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GRAB HOLD OF TRUTH


 

Text: “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  Proverbs 23:23

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The present age is an era in which truth has suffered the onslaught of evil and reduced to a state nearly impossible to find. No one seems to be able to discover truth. Everyone is in despair! When truth is pursued the seeker usually explores a what and a whom. See below.

Upon the first pages of the Bible we are introduced to the Prince of lies, the Devil. He exposes the first lie to subvert God’s Supreme Creature’  Man. The crafty master and and planner of man’s  undoing fashions the first untruth, wresting truth into evil’s utensil. But the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. ” Genesis 3:3-4   Jesus boldly told his disciples of the Devil’s true nature. “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father‘s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44-45  Satan has given untruth so much power that man breaks beneath it and surrenders with little resistance. The educated governor Pilate mocked Jesus and the truth, ““What is truth?” retorted Pilate.” John 18:38   “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”  (Mostly attributed to Mark Twain).  

Our first duty to truth is not to be casual with it.  Truth is a very serious thing and we must neither neglect it nor be impertinent about it. It is not unusual  to meet people who are not really “seekers of truth”. Their shallowness directly  demonstrates, that any  little light and amusing comment will be adopted and used as truth or wisdom. This laziness to seek for truth is an egregious offense which flaunts the will of God and the needs of man! Shallow companions are unwilling to work to discover any truth for themselves, even for truth available by the easiest effort. Our times are all about “information”.  Data (information) is distributed at unbelievable speed  these days. And there is such an immense amount of information that we are overwhelmed by it. The internet has altered everything. There is so much to process. Modern  journalists, commentators,  and advertisers seem to spurn subjecting their work to any sense of principles, morality, or truthfulness. Our duty is to demand respect for truth in ourselves, our media, our government and our advertising. Our personal agenda must return to individual truthfulness. Reform our inner and outward love for propriety and God’s laws of right and wrong and accept personal responsibility! Each soul must value God’s word as the ultimate truth. “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.”   Psalms 119:5-6 

The verse above is a great link to what needs  to be said next.  Truth manages and connects human life.   (Get your mind around that.)  Some people dislike truth because it was given by God to help man to see beyond that untruth which confuses and separates him from the control of God (and society). While the minds of some men use rules of behavior and moral guidance to enjoy a good life and a wonderful life in heaven, other human beings wish to have a life of restraints and license to find the lives of decadence    Now here’s a little illustration of mine.  I have met a lot of men who have taken a chunk of their own money and purchased a Harley Davidson motor cycle. They may crank it up on the weekends and cycle to some place  where they play horse shoes and have a picnic, sleep in a motel and  recycle home the next afternoon. I have asked them why they do this, and they always say, “It makes me free!”  Oh?  So, 2,000 lbs of steel, wire, rubber, and plastic costing $16,000  requiring inspection and insurance, gas and oil,  sits in the garage 5 days a week makes you freeEXPLAIN THAT TO ME!   LET ME EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU! A pardon from the governor may make you free. A divorce decree may make you free. The Emancipation Proclamation may make you free….in your weak mind. You abandoned the truth long ago regarding your FREEDOM, misjudging the source and true meaning of freedom.  Only ONE THING will actually make you free…The sacrificial blood of Jesus on the cross will make you free!  ”  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6;   Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world–to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  John 18:37

There is a raging war now in our world. From our piece’s introduction above we realize it has been going on since the first humans were initiated into the world. Wars of every kind disturb the world from the hearts of men, to man’s highest travels. War propagates fear, hatred, danger, worry,  and on and on. The present wars crush many new troubles into our lives. And the ability to be secure in what we believe to be the truth rises and falls each day as many “news reports” are produced. What are we to believe? How can we be safe and secure? Who is truthful and who are the liars?  Men have pitted the media against all sides by failure to disclose all the truth while other write “fake news”?  Certainty is impossible. Peace is getting more fragile. What am I to believe?

