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How to Interpret the Bibl...

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Introduction Leroy “Satchel” Paige was the first black man allowed to pitch in the American League. As a rookie at 42 years of ag...

Practical Atheism

A. J. Cronin said: “Worry, in the final analysis, is a form of atheism.” To worry unduly is to deny faith in a God who can and will help you. Jesus agrees and addressed those in his day who worried unduly with the words: “O ye of little faith.” Unbelief is at the root of most worry. The solution to worry is faith in God. Faith is the greatest...

Presuming on Tomorrow

The Bible warns us against presuming on tomorrow when it says “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knoweth not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). We are not forbidden to plan for or to think about tomorrow, but we are told not to presume upon it. Instead we are told we should live each day with the consciousness that tomorrow may not be ours....

The Uselessness of Worry

Nothing is more useless than worry. Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “Worry does not empty today of its sorrow—it empties today of its strength.” While worry does no good, it can do much harm. It is also the cause of many physical ills. Jesus once asked if we could worry our way to a taller stature (Matthew 6:27). The answer is obvious and points out the usel...

Focus on God

Some time ago, a man came to Norman Vincent Peale to share with him the problems of his life. The man was the manager of a hotel. He had a nervous breakdown early in his life, and he was afraid that he was about to have another one. He began to share all of his problems and his burdens with Dr. Peale. The more he shared those problems and burdens, the more uptight he...

Living in the Now

There are three places we can live—in the past, in the present, or in the future. Some people live in the past. They are always looking back. Their lives are so weighted down by mistakes, failures, regrets, and sins of the past that they don’t enjoy the present. Others live in the future. They either spend so much time dreaming of the future or dreading...

Valuing Yourself

A foreigner, when asked his impression of American people, said, “They impress me as being worried.” Anxiety is part of almost every life. In fact our age has been called “the age of anxiety.” In the midst of the tensions of today's times many are wondering, “How can I overcome worry?” One of the greatest helps is to remember that...

Today's Devotional

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 “cement of civilization.” Jones is right. People who believe nothing do nothing. Without belief people won’t take a stand for righteousness. They just don’t care enough. When a lack of belief is widespread enough, a nation can’t even muster up enough people to defend itself against the enemy. Belief is the cement of society. It holds the home, the school, the community, and the nation as well as the individual together. Without belief, convictions, and values they all fall apart.

The falling apart of society we are experiencing is in reality a crisis in belief. Easy divorce, crime, suicide, alcoholism, youth runaways, abortion, drugs, and the like are all expressions of the emptiness of our lives. We don’t believe anything and so nothing matters.

Carl Henry said we are approaching what he calls “the absolute autonomy of man.” Man thinks he does “not need God either to know the truth or to do good ... whether he wishes to walk on the moon, cure cancer, or bring peace on the earth.” That’s a joke. We might be able to walk safely on the moon without God—but we sure can’t walk safely on our own streets. We might eventually be able to cure cancer without God, but we can’t cure crime, depression, rebellion, or alcoholism.

Friends, let’s face it—we are as helpless to deal with our real problems as our forefathers were. That’s why we must get back to the faith of our forefathers. We must get back to the Bible.

Why not get yours out and dust it off today. If you don’t have one, buy one. Begin to read it, study it, and live it. Go to church and take your family with you. Humble yourselves before God. Believe him.

That’s our only hope.

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