Wednesday
Oct082008

Where Do I Go To Confess My Sin?

Divine mercy is not dependent upon the victim’s cooperation or the relative anonymity of an ecclesiastical booth. God, who desires that all men be saved and come to repentance, is always prepared to listen to the prayer of the penitent, wherever they happen to find themselves in need of solace.

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Wednesday
Oct012008

Suffering Dreams

In this modern age when miracles have long ago ceased, we do not expect God to visit us in our dreams and deliver secret messages into our semi-conscious minds. Certainly, though, it is very possible that our dreams can reveal things to us that we are afraid to confront when awake.

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Wednesday
Sep242008

You Observe Days

The Holy Spirit determined that a religion which mixed outdated Judaism with pure Christianity was “self-made” and “worthless.” Since Christ exercises all authority in heaven and earth as the sole head of his church, it is an unscriptural imposition to augment the “church calendar” with days and seasons that have no New Testament precedent.

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Wednesday
Sep102008

Door Busters

Arriving early does not guarantee victory. The placement of the prize is no secret. Far from being competitive and subject to shortages and limited quantities, it is obtainable by every person alive today. And, it is not subject to discounts – the most valuable treasure known to man is priceless, even free.

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Wednesday
Sep032008

Abortion Exceptions

If abortion is murder in cases of irresponsibility, what makes it any different in those rare cases that many consider exceptions? “Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

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Wednesday
Aug272008

The Sporting Church

Where is the authority for the local church to become involved in promoting games and recreation, building structures to use for amusement rather than evangelism, and appealing to the fleshly side of young people in a humiliating attempt to entice them into the church?

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Wednesday
Aug062008

Judge Nothing Before The Time

When the scriptural prohibitions of judgment are balanced against the positive commands to judge, the reader is left with principles that require “righteous judgment,” free from self-serving hypocrisy, harshness and impatience, and an imposition of one’s opinion upon the conscience of another.

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Wednesday
Jul302008

Jesus Is Coming Soon?

Jesus is coming again, but not until his father’s patience is exhausted as he waits and hopes for one more soul to repent and come to know the truth that will set him free from the devil and death (Romans 2:1-11). Jesus is coming without warning, like a thief, and the earth will meet its end.

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Friday
Jul252008

Let Not Him Who Straps on His Armor Boast Like He Who Takes It Off

The Christian’s adversary is a roaring lion with an appetite for human souls, a cunning fox who is willing to wait for a vulnerability or opportunity to appear. Overconfidence breeds complacency, a decline in vigilance and an arrogant assumption of success that almost ensures defeat.

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Wednesday
Jul162008

Have Salt in Yourselves

Disciples are seasoned by the word and by the challenges that accompany true devotion. They become worthy to season the world around them when they imitate the savor of Christ Jesus (see Hebrews 6:5) and learn the folly of pride and the honor of humble service to others.

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Wednesday
Jul092008

Water Salvation

The most prolific New Testament writer, the apostle Paul, consistently upheld and practiced water baptism as a righteous requirement – not a work of merit that independently canceled sin, but as a faithful response to the invitation of grace.

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Thursday
Jun262008

Aiming For Honorable

When counseling or conversing with a girl or woman, any honorable man ought to be smart enough to leave the office door open, to invite along his own wife, and to stay on guard against his own wandering thoughts. Enticement can be so sudden that passion overwhelms reason, or so subtle that one slips into sin without realizing it. “For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men” (Proverbs 7:26).

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Friday
Jun202008

Leading By Example

Jesus Christ set the standard for authority and leadership in becoming the Chief Shepherd of his flock – what we usually call the church.

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