Begin with faith that God is entirely in control. What He allows to occur fits His eternal plan. You may choose to disagree, but not to disobey. The powers of evil seem strong, but God has Satan thoroughly beaten. Trust God’s eternal truth for your welfare, temporal and eternal.  “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17  Count on Jesus as having every vestige of truth: it is his nature and his tool  .  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

GRAB HOLD OF TRUTH


 

Text: “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  Proverbs 23:23

narrow-path

The present age is an era in which truth has suffered the onslaught of evil and reduced to a state nearly impossible to find. No one seems to be able to discover truth. Everyone is in despair! When truth is pursued the seeker usually explores a what and a whom. See below.

Upon the first pages of the Bible we are introduced to the Prince of lies, the Devil. He exposes the first lie to subvert God’s Supreme Creature’  Man. The crafty master and and planner of man’s  undoing fashions the first untruth, wresting truth into evil’s utensil. But the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. ” Genesis 3:3-4   Jesus boldly told his disciples of the Devil’s true nature. “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father‘s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44-45  Satan has given untruth so much power that man breaks beneath it and surrenders with little resistance. The educated governor Pilate mocked Jesus and the truth, ““What is truth?” retorted Pilate.” John 18:38   “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”  (Mostly attributed to Mark Twain).  

Our first duty to truth is not to be casual with it.  Truth is a very serious thing and we must neither neglect it nor be impertinent about it. It is not unusual  to meet people who are not really “seekers of truth”. Their shallowness directly  demonstrates, that any  little light and amusing comment will be adopted and used as truth or wisdom. This laziness to seek for truth is an egregious offense which flaunts the will of God and the needs of man! Shallow companions are unwilling to work to discover any truth for themselves, even for truth available by the easiest effort. Our times are all about “information”.  Data (information) is distributed at unbelievable speed  these days. And there is such an immense amount of information that we are overwhelmed by it. The internet has altered everything. There is so much to process. Modern  journalists, commentators,  and advertisers seem to spurn subjecting their work to any sense of principles, morality, or truthfulness. Our duty is to demand respect for truth in ourselves, our media, our government and our advertising. Our personal agenda must return to individual truthfulness. Reform our inner and outward love for propriety and God’s laws of right and wrong and accept personal responsibility! Each soul must value God’s word as the ultimate truth. “Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.”   Psalms 119:5-6 

The verse above is a great link to what needs  to be said next.  Truth manages and connects human life.   (Get your mind around that.)  Some people dislike truth because it was given by God to help man to see beyond that untruth which confuses and separates him from the control of God (and society). While the minds of some men use rules of behavior and moral guidance to enjoy a good life and a wonderful life in heaven, other human beings wish to have a life of restraints and license to find the lives of decadence    Now here’s a little illustration of mine.  I have met a lot of men who have taken a chunk of their own money and purchased a Harley Davidson motor cycle. They may crank it up on the weekends and cycle to some place  where they play horse shoes and have a picnic, sleep in a motel and  recycle home the next afternoon. I have asked them why they do this, and they always say, “It makes me free!”  Oh?  So, 2,000 lbs of steel, wire, rubber, and plastic costing $16,000  requiring inspection and insurance, gas and oil,  sits in the garage 5 days a week makes you freeEXPLAIN THAT TO ME!   LET ME EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU! A pardon from the governor may make you free. A divorce decree may make you free. The Emancipation Proclamation may make you free….in your weak mind. You abandoned the truth long ago regarding your FREEDOM, misjudging the source and true meaning of freedom.  Only ONE THING will actually make you free…The sacrificial blood of Jesus on the cross will make you free!  ”  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6;   Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world–to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  John 18:37

There is a raging war now in our world. From our piece’s introduction above we realize it has been going on since the first humans were initiated into the world. Wars of every kind disturb the world from the hearts of men, to man’s highest travels. War propagates fear, hatred, danger, worry,  and on and on. The present wars crush many new troubles into our lives. And the ability to be secure in what we believe to be the truth rises and falls each day as many “news reports” are produced. What are we to believe? How can we be safe and secure? Who is truthful and who are the liars?  Men have pitted the media against all sides by failure to disclose all the truth while other write “fake news”?  Certainty is impossible. Peace is getting more fragile. What am I to believe?

