Sermons by Paul R. Blake (Page 6)
Prayer has always been part of public worship. Prayers that are led in Christian assemblies must meet Biblical standards.
High-maintenance Christians are those that require a lot of attention and energy from others. Like a ‘lemon’ car, they constantly need fixing and prodding to run. High-maintenance Christians, always seeking to have things done to and for them, drain the vitality of the church and other believers who are gracious and generous in providing encouragement and support. While it is a privilege to receive help from our fellow Christians, when excessive garnering of support becomes a manner of life, that person is not walking according to the Spirit of God.” (Vic Edwards, Are You a High Maintenance Christian?)
Deut. 15:11 – “For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you, saying, You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.”
Secret sins are the most dangerous of all: 1. We often do not notice their presence 2. If we know of them, we easily rationalize them 3. If we have worked to keep them secret, we live in confidence that no one will find out and try to help us overcome them 4. Because they are secret, we have no one to protect us from them 5. They remain inside us, until like a hidden cancer in our body, they…
Greeting the Saints at Rome. There are 35 names mentioned in Romans 16, addressing two different households and three churches meeting in homes. He includes “all the saints that are with them” so that no one is left out, but some are special to Paul as dear friends and exceptional workers. Paul acknowledges them because they have had an impact for good on him and his ministry. Perhaps we should do the same for those who have helped us. 11…
The bodies and bones of the dead are to be treated with respect. Treating the dead with disrespect is the equivalent of treating the living judgmentally; both presume God’s role as Judge.
The Adversary attempts to give us many excuses. Believing is easy, but it requires a complete transition to begin living by faith.
“A rumor is a social cancer: it is difficult to contain and it rots the brains of the masses. However, the real danger is that so many people find rumors enjoyable. That part causes the infection.” (Crissjami)