Face to Face

Are you a light to the world around you? We are living in perilous time, yet I am excited about the future. The Scriptures provide a detailed outline of what is going to happen regarding the future of humanity. The coming attractions include the rapture of the Church, the tribulation, and the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom. Things to come The only reason we can have any confidence about what we believe will happen is because much of the prophecy of the Bible has already occurred and we can evaluate how amazingly accurate Biblical prophecy is. For example, ...

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The Love of God

Have you ever wondered what love is all about? This is the time of year to consider the concept of love. Coming off the Christmas season, we have just celebrated the birth of Christ. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). But what is love? Paul discusses the process of justification by faith in Romans 5. Our faith in Christ brings us back into a relationship of peace with God. We can have access by faith into His grace and rejoice in hope of the glory of God ...

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A Christmas Celebration

What is Christmas all about? The History of Christmas Christmas is the most recent in origin of the Christian festivals. The term “Christmas” came about by contracting “Christ’s mass.,” The actual celebration of Christmas did not come about until the Middle Ages. At that time, Christians were more likely to celebrate a person’s death than the person’s birthday. As a result, the church had an annual observance of the death of Christ and also honored many of the early martyrs on the day of their death. Before the fourth century, churches in the East—Egypt, ...

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Look before you leap

Have you ever been tempted to become a stuntman? When I was young, I would guess six or seven years-old, I was very adventuresome. One year I was with my family at a reunion on my uncle’s farm. My mother came from a large family so the reunions were huge. This meant there were many kids and we played hard. In the middle of the farmyard, there was a stack of baled hay. To a kid the stack looked like it went up forever. My uncle had left a conveyer in place that ended at the top of the haystack. Several of the kids, me included, used the conveyer to get to the top of ...

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You do have the power

How do you use your power?  Often we might think we don’t have power because we believe too many other factors influence our lives and we can do nothing about it. We think this way because we don’t realize the power we really do have. Power is the quality that enables individuals to achieve their aims. Scripture stresses the power of God, demonstrated for example in Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Scripture also stresses the relative powerlessness of humanity in God’s sight. However, we still have power in that we can decide how we are going to reach our ...

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How can I know God’s will?

How can I know God’s will?
I trusted in Christ for my salvation more than 40-years ago. Almost immediately, I wanted to know God’s will for my life. I read books and poured over the scriptures in my quest. A number of years ago, I was invited to present a workshop on “Determining God’s Will for Your Life.” I worked hard on preparing that workshop, but as I look back on it, I never did present any feasible way to determine God’s will. What really blows me away is that by the time I had finished this very academic treatment of the subject, I did not present one passage of scripture in ...

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How Then Shall We Live? (Part 3)

Have you chosen to live a Godly life as demonstrated by love for one-another? We are in the process of examining the subject of what it takes to live for God from 1 Peter 1:13-25. We saw in part one of this devotional series that Peter was writing to people who were undergoing great persecution. Their needs were many and their pain was great. Yet, the gospel message spread throughout the then-known world. Even today, the gospel spreads when people are persecuted. The only way these people could withstand the persecution was to be keep their focus on God. Peter wrote that ...

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How Then Shall We Live? (Part 2)

Are you auditing Jesus? Tony Evans once said, “People want salvation but don’t want to put in the time to be strong disciples of Jesus Christ. What many Christians want to do is to audit the Christian life. An audit is where a person goes to class to get information, but is not required to do any of the work. They don’t have to take a test or do any homework. They are only attending for informational purposes. They want the data without the responsibility. That’s an audit. That’s what some folks do every Sunday. They audit Jesus.” I am quite familiar ...

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How Then Shall We Live? (Part 1)

Are you willing to do what it takes? I have had a most unusual prayer request for the past several years. Often we pray selfishly by asking God to give what we want. We tend to spend more time praying prayers of supplication than we do prayers of adoration, thanksgiving, and confession. Actually, my prayer is not a very popular one in our days. I have been praying for a situation that most of us would prefer to avoid. It is a request from which people in the early church wanted to be rescued. I have been praying that we in the church in this country would face ...

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Love that Motivates

How are you at forming and maintaining relationships? For several years now I have been acutely aware that I missed a great deal as I grew up. So many of the men that I enjoy learning from are men whose fathers played a critical role in their lives. I so often hear (and I am sure you do as well) of the impact good fathers have had on their children. I didn’t have a father. I didn’t have a heritage passed on to me. I didn’t have anyone teach me the basics for getting along in life—such as how to shave, how to raise kids, or how to love. I grew up hearing about ...

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