Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
July 11 … I was sick and you visited Me … — Matthew 25:36

Who Cares for the Sick?

A famous atheist was quoted as saying: "An atheist wants a heaven on earth, a hospital instead of a church. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, and war eliminated." Now, that expresses a very noble sentiment. But what say the facts? This person says atheists want heaven on earth. To bring it about they want a hospital instead of a church. Isn't that an amazing thing? As far as I know, there is not a single hospital anywhere on... More
July 10 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water; He turns it to any place He will. — Proverbs 21:1

God’s Sovereignty in History

Babylon became a symbol in antiquity of the world's evil power. The inhabitants were described as enslaved to witchcraft, magic, idolatry, and sacrilege (Daniel 5:1-3). From the Tower of Babel to the fall of Babylon in Revelation, Babylon is called the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth. In the fourth century A.D., Julian the Apostate came to the throne of Rome. His one great overwhelming desire was to destroy... More
July 9 The king spoke, saying, “Is this not Babylon the Great that I myself have built as a royal residence by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” — Daniel 4:30

The Great Babylon

An example of biblical prophecy fulfilled is the magnificent city of Babylon, perhaps the greatest city in ancient times. The walled city consisted of 196 square miles of the most beautiful architecture, hanging gardens, palaces, temples and towers. Babylon drew her stores from no foreign country. She invented an alphabet, worked out the problems of arithmetic, invented implements for measuring time, and advanced beyond all previous peoples... More
July 8 For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are slaves or free … — 1 Corinthians 12:13

Oneness in Christ

We need to have caring, and sharing, and burden bearing, and even rebuking and correcting in the church. We need to have affection demonstrated in love—in the love of the family of God. It all begins, however, in our reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ. His broken body and His shed blood are the means by which that oneness occurs—that ultimate perfect oneness when we are in Christ and together in Heaven. It is a oneness... More
July 7 Do not be drunk with wine, for that is reckless living. But be filled with the Spirit. — Ephesians 5:18

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

When we receive Christ we are baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body, but, alas, we are leaky vessels. Every hole is caused by sin, and so we need to be filled with the Spirit. By the way, the verb "be filled" is what is called a "continuous, repetitive tense." It means not just a one-time action, but something that occurs over and over again. So, too, we need to continuously ask God to fill us with His Spirit. How vital that prayer is.... More
July 6 As the deer pants after the water brooks, so my soul pants after You, O God. — Psalms 42:1

A Longing for the Word of God

Several years ago, around the time that the Soviet Union was imploding, American Christian booksellers were invited for the first time to show their wares at the Moscow Book Fair. One of those booksellers brought 50,000 Bibles to give away to the people there. After several hours, the police stopped the give-away for the simple reason that there was such a mob of people clamoring for Bibles that every aisle of the Book Fair was jammed and... More
July 5 … although they knew God, they did not glorify Him, or give thanks to Him as God, but became futile in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened. — Romans 1:21

America: A Christian Nation

"America: A Christian Nation" is a concept that has been so systematically blotted from the collective memory of this country as to sound in the ears of most Americans like an alien philosophy, an intrusion of religion into the tranquility of a secular nation. This is a nation that was born of the Bible. In 1982, Newsweek Magazine observed that some historians are now coming to realize that it was the Bible, even more than the... More