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Until the Bible reads you, you haven’t begun to read your Bible. I think part of what we’re witnessing in our nation is confusion between Bible knowledge and Bible application.
If you want to give to the poor and needy, give to the poor and needy. Do it yourself — and in the process you’ll find deep satisfaction and a greater return on your investment. Whenever government gets involved, efficiency decreases.
There absolutely are times when it’s right to disobey the government. Today, some people quote Romans 13, and attempt to suggest that Christians should obey the government at all costs. They suggest that it’s the “Christian” thing to do. But that’s really poor biblical interpretation – possibly in order to gain political power over people who don’t know their Bibles, or, for that matter, their God.
Throughout your life you will be constantly tempted to be more concerned about the opinions of people than the opinions of God. Be careful you don’t confuse the two, because they are on a collision course and cannot mutually co-exist. One will always dominate the other. If you obey God, you’ll please the people you need to please, and those you don’t end up pleasing don’t have opinions that should sway you, anyway. In all you do, all the time, trust God and leave the consequences with him.
Peace is not the objective in life; it’s a fruit of something else. Do this and the peace will follow.
Noelle Smith didn’t expect the photo of her daughter, praying with friends at a Longhorn Steakhouse on prom night, would start a firestorm – but it did. She sent the picture, below, to journalist Frank Somerville, with KTVU in Oakland, California . . .
When It Comes to Chicken, Don’t Chicken Out: Stand Up and Speak Out When You See Reverse Intolerance
Earlier this month, Dan Piepenbring wrote an op-Ed for The New Yorker called, “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.” The title says it all. It’s another example of what I call “reverse intolerance” in my book, A Call for Courage. If you’re a Christian, you should do more than be concerned about this kind of reverse intolerance. You should stand and deliver. But what, exactly, would that look like?
What if you could spend time with anyone, as often as you want? Who would you choose, and how would you choose to spend your time?
On the evening before he was assasinated, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered the words below in what would be his final speech. It’s referred to as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” and it’s as relevant and inspring today as it was 50 years ago. Wow.
Special Passion Week Message What happened to Jesus during the final 24 hours of his life on earth fulfilled dozens of specific Old Testament prophecies -- yet those prophecies were made between 500-1,500 years before He was even born! Obliterating the law of...
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