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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,...

God Bless Us with a Rebir...

One of the joys of today is that there is so much good fighting going on. By a good fight I mean an honest struggle between ideas and convictions. Yet there are so few who will fight. We are afflicted with moral laryngitis. We are like the lad who was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He replied, “Alive.” That is what we want mo...

Feeding the Inner Person

Two friends chanced to meet on the street one day. One said to the other, “Friend, how is it with your soul?” His friend replied, “You know, I’ve been so busy lately I had almost forgotten that I had a soul.” In the early 18th century, the Church of England was spiritually dead. Thomas Carlyle described the period as “soul extinct,...

New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year coming up, most everybody is getting in on the act of making a few New Year’s resolutions of their own. Here are some of my own sideline suggestions for New Year’s resolutions. Be it resolved: To Get More Out of Church: That you won’t try to call playing golf on Sunday your “church time” any more than you would call...

The New You and the New Y...

Thoughts of a new beginning appeal to every one of us. Everyone can begin again at the foot of the cross of Christ, and any person wanting to begin life anew must come to him in repentance and in faith. Paul expressed it this way: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5...

Marriage Is Hard

Someone has said that marriage is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings, or eating with chopsticks—it looks easy until you try it. Marriage is not as easy as it looks. In marriage two people with different backgrounds, tastes, views, habits, etc. begin to share their lives completely. Conflict is inevitable. After all, no two people will agree on everythin...

Today's Devotional

Guilty as Charged

A defendant came forward in the middle of his trial to plead guilty. “Why didn’t you plead guilty at first and save us all a lot of time?” asked the judge. “I thought I was innocent,” replied the defendant, “but that was before I heard the evidence against me.”

If any one of us could hear all of God’s evidence against us, we would be compelled to plead guilty before his court. The Bible says, “If thou, Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3) The word mark is a bookkeeping term. It means to write down in a ledger as a bookkeeper writes down his record. If God should mark all of our sins in the ledger book of eternity and hold them against us, none of us could ever stand before him.

British Major-General CHarles “Chinese” Gordon (1833-1885) once said that if a man kept a journal for one week in which he entered all of his thoughts, desires, words, and actions, the record would impel him to cry out, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”

But that cry would be enough. God is waiting for us to realize that we are sinners and to turn to him in repentance and faith, and he is willing to cleanse us. The blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse you if you will trust in him and confess your sin (1 John 1:9).

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