Monthly Blog Archives: January 2018

Life in the Garden of Faith

Life in the Garden of Faith

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8 We often wonder where life will take us. What’s next? What is in our future? Obviously, there is much that we cannot know about what lies ahead, but there is one thing that is certain. We can know where and when we will spend eternity. The theories, religions, and philosophies of man offer many deceptive […]

How to Have Pure Joy Whenever You Face Trials

How to Have Pure Joy Whenever You Face Trials

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 Today’s chosen text is an object of great curiosity to many people. James’ instruction to “consider it pure joy… whenever you face trials of many kinds…” appears, at least at first glance, unrealistic and even flippant. When life hits you with painful difficulties, “pure joy” is not the normal response. In reality, “trials” such as job loss, financial chaos, […]

Time to Polish the Golden Rule

Time to Polish the Golden Rule

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.“ Matthew 7:12 How do you want me to treat you? While you consider your response I’ll tell you how I want to be treated. You can start by being… nice to me. I would also like you to be courteous, kind, honest, fair, friendly, warm, and pleasant. When you do act kindly toward me please do it without underlying motives. Please be genuine. Just so you know, occasionally I make mistakes. In those times I would really like […]

How to Avoid Temptation

How to Avoid Temptation

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Maybe I’ve missed, it but I don’t hear much talk about “temptation” anymore. Could it be that it is no longer considered a valid concern in our “as long as it feels good do it” world? At the risk of sounding like an old dude or your parents, I’m going to devote […]

Shining Stars for Christ

Shining Stars for Christ

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16 Say what? “Do everything without complaining or arguing?” Wow! Seems like some folks can’t be happy unless they’re griping or fussing. Unfortunately, some days I may be one of them. How about you? Are you a […]

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