Author Archives: Shawn Thomas

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief daily devotions from own personal Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.

Don’t Live Like An Animal

Although animals have  many good qualities, and many of us have been blessed by their faithfulness and labor, there are some ways in which we are not to be like them.  Psalm 32:9 admonishes: “Do not be as the horse … Continue reading

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“The Discipline of Giving” (Genesis 28:20-22 sermon)

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist, Morganton, NC 6-28-15) It has been a very disappointing week for Bible-believing Christians, the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage at the top of the list. But we have much to be thankful for … Continue reading

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The Ultimate “Wrong Side of History”: A Psalm For Our Times,

Christians in America have been dismayed by many recent events in our country, the Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage prominent among them.  It is easy to feel overwhelmed by what seems to be an unrelenting tide of ungodliness, and … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer on Preaching

Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer contains a one-page description of the German pastor and theologian’s outlook and practice of preaching. It is well worth reading by anyone who preaches, who hopes to preach, or who is instructed by preaching … Continue reading

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Draw Near To Listen

“Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools …” (Ecclesiastes 5:1)   Here is a good word for many of us: when we draw … Continue reading

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“The Discipline of Evangelism” (Colossians 4:2-6 sermon)

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 6-21-15) Many of us have responded with shock and horror at the ISIS takeover of the good portions of two countries in the Middle East, with the beheadings and other atrocities they have perpetrated. … Continue reading

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Are Good Christians Always “Happy”?

In Romans 9:2 the Apostle Paul made a statement which might surprise many people. He wrote: “I have great sorrow, and unceasing grief in my heart.”  This is not a light or passing sentiment. Notice the two adjectives he employs: “great” … Continue reading

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