Trusting In God’s Forgiveness

You know the feeling. It starts deep down inside, and as it grows your stomach turns and anxiety builds. It’s the realization that you’ve fallen short…again. Satan seeks out our weaknesses and effectively exploits them to the fullest. And now, the guilt. The constant questioning, if only I had… Think of the dread of coming to worship services again and thinking if these people knew half the things I struggle with, they’d run me out of here. Many obey the gospel of Christ and do well initially. But then, they find themselves falling back into the same habits they had before their relationship with Christ. After they succumb, then comes the guilt. This time it is even worse. Sometimes the guilt is almost overwhelming and younger Christians are tempted to give up.

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Believe In What Is Right

In the book of Daniel, three young men are put to a great test of character as they stood before the King of Babylon in defiance to a decree that will cost them their lives. Nebuchadnezzar had made an image of gold nearly ninety feet tall in the plain of Dura and commanded all people to fall down and worship the image at the sound of various forms of music. When the time came, all the “people, nations and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up” (Daniel 3:7). In the midst of this great throng of bodies bowing down in worship three men remained standing and refused to bow. The penalty for rebellion was clear. “Whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace” (Daniel 3:6).

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A World Without Mercy

Last week, I ran across an article from The New York Times that caught my attention.  It focused on what happens to people who become infamous for saying one dumb thing on Twitter.  PR rep makes a thoughtless comment that could be interpreted as racist if viewed uncharitably.  Soon, her tweet becomes the #1-trending comment on Twitter as tens of thousands pile on to condemn her.  She gets fired, has a nervous breakdown, and years later, still has trouble finding work and finding dates.  In either department, prospects google her, and, well, there it is.  If you’re curious, you can find the whole article here.

A few weeks ago, I read a similar article entitled “Is the Gay Community Scaring Away Our Straight Allies”?  It recounted the story of a straight man who attended a gay support group and innocently asked, “In a gay relationship, who is the boy and who is the girl?”  Oops.

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What Is The Difference?

An instrument of music was introduced into the worship at Midway, Kentucky about 1858. This innovation moved slowly among churches in the North and finally came to the South about 1900. Of course, the church support of the missionary society and other central collecting and disbursing organizations came with the instrument. The intra church organizations also came along about the same time, as well as church sponsored entertainment and fraternization with the Protestant denominations who taught that one is saved at the point of faith before obedience.

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The Hand of God

While considering how to publicly express my love for my 'valentine' this morning, my thoughts wandered into the memories of our meeting some 31 years ago. As I thought over these memories, I was reminded of the many claims of "God brought us together" that I hear from time to time as others speak of such events. Dwelling on these thoughts caused me to consider how I believed regarding such an idea. Can I see God's hand at work in the series of events that brought JoBeth and I together? Yes! Do I believe our marriage was a result of God stepping into the dealings of men and women and causing them to take actions that led to our meeting? No!

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