Begin with faith that God is entirely in control. What He allows to occur fits His eternal plan. You may choose to disagree, but not to disobey. The powers of evil seem strong, but God has Satan thoroughly beaten. Trust God’s eternal truth for your welfare, temporal and eternal.  “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17  Count on Jesus as having every vestige of truth: it is his nature and his tool  .  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

GUEST DEVOTIONAL

March 5
Morning …
1 Thessalonians 5:6
Let us not sleep, as do others.
There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord. Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, “To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse.” Christian enquired, “Brother, where shall we begin?” And Hopeful answered, “Where God began with us.” Then Christian sang this song-
“When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;
Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,
Thus to keep open their drowsy slumb’ring eyes.
Saints’ fellowship, if it be managed well,
Keeps them awake, and that in spite of hell.”
Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone, are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company, and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress in the road to heaven. But as you thus take “sweet counsel” with others in the ways of God, take care that the theme of your converse is the Lord Jesus. Let the eye of faith be constantly looking unto Him; let your heart be full of Him; let your lips speak of His worth. Friend, live near to the cross, and thou wilt not sleep. Labour to impress thyself with a deep sense of the value of the place to which thou art going. If thou rememberest that thou art going to heaven, thou wilt not sleep on the road. If thou thinkest that hell is behind thee, and the devil pursuing thee, thou wilt not loiter. Would the manslayer sleep with the avenger of blood behind him, and the city of refuge before him? Christian, wilt thou sleep whilst the pearly gates are open-the songs of angels waiting for thee to join them-a crown of gold ready for thy brow? Ah! no; in holy fellowship continue to watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

INERT CHRISTIANS

TEXT:  “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,  and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:9-11

The church never advertised for the “lazy”, “part-timers”, nor “slackers.”. Oh, it was expecting some “gold-bricks”, and “coffee drinkers”, and “loafers”. There is evidence of some early saints who displayed attitudes and unhelpful behaviors that undermined the work of the reputation of the body of Christians. Ananias and Sapphira posed themselves as large benefactors, but concealed the real amount of their donation. Peter said they had attempted to “Test the Spirit of the Lord”, and that they had “…not lied to men, but to God.” Acts  5:19; Act 5:4 The former sorcerer Simon attempted to bribe Peter and John for powers to franchise the power of the Holy Spirit. All of these were aggrandizing themselves at the expense of the church.  Others do nothing for the Lord’s church. They wish to be cases for public assistance at the Lord’s church and blighten the work of the church. “For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.”  II Thessalonians 3:11

When someone in the church suggests that a work be pared down,  we are in danger of assuming that God is willing to settle for partial obedience. However, partial obedience is failed obedience!  Jesus told a story about a shepherd who owned 100 sheep. He counted and found, however, one was missing. Surely others would be born into the flock. He could stand the loss of one. But his diligence is rewarded when he leaves the 99 and  goes to retrieve the lost.  Luke 15:4-7  

Once your feet become bogged  into this soggy indolence your listless nature will be easily recognized  and your inaction will be mocked.  Your sloth and carelessness will have become an open joke. Change for the better will not be expected to occur. Churches turn to this behavior like their members.  Some slothful members can brand their congregation to be sluggish. The church of  Laodicea described in the book of Revelation was associated with the rich and luxurious reputation in which that church was settled. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!   So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16

The dwindling of your activity will drain you of your commitment. When you lose your involvement you will lose your energy and effort. Yes, the energy to participate fuels the achievement of you goals. When you don’t have the  anticipation of starting the engine,  there is no ignition to make this new season.  After a home leave for reporting the successes of the first mission tour, Paul and Barnabas  were revving up to get to the evangelizing going again in Syria and Cyllicia westward. “And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Acts 15:36

Eventually you will  reach the plateau of resignation. Here is a point where you may feel remorse for quitting. There is so much more work of the church with which you need to be involved, but you have let your purpose wither and die. Have you abandoned the enthusiasm you embraced when you began? “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”  Romans 12:11

Here is a great quote from a recent article by Doug Parsons.

God is not looking for ability as much as He is looking for availability. Would you be a person who would say, “Lord, I don’t have much to offer, but what I have, Lord, I offer to you”? Then just watch what God will do.”  

 

REM

 

LIVE WITH A PURPOSE (Guest Article)

“When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.”

—Acts 11:23

Psychologist William Moulton Marston surveyed 3,000 people and asked them, “What do you have to live for?”

