Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Oct. 29 . . . without hope and without God in the world. — Ephesians 2:12

The Fear of Death

Millions of people have studied Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven,” and yet I doubt that one-half of one percent of them have the faintest idea what it means. “The Raven” is the personification of the unbelief that plagued Poe’s life. He was terrified by the grisly specter of death. In this poem he is seeking to find some surcease of sorrow for his lost Lenore. As he lost his wife in real... More
October 28 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know. — Jeremiah 33:3

Great and Mighty Things

Do we not have a God in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom? Do we not have a God who has at His disposal all power in Heaven and in earth? A God whose purposes none can disannul? Who has stretched forth His hand and there is none that can stay it nor say unto Him, “What doest thou?” Do we not have a God who does according to His will among the armies of Heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, who created the world... More
October 27 . . . and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means. — Luke 8:2-3

Christianity and Women

A few years ago, I was in a land where the Gospel of Christ has had little impact at all. As I was passing by, I saw an ox pulling a plow and as I reached a certain angle where I could see the other beast yoked to the oxen, I saw that it was a woman. The men were all playing checkers out in front of the house. This exemplifies the world without the Bible. This is why so many women have loved and followed Christ—because He has lifted... More
October 26 Therefore, the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me . . .” — Isaiah 29:13

It’s All About Love

First love: God asks for our hearts. We can give no more. He can accept no less. He has loved us even unto the pit of Hell. How can we not love Him back? Ah, my friends, all of those good works, all of those labors, all of those industries exercised for Christ mean nothing if that first love is not there. Without love they are only “ sounding brass or a clanging cymbal ” (1 Corinthians 13:1 NKJV). Is there any husband anywhere... More
October 25 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. — Genesis 29:20

Works for the Lord

Christ said to the church in Ephesus that He knows their works. Interestingly, many of us are willing to do works. If, that is, they are not too strenuous and it won’t be too inconvenient—if it is not too early, or too late, or too far, or too heavy, or too much, or too often. So, if all those conditions are met, well then you can count on me . . .  once in a while. But I thank God there are some whose labors God knows. I... More
October 24 But I have something against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. — Revelation 2:4

A Sobering Letter

Recently, we received a letter addressed to you and me that said, “Your everlasting happiness and well-being depends upon your reading and heeding this letter.” Then on the over side it said, “From Him whose eyes are like a flame of fire, who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks” (Revelation 2:1 paraphrased). Now you are saying, “Did you really get a... More
October 23 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father, but is of the world. The world and its desires are passing away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever. — 1 John 2:15-17

The Challenge of Worldliness

The average worldling, like a mole in its dark hole, walks in the darkness of this world without the slightest inkling of God’s love and mercy or of the gracious and free atonement and salvation that God offers to those who acknowledge that they are sinners. We have seen many times that the world in its “wisdom” has flown right into the face of God’s wisdom. For decades they follow the attractions of the world, only... More