Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
May 12 O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! — Habakkuk 3:2

A Third Great Awakening

There is a great need for a heaven-sent revival by the Holy Spirit of God to sweep across the land. The first thing we can do is pray, and I am glad there are people taking that seriously. Too often, we forget that America became a nation soon after a spiritual revival, the First Great Awakening. Then in the early 1800s, America experienced a Second Great Awakening, which helped bring about a moral revolution—particularly in... More
May 11 …and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He performed in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places… — Ephesians 1:19-20

Resurrection From the Dead

Because of Jesus, one day all people will be raised from the dead, either for salvation or damnation. It is not merely a handful of individuals who will be resurrected as was the case in Jesus' earthly ministry when he said "Talitha cumi," and a young girl rose from her bed (Mark 5:41), or "Lazarus, come forth," and Lazarus walked out with his grave clothes still on him (John 11:43-44). No, Jesus said that all that are in the graves... More
May 10 The body is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. — 1 Corinthians 15:42

Consider the Butterfly

Recently my wife and I visited Butterfly World, a magnificent spectacle of beauty and color in Fort Lauderdale, which houses thousands of butterflies flying freely in an enclosed area. We were each given a little chrysalis in a plastic cup. We observed them. They had already woven their own cerement, created their own winding sheet, built their own coffin. But now they were breaking free. They had utterly transformed themselves. Out comes one... More
May 9 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. — Ephesians 4:32

Be Nice

Some Christians are not nice; some cannot even be civil. Many times people try to communicate with their spouses, or with others, but that communication is blocked by a cold and icy wall of resentment, which is the memory in the soul of some previous hurt or slight or wound of some sort. That resentment acts like a thermometer that measures within each one of us the level, the degree, of our lack of forgiveness. Paul tells us, however, in... More
May 8 Her children rise up and call her blessed; … — Proverbs 31:28

A Mother's Impact

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) of South Africa was a great theologian and writer. He was one of eight or nine children, all of whom grew up to bless their land as the godliest of people because their godly father and mother led Christian lives and gathered the family together for worship each day. In her old age, Andrew's mother was asked her secret by people who marveled that so many children of such tremendous character, integrity,... More
May 7 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. — Proverbs 22:1

A Good Name

In the Bible a name represents the person, just as it does in the third of the Ten Commandments—"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." We are all concerned for the reputation of our good name. We have laws against those that would besmirch our name because they are besmirching us. And for those who hold God in contempt and drag Him in the mud, there is a penalty. God says, " … for the Lord will not hold... More
May 6 Remember therefore from where you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your candlestick from its place, unless you repent. — Revelation 2:5

Remember. Repent. Return.

Remember the threefold prescription of our Savior: remember, repent, and return. May God grant that we might remember our first love and from whence we are fallen. What a tragic term "fallen" is. You are a fallen woman … a fallen man. You have fallen from your first love. Repent from your spiritual apathy. Return to your first love for Jesus. Remember … Repent … Return. It took the precious blood of Christ to... More