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Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (NKJV)Jesus is amazing. And THAT is the understatement of the century. What can be discovered about the Lord is limited only to the amount of time and effort you want invest.In less than half a dozen verses in Colossians, chapter 1, we find that Jesus is the superior Being of the Universe, subordinate only to God the Father, but in all ways equal to Him (trying to get a handle on that fact alone will shrivel a few brain cells!). It is a testimony to the Apostle Paul’s incredible writing skills inspired by the Holy Spirit that so much truth can be encapsulated in such a few number of words.As […]
I love doing “random thoughts”. No pressure to get it right, or stay on topic. Just whatever floats around in my unpredictable head. Words Have Meaning And Politicians Know It Words have meanings and politicians who want to control your life know that. The switch from using “global warming” to “climate change” was not a coincidence. We are experiencing record cold temperatures across the country. In Oklahoma City, we recently had -15 below windchill. In the airport, I heard a bunch of people blaming “climate change” on the cold weather, something unthought of just a couple of years ago. People forget that 20 years ago the government wanted to grab power over the economy because we were headed into a new ice age because of […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) 1 John 1:4 – And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. (NKJV)The Apostle John writes “these things” in 1st John that your joy “may be full” (v.1.4) What things?Full joy comes from fellowship with God, walking in the light. (1.5-7) Full joy comes from confessing our sin (1.9) Full joy comes from having Jesus as our Defender (2.1) Full joy comes with knowing God; evidenced by our obedience and love (2.3-11) Full joy is obtainable for all Christians in every stage of maturity (2.12-14) Full joy through loving the things of God and not of the world (2.15) Full joy is cultivated by righteousness (2.28) and purity (3.3) […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (NKJV; emphasis mine) (Previous devotionals can be found at www.seriousfaith.com)Note: I have layered the summary of the first three parts of this series as the beginning of today’s final installment. It’s not my intention to create length, but to give you all the points in one lesson for your review.A lack of discernment in Christianity today is the root of myriad problems and distractions. This lack of discernment makes it brutal, almost impossible at times, to discuss some of the foolishness and false teaching that is prevalent. The sheer numbers of people engaged in […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:2-4 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (NKJV) Let’s review our major points so far (emphasis mine in all following Bible verses):Life is tough simply because we live in a fallen, sin-cursed world. (Gen 3) We frequently suffer because of the consequence of our own sin. (Gal 6.7-9) The Bible contains ALL the answers we need concerning adversity. (Psalms 19; 2Tim 3.16-17; 2Pet 1.1-3) We are not in control of life. (Habakkuk 3.17-18) If you walk in the Spirit, God will […]
Being in debt is suffocating. Worrying about making your monthly payments is draining. On the contrary, being debt-free is just the opposite: it’s refreshing, liberating, and has a tremendous positive impact on your life. I’ve been in and out of debt several times myself over the years. Sometimes it was debt from medical bills or unforeseen circumstances. That didn’t make the stress any less. The truth is, if I had planned well, stayed out debt consistently, and been more disciplined BEFORE the unforeseen events, then I probably wouldn’t have gotten in debt at all, or at a minimum, I would have been prepared to deal with it more quickly, and with less turmoil. The truth is, though, like most people, my debt was due to […]
NOTE: For a couple of years I’ve been writing a book of prayers… here’s a new one from today for however it might bless you. Brent Teach Me God & Father, Teach me to know that if Jesus Christ has satisfied all the requirements of your divine justice, He can easily rescue me from my sinfulness. Teach me that Jesus doesn’t want to see me living in my own strength and fragile self-confidence, But rather living fully justified and empowered by the Spirit to a life of victorious obedience. Teach me that the Spirit of God and His power are mine because of what Christ accomplished on my behalf; That the Spirit within me satisfies the Law without. Teach me to thank You for every […]
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