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Being a kid, dumb and all, I tried whittling wood by drawing the knife blade toward me. Several cuts and bandages later, Dad told me to whittle with the blade pointing away from me and then if it should slip, I wouldn’t cut myself. Well, I’ve been in the ministry for over three decades now trying to help people learn to turn the knife around. Funny thing though. I’ve noticed that a lot of people think they can keep whittling toward themselves and not get cut again. Seems to me like the blood is running a little low. But I guess they are confident that sooner or later their way will pan out okay.

Pr 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

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3John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

The aged Apostle John was speaking about those he had brought to the Lord and taught. What joy he must have felt in his heart as he saw them steadfastly honoring their Lord by staying anchored in the truth of the Word of God.  

A sense of satisfaction and encouragement belongs to the pastor or Christian worker who can gaze upon those he’s had the privilege to teach, and witness their growth and commitment to the Lord.

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Gen 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

“Mankind is overrated anyway” Gabriel says in a post on ABC News affirming that man ought to be more concerned with banning plastic bags than rescuing mankind itself. That comment perfectly illustrates what I said about California’s new law and the majority of modern culture’s way of thinking. Mankind must give way to animals, dirt, weeds, and “Mother Earth”. That is the crazy downward spiral of the poisonous pollution of today’s “education” system. We are taught that man is not important like the rest of the universe. Would you like to be the first to volunteer your spot in life to some other organism? Mankind is the crowning touch of God’s creation, not the animal or plant kingdom or the elements of the universe. It’s time for common sense to be re-invented.

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Many people seem be too preoccupied, apathetic, or too lazy to do their homework today. It takes some work, some research, some thinking to arrive at truth. Sadly, people want the preacher to do their Bible study for them. They let the liberal news reporters shape their political views. Social views? Just let the psychologists do it. Worship? The singing groups and musicians have an app for that!

May I suggest that you take time to read your own Bible. Worship God in your own quiet time without the direction of some singer. Read the news sources, as unbiased as possible, for yourself and form your own opinions after some laborious, honest, informed thinking. You don’t have to leave out preaching, music, and news reports, but at least you’ll have some original thoughts before being exposed to charlatans.

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Gal 1:13 “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:”

Paul said he had persecuted and wasted the church…but that was before he was saved. I understand why non-Christians might have disdain toward the church because they are on a different team. But why the attack, or at least neglect, of the church by professing Christians?

My personal opinion is that many non-committed types expect their spouses, jobs, country, friends, and churches to be there for their pleasure whenever they need them, but don’t want to be part of general effort of being helpers themselves. Instead of pitching in, promoting, and preserving the church as a member, they stand aloof and point out its faults.

When the proverbial ant tries to persuade the grasshopper to join the efforts of preparation, Mr. Grasshopper fiddles away the hours and then complains about the ant’s lack of compassion when winter comes.

Brethren, we who are saved should be PART of the church and consider it US, not THEM. We should be talking it up instead of down. The day will come when lost loved ones will reject Christ because of the criticism and complaints of the non-committed Christian who wasted the church.

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Col 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

"If you tell a lie loud enough and long enough, people will eventually believe it." Isn’t it amazing how people can be so quick to believe inaccuracies dropped in their ear so casually, while at the same time they are rigidly resistant to statements of truth? Media, music, and mantras are so very effective in the indoctrination of a society!  

Because the majority of people listen to the mainstream news outlets, they are fed a constant diet of liberalism 101 and don’t even realize what they are believing about current events is calculated to shape their opinions just that way.  

Then the music. Just because a singer puts into pretty words his religious positions doesn’t make it equal with God’s Word. Many Christians’ beliefs are formed more by the songs they hear than by the Bible.  

And mantras, little catch phrases, that are repeated over and over publicly become “truth” to the gullible ones who don’t investigate for themselves. The mantra that is floating around the internet now, for instance, “Don’t judge someone else because they sin differently than you do.” What does that really say? It is a smoke screen designed to get people to stop believing absolutes and cling to “relative truth” that changes with each situation. In other words, they want you to believe that because you are a sinner, you have no right to repeat any of God’s commands against any other particular sin. If one has to be sin-free to proclaim God’s displeasure with sin, then NO ONE could say anything against ANY sin! But that’s what a rebellious culture wants—freedom to sin as they please with no repercussions and no shame.

Yes, the Second Law of Thermodynamics says everything eventually decays and the orderly things in the universe turn to disorder. So what do we need to prevent that? We simply must question all the information that bombards our ears and test it against the whole counsel of God—the Bible.

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Daily Devotional | 08.22.14

What was it that caused the vilest of sinners and the worst of the outcasts to come hear Jesus while the Pharisees rejected Him? Several things. The publicans had known how Jesus saved another publican, Matthew, and saw hope for themselves too. Matthew quickly invited his sinner friends to come hear Jesus, so that was another factor. One of the most amazing of these reasons might be that the publicans and sinners KNEW that they were lost while the Pharisees clung to their own self-righteousness. That just might be a greater deterrent to salvation than being an out and out sinner. When people have enough religion to make them feel superior to the “sinners,” they are doomed to a prison with bars of their own making. Every man is equally lost at the beginning of life and every sinner must repent and place his faith in the blood of Jesus at the foot of the cross.

Lu 5:27 “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. 30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?”

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Daily Devotional | 08.21.14

Rom 14:19 “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

Psychologists push people today to be assertive. A chip on the shoulder causes one’s first thought to always find fault, be contentious, and insert negativity where peace and agreement would have been more appropriate. Sure, there are times when we need to stand our ground, but our primary attitude should be the floodlight of peacemaking, not aggression.

1Pet 2:23 “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:”

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Daily Devotional | 08.20.14

If you listen to the abundance of a person’s words, you will soon know what he loves most in life.

Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (KJV)

Notice those words again and then think of your own obsessions—“for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” 

If the mouth is a fountain that flows from the heart, we must ask ourselves what affections are at the source of our speech. Is the water muddy? What can be done about it?

Pr 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.: (KJV)

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When King David was confronted for his sins of adultery and murder in a very creative way by the prophet, Nathan, the result was rather startling.
Nathan told the story of a rich man stealing the pet lamb of a poor man to be dinner for a guest. David was angered at the rich man and then Nathan told David that he, the King himself, was the real life villain of the story.

2Sam 12:7 “And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. ……13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

The rose among all the thorns of this story is that King David had the good sense and tender heart to admit that he had sinned greatly and needed to repent.

Oh, that people today would magnify the rose of repentance instead of defending the thorns of their sinful actions!