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While we are gone on Abby’s Make A Wish trip, I still want to post on the blog but I’ll do short posts instead of long ones. I would love to answer some questions for you since they are usually great for short quick posts. What questions do you have about life, love, relationships, marriage, parenting, kids, personal discipline, spiritual growth or horned lizards? You would be doing me a big favor if you could leave question or two. It would give me something to write about without having to develop longer instruction-type content. Blessings! ~Brent 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, […]
1 Corinthians 5:11b ….. — not even to eat with such a person. (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)Take a random survey of 1000 professing Christians across the board and ask this question, “What does the Bible say about judging?” Probably 950 would immediately reply, “the Bible says don’t judge”. Was that your first thought?What would you think if I told you that the following is my opinion:“We should judge other Christians and if they are found to be greedy, immoral, a drunk or consider anything in their life more important than God, we should not have anything to do with them – in fact, you shouldn’t even go out to eat with them.”Wow, that makes me a pretty judgmental, harsh, unloving, unChristlike, intolerant, […]
Great God of Grace, As I wake up and face the world today, my weakness threatens to keep me fearful and I look to You for strength. I try to face the world by myself, I know that I am destined to stumble But through Christ who strengthens me I am steadfast like the mountains. If I trust my own heart there is no doubt that I will end up doing something shameful, So I will look to be guided, illumined and empowered by the Holy Spirit And by doing so will bring glory to You. O God I ask that today You will be the hand that guides, My strength to stand; the light the illumines my path; My feet that I may go […]
2 Peter 3:8-9 …that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. It is natural that we want to live on our own time clock. I’m not talking about your Outlook calendar. I’m speaking of our perspective of time. If we want something today, to wait a month seems like a long time. If we pray for something this month, a year is forever. If we ask God for something this year, a decade seems like He doesn’t hear or care. That’s OUR time clock as […]
Philippians 1:27 – Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel… First, what is the “gospel of Christ”? Jesus, the only Son of God, came to earth as a human, lived a sinless life, and willingly submitted to the most excruciating of deaths and humiliation so that God could declare the penalty of your sin (and mine) had been paid, thus satisfying God’s righteous judgment and providing undeserving mankind with eternal life (for all those who believe and accept what Jesus did on His terms). After considering that, […]
2 Timothy 1.12 …for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. (NKJV) As Christians we can live in the freedom of knowing that God is quite capable of safekeeping everything we commit to Him. We need not give a second thought about whether He will succeed. Belief in whom? Until which day? Keep what?“For I know whom I have believed…” Paul knew. This is not a casual knowledge, nor merely an academic awareness. This is unshakeable intimate knowledge much the same way we “know” the sun will rise in the morning. We don’t doubt it. We don’t question it. We don’t re-evaluate it. Who is the “who”? It’s […]
–Philip J Reed, on behalf of Daybreak Last month, we discussed an unfortunate reality of modern life: a lack of time to spend with the family. Obviously this is a problem that affects everybody to different degrees. One family might lament the fact that it only gets a few nights per week to spend together as one cohesive unit, and another might be lucky to get even a few minutes together. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon that both parents work, and it’s certainly not uncommon that teenage children work as well. Everybody has their own commitments – be they professional or personal – and getting all of the schedules to align can be tricky at best. But that doesn’t have to mean that “quality time” is off the table entirely; you just might have to be more creative about […]
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