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Neutrality

You are one in a million so why bother to vote, to speak up, to get involved, or to commit yourself? The German author Hans Habe tells us why. He said, “The world is one percent good, one percent bad, and 98 percent neutral. That’s why what individuals do is so important.”

The tragedy of our world is neutrality. Most people want to play it safe. They are content to go along in order to...

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Respect for Law

A nation can suffer no greater loss than the loss of respect for law. With every increase in lawlessness, our nation grows weaker.

The Bible says that part of being a good Christian is being a good citizen, and part of being a good citizen is obedience to the law. In the 13th chapter of Romans we are told that government is of God, for our good, and for the punishment of evildoers.

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Christian Funerals

There is a trend abroad for denominations to speak out against the practice of viewing the body and giving flowers, etc. at funerals. Some have even gone to the extreme of suggesting that no flowers be given and that at death the body be immediately prepared and buried without any ceremony. A few days later, it is suggested, a simple memorial service could be held for the family and friends. Th...

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Tell Your Children You Love Them

The subconscious mind is a strange thing. The night before my dad’s birthday I had a dream about him. He died many years ago at the age of 75.  

In the dream I was crying and mother asked me why. I said, “Because dad never told me he loved me.” Then suddenly he was present, put out his hand to shake mine like he always did, and said, “We need to talk.” I had a strong grip in my handshak...

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Violence

Violence is no new thing. Cain, first mortal man of natural birth, killed his own brother in a jealous rage. God, knowing his heart, warned if he didn’t deal with his anger it would end up destroying him. And, it did. Anger will do that to anyone.

The fact that we usually turn to the church for answers in times of crisis indicates that we know this is basically a spiritual problem. If i...

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The Unusual Unusually Well

Several years ago, I became concerned about the lack of growth in the church I was pastoring so I took several days and visited the pastors of some of the leading churches in Texas. I wanted to know the secret to their success. Do you know what I discovered?

None of them had a sure-fire plan for church growth. 

I found no trick plays. 

I returned home with this conclusio...

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Make the Dream Work

John Wooten, the great UCLA basketball coach who won 10 National Championships in 11 years said, “No team ever won the National Championship with the nation’s leading scorer on the team.” Then he added, “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.”

This principle is just as true in marriage, in business, and in the Christian life as it is in sports. They can never be a one-man show. It ta...

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Are you Trustworthy?

Mr. Ezra Duke of the old Duke and Ayres five- and ten-cent variety store chain was a dedicated Christian layman. He once told how he became a success in business. He and his wife saved $700 from farming. They used the money to buy five- and ten-cent dolls and went into business.

The day before they opened their first store, they knelt and dedicated their business to the Lord, promising...

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The Key to Life

Over the triple doorways of the Cathedral of Milan, Italy, there are three inscriptions spanning three beautiful arches. Over the first arch is sculptured a cross and with it the words, “All that troubles is but for a moment.”

Over the left arch is carved a beautiful wreath of roses, and underneath it are the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Over the central entrance to th...

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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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