He was shocked to find that of the people who responded, 94 percent were simply enduring the present while they were waiting for the future. They described this as waiting for something to happen. They were waiting for children to grow up and leave home, waiting for next year, waiting for another time to take a dreamed-about trip. They were waiting for tomorrow.

We can spend our whole lives waiting for something to happen, and meanwhile, our lives are passing by. We have no purpose. We have no direction. We’re throwing them away.

As someone has said, “Some men die by shrapnel, and some go down in flames, but most men perish inch by inch, playing at little games.”

Purpose is vital. It’s an anchor in storm. It’s a base in battle.

We read in the New Testament that when Barnabas visited the believers in Antioch, he “encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord” (Acts 11:23).

Ephesians 2 describes us before our commitment to Christ: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (verses 1–2).

That’s how we lived. But then we found out there was a God. We discovered His Word. We found there were absolutes to live by in life—right and wrong, true and false, black and white. We became men and women of purpose.

Do other people know what you stand for? If you don’t stand for something, you are liable to fall for anything.

DOUG PARSONS

YOU KNOW, FORGIVENESS!

Text: “… bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13

Forgiveness should occupy a large portion of your thinking and activities both in this life  preparing to live in heaven  where every one is going to know what forgiveness  really means having been its benefactors.  So that means you must understand how God’s gracious forgiveness affects your divine redemption from guilt. At the same time, it must mean that you intentionally and voluntarily exculpate all those who mistreat you.

One of the most gem-like scriptures in all the Bible is recognized as its “Golden Rule”: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 I hope that we that have already realized the connection our text with it. “…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13  These two passages are, in my thinking, two sides of the same coin. Where one is, the other must go: inseparable. The connection is easy to remember: Do good to all men.  Forgive all who offend you.   

The apostle Peter seemed to have no limits as to the number of questions he could ask about what Jesus taught to his disciples. (That is a good thing, in that we learned so much from the answers Jesus gave the apostle.)  So, when the topic had been “forgiveness” one day, Peter pops off, “So, Lord, suppose some “hard head” gets on my nerves one day; should I be so good as to forgive him as many as seven times?”   Jesus gives a great answer, “Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:22  Peter thought about it as minimal.  Jesus thought about it as optimal.  My conclusion: Optimal!

Anger and Hatred are two powerful forces that originate and sustain the toxic environment of unforgiveness. 

Where forgiveness is forgotten anger and hatred multiply.

When hatred and anger are sustained in a human heart they not only poison their possessor, they convince the carrier that it is a natural condition that causes little harm. Duhhh!  Naked self-justification! Nothing comes of this brew but bitterness.“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”Ephesians 4:31  Always remember that when forgiveness is only weakly practiced hatred spreads noxious feelings into the hearts of men and women. 

Forgiveness is one of the most needed practices in all of God’s world, but is it practical? It is one of the most needed practices in the world. Let me tell you something.  I have walked in the way of refusing to forgive others and it is not the way to go! If you insist on treading that path you will lose one of Jesus’ greatest blessings: PEACE! Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  John 6:23-25  And you will also lose your soul! “…but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  Matthew 6:15

Here’s a thought to keep in mind. If you have sinned against God or another person, ask for forgiveness. God is gracious.

Here is a little prayer for you. “Oh, forgiving Father, soften my heart that I may forgive as your gracious heart forgives.”

REM

 

Hope Itself Is Like A Star (Guest Devotional)

Text: “Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.”  Job 10:2

 

Perhaps, O tried soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some of thy graces which would never be discovered if it were not for thy trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter? Love is too often like a glow-worm, showing but little light except it be in the midst of surrounding darkness. Hope itself is like a star-not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. Afflictions are often the black foils in which God doth set the jewels of His children’s graces, to make them shine the better. It was but a little while ago that on thy knees thou wast saying, “Lord, I fear I have no faith: let me know that I have faith.” Was not this really, though perhaps unconsciously, praying for trials?-for how canst thou know that thou hast faith until thy faith is exercised? Depend upon it, God often sends us trials that our graces may be discovered, and that we may be certified of their existence. Besides, it is not merely discovery, real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials. God often takes away our comforts and our privileges in order to make us better Christians. He trains His soldiers, not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to forced marches and hard service. He makes them ford through streams, and swim through rivers, and climb mountains, and walk many a long mile with heavy knapsacks of sorrow on their backs. Well, Christian, may not this account for the troubles through which thou art passing? Is not the Lord bringing out your graces, and making them grow? Is not this the reason why He is contending with you?
“Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
REM

