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Seven Secrets to Money Management

Proverbs 3:9-10

Open your Bibles to the book of Proverbs. The book of Proverbs is almost right square in the middle of the Bible. If you come out in the book of Psalms, turn right and it will be the next book you come to. If you come out in Isaiah, you turn left and it will be the book just preceding it.

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The Way of the Transgressor

Proverbs 13:15

The message today is so simple that I hope you don’t miss it. I’ll give it to you in just one sentence with six words: The way of transgressors is hard. Most people don’t believe that. In fact, they believe just the opposite. They believe that the way of the transgressor is the way of thrills and excitement...

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Proverbs 29:18

You know the magic word in America today is the word “success.” Everybody is interested in it. Everyone wants to buy books written about it. Everybody wants to hear speeches being made about it. We are success oriented, and I think the church ought to be interested in success as well. In fact I’m persuaded t...

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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