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The Hand of God

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While considering how to publicly express my love for my 'valentine' this morning, my thoughts wandered into the memories of our meeting some 31 years ago. As I thought over these memories, I was reminded of the many claims of "God brought us together" that I hear from time to time as others speak of such events. Dwelling on these thoughts caused me to consider how I believed regarding such an idea. Can I see God's hand at work in the series of events that brought JoBeth and I together? Yes! Do I believe our marriage was a result of God stepping into the dealings of men and women and causing them to take actions that led to our meeting? No!

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From Where Comes Faith?

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I recently read about some who are in discussions about the nature of the body Jesus received when he rose from the grave. The reasoning seemed to be that some could not believe he was truly risen unless they could establish that he had the exact same body, of the exact same nature as the one that was put to death. I have been involved in similar discussion in the past regarding the day of the week that Jesus was crucified. The reasoning behind that discussion seems to be, again, without knowing the exact day we cannot believe Jesus actually fulfilled the promises.

I have also noticed a number of folks get very excited about religious movies. A few years ago it was "The Passion", now it is "Heaven is Real" or "God is Not Dead." Some talk about how such movies help them better understand God, Jesus, and Heaven. Some even go so far as to say movies of this nature help strengthen their faith. I know of others who refer to various books or videos that are so important to keeping their faith in God strong.

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Nor far from the Kingdom

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Nor Far from the Kingdom
Jesus once said to a man, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34). Christ said that because that man had a genuine interest in the truth, and was willing to acknowledge the truth when he heard it. In some ways he was like some today, who have good qualities—but are not yet Christians.
It is possible to believe the Bible is God’s word, and still not be a Christian. It is possible to know what the Scriptures teach on certain subjects, and not be saved. It is even possible to be morally upright, but not be in God’s kingdom. People like this are like the man Jesus spoke to: they are near the kingdom of God.
The danger facing people near the kingdom, but not in the kingdom, is the possibility of neglecting to actually enter it. It is commendable to have attitudes that make one almost a Christian, but there is a great difference between being saved and being almost saved. Like a runner near the finish line, people who are not far from the kingdom of God must keep on going until they enter it by being actually born again.
“Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God’” (John 3:5). (See also, vs. 3, 7).
Some, who once were close to the kingdom, now seem far away from it. They did not act on their convictions, and their convictions grew weak. They did not overcome obstacles, and the obstacles grew more difficult to overcome. It is essential to actually experience the new birth and really become part of God’s family.
David Watts Sr.

 

"Be Careful Little Eyes"

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An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth." The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?" The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

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Are You Dedicated?

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ARE YOU DEDICATED?
Dedication often makes the difference between success and failure.  Real success is not the result of accident.  In almost every realm, really successful people are dedicated people.  It is said that “Alexander, the Great” became “Great” as a result of his dedication to conquest.  Paul, the apostle, became a “Great Soldier in the Army of the Lord” because he was dedicated to the service and cause of Jesus Christ, the Commander.
Men who are successful in their role as fathers to their children must be dedicated to fulfilling their responsibility in this most important function.  Husbands and wives must face the vicissitudes of marriage with dedication if they are to maintain a happy home as God intends.  Certainly those who belong to the Lord must be dedicated to Him who loves us and died for us.  A Christian must be dedicated in faithfulness to the Lord in order for heaven to be the successful conclusion to his sojourn here.
Are you dedicated?  When one does not attend worship services regularly, or give as prospered, or lead others to the Lord’s Way, or purify his heart by faith, or live a godly life, a lack of dedication is the problem.  Work on it!  Be truthful with the Lord and yourself.  Be prayerful!  Be dedicated!      CAB

 
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