Bringing Others to Christ

Cecil Martens

READ : 2 Kings 7:3-9 Boris Becker, the popular tennis star, said, “I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed: money, cars, women, everything, but I had no peace.” The apostle Paul said people without Christ are “without hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12). Everybody in this world needs Jesus, and God’s plan is that others will hear through us who know him. …

Daily Strength

Cecil Martens

READ : Philippians 4:10-19 “It seems to me that Christianity has yet to be lived.” Mahatma Gandhi spoke those convicting words in 1931 at a worship service on a ship returning to India from a conference in London. Though he had studied the Bible and had great appreciation for the life, teachings and cross of Jesus, he chose not to become a Christian primarily because of the inconsistent lives of professing Christians he knew. Contrast that to the sincere testimony …

Follow the Leader!

Cecil Martens

READ : Hebrews 12:1-6 On January 28, 1986, the space vehicle Challenger with seven crew vanished into a fiery nightmare as the spacecraft exploded. School teacher Christa Mc Auliffe of that crew had caught the imagination and heart of America. She took her son’s stuffed frog with her, her daughter’s cross and her grandmother’s watch. Before the launch, Christa wrote a letter to her Sunday school class, challenging them not to “get stuck with what is comfortable,” but to “venture …

A Half-Hearted Church

Cecil Martens

READ : Revelation 3:14-22 Jesus gives no compliments here! Quite the contrary. Laodicea was an extremely wealthy city, known for its self-sufficiency. Though destroyed by an earthquake 35 years before John wrote, it had the wealth and ability to rebuild without government assistance. Though Jesus does not accuse them of immorality, idolatry, or doctrinal apostasy, his words hit hard, “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, naked” (v. 17). Severe judgment! They were content with their wealth while unaware of their spiritual poverty, …

A Faithful Church

Cecil Martens

READ : Revelation 3:7-13 I don’t enjoy being criticized, do you? Here is a church Jesus chooses to compliment. They were good people living in a city whose name means “brotherly love.” Though it too was a citadel of pagan temples and the worship of false gods, here was a small number of people who took Jesus Christ seriously. “You have kept my word and have not denied my name. . . . You have kept my command to endure …