Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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November 23 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. — 3 John 4

Absolutes In A Relativistic Age

Today many people try to live as if no absolute truths govern their existence. They say, “Truth is relative.” But imagine if these people declared that the law of gravity was not “their truth.” If they jumped from the top of a skyscraper, they’d soon discover the error of their philosophy!Gravity, like all other absolutes, exists whether or not we choose to believe init. Relativism may seem like a wonderful... More
O C T O B E R 2 “Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he was king in Jerusalem for fifty-two years.” — 2 Chronicles 26:3

And a Teenager Shall Lead Them

Today it seems to be the heart’s desire of every teenager that on his sixteenth birthday he receives a car, preferably a long, low, sleek one with a lot of painting on it and several mufflers. Well, the ancient Jewish leader Uzziah had more than his heart’s desire when he became sixteen. They gave him the whole kingdom, and he became the king of Judah. “Woe to you, O land, when your king is a lad” (Ecclesiastes... More
O C T O B E R 3 1 “For by grace you have been saved through faith…not of works…For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…” — Ephesians 2:8-10

Don’t Get the Buggy Before the Horse

Suppose that you lived in the country 100 years ago, when horses and buggies were common. One day you came into the city and discovered that most people were putting the buggy in front of the horse and saying, “Giddy-ap, horse. Push, push,” and somehow they couldn’t get the horse to push the buggy at all. You would think to yourself, “How incredibly stupid can these city folk be?” And you would be right. Yet... More
O C T O B E R 3 0 “…as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” — Psalm 103:12

Satan Preys on Our Failures

We need to avoid a trap of Satan—to so dwell on our failures that we can’t move forward. Our sins can disable us because every time we sin Satan has the same message for us, “Ah hah! Now you’ve done it. You’ve blown the whole thing. Certainly Christ has no more need and use for you!” We need to forget those failures. We need to forget those sins, which are buried in the depths of the sea never to be... More
O C T O B E R 2 9 “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings which shall arise out of the earth.” — Daniel 7:17

Daniel and the Four Beasts

Daniel had a vision of four beasts which succeeded each other. They represented four worldly kingdoms—each one being brutal in its own way. They are not lifting up their eyes to God, but they are looking downward as the beast does. This is always true of godless politics. It always acts in a beastlike manner and, therefore, it is destructive of human life. It tramps and stomps on people; it devours much flesh; it kills millions of human... More
O C T O B E R 2 8 “I saw in the night visions, and there was one like a Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven. He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him…His dominion is an everlasting dominion…” — Daniel 7:13-14

Daniel’s Vision of the Winds and Great Sea

Daniel had a dream in which he saw the rise of four nations, symbolized by four beasts, which came up from the Great Sea, which had been stirred up in great tumult by the four winds of heaven. So we see that first of all, looking at the origin of four kingdoms (the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman) that they are earthly in nature. They rise up from the sea and are contrasted with the kingdom of Christ, which is a kingdom that... More
O C T O B E R 2 7 “Daniel spoke and said: I saw in my vision by night…Four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse from one another.” — Daniel 7:2-3

Same Empires, Different Views of Them

In the book of Daniel, two dreams are described. The first is Nebuchadnezzar’s and the second is Daniel’s. In these two dreams the same four earthly kingdoms are described. In Daniel 2, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a great image whose head was of gold and whose shoulders and chest were of silver, loins of brass and its feet and legs of iron mixed with clay with ten toes. Scholars believe this was a vision of the four great... More
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