Following Jesus

October 15th, 2014

Think back when you first accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. What was it about Jesus that made you follow Him? Was it because of a sermon pointing to Christ as the Lamb of God, as did John the Baptist in John 1:36? Or was it your reading Scripture that caused you to follow Christ? However you realized Christ was your needed Savior, when you heard the good news it only made sense to follow:

    “Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” (John 1:35-37)

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Forsaking Foolishness

October 9th, 2014

You’ve either met someone or heard of someone taking a break from life so he or she could “go and find myself.” It’s understandable to want to search out one’s purpose in life, however it means you’ve not yet figured out how to live your life. Determining the way to live your life is an important journey. Solomon wrote of this:

    “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:6)

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The Fullness of Christ

October 7th, 2014

Have you ever been asked if you’re a “cup half full” or a “cup half empty” type of person? As born-again believers our answer should be, “I’m a cup runneth over” type of person. If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then the Holy Spirit indwells within you and you have the fullness of Christ:

    “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)

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Bearing Witness

October 2nd, 2014

Let me ask you a tough question up front and you can decide if you want to continue reading. How many times have you shared the gospel with someone? If most Christians were honest, my guess would be a shocking number would say never.

Yes, a Christian who has received salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ not sharing the gospel would seem an anomaly. How could someone not share good news with those they love?

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The Word Living Among Us

September 25th, 2014

The Greek logos means “word,” and the Apostle John is the only New Testament writer who uses it to describe Christ. It denotes a collection of words or ideas and can represent what we think and what we express. Logos has been used to express the law and wisdom of God found in the Old Testament.

If you go back and look at the first three words of John’s Gospel, you will see it mirrors the start of Genesis: “In the beginning…” The latter introduces the start of creation, and the former reaches back into eternity. This means the Word has preexisted even before the heavens and the earth were created. Understanding this brings greater importance to the Word living among us:

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Endorsing Jesus

September 19th, 2014

Endorsements are big business, especially in the sports industry. In the last few days, we’ve seen some big endorsements being pulled from players because of their off-field conduct, and rightly so. No company wants to be associated, much less invested in someone of true or perceived lowly character.

While our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did not need it, He did receive an endorsement from His earthly cousin, John the Baptist:

    “John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.”’” (John 1:15)

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Beholding His Glory

September 18th, 2014

Did you know that Jesus wants us to glory in His glory? The first usage of glory is as a verb, meaning “to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly.” The second usage of glory is as a noun, meaning “very great praise, honor, or distinction, fame or admiration.” We glory in the glory of our Savior. What is the Lord’s glory? It is the same glory with which we behold God the Father, and it has been revealed to us through Christ:

    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

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Not All in the Family

September 11th, 2014

One of the great lies of liberal theology is that we are all a part of God’s family. Christianity teaches otherwise. The former teaching may seem inclusive and welcoming, while the latter seems exclusive and intolerant. No matter the labels, beliefs and opinions do not trump the Truth, which says:

    “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

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The Light of Men

September 10th, 2014

We are living in seemingly dark times. The evil of ISIS has shocked even the most sturdiest of men I know, men who have seen the horrors of war and its ravages. My son warned of this evil in his second article, “Freedom Feels Good”:

    “I have lost very close friends over here. I don’t want their lives to have been given in vain. Simply put, we are fighters. We are all in the same place for various reasons, for me, it’s personal. I am in a modern day crusade to exterminate evil. People whose atrocities I cannot even begin to name cannot be allowed to exist among us. As long as these people are here, everything that is just and good is at risk.”

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Leaving Behind A Solemn Testimony

August 15th, 2014

My pastor likes to say that getting old isn’t for sissies. I couldn’t agree more. Never mind the physical aspects of growing old, the spiritual pressures can be overwhelming. In my generation we have seen socially both rapid progress and rancid perversion. It’s enough to make an older person just want to retire and fade into the sunset. That would be a waste of much power and prudence.

The writer of Psalm 71 was either old age or at least thinking of growing old when he wrote:

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Acting With Knowledge

August 13th, 2014

No, this is not about movie stars. This devotional is about behavior. On second thought, it could very well relate to movie stars and their behavior. Nevertheless, most times that I’ve put myself in the proverbial pickle, it has been a result of my acting hastily and not thinking through things. There is great wisdom in taking time to make a decision, especially when time is on your side.

