March 1, 2006

The Bite and Sting of Alcohol Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper. Your eyes will… Read more

February 28, 2006

Responsible Love and Anger My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight. (James 1:19-20 NLT) The Bible encourages me to be “slow to be angry.” Why does it say this in this fashion? The reason is because anger is a reaction, not a response. Of course, every reaction is a response, but some reactions are not good responses. When you get… Read more

February 28, 2006

Is Gender an Option? “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 22:5 NKJV) I watched a “Larry King Live” show last week (and it came again Sunday as a repeat)on CNN on the theme trans genders. There is a current movie out called “Transamerica” about a man who tries to become a woman…. Read more

February 28, 2006

Responsible Love Requires Costly Grace What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even… Read more

February 28, 2006

Temptation is Being Tricked to be Irresponsible And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:13 NKJV) Dietrich Bonhöffer once said: Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Every behavior requires a choice. Every choice is based on a belief. To properly respond (or to make the right choice in a situation) requires knowing what is… Read more

February 13, 2006

Restraining Yourself with Physical Reins of Control Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. Romans 13:13 (NKJV) Christians are called by the Bible to walk properly. The emphasis in our walk is to be in the day as opposed in the night. The use of the word day is used in the New Testament to describe good character. We walk in public in a… Read more

February 11, 2006

Fasting is Feasting on God in Prayer “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: “When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me–for Me? (Zechariah 7:5 NKJV) Fasting is feasting on God in prayer. When someone has a feast, they literally stuff themselves full of good food. When you participate in a feast, you are taking time to ENJOY the time you have… Read more

February 11, 2006

  The Real Olympic Parade Revelation 19:1-9 I have been watching the Olympic procession of athletes for the Winter Olympic in Torino, Italy. It always amazes me to see how the opening ceremonies are presented. As I watch the torch is being lit. This traditionally starts the Olympic Games. Nice effects. Lots of light and fire. But before the big lighting of the torch, there were these ceremonial rituals. First came the procession of the athletes from each nation. They… Read more

February 10, 2006

Dealing with Islamic Persecution “But just as then the child born according to the flesh persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so also now. But what does the Scripture say? Drive out the slave and her son, for the son of the slave will never be a coheir with the son of the free woman.” (Galatians 4:29–30, HCSB) There has been many news reports about the backlash by followers of Islam to a cartoon that depicts Muhammud with… Read more

February 9, 2006

Leprous Greed 2 Kings 5:20-27 Have you ever seen someone refuse money that you thought was good to take for yourself? Have you ever said: “Man, I could use that money.” It is said in another verse that money is the root of all kinds of evil. Here in 2 Kings we see an illustration of that principle. Gehazi was a servant of the prophet Elisha. Gehazi was in the ministry working with Elisha. Elisha has just healed a man… Read more

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