Not Admitting the Conclusion

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and many of you will either visit or have family over for the holiday. Celebrating this wonderful occasion is always better when done so with family. Most families have a “no politics or religion” rule so as to avoid any ugly arguments, thereby “ruining the holiday.” There is some wisdom in that rule.

However, as Christians, we are not allowed to keep silent about our faith, even in our hometown. While it does risk rejection and ridicule, the sharing your faith commandment does not come with a “Holidays with the Family” exemption. I understand this can be a perilous adventure, so let me help you with this “delicate” situation. This will apply to any occasion to share with family and neighbors.

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A Marvelous Testimony

Do you have one? Do you have a marvelous testimony? The word testimony comes from the Latin testi- and means “to witness.” The suffix –mony is used in Latin abstract nouns, in this case signifying a function. So testimony is the function of witnessing.

As a Christian, do you perform the function of witnessing? Testifying to what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for believers was very high on His list. Many times after healing a person, Jesus would command that person to go tell people what had happened. One well-known case was after Jesus healed a demon-possessed man.

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Rejecting Cain’s Worship

thHave you ever heard someone say, “I can worship God anyway and anywhere I want?” Perhaps you’ve said or thought this. I know it is a convenient thought, but convenience is rarely the path we should take. When it comes to worshipping God, we have to do as He commands. We don’t get to pick and choose.

Many people get upset with me when I tell them this, but at least they haven’t wanted to kill me. Do you realize that the first murder ever committed by man was rooted in God’s rejection of man’s self-determined worship style? Have you ever heard of Cain?

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The Devil’s Playground

Bitterness is poison to our spirit and cancer to our emotions. Nothing causes spiritual bondage greater than bitterness. No matter the offense, we are captive to our anger and susceptible to whomever we are holding a grudge. Just the sound of the offender’s voice or the sight of him or her can set our anger ablaze. Nothing could be more unChristlike.

Jesus taught us to seek forgiveness of our debts as we forgive our debtors. Our Lord was teaching us that we cannot experience forgiveness if we are unwilling to give it. We cannot do so because as Christians we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and when we harbor bitterness, we grieve Him. The Apostle Paul teaches us how to avoid this:

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Not Having to Sin

I’m guilty of believing sin in my life is inevitable. If I resign myself to sinning again, then sin is sure to come. However, if I commit myself to not sinning anymore, then I have changed my goal to holiness. The sin for the Christian is a matter of if, not when:

    “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1)

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Explaining All Things

Imagine being a scientist and having the opportunity to sit with Albert Einstein and have him explain all things that you were able to understand. Or imagine being a baseball prospect and being able to discuss hitting or pitching with a Hall of Fame hitter or pitcher. Would you jump on that opportunity?

Now imagine being able to sit every morning with the greatest theologian who ever lived and have him explain all things in the Bible that you would be able to understand. Imagine no more:

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