Buy This… And Do Not Sell It

With the holiday shopping season upon us, I have a question: What is something that you must buy that is totally free, yet costs you more than you can pay?

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Unfortunately, the thing which I refer to is often treated more like dime-store costume jewelry than the priceless gem that it is. It is also something that has been so attacked, maligned and ignored that in the minds of the undiscerning, it is hardly distinguishable from its evil opposite.

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I came to [Christ] because I did not know which way to turn. I remained with Him because there is no other way I wish to turn. I came to Him longing for something I did not have. I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade. I came to Him as a stranger. I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships. I came to Him unsure about the future. I remain with Him certain about my destiny. I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities. I remain with Him knowing that truth cannot be all-inclusive.

Weep With Those…

PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES: OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU…

Romans 12:15 simply says, “weep with those who weep”. In this simple statement we see God’s word telling us to do something that might not be at the top of our list of things to do today. But we need to ask God for a heart of compassion for people that can put us in touch with their grief when necessary.

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And just in case we feel that we don’t have the capability to do that with someone in grief, let us remember that if we haven’t yet, the odds are quite good that we all will eventually go through a time of deep sorrow and unexplainable grief at some trial, reverse, or at the loss of someone we love. When it happens, surely we will want someone who truly sympathizes with us to be there for us too.

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With that in mind, let us look to John chapter 11 where we find the shortest verse of Scripture in the Bible; “Jesus wept” (v. 35). Why was Jesus weeping? Certainly it was not that He felt sorry for Lazarus—who died, because the Lord knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was “weeping with those who wept”.  He was crying

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Take The World, Give Me The Word!

The Bible tells us that in the beginning God created everything that exists.  We see in the Genesis account that God “said”, and out of nothing came the substance of everything made.

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In John 1:1, we see that in the beginning was the Word—not the world—but THE WORD.  And the Word was with God and the Word was God.  John chapter one further says that all things were made by the Word and nothing was made without “Him”.  We know that John further tells us that the Word became flesh (Jn. 1:14).  So we know that the Word is none other than Jesus Christ.

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Like Christian Life Tip #001

Earnestly pray Psalm 51:12. After all, salvation is God’s property. And he is perfectly capable of making it truly joyful for you… again!

Do We Err On The Side Of Culture?

This is sort of a continuation of my previous post, “World-Changers (If Not Careful)…”

It was in the context of Mark 8:27-38 that Jesus’ disciples were telling Him who people were saying that He was when Peter trumped everybody else with, “You are the Christ” (v. 29). And yet not long after making that Spirit-filled statement, Peter was rebuked by Jesus for trying to keep Him from going to the cross.

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Jesus made it clear that at that moment, Peter was moving in the spirit of Satan. And why? Because anything that seeks to thwart or hinder God’s plan of salvation in the world is of Satan; there is no getting around that truth! He is the adversary of God and all things godly.

And what is one great reason why so many people—many Christians included—so want to change the world? More often than not, it is because they love the world in the way which God’s word tells us to not love the world. They put such a premium on the here and now, that they could care less about “the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Peter 3:10). They live only to obtain and enjoy more and more of what this temporal world has to offer.

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