This came up on my Facebook timeline and on reading it I realized how true it is. Consumerism and materialism are a disease that “encourages” us to be constantly dissatisfied with what we have and to constantly want better, bigger and newer, instead of being satisfied and happy with what we have.
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I appeal to you brothers and sisters in Christ, do not watch the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. If you do not know anything about the book and movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, you may count yourself blessed. The book, has sold more than 100 million copies and the movie adaptation will be released on Valentine’s Day. I have not read the book and I have no plans to watch the movie. My appeal to stay away from this latest Hollywood offering is based on the same rationale as staying away from pornography. There are many good…
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“You know more about your magazines and novels than what God has written; many of you will read a novel from the beginning to the end, and what have you got? A mouthful of foam when you are done. But you cannot read the Bible; that solid, lasting, substantial, and satisfying food goes uneaten, locked up in the cupboard of neglect; while anything that a man writes, a best seller of the day, is greedily devoured.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon
“The Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. You must take heed to your daily life, as well as study your Bible, and you must study your Bible that you may take heed to your daily life. With the greatest care a man will go astray if his map misleads him; but with the most accurate map he will still…
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I wanted to say thank you for your message this morning (I didn’t get a chance after the service) and encourage you to keep preaching more of the same. It was, I believe, a word in season to all within the Church of Christ, and we need to hear more of it.
Within your message you touched on subjects which many Christians in this day and age do not want to hear because in impinges on their “personal freedom” and on what they want to do. As you so rightly put it we do not have any sort of freedom outside of that which we find in Christ. We are called to be different and to live by a higher standard because we have been bought by God through the death of Christ and adopted into his family.
The call to Flee from sexual immorality amongst other things (we are also called to flee from youthful lusts/desires in 2 Timothy 2v22) is particularly relevant in this day and age due to the sexualisation of absolutely everything round about us. We as Christians can be so easily seduced if we are not on our guard to these things! You also touched on something else which is equally as important, in the words of the KJV “….abstain from all appearance of evil”. Over the years I have heard too many Christians saying “it’s between me and God what I do”, or “I am not sinning so what is the problem”. Paul says “… all things are lawful, but not all things are beneficial….” which we so often forget (or ignore!!). We have a responsibility to be an example, not just to the unbeliever but to our weaker brother or sister, and if our “lawful” action leads them into sin then we will be held responsible for that.
Anyway as I started, thank you for bringing the Word of God to the Church this morning and I pray that it will take root and set us free to be who we are meant to be in Christ.