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(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) (James 1:12) – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (NKJV) IF a certain condition is met THEN Something specified occurs ELSE The other specified thing occurs. I’m not trying to come up with some new way to interpret Scripture, it’s just an easy way to remember and explain some truths about our Christian walk.Crowns or DeathIF we endure temptation THEN We get a crown of life ELSE We get death. That’s it. Logical. Absolute. If this, then that or else. It’s helpful to remember this as we walk through Christianity. […]
In October 2008, many of the problems that have long been hidden in the credit industry finally showed up in a big way. The immediate response was for the government, the very same people who caused the problem to begin with, to now solve the problem by taking $700 billion of your money and mine and giving it to the people who created this disaster. Yeah, that works… Since this book is about personal finance, I’m not going to talk much here about the problems with the mortgage industry and the government bailout. I’m going to focus on the credit industry which many of our politicians wanted to include in the bailout. The cause of the big financial crash is the exact same cause that […]
The Love of Jesus Christ My Lord Jesus, Teach me to love You and to embrace Youeven though my arms once embraced lust and sin. You loved me an eternity before I loved You,even while I was Your enemy and a filthy lowly sinner. You loved me as Your own even when I was unworthy of that love;You loved me in the way that a Father loves a son,and You had compassion on me in a way that is only possible with You. Because of love, You came from heaven to earth,from the earth to the cross, from the cross into the grave. Because of love You became weary, tired, hungry, homeless, temptedhated, beaten, whipped, spat upon, crucified and stabbed in the side. Because of […]
From Brent In this day and age of bad news, selfishness, cowardice and whining, this video is a must see. I don’t often put stuff up like this but if it warms your heart like it did mine, it will be worth 2-3 minutes of your time. PS: WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS FOR ME? Ask here. Want to book me for preaching, speaking or business consulting? Go here. If you are blessed by what I write, would you be so kind to share this post with others by clicking the SHARE+ button below? You never know who might need these exact words in their life today. To give a gift of support, click here.
A Reader Asks: Do you believe that Hell is eternal and that people there will be punished forever? This does not seem …
Question:Do you believe that Hell is eternal and that people there will be punished forever? This does not seem to be in keeping with God’s mercy. Answer:The belief in and teaching that Hell is not eternal and that those who reject Christ will be punished for a short time and then simply cease to exist is known as “annihilation”. This teaching is becoming more and more popular as we resort to determining doctrine based more on our feelings than on plain Scripture.The common thinking goes something like this “God is merciful, infinitely more merciful than us, and we would not torture someone for all eternity. To eternally torment someone would make God unmerciful and a master torturer, therefore hell cannot be eternal punishment”. This is […]
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (NASB) (Note: Occasionally I receive a question, or a series of related questions, that I give an answer to via email and I feel it would be profitable to share it with all the readers through the devotional.) Question:I have always struggled with being critical about others. I have often regretted the things I say about other people that have then hurt my relationships. Why do I criticize others? What makes a person have that “personality”? My Answer:There are many ways to answer this including giving you verses […]
A Reader Asks: How can I be sure, beyond even a shadow of doubt, that I am saved and going to heaven?
Question:How can I be sure, beyond even a shadow of doubt, that I am saved and going to heaven? Answer:As I answer this question, I want everyone to remember that I am not answering HOW to be saved, but how to have assurance that you are saved. I’m going to assume that a salvation “experience” has occurred and that faith, repentance and obedience to God’s Word have been exercised.With that assumption, how can you know if you are genuinely saved? CAN you know for sure? The Apostle John says YES!1 John 5:13 – These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to […]
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