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(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Joel 2:12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart…” (NKJV) Turning your whole heart toward God. A great New Year’s resolution; an even better daily resolution.That’s sounds good doesn’t it? A pretty good rah-rah devotional to start the year out. The only problem is, that rah-rah pep talks and emotional-willpower driven resolutions almost always end up as this year’s first failure and guilt trip. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve started and failed so many times, that the most you can conjure up anymore is a heavy sigh, an “oh well” and return to business as usual. Better luck next year.So let’s forget the pep rallies and cliches and […]
A reader asks: Please explain 1John 5:16-17. What is a “sin that leads to death?” I thought all sin led to death. Can you explain? – – – – – – – – – – – All sin does lead to death. That’s clear from Genesis through Revelation. So what is this passage talking about? What is a sin that “does not lead to death?” Let’s take a look…. To start, you need to back up a couple of verses. In verses 14-15, we find John telling us about the certainty of answered prayer IF we ask according to His will. We know His will by learning it from the Bible and being led by the Holy Spirit. We are told in no uncertain terms […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 1:4 – And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. (NKJV)The Apostle John writes “these things” in 1st John that your joy “may be full” (v.1.4) What things?Full joy comes from fellowship with God, walking in the light. (1.5-7) Full joy comes from confessing our sin (1.9) Full joy comes from having Jesus as our Defender (2.1) Full joy comes with knowing God; evidenced by our obedience and love (2.3-11) Full joy is obtainable for all Christians in every stage of maturity (2.12-14) Full joy through loving the things of God and not of the world (2.15) Full joy is cultivated by righteousness (2.28) and purity (3.3) […]
Maker and Sustainer of all things:Day and night our Yours; heaven and earth declare Your Glory.I am a creature made through Your power and riches, but I have sinned against you by resisting the conviction of my conscience; ignoring the demands of your law and the call of Your Gospel; but I am fortunate to live in the era of grace and mercy.Deliver me from worldly tendencies, for I am born of God and destined for Glory. Fix my gaze and desire on Holiness as the source of beauty and dignity for my soul.Let me be always on guard and never lose my assurance or fail to put on my spiritual armor when living in this evil world. Make me ready for every situation and […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Revelation 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)If you were standing in the middle of the train tracks, unaware that a train was coming around the corner at 70mph and going to run you over any minute… would you consider it negative, harsh, or a “scare tactic” for me to warn you about your impending death? What if I just told you how soft the grass was on the side of tracks and pleaded with you to come on over and enjoy the scenery?Or would you want me to warn you sternly and passionately? Obviously, […]
Question:Is it wrong for a Christian to go bankrupt? Answer:It is wrong for a Christian to not pay money that is owed, and to not fulfill promises/contracts/responsibilities that they have given their word to fulfill.Bankruptcy is a legal action. While this legal action may provide some “breathing room” from overly aggressive creditors, or intense pressures, any Christian who resorts to bankruptcy should not do so for the purpose of avoiding responsibility for debts and agreements.So, is it “wrong” for a Christian to go bankrupt? My personal opinion is, that most of the time, yes, it is the WRONG CHOICE. But I would submit that there are times when bankruptcy can provide the means by which an honest person can “regroup” and plan to honor all […]
A Reader Asks: Is tithing Biblical? I heard a sermon that not tithing was robbing God. Then I’ve heard other sermons …
Question:Is tithing Biblical? I heard a sermon that not tithing was robbing God. Then I’ve heard other sermons that tithing is planting seed in God’s Kingdom, and you can’t get a harvest if you don’t plant seed. Can you help me understand this? Answer:Yes, I can help. In the process, I’ll make a lot of people mad, but the truth is the truth. Tithing is Biblical. But it is NOT Christian. I’ll explain that in a moment, but first let’s address the two primary motivations behind the teaching today on tithing. The first motivation comes from more traditional churches who preach on regular tithing. Many churches even use tithing as a qualification for leadership. The pressure to teach on tithing, and continually coerce people to […]
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