As a way of reminding you, these lessons have been inspired by my reading of Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, “Slaying the Giants in Your Life.” Dr. Jeremiah says, “You can win the battle and live victoriously!” God will allow you, through Christ, to slay the giants in your life and live victoriously before Him. On p. 174 of his book, he reminded me of something I experienced every spring. I used to be a huge Cincinnati Reds fan. Jeremiah said, “At the beginning of every season, your favorite pitcher has a 0.000 ERA. At the beginning of every season, your favorite hitter has a 1.000 batting average. At the beginning of every season, your favorite team is tied for first place. World Series hopes are still alive. But then, after the opening game, some of your favorite hitters go 0 for 5. Some of your favorite pitchers take an early shower. What we discover is, even our favorite major league player can fail. Babe Ruth, for example, held the home run record for a long time in the major leagues, but he also held the record for the most strikeouts! Continue reading
Kermit says, “Green is what I want to be.” That’s cool…if you are a frog. It is not as cool when you are a Christian. Paul references, in our text, a lot of baby Christians that were green in Corinth, green with envy. Green is not what a Christian needs to be. I want to help us deal with the Green-eyed Giant of envy.
The literal meaning (of the word envy in the Greek) is to boil within.
Listen | Watch | Psalm 32, 51
Dr. David Jeremiah is the inspiration for this series of messages. I have been reading his book, “Slaying the Giants in Your Life,” published by Thomas Nelson. I have also been inspired by the movie, “Jack the Giant Slayer.” After reading Dr. Jeremiah’s book, I concluded, “Jack is not really a giant slayer, but Jesus is!” Thus the title for my series, Jesus the Giant Slayer! And, I have learned that there is an invisible giant among us this morning, it is the giant of guilt. Continue reading
Listen | Watch | Genesis 2:18
While serving at the Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Ashland, we had entered into a building campaign. The church was asking God for $1.2 million dollars to construct a new classroom building for our growing Christian School. Paul Thompson, a friend of the church, came to Brother “Chuck” and said, “If I were to contribute $1 million to your building campaign, do you think the church could raise the rest?” There was a reason for Paul’s benevolence. He had been watching the life of Brother “Chuck” since he himself was in high school. “Chuck” was the manager of the basketball team that Paul had coached. On one occasion, “Chuck” refused to travel with the team, because of a game that had been scheduled on a Wednesday night. “Chuck” said, “My mother will not allow me to attend school functions on a Wednesday night. Continue reading
I have had many moments of overwhelming fear in my life. In my childhood, some Saturday nights when my parents were out late, my brother and I would stay up and watch horror movies after the eleven o’clock news. We would watch movies like Werewolf and Frankenstein with Boris Karloff. Although these same movies are not scary to me now, as a kid, they would frighten me to death. My parents would want me to walk across the alley where we lived and get the newspaper – but I was too afraid to go. At that age, those movies did a number on me.