Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
May 30 Now the Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. — 2 Corinthians 3:17

Lest We Forget

Memorial Day is a time to remember those brave men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Tragically, hundreds of millions of people do not live in liberty. Ironically, freedom is something that is easily taken for granted. It is like the air we breathe. It is not until it is gone that we even think about it. John Adams, our second president, made a declaration to future years, saying this: "Posterity: You will never know... More
May 29 …strengthening the minds of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, to go through many afflictions and thus enter the kingdom of God. — Acts 14:22

Encourage Each Other

Probably few of you would know who the New Testament character Joseph of Cyprus was. But you probably would recognize him if I used the other name given to him: Barnabas, meaning the "Son of Consolation," or the "Son of Encouragement". That was his name and he was famous for comforting other people. Does anyone like that come to your mind? I know a Christian who is always encouraging others. I cannot think of this individual without... More
May 28 Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. — Psalm 23:4

Pain Is Never Wasted

Human beings are often in need, in trouble, in pain. People need comfort. We try to find it in various places, from a mother's hug to a bottle of wine. We can certainly get comfort from each other. But Christ is the only source of real comfort for us. What is the purpose of His comfort in our lives? Of course, it is to assuage our heart's needs, to ease our aching spirits, to uplift us, to reanimate us, to encourage us, to help us on the... More
May 27 …If the LORD is God, follow Him, but if Baal, then follow him… — 1 Kings 18:21

If the Lord be God

Examine all history, sacred and profane, and you will find few, if any, contests comparable to the one described in 1 Kings 18 when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal. It was a matter of life and death for the people involved, for the nation itself, and through them for the whole world, as Satan made this grand attempt to destroy the faith of Israel. Elijah asked the Israelites a classic question: "How long will you stay between two... More
May 26 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned with a loud voice glorifying God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. Jesus said, "Were not the ten cleansed? Where are the nine?" — Luke 17:15-17

The Sin of Ingratitude

This passage shows something of the nature of ingratitude. It is an astonishment to God that His beneficences do not, indeed, call forth expressions of gratitude. Ingratitude is a very serious sin. This is certainly brought out in the first chapter of Romans, where Paul describes the sinfulness of the heathen world and catalogs a great list of sins. Read the last half of the first chapter of Romans and you will see how the heathen world had... More
May 25 I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. — Psalm 119:16

The Indestructible Word of God

We are living in a time when Biblical ignorance is widespread. Except for a small proportion of those who faithfully and daily study the Word of God, Americans are a Biblically illiterate people. But the Bible is the greatest of treasures. It is the indestructible Word of God, the unconquerable Word of God. Dr. A. Z. Conrad said this about the indestructible Word of God: Century follows century— there it stands . Empires rise and... More
May 24 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." — Matthew 18:21-22

"To Forgive is Divine"

Not only do we have a great reward in Heaven when we forgive, but we present a great witness right here. Nothing witnesses so powerfully to the glory and truth of the Gospel as when a Christian forgives his enemy. Some years ago there was a war between Muslim and Christian Turks. One of the Christian officers was captured and became a prisoner of a Turkish official. This Muslim officer treated the Christian with the utmost cruelty and... More