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  • A Reader Asks: I know of someone where I work who claims to be a Christian that is committing adultery. Should I stick …

    Question:I know of someone where I work who claims to be a Christian that is committing adultery. Should I stick my nose in, or is it none of my business? How should a Christian respond? Answer:We live in a “morally coward” world today. It’s ironic that everyone wants to KNOW ABOUT the “dirty secrets” but when it comes to taking a stand or getting involved, we are quick to invoke “it’s not my business” or “I don’t want to be judgmental” routine.As Christians, this is wrong on both counts. We are not to want to know all the “dirt” that is going on. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality, cheating, lying, stealing… it’s all titillating and juicy. It feeds our flesh to be in on all the gossip […]

  • Ways to Spend Time With Your Family, Even When Time is Short (Part 2)

    –Philip J Reed, on behalf of Daybreak Last month, we discussed an unfortunate reality of modern life: a lack of time to spend with the family. Obviously this is a problem that affects everybody to different degrees. One family might lament the fact that it only gets a few nights per week to spend together as one cohesive unit, and another might be lucky to get even a few minutes together. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon that both parents work, and it’s certainly not uncommon that teenage children work as well. Everybody has their own commitments – be they professional or personal – and getting all of the schedules to align can be tricky at best. But that doesn’t have to mean that “quality time” is off the table entirely; you just might have to be more creative about […]

  • Ignoring What You Know

    Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (NKJV) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)I have often said or written “the evidence for the existence of God, the authenticity of the Bible, and support for the life of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming and undeniable, that any honest person seeking the truth can come to no other conclusion but to believe”. Of course that statement is met on a regular basis with much eye-rolling, skeptical comments and general dismissals. My thought for today comes from something I was asked: “when the Truth is so obvious, how come people still don’t believe it?“. That’s a great question, especially in […]

  • The Beatitudes – Part 3

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Truly happy. Jesus Himself said it is possible. So far we have learned that to begin the transformation into Godly happiness, you must first recognize your need for God and your total helplessness and dependence on him. Once that is established, we now begin to see what that understanding reveals about us. The first and most obvious is our sinfulness. And it causes us to mourn. Or it should. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. Matt 5:4 Greek: Pentheo (pen thay oh) To mourn over; inner grief; related to the greek terms for grief which speak of striking your bosom, or beating your chest in grief I. Normal Sorrow as […]

  • Ho, Hum… I Am a Christian

    Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. (NKJV)Part of the Christian life is the illumination of God’s truth in our hearts. This is much more than just a head knowledge or intellectual understanding of the Bible. You may understand, and can articulate your salvation, but when the implications of it truly becomes illuminated in your heart, you will glory in it. It will consume your thoughts and transform your life. We’ve all seen the excitement and reaction of someone who wins the lottery or inherits a surprise fortune. We’ve seen the ecstasy of newlyweds or the person who just got an autograph from their favorite celebrity. And while all of that isn’t worthy to be mentioned on the […]

  • A Reader Asks: Is tithing Biblical? I heard a sermon that not tithing was robbing God. Then I’ve heard other sermons …

    Question:Is tithing Biblical? I heard a sermon that not tithing was robbing God. Then I’ve heard other sermons that tithing is planting seed in God’s Kingdom, and you can’t get a harvest if you don’t plant seed. Can you help me understand this? Answer:Yes, I can help. In the process, I’ll make a lot of people mad, but the truth is the truth. Tithing is Biblical. But it is NOT Christian. I’ll explain that in a moment, but first let’s address the two primary motivations behind the teaching today on tithing. The first motivation comes from more traditional churches who preach on regular tithing. Many churches even use tithing as a qualification for leadership. The pressure to teach on tithing, and continually coerce people to […]

  • A Reader Asks: A possible scenario: You die and find yourself in Heaven, And you are asked a question! Your Mother …

    Question:A possible scenario: You die and find yourself in Heaven, And you are asked a question! Your Mother and Father are in hell, do you love them enough to trade places with them? I lost my parents before I knew how the forgiveness of sin was accomplished, so I do not know if they are in Heaven. I could plead with God, pray through the Holy Spirit and our Lord Jesus, and ask that my Father and Mother be included in the forgiveness that Jesus accomplished. But would He accept that, is it necessary that forgiveness comes only through personal request? I think the Roman Catholics are convinced that forgiveness of sin is earned during purgatory. I find no convincing scripture that supports purgatory, and […]

 
 
 
 
 
 

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