Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
September 4 For the wages of sin is death… — Romans 6:23

No Sin, No Sadness

" Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and when sin is finished, it brings forth death " (James 1:15). So it was in the world of the spirits before man was created, and so it was also at the beginning of the human race. This is the source of all manner of sadness. Grief has but one primary root, and tears have but one primary source; and that root, that source, is sin. No sob ever mingled with Eden's breezes. No tear ever... More
September 3 His master answered, "You wicked and slothful servant!" — Matthew 25:26

If a Man Will Not Work…

Paul minces no words about loafers: " For when we were with you, we commanded you that if any will not work, neither shall he eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10 ). You would have to listen a long time before you heard those words today. The Apostle knew that man inclines toward evil and so he inclines toward idleness and laziness. A man will avoid all opportunities to work if he can, but the Apostle makes it clear that if a man will not work,... More
September 2 Whatever your hands find to do, do with your strength; … — Ecclesiastes 9:10

Is Work a Curse?

The earth is under a curse, and we experience that curse in one way or another each day. God declared to Adam in judgment: “ Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hart labor you will eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat bread until you return to the ground ” (Gen 3:17-19). Ecclesiastes describes... More
September 1 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. — Colossians 3:23

Labor Day Considerations

Your work matters before God. We should do it for His glory. Look at the difference the Savior has made in reference to labor. Jesus Christ picked up the saw and the hammer and the plane; and in so doing He wrought a miracle in civilization. Most people are totally unaware of what that did. But it changed the whole concept of work. Do you realize that in ancient Greece or Rome honest work was despised as servile and was consigned to slaves?... More
August 31 Examine yourselves, seeing whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. — 2 Corinthians 13:5

A Self-Examination

When I told a lady in the church that my sermon was going to be on self-examination, she said, “Oh, that’s going to hurt!” Well, lassies and laddies, I assure you that I come not to hurt you, but to help you, and if you cannot stand the interrogation of a mere mortal like me, how will you do in that great day when you are compelled to stand before the Great Assize of God? If you cannot stand the probing finger of your own... More
August 30 I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, nor shall anyone snatch them from My hand. — John 10:28

The Perseverance of the Saints

We believe that God will enable us to persevere to the end. He began a good work in our lives and will continue that work until the end. Jesus Christ is perfectly able to care for His own. Under His wings, the saints can rest secure. We have all heard stories of people who have been kept safe in the midst of horrible danger. We might never see the car that almost hit us or the angel that kept us from violence, or the temptation God steered... More
August 29 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. — Psalm 20:7


Self-confidence is not the virtue that modern man has made it into. In fact, there have been no doubt hundreds, if not thousands, of books written on self-confidence and how to obtain it. Do you have self-confidence? The Bible has little to say about it other than the fact that it is a curse, not a virtue. The word "confidence" is a combination of two Latin words: con (with), and fides (faith), so "Self-confidence" means "with faith in... More