Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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August 1 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much. — Luke 16:10

Using Wealth for God’s Kingdom

Jesus didn't say to everyone what He said to the rich young ruler; instructing him to sell all he had, give to the poor, and follow Him (Luke 18). I think that what we really have in the story of the rich young ruler is the story of the taproot sin. Some trees that have taproots have other roots that extend out a little bit on the surface. But they have one root that goes deep down into the earth. You can cut all of the surface roots, and... More
July 31 And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." — Matthew 4:19

Fishers of Men

One of the greatest needs of the human soul is the need for adventure. We long to be a part of something big, a grand epic, something beyond us. This is what Jesus offered Peter. Jesus said to Peter, " Do not fear. From now on you will catch men " (Luke 5:10). No more slimy, scaly, smelly fish for you, Peter. You shall catch men—such men as you never even dreamt to speak to in your life you shall catch, for I will give your life a... More
July 30 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold guiltless anyone who takes His name in vain. — Exodus 20:7

Using God’s Name to Honor Him

The law of gravity says that if you step off the roof of a 30-story building, you will be dead. That is not a threat. It is a fact—a very simple fact. And if you take the name of God in vain, it is a fact that God will not hold you guiltless. What does that mean? It means you shall not go unpunished. As a young man in my late teens and early twenties I, on occasion, used profanity and used the name of God in vain. Then I learned of... More
July 29 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. — James 3:5

Controlling Our Tongues

Tact can go a long way in solving a lot of problems, as one man who worked in a grocery store discovered when an elderly lady came up and wanted to buy half a head of cabbage. "But Madam," he said, "we only sell the whole head." "I just want half a head of cabbage," she replied. "I live by myself and I only need half a head of cabbage." He tried a number of times to dissuade her. Finally, with some exasperation, he said, "Well, I'll go... More
July 28 I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice … — Romans 12:1

“Your Sword, Sir”

When the Revolutionary War was over, the British general came to surrender to Washington. The general began to praise Washington for his leading of his troops (a much smaller army than that of the British), the tactics that he had employed, and the incredible things that had been done, which amazed even him. In the midst of the praise, Washington interrupted him and said, "Your sword, sir." It is not for us to begin to praise God until... More
July 27 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adultery, fornication, murder, theft, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man. — Mark 7:21-23

“Not in Our Stars, But in Ourselves”

The greatest minds have known that man was sinful. Albert Einstein said: "The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is not a problem of physics but of ethics. It is easier to denature plutonium than to denature the evil spirit of man." Shakespeare, who was a masterful student of human nature, had Cassius tell Brutus the truth: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings" (Julius... More
July 26 But godliness with contentment is great gain. — 1 Timothy 6:6

The Poverty of Discontentment

Unless the discontented person learns the secret of contentment, he is never going to be happy, because he is never going to get enough. Whenever he gets one thing, the devil is going to let him know there is something else—a newer car, a bigger house, a boat—that is going to make him happy. But he never will be happy. I remember reading about a man who was very, very rich. I think he had about $900 million dollars, an... More
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