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Accept adversity?

There are some verses in the Bible where the reader might do a double-take and think, “Did it just say that?” Job’s statement in Job 2:10 is one such passage. In verse 9, Job’s wife told him, “Curse God and die!” How would Job respond to that? “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks.  Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we…

Make it a happy thought!

Through use of anthropomorphism, the Bible speaks of God’s knowledge and understanding of things on this earth by talking about His “eyes.” Consider these thoughts. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3). “The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths” (Prov. 5:21). “His eyes…

Are you sure?

When John the Baptist was in prison, he apparently started to have some questions in his mind about the identify of Jesus. Have you ever had questions about the identity of Jesus? In response, Jesus gave John some very simple evidence of His identity: “The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up…

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

The early Christians faced challenges to their faith that we can read about but cannot fully imagine the extent thereof. We obviously think about them being killed for their faith in Christ, but perhaps even worse is the torture the experienced through the vile persecutions of their families, their livelihood, their property and their rights. To reassure, refocus and rejuvenate these Christians (who were…

Your check engine light is on

So, what kind of driver are you? Are you the kind that when your check engine light comes on you call the car mechanic right away and take it in to get it checked out? Or, are you the kind of driver who waits to see if it’s just a fluke and it might go off on it own? Or, are you the kind of…

Abstain from every form of evil

I can remember a young lady saying, “I didn’t even know that verse was in the Bible.” It’s a short verse but it speaks volumes. “Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22). Some have tried to quibble over it, but what is there to quibble? The word “abstain” means “to hold oneself from, to avoid contact.” There is no compromise in that imperative. There is…

Unshaded lamp

A completely dark room is hard to navigate. A dimly lit room is only a little better. Have you noticed that the best lighting in a room is when it is hanging from the ceiling, so that the whole room benefits from it? That’s exactly what Jesus said that Christians are to be! We are to be “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14), but where…

Fundamentally counteractive to the devil

There are two places in the New Testament where God explicitly tells us to “resist” the devil. You may think of James 4:7, as that one seems to be a little more familiar. The second place is in 1 Peter 5:9. Both verbs are imperatives and mean to “set oneself against, oppose, resist.” There are a number of similarities between these two passages in James…