Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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JANUARY 1 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — Philippians 3:13

You Can Do It

Question for you: What would you do if you knew that you couldn’t fail? Probably, it will immediately become clear that we set the bar too low. What most of us do is to do that which is easiest, but not necessarily best. If I stated the question differently, I would put it this way: What would you attempt if you were given an absolute assurance of success? Well, you have that assurance. The fact of the matter is, you have a... More
December 31 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from now and for evermore. — Psalm 121:8

In God’s Dwelling Place

As we come to the close of another year, we see that the Lord has been with us. He has watched over and protected us. Yes, there has been trouble and pain, but He has been with us every step of the way. The Lord is the One who helps us through it all. As the psalmist said, “ I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). In all the hurry and... More
December 30 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than having two eyes to be thrown into the fire of hell. — Matthew 18:9

The Reality of Hell

Jesus took hell very seriously. He spoke about it as a real place to avoid at all costs. The most awful thing imaginable would be to die and go into eternity without Christ; to stand before the judgment bar of Almighty God, who knows your every thought and word and deed, and to have all of your sins brought out before the universe and be justly condemned unto eternal perdition and cast out into a lake of fire. There are some people who... More
December 29 Truly I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, will not lose his reward. — Mark 9:41

Spectator Christians or Active Christians?

Christianity is not a spectator sport. Christ does not call us to be “spectator Christians.” There are some people in our churches, however, who, to my knowledge, have never done any work at all. They have merely seen themselves as spectators. They come to watch on Sunday morning, and that is the extent of what they do. They never put their shoulder to the wheel. They never dirty their hands. They never exert themselves in any... More
December 28 ...if you continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and are not removed from the hope of the gospel... — Colossians 1:23

Numb to the Cold

In his book To Light a Fire , Jack London describes a man walking through the freezing, frigid cold of Alaska, where the temperature had dropped down to 40 degrees below zero. The biting cold was searing his lungs and throat, freezing his breath and his hands and feet. He was utterly exhausted. He felt, at length, that if only he could sit down for a few minutes and regain his strength, perhaps he could go on and make it to his home.... More
December 27 Let the peace of God, to which also you are called in one body, rule in your hearts. And be thankful. — Colossians 3:15

The Peace of God

A young lady told me that all her life at Christmas time she always felt very sad, because no matter whether she was in the church or out, she always felt she was standing outside the candy store looking through the window. Now that she knows Christ, however, she said, she is on the inside, and her heart is filled with joy. Joy is to be shared, and we need to keep busy helping others, praying for others, witnessing to others, and sharing... More
December 26 By faith [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. — Hebrews 11:27

Farsighted Vision

The Bible gives us examples of both shortsightedness and farsighted vision. Certainly it was shortsighted for Eve and Adam to contemplate only the immediate delight and satisfaction that would come from eating the forbidden fruit. They didn’t take the long look at the consequences that would come. Abraham, on the other hand, was a man of great vision. We are told that he sought a city whose builder and maker was God, though he passed... More