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Satan at Work

The Christian life is a fight, a struggle, a warfare. And our opponent is Satan. He is the adversary of God’s people. While he has succeeded in making some people question his existence, he is definitely alive and well on planet Earth today.

As Christians we are not to be ignorant of his techniques lest he should get the advantage of us (2 Corinthians 2:11). Satan has used four tactics...

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Ignorance Is No Excuse

When God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, Moses tried to excuse himself by saying that he didn’t know enough to do the job adequately (Exodus 3:13). He pled ignorance in the first degree.

Moses was afraid to undertake the challenge God gave to him because he was afraid someone would ask him a question that he couldn’t answer. Isn’t it amazing how we w...

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God and Morals and Our Nation

Every day we read about another step in the gradual disintegration of the religious and moral foundation of our nation. My concern is not for God. He can stand it. But I’m not sure our nation can stand it. There are two basic truths about morals and our nation that we seem to have forgotten. The first is that an immoral nation cannot long stand. Former President Eisenhower once said that “The p...

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What You Owe Your Pastor

A little boy wrote a four-sentence essay on Socrates. “Socrates was a Greek. Socrates was a great man. Socrates told people how to live their lives. They poisoned Socrates.” Telling other people how to live is hazardous work. Yet this is precisely the task of every minister.

The true pastor is a God-appointed man to proclaim a God-given message to the world. He is not supposed to tell p...

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The Cement of Civilization

George E. Jones, former deputy editor of U.S. News, once raised the question, “Whatever became of belief in America?” He went on to point out that belief in America is being replaced by pessimism, distrust of leaders, and laxity in standards. The old certainties are passing away and skepticism and cynicism abound everywhere. Then he called belief “the energizer of progress” and the “ce...

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Movements for Christ

Headlines in newspapers repeatedly tell of student revolts that are rocking college campuses. It would be serious if these occurrences were only in the United States. But they are not. They are a worldwide phenomenon. In light of these vocal, aggressive, visionary, and impatient youth who are creating so much chaos, one wonders why must evil have a corner on boldness, commitment, and dedication...

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Are the Gospels True?

One of the towering questions of our day is “Are the gospels true?” Without them we would know little more than that Christ existed. Their validity is imperative in the Christian life. How can we be sure they are true?

1. They have the ring of truth. A careful study of the four gospels reveals their amazing nature. Strictly speaking, the gospels are not biographies at a...

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Centuries, Cultures, and Christ

When I read about yet another official in a place of public trust being found guilty of wrongdoing, my first inclination is to despair. I think, “People are worse than ever before.” Then I get it all back in perspective. It’s not that people are worse—the news coverage is just better.

One writer said about youth, “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners and contempt for authori...

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When Religion Is Wrong

Religion, the wrong kind of religion, is at the root of many of the problems in our world today. It has always been true that the wrong kind of religion does more harm than good. Even Jesus warned us about this. In fact, Jesus gave us three marks of the wrong kind of religion in Mark 12:38-40. 

First, it is wrong for people to use the church to promote themselves. It wa...

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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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