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.

“Just Follow Your Heart”?

How many times have well-meaning people counseled someone by saying, “Just follow your heart”? It is one of those things which just “sounds right” to tell a person who is seeking direction. But it turns out that according to scripture, … Continue reading

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“The Discipline of Continual (Spontaneous)  Prayer” (Nehemiah 2:4 Sermon) 

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Morganton, NC   5-17-15) Some of us were eating out a few years ago, and one of our friends was asking the blessing for our food, and he prayed a fairly long prayer. When … Continue reading

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Is God Even Listening To Your Prayer?

God likes to hear your prayers, right? Well, maybe. Proverbs 28:9 is a verse which reveals some light on that. It reads: “He who turns away his ear from listening to the Law, even his prayer is an abomination.” We … Continue reading

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“The Model Prayer: Requests” (Matthew 6:11 sermon) 

(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist, Morganton, NC   5-13-15) Tim Keller is pastor of a church that is flourishing in a very difficult ministry field: the heart of New York City. He recently published a book on prayer, and in … Continue reading

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The Sin of “NOT …”

We often think of sin as something we “do”, but Romans 1 reminds us that it also often involves what we do NOT do.  Verse 31, speaking of those who are worthy of God’s wrath, says that they are: “unloving, … Continue reading

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A “Little” Sin?

You might not think it’s much of a sin — but it may be bigger than you imagine!  Romans 1:21, speaking of those upon whom the wrath of God rightly falls, says: “For even though they knew God, they did … Continue reading

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Not Just “Their” Sins …

We need to recognize the importance of a little word in Romans 1:18, where the Apostle Paul writes: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men …”.  This chapter is well-known for … Continue reading

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