Vertical Perspectives

No Free Lunch Here!

11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11 (NIV)

The POWER of Your Testimony

I hate to make anyone feel guilty but if you missed Good Friday’s service here at BBC you missed a lot.  No, there were no skits or plays.  There were no guest preachers or singers.  The sermon was actually only 5 minutes long.  So you say, what did I miss?  You missed God working through the power of our testimonies.

Dealing With Sin

Christians should not sin presumptuously. The Bible tells us plainly to “shun the very appearance of evil". Of course, true believers do not lose their salvation when they sin (read {bible}Romans 8:35-39{/bible}), but even David testified that he had forfeited the joy of salvation ({bible}Psalm 51:12{/bible}). Continuous, deliberate sin will also lead to reprobation. This is a very dangerous position for a believer.

Vertical Perspectives

Like a lot of you, I love to sit around with other believers, talking about the Lord. You can hardly shut me up sometimes. However, when asked to write a Vertical Perspectives for this week, my mind became a blank. I was at a loss as to what to write about. Eventually two topics came to mind, “How Well Do You Know Your God” and Examine Yourself.” So I sat down and I typed and I typed. But, when I read over what I had written, it just wasn’t working. There was no confirmation that this is what I was to write about. So I said, “Oh well. I’m not doing it. Maybe I’m not the one for this.”

Should believers celebrate halloween?

"Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons" (1 Corinthians 10:20)

The short answer is NO! A better question might be, “why would believers even want to celebrate or participate in an event that glorifies death and demons???

The only thing that is somewhat decent about Halloween is its name. “All Hallows” means all holy. It came to refer to all the holy ones, that is, saints. Hence, it was called All Saints Day. But not any more!

A Passion for The Savior!

One question that nearly all church members ask is: “How can I be sure of my salvation”? There are two important tests in Scripture for a person to determine whether or not he or she is a true believer.

1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God? (John 1:1-5, 14)
2. Have you actually received the Holy Spirit? (Acts 19:2)

Be Renewed by the Holy Spirit!

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,

And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,

And sinners shall be converted to You.

How to get rich quick?

Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have
 and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21 (NLT)

The true story is told of a rich, young ruler who basically had everything. Money, power, good looks and youth. He was on top of the world. But, he did not have Jesus!