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A Reader Asks: Why are people, even Christians, embarrassed to speak specifically about God and Jesus?
Question:Why are people, even Christians, embarrassed to speak specifically about God and Jesus? Answer:Often you hear folks who want to give God credit but speak about “the man upstairs”, “somebody up there”, “a higher power”, “someone must have been looking out for me”, “the Big Man up there”, “my guardian angel”. There are two common reasons for this: 1) they don’t really know who God is or 2) they know God, but they are embarrassed to say so.It’s amazing to me that “somebody up there” can save a person’s life, give them the “miracle” they asked for (a child found, a loved one saved, a disaster survived, etc), and then the best they can do is acknowledge some generic “higher power” or “the Big Fella” […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 2 Timothy 4:4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (NKJV)(Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)We live in a time of competition for church members; a time where success is measured primarily by numbers and income. There is no end of teachers, writers or churches who will present what feels good and tickles the ear. There is no shortage of churches that provide programs, support groups and myriads of resources that will “meet your need”. This wouldn’t be so alarming were it not for the fact that many uncomfortable or unpopular issues are avoided because they aren’t “good marketing” and don’t put behinds into […]
A Reader Asks: I grew up a Nazarene; at 18 wandered until 39 then came to a Bible believing church and asked for forgiveness. …
Question:I grew up a Nazarene; at 18 wandered until 39 then came to a Bible believing church and asked for forgiveness. I was once a heavy drinker and a bad father. That all stopped. Over the past 8 years I have been active in many ministries and have helped others. But never once have I heard God speak to me. The only thing I feel is in my gut and can only describe as “the little angel on one and the little devil on another shoulder” guiding me. What am I missing? I pray many times a day and read scripture nearly every day. I feel no want to go backwards to before. How can I really really feel a complete connection? Am I one […]
Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid. (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)Growing up, we’d get a whuppin’ for calling someone stupid. Deep down I always knew I had Scriptural support for calling my twin brother stupid, but I could never prove it! Seriously, I love how God cuts to the chase. He doesn’t sugar coat things, He tells it like it is. There are times when people are just plain stupid. We’ll look at a few, but first, let’s define the word:Stupidto be numb or astonished because of ignorance slow of mind given to unintelligent decisions or acts acting in an unintelligent or careless manner lacking intelligence or reason dulled in feeling or sensation marked […]
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 […]
A Reader Asks: In the Lord’s Prayer, what does “lead me not into temptation” mean? Does God lead us into temptation? …
Question:In the Lord’s Prayer, what does “lead me not into temptation” mean? Does God lead us into temptation? Is God responsible for possible sin? Answer:No, God certainly does not tempt us, we find the unequivocable answer to that in James:James 1:12-15 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. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, […]
Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, (NKJV)(Note: for this lesson, we are not talking about the theological idea of eternal security which some call “perseverance of the saints”. We are talking about perseverance with the idea of “not giving up” and “determined effort” -BR) I get a lot of questions on my business blog about what it takes to be “successful”. The answer is the same whether you are talking about business, finances, spiritual growth or relationships. Perseverance.You can have everything else “right” but if you fail to relentlessly DO those “right” things, then you’ll get no results. A dogged determination, almost fanatical dedication to “doing what you […]
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