Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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June 9 Continue in prayer, and be watchful with thanksgiving … — Colossians 4:2

The Fly in the Ointment

Sir Noel Paton was an outstanding artist. His paintings always have one unusual feature: There are beautiful flowers and gorgeous birds, knights and ladies, gossamer-winged fairies, and children of seraphic beauty. However, always, somewhere down in the corner of the painting, or at the feet of these beautiful characters, is a form that is uncouth, repulsive, and repugnant, a loathsome creature such as a toad or a lizard or a slimy snail to... More
June 8 If you refrain to deliver those who are drawn unto death, and those who are ready to be slain; — Proverbs 24:11

“I Don’t Want to Get Involved”

In March 1964 a young New Yorker named Kitty Genovese came home from work, put her key into the lock on the front door of the apartment building she lived in. Suddenly a man grabbed her from behind and when she screamed, he cut her with a knife. She screamed louder and said, "Help, I'm dying. Help me. Somebody help me. This man is killing me." Windows went up all over the huge building. People looked down at her as she screamed for help.... More
June 7 … And you shall be My witnesses … — Acts 1:8

"Voiceless Christianity"?

Some professing Christians are members of the club called "Voiceless Christianity." They say, "I can't witness with my mouth. I just witness by my life." Dear friend, if you witness by your life, you only witness to yourself. Christ told us that we are to point beyond ourselves, unto Him and to His Cross, and that requires the use of our mouths. Many claim that words don't accomplish anything; it is the life that we live that gives a... More
June 6 He said to them, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." — Mark 16:15

You Are It

I have always liked the story—it's not factual, but it is based on truth—the story of when Jesus Christ returned to Heaven after His resurrection and His ascension. When He arrived in heaven, as the story goes, all of the angels gathered around to hear about His great exploits on the earth below. He told them about His birth in a manger, about the life He lived, about His work as a carpenter, His mission as a prophet going out and... More
June 5 He was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and entreated him. — Luke 15:28

The Elder Brother

Jesus knows the heart. The parable of the Prodigal Son shows us that very frequently prodigals are not welcome even today. We are quite willing to have the respectable folks come into the church, those who are well-clothed and come from good families and upbringings, but bring the drunk in off skid row, bring in the person who has destroyed his body with vice, drugs, and sinful living, and some people will raise their eyebrows. Sinners are... More
June 4 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life … shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38-39

Hope Beyond the Grave

If Christ had not come, there would be no sure hope of eternal life. For Christ has brought life and immortality to light. Only He can give the blessed assurance of everlasting life. I have never met a person who knows what is going to happen to him beyond this life who was not a believer in Jesus Christ who said, "I am He who lives, though I was dead. Look! I am alive forevermore" (Revelation 1:18) . If Christ had not come, then the... More
June 3 The heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment. — Isaiah 51:6 (NIV)

Entropy

In this world, the Second Law of Thermodynamics constantly works and everything is running down, wearing out, growing old, and perishing. There is no escape from the law of entropy. In this contest, you can never win; you cannot even break even. With the fall and the curse came the current order of things. We go from order to chaos, from clean to dirty, from new to old, from fresh to rotten, from living to dead. Everything breaks down, even... More