Religion

Do We Know God?

Do We Know God?

on July 10, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:3 American writer Mark Twain was known for his wit and charm. On a trip to Europe he was invited to dinner with a head of state. When his daughter learned of the invitation, she said, “Daddy, you […]

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No Bad News

No Bad News

on July 9, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 Read: Esther 1:1-9 The unwillingness to listen to bad news has been blamed for everything from space shuttle disasters to corporate collapses to the spread of terrorism. Lengthy studies aren’t needed to determine why this happens. Bad news reveals problems; […]

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Look At The Birds

Look At The Birds

on July 8, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Look at the birds of the air . . . . Are you not of more value than they? – Matthew 6:26 When you shift your mind into neutral and just let it idle, where do your thoughts go? Do you worry about money? We are to be careful with money, but Jesus taught that we are not to be […]

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Lost Books?

Lost Books?

on July 7, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh . . . . is the spirit of the Antichrist. – 1 John 4:3 Everybody likes a good story, but many people are taking the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code as historical fact. Central to the book’s plot line is the allegation that “lost books […]

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Dusty Leaves

Dusty Leaves

on July 6, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. – Psalm 32:5 The rubber plant I bought for my wife Dorothy added a touch of life to our home. But one morning its leaves were dropping as if in a state of dejection. I wondered what happened. When I came home […]

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Dashboard Dining

Dashboard Dining

on July 5, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. – Revelation 3:20 The term “dashboard dining” has come to signify the growing practice of eating while driving to save a little time. Popular freeway fare includes yogurt in squeeze tubes, soup in heat-and-sip containers, and […]

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The Rights Of God

The Rights Of God

on July 4, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

[God] expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes.  – Isaiah 5:2 Isaiah’s song picturing Israel as the Lord’s vineyard teaches us that God has a right to expect love, worship, and obedience from those He blesses. Unfortunately, like people in Isaiah’s day, many of us show little gratitude. And we deliberately break His moral […]

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Becoming Useful

Becoming Useful

on July 3, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

The Son can do nothing of Himself. —John 5:19 Jesus was fully God, yet He was fully man. As a man, His power, wisdom, and grace flowed not from His divine nature but from His utter dependence on God. “The Son can do nothing of Himself,” He said (John 5:19). How much did Jesus do apart from God? Nothing! Jesus […]

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Eight Cows On The Altar

Eight Cows On The Altar

on July 2, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

READ: Genesis 22:1-12 Pastor Ed Dobson was speaking to a congregation on “putting all on the altar” in total surrender to Christ. After the service, an old German farmer came forward. He told Dobson that he had eight cows that were dying, which would mean great financial loss, and he had been struggling with accepting this as God’s will. Then […]

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Joy—Even In Poverty

Joy—Even In Poverty

on July 1, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord. – Habakkuk 3:17-18 In the book 450 Stories for Life, Gust Anderson tells about visiting a church in a farming community of eastern Alberta, Canada, where there had been 8 years of drought. The farmers’ economic […]

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Instinctively Wrong

Instinctively Wrong

on June 30, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

You, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God.  Jude 1:20 Saul Gellerman, in his book How People Work, says, “Solving tough organizational problems may require counter-intuitive strategies.” In business, counter-intuitive is a fancy way of referring to ideas that go against common sense. Consultants who advocate […]

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Come Back

Come Back

on June 29, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

 “You have not returned to Me,” says the Lord.  – Amos 4:6 The Old Testament book of Amos has given us some memorable phrases: “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (3:3). “Pre-pare to meet your God” (4:12). “Let justice run down like water” (5:24). But the most-repeated phrase in Amos occurs five times in chapter 4. Time after […]

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No Alteration Needed

No Alteration Needed

on June 28, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. – 2 Timothy 3:16 Read: Jeremiah 36:20-26 In every era there has been a spirit of the age that challenges our acceptance of Scripture. The temptation is to remove or alter those portions that seem old-fashioned. Whether it’s the doctrine of hell or God’s view on sexual behavior, many feel pressured to […]

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Perfecting Holiness

Perfecting Holiness

on June 27, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.  – 2 Corinthians 7:1 Read: Galatians 5:16-26 I had not worked in my yard for several weeks, and I was amazed at how quickly weeds had sprung up and taken over. Weeds don’t need tending; they seem to love to sprout up for anyone who just lets things […]

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What Christians Often Get Wrong about the Rapture

What Christians Often Get Wrong about the Rapture

on June 26, 2017, 8:06 AM / in Religion

Ryan Duncan | Crosswalk.com Entertainment Editor H/T to Thomas One of the little foibles about growing up in the 90’s is that I got to experience a “Rapture Phase” within Church culture. Thanks to the popularity of Tim LaHaye’s and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind series, many Christians became convinced the return of Christ was imminent. I remember being told […]

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Love One Another

Love One Another

on June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 Brandon Moody was attending his uncle D. L. Moody’s church on Easter morning. The final scene in the impressive pageant was a depiction of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The actor who was playing Jesus […]

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Word Watch

Word Watch

on June 25, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. – James 3:10 Good grammar matters to me. As a writer and former English teacher, I’m bothered when I hear the wrong word used by people I think should know better. For instance, using “I” instead of “me” or “who” instead of […]

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Inadequate Treatment

Inadequate Treatment

on June 24, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, “Peace, peace!” when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 6:14 A sprained ankle, so common during summer activities, can cause lingering problems if not properly treated. Minor sprains respond well to RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. But people who ignore a serious sprain and keep going in spite […]

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Gaining Respect

Gaining Respect

on June 23, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. – Daniel 1:8 When a professional musician nicknamed “Happy” became a Christian, he quit playing in nightclubs and offered his services to a rescue mission. Some time later, he received a phone call from a club manager who wanted to hire him to do a show that would have […]

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Christianity’s Best Argument

Christianity’s Best Argument

on June 22, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. – 1 Peter 3:15 What’s the best argument we can give those who ask why we have accepted Jesus as our Savior? How can we most persuasively bear witness to our faith? “Always be ready,” Peter urged, “to give […]

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