 

DO NOT READ THE BIBLE IF…

Text: “He taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight;
    do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.”  Proverbs 4:4-6

Do not read the Bible IF you care nothing  about really learning about God. Well, by this time you are probably saying, “Randy is being a smart aleck. He’s really trying to stir something up; being sarcastic.” Well, you are partly right. I just wanted the opportunity to point out before we get into this article how we are going to approach our subject. I thought you should be given warning so that you wouldn’t jump to the wrong conclusion. Right off the bat you need to understand that I am writing this using the literary device of “irony” (aka “sarcasm”).  “Irony” means  to say or write a thing one way  but mean the opposite.   If you verbalize this, you  use a vocal intonation as the tip off. If you write an ironic statement, it takes a lot more on the reader’s insight. So be aware of irony as a major tool in this writing. So, here we go.

If you aren’t interested  in developing and maintaining a good relationship with God, then don’t read the Bible.   Some good things concerning God may be learned from other sources such as testimony from history, science, and archaeology, but they are ancillary to the really bed rock facts about who, what, and the real character and aims of God. God is revealed in the Bible and the Bible is words, revealed from God, descriptive of Him, demonstrating his character, and setting forth his plans, all the while explaining his plan for mankind. In fact, man cannot have a valid relationship with God except in His word!  “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”  Romans 10:14  As you see, the reading of the Bible is access to Christ’s kingdom. Accepting the word of God by faith and obeying it is to be God’s child and citizen of His kingdom. I dhold back my feet from every evil wayin order to keep your wordI do not turn aside from your rulesfor you have taught me.”  Psalms 119:101-102

If  your are not interested in being saved, then don’t read the Bible.   Perhaps you are not interested about Jesus who died to save the world. (John 3:16)  It might well be that you  are unconcerned about the sins that are  your responsibility because they have trespassed the righteousness and holiness of God. Everybody has done that!  “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23  The forgiveness of sins has been provided by God sending his Son Jesus to die on the cross as a ransom for your sins, “…that is, in Christ God was reconciling  the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” II Corinthians 5:19  Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins is the only means of salvation. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12  

If you do not have an interest in being a part of the family of God, then don’t read the Bible. Most human beings would have a warm feeling about calling God “Father” and Jesus his “Brother”. The concept of having “brothers” and “sisters” would be acceptable to these folk too.  All of these  people would be comfortable with such familial ties when it comes time to have other persons to “have my back”.  That’s what we all need: strength, support, trust, succor, comfort. These are just some of the things believers have in the family of God. A father in God. “…that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”Romans 15:6  A brother in Jesus Christ, and family  ” Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” II John 1  God adds the saved to the church, his family.        ” And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42

If you do not want to improve your behavior, then do not read the Bible. There are probably habits, behaviors, and out-and-out sins that betray you by making embarrassing appearances in you life from time. Other indiscretions are hiding in your basement vault, or quailing in your conscience. The great majority of people (believers and unbelievers alike) would affirm that the Bible has a salutary effect in reforming such persistent spoilers of character and reputation. The Bible indicts, reproves, and damns evil behavior. Within its pages are lists of sins and evil practices, specifying things that condemn the souls of  sinners and deals sharply with evicting them It pages often give severe cures for these sins. .But remember, one must “fight fire with fire.”  ” For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans  8:13

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
–Theodore Roosevelt

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DOUBLE DIPPER

We are privileged this week to publish two short but powerful items from the fertile pen of Douglas PARSONS.

SOME GOOD WORDS…

Have you prayed about it? You tried worrying, and that didn’t help. You tried ignoring it, and that didn’t help. You tried complaining, and that didn’t help. Just do what God always intended for you to do.

Pray about it.

Doug Parsons

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Love more; fear less. – Bob Goff

SOME GOOD WORDS…

There are no hopeless cases with Jesus. He’s not ashamed to hang out with drunkards and prostitutes and crooked tax collectors. Here’s a real shocker: He’ll even spend time with religious people if they want to spend time with him.

Doug Parsons