Monthly Blog Archives: June 2017

How to Walk By the Spirit

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 Yesterday in The Forever Notebook, I talked about taking advantage of the light of Christ while we have it. And once we have that light, it shines forever. Well, to walk by the Spirit is to walk in that light. Conversely, whenever we choose to slip back into darkness, we stumble on the desires of the flesh. In theory, walking by the Spirit, is easy. In practice, it can be very hard. The reason: walking by the Spirit invites opposition from the […]

When the Light Goes Out

36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. 37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. John 12:36-37 Even in the light they couldn’t see. Unlike you and me, these people saw our Lord in the flesh, saw Him perform miracles in their presence, and heard His salvation message from His lips. And “they still would not believe in him.” And then the light was gone. Some Bible […]

Set Your Goal for Less

He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30 These words were spoken by John the Baptist as he sought to make it clear that Jesus, and not him, was the long expected Messiah. Many of John’s followers had left him to follow Jesus. The natural response to such a circumstance would be discouragement and hurt feelings. John’s disciples wanted to know how he felt about the situation. Their questions remind me of modern day reporters. “You just lost the election. How do you feel?” “Your fumble caused your team to lose the game. How do you feel?” DUH. Of […]

Godly Revenge

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19 I assume that you haven’t made it this far in life without someone hurting you deeply or treating you badly. When it happened, how did you respond? Did you get even? Did you seek revenge? The desire to retaliate for wrong doing from others is a natural response. You hit. I hit back. I suppose the evolution crowd would claim such behavior can be linked to the days when cavemen were […]

Christians Live in Glass Houses

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21 True or false? The way you live your life is nobody’s business. So long as you please God, it doesn’t matter what others think. If you answered, “True,” you’re wrong. We have an obligation to do right in the eyes of the Lord and in the eyes of man, which is the point of our focus text. Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth coincided with a mission by his friends to collect funds […]

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