Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
MAY 2 “For many are walking in such a way that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. I have told you of them often and tell you again, even weeping.” — Philippians 3:18

Enemies of the Cross

I remember my old pastor telling me one time when he visited me at seminary, “James, remember that the enemies of Christ will always attack the Cross, the blood of Christ and this will be the object of their attack and their ridicule,” and I have found that to be so. Paul notes in 1 Corinthians 1:22: “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.” And so it is; there are those who seek miracles and... More
MAY 1 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” — Matthew 28:19

Heavenly Calling

We are called to something altogether different than the things of this world. We are called to advance the kingdom of Jesus Christ. We are called to be those who never lose sight of the fact that we have been made for eternity and that human beings are either saved or lost. They are on their way to eternal paradise or eternal perdition and it is up to us to bring to them that message. I think of a lay minister of our church who had a clear... More
APRIL 30 “Who of you by worrying can add one cubit to his height?” — Luke 12:25

Dealing With Worry

The French word for “wooden shoe” is sabot . From this word comes “sabotage,” and it seemed that Dutchmen had a way of sabotaging French plants by casting their wooden shoes into the machinery. Worry is sabotage to our lives. Worry is a great destroyer of the body as well as the mind. Worry is also harmful to the spiritual life. Jesus said that the cares of this world choke out the good seed and keep it from being... More
APRIL 29 “After several days, when Felix arrived…he sent for Paul and heard him speak concerning faith in Christ…Felix was afraid and answered, ‘For now, leave! When time permits, I will send for you.’” — Acts 24:24-25

“When Time Permits”

How true it is that has been said, “Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.” We all know that the road to hell is lined with good intentions. But why? Because of procrastination. Procrastination is what keeps good intentions from materializing into good works. If procrastination is harmful in the spiritual exercises of this life, it is most deadly and fatal when it comes to our eternal... More
APRIL 28 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” — Proverbs 27:1

Boast Not of Tomorrow

Though we usually joke about it, psychologists tell us that procrastination can be a very harmful addiction with disastrous consequences. Many people addicted to procrastinating just can’t seem to stop, no matter what. During the American Revolution, General Washington had conceived his bold plan to cross the Delaware in the midst of winter and to surprise the Hessian army at Trenton on Christmas night 1776, but a British sympathizer... More
APRIL 27 “The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not believe in Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you will not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.’” — Numbers 20:12

Moses and the Promised Land

Moses did not get to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, yet his whole life’s work was moving in that direction. Some will say, “Well, it is because Moses smote the rock.” We see in Exodus 17:6 that God said to him, “you shall strike the rock, and there water shall come out of it,” and he did. But later on, in Numbers 20, there is another smiting of another rock, and that time God told him to go and... More
APRIL 26 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” — Proverbs 4:23

Guard Your Heart

There is a large corporation whose motto is “Think.” Well we all think all of the time. God is more specific. In Philippians 8, after giving a list of good and wholesome things, He says think on these things. Don’t just think. Hitler was a man who thought, as was Stalin and Mao and Nero and Judas, but the important thing is not merely to think, but what we are to think about. Paul says in Philippians 4:9, if we control... More