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Hating God Haters

August 12th, 2014

I have a sin to confess. I hate someone. His name is Mikey Weinstein. He is a God-hater. He is president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and has made it his mission in life to remove Jesus from the military. He makes military leaders quake in their loafers. I try to focus my hatred on his actions, but my wicked heart and flesh rise up in hatred towards him.

It is okay to hate the vile actions of men, but we are to love all men regardless of who they are. Hatred towards men never produces fruit; love brings an abundant harvest for the glory of God:

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Telling Jesus To Go

August 11th, 2014

Imagine Jesus performing a miracle in your hometown and the business leaders asking him to leave because Christ was bad for business. Could there ever be a situation where man would choose profit over the Prophet? It happens all the time. In fact, it happened to Jesus:

    “And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.” (Mark 5:16-17)

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Spiritual Victory

July 31st, 2014

So how does the once great Christian America rescue itself from spiritual captivity? Can our nation once again live by the Biblical principles upon which it was founded? We’ll answer the second question first: in a word, yes. The Old Testament tells us:

    “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Spiritual Captivity

July 29th, 2014

bound-with-chains-of-the-spirit-and-of-men11Our nation is under spiritual captivity. I was reminded last night that here in Northwest Florida on Memorial Day Weekend, designated to remember our fallen military in times of war, Satan celebrates the highest form of human depravity. On Pensacola Beach, homosexuals celebrate Gay Memorial Day Weekend and rename Pensacola Beach to Sexacola Beach.

We have witnessed in our nation, Democrat lawmakers praying and thanking God for increased governmental abortion funding, making abortions more accessible, and for doctors that murder unborn babies. They celebrate “the blessing of choice,” meaning they are thanking God for being able to choose to kill their unborn baby.

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It’s All Because of Jesus

July 22nd, 2014

I awoke this morning with the song “All Because of Jesus” running through my mind. Our praise band did the song this past Sunday. It’s wonderful to wake up with a praise song running through your head. That in itself is a work of grace. It is also an important reminder.

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Turning the Corner

July 21st, 2014

Life can be so busy that we miss it. Our schedules rule our days and even the slightest desire to “stop and smell the roses” is overruled by our next appointment or destination. Our busyness is the shame of the modern world.

Our pastor has begun a three-part study of Psalm 19 where David writes of “The Perfect Revelation of the Lord,” as it is described in my Bible. I confess that I am guilty of filling my day with things that lack any eternal value in light of Scripture. As my pastor began reading the first six verses of the psalm, I couldn’t get past verse 1:

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Getting Knowledge and Grace

July 18th, 2014

Sherlock-Holmes-007I am by nature a loner. As a child, I was totally content to play by myself with all my imaginary friends. My late mother used to tell me about how when I was four, she looked out the kitchen window to the backyard and saw me playing. She said she could see me having a grand time talking and directing at least three different imaginary friends. Perhaps it is because I had two older sisters, while doting over me constantly, obviously were not boys with whom to play. More likely, it is writer’s nature to sit alone and contemplate and imagine different scenarios. This can be creative at times and detrimental at others. The Bible warns against too much isolation:

    “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1)

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Spiritual Nourishment

July 16th, 2014

Knowing God’s will; that seems to be the great mystery to many a Christian. We studied that last Sunday in Bible study. Volumes have been written on it. In fact, I’m working on just such a book. Part of the mystery was unlocked for our church at least in our pastor’s latest sermon. I wonder how many in attendance even caught the clue. Pastor Brunet said, “Doing the will of God is how I am spiritually fed.”

He was preaching from John 4 when Jesus was met by His disciples after talking to the woman at the well. The disciples had gone into the city Sychar to get some food and upon their return urged Jesus to eat. The Lord told them He had “food to eat of which you do not know.” Again they missed the point; Christ was talking about spiritual food. Nevertheless, Jesus cleared up their confusion:

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Not Really Wanting To Know

July 14th, 2014

head_in_the_sand 2Yesterday in Sunday School we studied Acts 21 on how to know the will of God. I shared that if we were totally honest with ourselves, most Christians would admit that they really don’t want to know God’s will. Why? If we know God’s will, then we are without excuse for not obeying it. It is so much easier to deceive ourselves into believing we cannot know God’s will. The Bible teaches us quite differently:

    “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.” (Psalm 143:10)

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