Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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A U G U S T 1 8 “Go therefore and make disciples… teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you.” — Matthew 28:19

Every Sphere for Christ

Piety is great. We need to be holy and devoted to the Lord. But I have a problem with pietism, which essentially means abandoning the public spheres of life and leaving these to the unbelievers. For too long, pietism has hurt the church and it has hurt our nation for the last century or so. Pietism has led to the spiritual retreat of Christians out of all of the spheres of public life into the ghetto of the church—and this has... More
A U G U S T 1 7 “But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men grew to about five thousand.” — Acts 4:4

Is There Any Cause for Encouragement?

Someone asked me, “Pastor, do you think there is any hope for our country? For our world? Things look so bleak that we can’t see any hope at all. Do you have any word of encouragement?” “Well, I said, I certainly do. I am greatly encouraged. In fact, I am more encouraged today than I have been for many years about what the Lord is doing in our world.” What is God doing among us? Well, more than most people... More
A U G U S T 1 6 “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” — Hebrews 9:22

Fig Leaf Religion

Right after sin entered into the world, a dichotomy began—a divergent stream of two different thoughts that ever typify the religions of men. One: God’s way—the other: man’s. Feeling the shame and guilt of their sin, do you remember what Adam and Eve did as the prototypes of all other lost human beings? They covered themselves with fig leaves. That is a symbolic presentation of all of the religions of the... More
A U G U S T 1 5 “I press toward the goal to the prize of thehigh calling of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:14

Is Your Scope In Focus?

The Greek word translated in this verse as “goal” (in the King James it is “mark”) is the word from which we get scope, as in telescope, microscope, or in the common phraseology of the day, to “scope out” something. It means “to look into.” Now in a race track the course is marked out very clearly as to where we are to go, but in the course of life there are no chalk lines on either side of... More
A U G U S T 1 4 “My little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth.” — 1 John 3:18

Love In Truth and In Action

Christianity presents an incredible picture of love, the love of God in Jesus Christ. Because its ideals are so lofty and soaring, because its sentiments are so noble and so high, there is a danger that we should love in platitudes, and in ideals, and in emotional sympathies. There is a danger that we should feel that we have paid up our debt to love if we have praised its beauty, if we have felt its charm, if we have experienced its... More
A U G U S T 1 3 “By this we know the love of God: that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” — 1 John 3:16

Christ Loves and So Should We

Love is personified in Jesus Christ. Rather than take, He gave…even to the point where He gave His very life that we might be saved. Christ sacrificed His own life out of love for us. And how then should we live, after accepting His love? We should be ready to lay down our lives for those in Christ. This statement is quite revolutionary in its implications. Even though we might never be asked to actually die for another person, we... More
A U G U S T 1 2 “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.” — 1 John 3:14

Can a Murderer Be Saved?

John is saying here if we hate our brother, this is murder and that we are a murderer. Now there are many people who cannot even imagine going so far as to murder another person, but he is saying that hatred is like unto murder. It may be the difference between a mild case and a severe case of the same disease but it is the same infection, the same germ which pervades the body of both. It is the same type of crime, though different in... More
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