Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
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April 28 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair … — 2 Corinthians 4:8

Under the Circumstances

I am sure you have heard the story about the minister who visited a parishioner who wasn't doing well. The minister asked the man how he was doing, and the man replied, "Pretty well—under the circumstances." And the pastor replied, "What are you doing under the circumstances?" The Apostle Paul was an excellent example of a man who never seemed to be under the circumstances. Paul would have us to clearly under­stand that our... More
April 27 … Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. — Ephesians 5:19

Rejoicing

Paul tells us, "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice" (Philippians 4:4). When one stops to think about it, that is exactly the opposite of the way we react. For example, if we were teaching a person the secret of success, we would say to them, "This is what you do first … secondly, you do this … thirdly you do thus, and so on…" Then success will come, and finally, you rejoice. However, Paul says first you... More
April 26 … Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion … — Hebrews 3:7-8

Rejecting the Lord

I have invited countless people to come to faith in Jesus Christ and to participate in the great wedding feast of the Lamb, and they have made light of it. I cannot imagine it, but some do just that. I talked to a 95-year-old man and invited him to the feast. He said no; he didn't want to be bored. I tried to deal with that in an intelligent manner, but I really, upon reflection, think that what I should have said is, "What would ever make... More
April 25 … God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation. — 2 Corinthians 5:19

Reconciliation

How are we reconciled with each other? By repentance and faith. By faith we rest in the atoning blood of Christ and claim that cleansing stream. We are made one with Him, being one with Christ and one with the Father, and then we can be one with one another. There must be reconciliation from man to man, woman to woman, individual to individual. That is accomplished by repentance and confession. As you think about your relationship with God,... More
April 24 And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." — Matthew 22:39

An Adequate Sense of Who We Are

Our society puts an inordinate amount of emphasis on self-image. Look out for #1 (that is, yourself), cry the pundits. How is a good self-image achieved and does it matter? A self-image is very much like happiness. Someone once wrote about the "unhappy pursuit of happiness." The unhappiest people are the ones who pursue happiness, because happiness is not something you can find by directly pursuing it. It is something which is a by-product... More
April 23 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. — Matthew 6:33

Self-Image

There are many people who begin life with a very poor self-image. They are helped along the way by others who criticize them, ignore them, make fun of them, pooh-pooh their ideas, and contribute to their general feeling that they really have nothing to offer, that they are not worthwhile, that nobody wants to hear what they have to say, and certainly that no one could care how they feel. Therefore, they withhold all of these things and the... More
April 22 For we have not followed cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. — 2 Peter 1:16

Many Infallible Proofs

It is interesting that in the radical left wing of Protestantism, back about two hundred years ago, they were concocting in their ivory towers all kinds of theories about how the Bible was not the Word of God, how these were but mythological stories, inventions of creative minds, things that never happened in this world at all. Interestingly, about the very same time, there was another science that was beginning; it was the science of... More