, we think such things and act that way. But, there is a payoff if we trust God and are willing to wait on Him that we will never understand without first having patience.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: -Romans 5:3‭-‬4 KJV

Loving our fellow man.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7‭-‬8 KJV

Love for our fellow man (all of humanity) is not an option for those of us who are Christian. It is all too easy to get caught up in recent protests and have knee-jerk reactions to all that has happened. Let’s not kid ourselves. The only One above it is our LORD. We need His direction and strength to overcome the anger and hatred. Through the Holy Spirit, our eyes can be open to see the truth: there is only 1 race of men — the human race.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. -Psalms 119:18 KJV

Depressed? Downtrodden?

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. -Isaiah 41:10 KJV

I guarantee you that, if I feel anxious, depressed or beaten down, the one thing that isn’t on my mind is the Lord my God. Every time I put the verse above to the test, He comes through for me. I have never failed to get what I need. Never.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19 KJV

Who do you belong to?

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. -Romans 14:7‭-‬8 KJV

So often, we seem to think that this is our life to live as we see fit and the decisions are really ours to make. However, clearly, God is sovereign and our life is not our own. We were dead and have been quickened (made alive again) in Christ. We are His to do with as He wishes. Thank Him that He loves us so very much and has great plans for us as His children! What are His plans for you?

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; -Ephesians 2:1 KJV