Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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J A N U A R Y 2 1 “. . . forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 3:13–14

Pressing Toward The Mark

Have you ever wondered why some people succeed while others fail? Do successful people have heredity, environment, luck, money, or education on their side? Those factors have probably contributed toward the success of some, yet we all know people who have enjoyed these benefits and have amounted to little. On the other hand, history is replete with examples of those who had none of those advantages yet succeeded magnificently. So what are... More
J A N U A R Y 2 0 “Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ Then Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’” — John 6:67–68

Loyalty In A Disloyal World

Orson Welles once complained, “When you’re down and out, something always turns up—and it’s usually the noses of your friends.” How loyal are you to the people in your life? Loyalty is a noble trait, but often people are more committed to themselves than to anyone or anything else. In view of so many dissolved marriages, you’d almost think the marriage vow states, “Till inconvenience do us... More
J A N U A R Y 1 9 “. . . seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness . . .” — Matthew 6:33

Seek First The Kingdom

Whether or not we’re aware of it, we all have pursuits in life, ultimate goals we want to achieve. Whatever our pursuits are, they drive the rest of our lives. Wittingly or unwittingly, we choose our daily actions to help us reach our ultimate goals. And Jesus Christ told us exactly what we should wholeheartedly pursue first and foremost—God’s kingdom and His righteousness. If we want to seek God’s kingdom first, we... More
J A N U A R Y 1 8 “After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.’” — Genesis 15:1

Abraham

Today, do you face something that you fear? Then let Abram’s example in Genesis 14 encourage you to endure and to trust God. Four kings had traveled all the way from the Mesopotamia area and had invaded Israel, taking captive the kings of Zoar, Sodom, Gomorrah, and other cities. In addition, these kings had plundered a lot of the goods belonging to these cities. When Abram heard that the kings had taken captive his nephew Lot, he... More
J A N U A R Y 1 7 “. . . at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” — Ephesians 2:12

The Need For Hope

Have you ever felt utterly hopeless? Maybe even today you face a struggle that has sapped you of all expectation. Hope seems a rare commodity these days. Our society has gotten rid of God, banning Him from schools by banning the Bible and prayer and seeking to do so in every other possible area. Meanwhile, the gloom grows deeper and the darkness more impenetrable. Hopelessness settles in about us. In increasing numbers people flee from this... More
J A N U A R Y 1 6 “All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.” — Isaiah 47:13

Astrology And Your Future

Have you ever wished you could see into the future and know every detail of the rest of your life? Wouldn’t that knowledge make things easier? It seems that many people today desire that kind of enlightenment. In fact, astrology, one of the most ancient methods of foretelling the future, has become quite popular again. Do you know who helped make it popular? Adolf Hitler. Hitler had five full-time, paid astrologers on his staff, helping... More
J A N U A R Y 1 5 “. . . and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” — Genesis 1:28

Every Realm In The World

Yesterday we learned that the early Christians “turned the world upside down.” We addressed the need to proclaim the Gospel, which has the potential to change individual lives. Today I want to deal with the social impact of the Gospel. When you look at the impact of the Church in history, you can see the incredible ways Christianity has transformed the world for the better. Although these changes didn’t happen overnight,... More
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