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  • Criticism – Question and Answer

    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 […]

  • Jesus Christ – Part 1

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Excruciate – Ex (out of); cruciate (cross); “out of the cross” Jesus death was in every sense excruciating. Death on the cross is still used as the foundation of describing the most intense pain imaginable as “excruciating” I. Political, Religious and Cultural Climate It is important to understand the climate surrounding the events of Jesus death. A richer grasp of His sacrifice is possible through the knowledge of what was occurring in the political and religious communities at the time. A. Political It is hard to separate the political from the religious during this time in Israel’s history because it appears very little if any true worship was occurring. Following the conquering of Palestine […]

  • Knowing the Will of God – Respond Like Christ – Part 3

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 2:17 – And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (NKJV)I doubt there has ever been a true Christian that has not struggled frequently with discerning God’s Will for their life, whether it’s a simple decision facing them, or the general course of their entire life. Knowing God’s Will is not only possible, I believe that it does not have to be the mysterious frustration that it is for most.Bible study, prayer and meditation are the hard work of knowing God’s Will. And therein lies the problem: it’s hard work. That’s why it seems so elusive to many Christians. […]

  • A Reader Asks: What do you say to someone who says to you “The only reason you are turning to God is because everything …

    Question:What do you say to someone who says to you “The only reason you are turning to God is because everything has fallen apart for you, now all of a sudden because you’re desperate, you’re using God.”??? Answer:You say, “well, duh!” Or, “darn right!” Or, “you think?” Or, “yeah, and its about time”.I’m always amazed at how foolish and illogical people get when it comes to God. For example, “I know this expensive car could never just happen by chance. It’s absurd to think that it was not designed and created by an intelligence higher than itself. But I believe the earth, the heavens, and the human body which are infinitely more complex and exquisitely design, all just happened by random chance and time.”We would […]

  • Fit for Service

    Maker and Sustainer of all things: Day and night are 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 […]

  • Some Good Stuff

    It’s nice to see the good side of life in this day and age of cynicism and bad news. If this doesn’t make you cry your eyes out, make an appointment with your cardiologist because your heart is missing. I was deployed to Desert Storm for a year and half STATE-SIDE and it was hard being away from my family… much less being sent overseas. As part of my duties, I arranged dozens of homecoming arrivals for families. Each and EVERY TIME I was reduced to a mess of tears not only for the happiness but also for the sadness of those troops who had no family there to welcome them home: PS: WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS FOR ME? Ask here. Want to book me […]

  • A Reader Asks: Why do we have to give an account to God when we die? Doesn’t He already know everything about us even …

    Question:Why do we have to give an account to God when we die? Doesn’t He already know everything about us even before we are born? Answer:We can only speculate about the “why” because the Bible simply doesn’t say. Unless you say the “why” is because because “God said so”. “Because I said so” was good enough for my Dad, so I assume its good enough for God too. Since God already knows everything and nothing can improve Him, or make Him more complete, then “giving an account” MUST be for our benefit. It MUST be… it’s the only option.Since we will eternally learn in heaven, I would guess that our accounting will help us worship and bless others even more by the lessons we will […]


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