Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
F E B R U A R Y 1 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss . . .” — James 4:3

Transforming Your Prayer Life

What do the following bestseller titles communicate to you about our society: The Virtue of Selfishness and Looking Out for Number One? What does it mean to you that we buy books like these in droves? Tragically, selfishness characterizes our age. Our society has hurled God from the throne and crowned self as monarch. Then we’ve turned around and treated God as the conduit to all our desires. We “conjure up” God as if He... More
J A N U A R Y 3 1 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he . . .” — Proverbs 23:7

Your Thought Life

Many people constantly dwell on negative thoughts. They dwell on their fears, hurts, and problems. They focus on the fly in the ointment, never seeing the ointment but only the fly. With their negativity and destructiveness, these people can ruin the lives of those who have the misfortune of living with them and around them. Most of all, these pessimistic people destroy their own bodies and souls with their negative thoughts. And so their... More
J A N U A R Y 3 0 “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.” — Romans 1:14


Are you in debt? These days, it seems, who isn’t? But financial obligations are one thing. We also incur spiritual debts. Paul claimed he was a debtor to the Gentiles, the barbarians, the wise, and the unwise. Yet how could this be? What had those people done for him? Nothing at all. At least, nothing good. In fact five times they beat him with forty stripes minus one. Three times they beat him with rods, and once they stoned him and... More
J A N U A R Y 2 9 “. . . Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice . . .’” — 1 Samuel 15:22

To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

Do you ever dread going to the doctor or dentist, fearing what he or she might find in the exam? Well, every once in a while, we need to have a spiritual checkup, as painful as it may seem. Let’s search our hearts today. Have you neglected any duty in your life that God has called you to perform? God wants us to obey Him. To obey (follow Him in whatever He asks) is better than sacrifice (the confessions we offer to Him). Husbands and... More
J A N U A R Y 2 8 “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” — Daniel 12:3

Our Footprints

When your time comes to leave this earth, what would you like others to remember about you? Have you thought of how you could make a lasting impact on this world? Most of us would like to know that we’ve made some enduring contribution and that people will never forget us. We hope that our lives will not have been just footprints in the sand along the edge of the water, washed away by the next wave to hit the shore. Ever since the... More
J A N U A R Y 2 7 “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts . . .” — Hebrews 3:15

Two Options

There are two groups of people: those who are on their way to Heaven and those who are not. The first group comprises people who have trusted in Christ alone for their salvation, gaining eternal life for their souls through Christ’s death on the cross. The second group consists of people who haven’t committed their lives to Christ, including (ironically) those who may be trying to work their way into Heaven, hoping to gain... More
J A N U A R Y 2 6 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7

The Folly Of Shortsightedness

Is your spiritual vision 20/20? Sadly, many of us suffer from spiritual shortsightedness. For example, Adam and Eve exhibited shortsightedness as they contemplated only the immediate delight and satisfaction that would come from eating the forbidden fruit. They didn’t consider the long-term, disastrous results. Abraham, on the other hand, was a man of great vision. The Bible says that Abraham sought a city whose builder and maker was... More
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