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(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) When we ARE this: It allows us to BE this: Poor in spirit and realize our utter helplessness and reach to God as a spiritual beggar in need of rescuing then we can be… Merciful. We can show mercy to those around us know matter what status they have in life, no matter what their past, no matter how different they are from us. We all start out in the same place with the same need with the same hopelessness. Mourning over our sin beginning to understand the destruction it causes, our potential to indulge in it, and learning more and more how much it grieves God allows us to continue to grow…. Pure […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Psalm 11:2 For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. (NKJV) If you’ve been alive very long, you know what it’s like to have someone “shoot an arrow” at you. Whether it’s lying about you, accusing you of something, ruining your reputation or gossiping about you, it’s an inevitable part of life. While it certainly comes from those who hate our Lord, sadly, the shots often come attached with the label “Brother”. When it happens out in the open for all to see, it’s often easier to deal with because most of the time the antagonist is […]
Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)In whom or what to do you trust? It’s not a hard question; take a look at your checkbook, take a look at your schedule and take a look at your friends. It doesn’t take a smart person to figure it out, only an honest one.Psalm 62:8-10 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor. Do not […]
A Reader Asks: My husband and I have had a conviction about not drinking alcohol since we were children. We don’t …
Question:My husband and I have had a conviction about not drinking alcohol since we were children. We don’t allow it in our home. We do care a lot for other unchurched friends and do not condemn others if they choose to drink. However, our church is now saying “We should have a BBQ and give out beer to friends in order to relate to unchurched people.” They also want to have retreats and serve cocktails to show unchurched people we are not weird. My question is…Will alcohol, served by the church, really win unsaved or unchurched souls? Am I missing a bigger picture? I am sure alcohol is already a problem they are trying to escape. They need Jesus not another drink? What do you […]
(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)Full joy. Joyful no matter what the circumstances. FULL joy. Not half, partial, occasional or unpredictable. Full.Hard times at home, but full joy. Trouble at work, but full joy. Disappointment in other people, but full joy. Health problems, but full joy. Life is just not going well, but full joy.Joyful, joyful, joyful… despite what life throws at you. Possible? Or just a nice sounding Christian concept that we smile and talk about in church, but deep down believe we will can never know this side of heaven. “Full joy” makes for a good sermon (or devotional!) but […]
I wrote on my blog about some advice from Abe Lincoln. I wanted to expand on one point here because it fits into one of our main points: Giving & Stewardship. Here’s what I wrote on the blog: You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. (Abe Lincoln) For all you young folks out there, THRIFT means saving money, living a more frugal lifestyle and not wasting money frivolously. America is destroying its historical prosperity by discouraging thrift. How? Purchasing "lifestyle" on credit is the biggest culprit. The average credit card debt for Americans is $14,000 each (I would bet its more than that). We have "stuff" coming out our ears: multiple cars, TV’s, electronic gadgets, clothing, etc. We live a lifestyle of voracious consumption, […]
Romans 12:9-12 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; (NKJV) Christian life is not magically devoid of stress, disappointment, heartache and discouragement. The answer to most of them, is to get our mind off of ourselves, and on to God and others.Today’s self-help trend will no doubt categorize that statement as simplistic, untrained and unrealistic. God has made it very clear that Scripture contains everything we need to live a pleasing, whole life.2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of […]
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