Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
NOVEMBER 25 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost…” — Titus 3:5

Don’t Confuse Mercy and Justice

This world does not operate on grace; it operates on the basis of merit, on the basis of justice. Quid pro quo, this for that; you do this, you get that. That is the way the entire world operates—on the basis of justice or equity. Early in my ministry, I went to preach in a jail, and a man snapped at me that all he demanded was justice. I said if he got justice, the floor would open up and send him to hell. What we need is mercy,... More
NOVEMBER 24 “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Pilgrims, Old and New, Give Thanks

In the Name of God” begins the “birth certificate of America,” as it is called. The Mayflower Compact was the first step leading to the creation of the Constitution. Every Thanksgiving we have an annual holiday reminding us to give thanks to God, just as the Pilgrims did in their long physical and spiritual journey. “In the Name of God” is where America began, and I trust that today, though they have been... More
NOVEMBER 23 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.” — Acts 22:6

The Risen Christ

Consider the resurrection of Jesus in the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul, the apostle. By seeing the risen Christ, Saul knew in an instant, Christianity was true after all. In that instant on the road to Damascus, the whole world of Saul, the Pharisee, was changed. He had believed quite emphatically that with the ignominious death of Jesus the “Imposter” upon a cross, the true God had conquered, and the end of... More
NOVEMBER 22 “We had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.” — 2 Corinthians 1:9

Is There a Purpose for Suffering?

"Sweet are the uses of adversity.” At least so said the bard from Stratford-on-Avon. I am afraid, however, if actually put to the test of a vote, there would be an almost unanimous disagreement with Mr. Shakespeare on that point. “Bitter” is the word. Crushing, wracking, wrenching, discouraging, heartbreaking, and faith-shattering are the uses of adversity. This, I am sure, would be the attitude of most people. Several... More
NOVEMBER 21 “…the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…” — Ecclesiastes 9:11

Never Give Up

It is the victory of faith that enables us to go on in the final count. When you think of Abraham Lincoln, what qualities come to your mind? Would it be compassion? Concern for the little man? Justice? Humor? I think if we really knew Abraham Lincoln, we would know that the overriding quality of his character was nothing other than perseverance. He was simply a man who persevered to the end. Abraham Lincoln was a failure. He was a... More
NOVEMBER 20 “O you simple, understand wisdom, and you fools, be of an understanding heart.” — Proverbs 8:5

Wisdom Seeking

Certainly, we should be seeking wisdom. But in one sense the Bible presents wisdom as seeking us. We can see Proverbs 8 is the great wisdom chapter. In the first eleven verses we see an introduction of Wisdom personified as a woman standing at the gate calling forth boldly for all to come and hear what she has to say. She sets forth her reasons why men should trust in her in contrast to the seductive, sinful women who are described in the... More
NOVEMBER 19 “Why, my soul, are you cast down? Why do you groan within me? Wait for God; I will yet thank Him, For He is my deliverance and my God.” — Psalm 42:11

God Can Turn Things Around in an Instant

From the depths of the psalmist’s sorrow, he calls out unto the depths of the mercy of God, knowing that help shall come; so he has put his hope in the Lord. Consider how many times God has turned things around in a sudden way. Who would have thought: In the hour when Lazarus lay stinking in his tomb, that soon he should be rejoicing around the table with his Redeemer? When Jonah was in the depths of the sea that soon he would be... More