Feeling A Little Down On Life?

I came across something by C. H. Spurgeon that reminded me of precisely what “Like Your Christian Life Again” is all about. You see, one of the reasons why so many Christians live a defeated life that is absent of childlike joy is because we tend to focus too much on those in the world who appear to prosper.

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/katalinks

Yet I also think that it is a game of denial that we play with ourselves. Let’s face it. We are almost daily reminded that being rich and famous is not all it seems. Behind the makeup, behind the lavish lifestyles, behind the closed doors of the mansions in which many of the affluent live, there is often drug and alcohol addiction, infidelity, mental and physical abuse and even murder.

Thanks to the evening news and other entertainment television shows, we get an inside look at some of the heartbreak and devastation, and yet we continue to tell ourselves, “If I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t end up that way!” Oh yeah? Well maybe it is only by God’s grace that you don’t have their wealth simply because He knows that if you had it right now, you would end up that way.

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Mercy: After All, Who Deserves It?

Imagine two men getting arrested, being tried and convicted of a crime and sentenced to life in prison. Then, not long after the verdict is given, further evidence is discovered which clearly proves that one of the men is completely innocent. Yet that same evidence proves conclusively that the other man is guilty as charged.

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If mercy were granted by the judge, which of these two men would deserve it? Would it be the man who is wrongly accused and convicted, or the man who is actually guilty?

You might be tempted to say that surely it is the man who is now proven innocent who deserves mercy. And when I ask this question of people, most say the same thing. But wait a minute! If the man who is innocent is found to be innocent, then why does he need mercy? Would not an acquittal be more fitting?

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Life Is A Road: Do You Know A Kiyanda Williams?

This is a post that I feel is necessary to share to help us recognize the teens in our lives and the great hope that they possess for the future. And before I share this with you, I would like to personally recognize my own three amazing children Natoshia, Keith Jr., (two wonderful adults now) and Jeremiah (my last teen, who I call Mr. Excellent), who also agree that their cousin Kiyanda is pretty special…

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/jjayo

I would like to introduce you to my beautiful niece, Kiyanda (pronounced khy-ahn-da) Williams. She is one of the sweetest young ladies I know. She loves the Lord, is a top high school student and athlete, who also faithfully serves in her church. Kiyanda is 16 years old and lives in Newark, New Jersey.

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She recently visited with us for a few days, during which time she shared with my family a simple metaphorical observation she made entitled “Life Is A Road”. Here it is:

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He Giveth His Beloved Zzz’s?

One Sunday, a mom, dad and their 8 year old attended church together. During his message, the Pastor quoted Psalm 127:2, “…He giveth His beloved sleep.” When she heard that, mom leaned over to their child, who was sitting between her and dad, and whispered, “See honey…” she snickered, “…the Bible is true!

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image courtesy of depositphotos.com/kevron2002

Look at your dad, God is giving him sleep right now!” To their surprise, dad, with his eyes still closed, whispered back, “I guess the Lord does give sleep! Your mom reads the Bible every night at bedtime, and she’s been stuck in the same chapter for three months!”

Someone once said, “I’ve found that the best cure for insomnia is to try reading the Bible, especially the book of Numbers!” I am more than a little ashamed to say that I have tried and proven that theory! There has been a time or two when I just couldn’t get to sleep. I tried to read the Bible, and before I could get even half a chapter in, I was out like a candle in the wind!

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Seeing In Noah What No One Wants To See

Let me start by making it clear that this is not a rebuttal of the 2014 movie Noah starring Russell Crowe. I have not seen it… may never see it. However, I do believe that in light of the positive and negative buzz about the movie in the world of entertainment as well as within religious circles, there is something we all need to remember.

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image courtesy of Paramount pictures

The story of Noah was never, in anyway, meant to be entertaining.

I’ve heard from various sources that the new movie starring Crowe is (quote) filled with fantasy, with everything from Bible to Kabbalism, and from non-sense to Gnosticism. Whether it is true or not that the movie intends to gain sympathy for Satan or other fallen angels, or if rock people helped Noah build the ark, is all irrelevant to me.

My concern is that aside from all of the failings of Hollywood, there is the ongoing spiritual warfare that is being waged against every Believer and potential Believer in Jesus Christ. And what pray-tell does Noah have to do with it?

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Your Garment of White

This is Day 13 from my newly published ebook Your Eternal Security. Purchase it April 10th at Amazon.com.

In I Thessalonians 5:24, the apostle Paul reminds the saints that, [God] who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. But before looking at just what it is that God will do, consider Revelation 19:14 where it says that when Christ returns and all the world sees Him in His glory, the Believers will be with Him in fine white garments (which in Scripture primarily represents the righteousness of the saints).

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picture courtesy of Depositphotos.com/Maridav

And we know that the “saints” are those who God has “set apart” for a special, eternal relationship with Himself because of their faith in Jesus Christ.

So what is it in I Thessalonians 5:24 that God is faithful to do? Paul closes the letter with a benediction which starts in verse 23:

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