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Philippians 1:12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel… “Hey! I’m in prison and I did absolutely nothing wrong but that’s okay, more people are hearing about Jesus because of it, so I’m cool.” Could you say that? We whine and complain about not having enough money, not getting a promotion, that someone is talking bad about us, or simply because life isn’t “fun.” The Apostle Paul was put in prison for nothing more than his religious beliefs (just as countless Christians are today all over the world in case you are not aware of that). In the West, we may suffer some ridicule, maybe even some mild discrimination, but […]
Question: What do you think of these books and accounts of people going to heaven or hell, then God tells them to come back tell everyone about it? Answer: I will tell you from study and research, that ALL the books of this type I’ve looked into end up having one or more of the following: metaphysical and occult ideas/imagery, extra-Biblical revelation and unScriptural (typically man-centered) descriptions, as well as Biblical error. Granted, you have to wade through all the sensational, Biblical sounding scenarios and descriptions, but they never stand up to Scriptural scrutiny. Acts 17:11 …they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (NKJV) Unfortunately, most of these books are accepted by […]
From Brent I just published my latest book (Where Laughter Lives – Volume One)… you can have it FREE. Our family blog is subtitled “Where Laughter Lives”. We chose that because humor is a part of our daily life. It’s a good thing too. With going-on nine kids, we NEED to have time to laugh. Humor keeps things grounded, light-hearted, and enjoyable. We believe laughter and humor is healthy, wholesome, and necessary. Godly too. This new book is a compilation of my (hopefully) humorous musings from the last couple of years. There are three ways to get it: Buy the ebook here… Buy the paperback here… Or get the eBook here totally FREE if you promise to forward it via email to at least 10 […]
A Reader Asks: I am new to preparing devotionals and sermonettes. I wanted to know if you could give me some verses …
Question:I am new to preparing devotionals and sermonettes. I wanted to know if you could give me some verses that have to do with self worth and how to value one self? Answer:I’m not sure about “preparing devotionals and sermonettes”. I do practice or promote techniques or systematized ways to prepare teaching (not saying it’s wrong; I just don’t do it myself), and I’m not sure I even know what a “sermonette” is. Regardless, you ask me about verses about “self worth” and how to “value one’s self”. In today’s world that would mean a bunch of psychobabble drivel about self-esteem, learning to love yourself, focusing on your self-worth, learning to forgive your “self” and elevating “self” by means of positive reinforcement and promotional self […]
Question:In the Bible it says call no one on earth Father. Does this apply to Priests? Answer:This is a puzzling verse to those who casually read it:Matthew 23:9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. (NKJV) To answer your question in great politician tradition: “yes” and “no”. I have heard many times Christians whip this verse out to “prove” a wrong by the Catholic Church. It is a very poor use of the verse, so let’s establish that right up front.First of all, it is obvious that Jesus does not mean in a superficial way, “call no man father”. He Himself commands us to honor our “father” (Matt 15.4). Paul called Abraham the “father […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Ecclesiastes 1:17 And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. (NKJV)Apart from God, the pursuit of wisdom and understanding about how life works only brings frustration and disappointment. However, when a Godly perspective is brought to bear, this very same understanding becomes priceless.Keep in mind that the writer, King Solomon, was stating his conclusions from purely horizontal observation. He was not injecting any eternal or spiritual meaning into his insights. His conclusions were brutally honest, not fatalistic. Life without God is hopeless.It is a waste of time to become wise, and understand WHY things are “the way they […]
(Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) Joel 2:12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart…” (NKJV) Turning your whole heart toward God. A great New Year’s resolution; an even better daily resolution.That’s sounds good doesn’t it? A pretty good rah-rah devotional to start the year out. The only problem is, that rah-rah pep talks and emotional-willpower driven resolutions almost always end up as this year’s first failure and guilt trip. Or, if you’re like me, you’ve started and failed so many times, that the most you can conjure up anymore is a heavy sigh, an “oh well” and return to business as usual. Better luck next year.So let’s forget the pep rallies and cliches and […]
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