Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 “Suddenly a great storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.” — Matthew 8:24

Slow Learners

Since their name in Greek means “students,” the disciples spent time with Jesus learning from Him. If you will, they had been enrolled in the school of Christ. But they were slow learners. One time when they were on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples were overwhelmed by a sudden storm. Jesus was asleep. Matthew 8 tells us: “His disciples went to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ He... More
F E B R U A R Y 1 9 “Cast all your care upon Him, because He cares for you.” — 1 Peter 5:7

Trusting God in All Things

A man once discovered the lesson that it is important to trust in the Lord in all circumstances. He was in great distress. He had done everything he could, but nothing was working out right. At length he said that in prayer he climbed the great marble staircase that ascended up through the clouds. When he finally arrived at the very throne room of God, he found that the huge brass doors were closed and locked. Though he beat upon them until... More
F E B R U A R Y 1 8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding…” — Proverbs 3:5

The School of Life

Recently, a church staff member and I were walking down one of the back halls of the church when he spotted something unusual on the floor. He picked up a rather strange looking object and said, “What in the world is this?” As we turned it over and over, he finally realized what it was and what to do with it. Life is like that. Before we can really know what we ought to do with it, we need to know what it is and what it is for. A... More
F E B R U A R Y 1 7 “But we all, seeing the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, as in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.” — 2 Corinthians 3:18

Two Caterpillars

One thing about the leading of God’s Spirit to grasp is that it isn’t always easy or comfortable. What Paul experienced was running into one wall after another, one obstacle after another as God led him, so he could later say, “For the love of Christ constrains us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). I know that certainly in my life it hasn’t been a matter of being carried on a wave of happy circumstances, but it has been... More
F E B R U A R Y 1 6 “What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no works?” — James 2:14

A Limitation to Growth

Jesus is Lord, and if you’re submitted to Him, He should be Lord of all your life. Are you willing to obey the Lord in all sorts of areas, but one particular one? It may be that because we are holding back in this area, we have reached a spiritual plateau, a limit to our growth in Christ. We grow in grace by our obedience, because as God tells us various things that He wants us to do, we are confronted with a decision, and it is a... More
F E B R U A R Y 1 5 “Nor do I count my life of value to myself, so that I may joyfully finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.” — Acts 20:24

The Unstoppable Evangelist

I once heard about an unstoppable evangelist from Africa. In order for him to not be able to spread the Gospel, the Muslims cut off his feet just about at the ankle bone. He is not able to walk at all. An African missionary showed me a picture of this man, which I showed to my family. He was sitting on a donkey, and I asked the question, “Does this man walk on those stubs?” “No, he can’t do that. He crawls.”... More
F E B R U A R Y 1 4 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” — 1 Corinthians 13:1

The Basis of Marriage

What is a marriage based upon? Many erroneously think that love is the foundation of any true marriage. Furthermore, they erroneously define love as a feeling. It is there, mysteriously, and then, some months later it is gone and the plaintive cry goes up: “Alas, I don’t love him (or her) anymore.” So, what is there to do, but get a divorce? A marriage is not based on any feeling of love. This feeling of love is like a... More
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