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  • J. Randal Matheny 7:35 am on 2016-07-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The more we think about it 

    Not everything is solved by thinking. Sometimes we can think too long or hard. In some ways, the more we think, the more we complicate the simplicity of the Good News. As soon as understanding occurs, action is necessary. Thinking can be an attempt to stall and balk at obedience.

    This is not an argument against thinking. We must use the mind — more than we do, usually — to comprehend the truths of God. We must separate human religion from divine revelation. But this is not a hard or protracted process. Once the Word is understood, obedience must soon follow, else the old man rises up to object and obstruct.

    #thinking #obedience #simplicity

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:17 am on 2014-01-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Think Before You Drink… 

    “Think Before You Drink” is a slogan used by the government and even the CDC to encourage people to keep the effects of alcohol in mind.

    And why must you “think before you drink”? Well among a few others reasons one that clearly stands out is because you can’t think while you drink! That’s why we call it being “under the influence” and that’s why we call it “being intoxicated”.

    The alcohol industry promotes its product as a peacemaker – tell that to the thousands and thousands and thousands of people who are raped, beaten, stabbed, shot and killed on the road every single week because of someone who couldn’t think while they were drinking.

    The book of Proverbs speaks the truth concerning the effects of alcohol – sooner or later, it’ll get you (Proverbs 23:32). Just ask Noah, ask Lot, ask Nabal, ask Uriah, ask Benhadad, ask the destitute man of Proverbs 23:21, ask Belshazzar and I’m sure that they would all probably tell you the same thing – think before you drink because you won’t be able to think once you’ve started.

    They have overcome me, you will say, and I have no pain; they gave me blows without my feeling them: when will I be awake from my wine? I will go after it again.” (Proverbs 23:35 – BBE)

     
  • John Henson 12:35 pm on 2011-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t Be Fooled 

    “Don’t be fooled,” advertisers say. Don’t be taken by charlatans selling a discounted product. It may promise to be as good as the name brand, but it will never measure up!

    Judah had become ensnared by false gods that promised peace and plenty in the days of Jeremiah. They had become fooled into thinking that because the temple was still standing that God would not see how they had devoted themselves to wood and stone.

    So God said, “Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie!” (Jeremiah 7:8 NLT). It’s easy to get lulled into thinking something that isn’t true. Think about all those advertisers who sell everything from pet rocks to those longer-lasting light bulbs.

    God continued, “Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and burn incense to Baal and all those other new gods of yours, and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, “We are safe!”—only to go right back to all those evils again?” (Jeremiah 7:9-10 NLT). Judah was wrong if it believed it could disobey God’s word and think it could continue to flourish.

    It’s amazing how the example of Judah is so similar to people in our day. Do we think we can expect the blessings of God to continue while we refuse to bridle our tongues, kill babies, mistreat our neighbors and commit some of the same acts for which God condemned Judah in the Old Testament.

    Don’t be fooled into thinking you will never suffer because religious freedom exists here. Don’t be fooled into thinking people in this country can engage in immoral, detestable behavior and get away with it because no one can threaten the safety of our country. Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie and worship other gods and not expect justice?

    Don’t be fooled.

     
    • Ken Mabry 1:30 pm on 2011-11-19 Permalink | Reply

      America is not Israel. Israel was a type of the Church. America is a secular nation were, even if people do believe in God and the Bible, they do not believe as the Church of Christ which makes them just as bad as people worshiping their football idols or celebrities. I can only do God’s Will myself what the rest of America does is what they do and we’ll suffer anyway because it rains on the just and the unjust till the end of time.

      • John Henson 2:40 pm on 2011-11-19 Permalink | Reply

        Israel showed itself to be every bit as secular as any nation around her. Frankly, I can’t understand what your comment is trying to say.

  • John Henson 10:46 am on 2010-12-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Think on things above 

    One of our greatest opportunities each day is to think about things from God’s perspective, to develop thinking things as God would.

    The Apostle Paul wrote, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” (Colossians 3:1-3 ESV).

    “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” This may be easy to say, hard to do, some think. Things on the earth force their reality upon us. But the realities of God and heaven are just as true and have even more force.

    If we want heaven to be our eternal home, then we should cultivate spiritual thinking and make spiritual things the most important things in our lives. If we start thinking of things above we will:

    1.    Place real treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).

    2.    Build a surer, more permanent foundation for our lives (Matthew 7:24-27).

    3.    Lay a secure hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12).

    4.    Help ourselves to avoid Satan’s call to sin. Higher thoughts take us away from the base thoughts where sin lies (Proverbs 15:14).

    5.    Always have an attitude of submission where true salvation is (Romans 12:3).

    Seek those things that are above. Set your minds your minds on things that are above. That is surely good advice for the child of God.

     
  • John Henson 2:06 pm on 2010-10-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Put off anger 

    Everyone gets angry, but there has never been an allowance for it in the New Testament. On the contrary, anger is something we must put away.

    The Apostle Paul, in Colossians 3, describes Christianity as the thinking of higher and greater things. As a consequence of changed thinking, one who is risen with Christ must put off the tattered, filthy rags of earthly thinking. Those rags include sexual sins, anger, wrath, malice, slander, lying and filthy speech.

    Anger can be righteous indignation, the kind of anger God exhibits. The anger Ephesians 4:26 describes is an indignation quickly extinguished.

    Wrath, however, is anger mixed with time. Wrath can become intense displeasure or rage. It is fierce and usually seeks an action such as revenge or satisfaction.

    Christians are not perfect, and instances will occur where anger will flare. It is possible, however, to learn humility and patience to overcome the earthly thinking reflected in the sins of the tongue listed in Colossians 3:8, 9.

    One good way to do this is to remember James 1:19-20, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath; For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

     
  • Mike Riley 3:15 pm on 2010-06-14 Permalink | Reply
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    A Prodigal Error 

    One prodigal error was that he took his journey into a “far country” (Luke 15:13). He wanted to go as far as possible to get away from the influence and wise instruction of his father. The thinking of the prodigal was similar in nature to those folks described in Romans 1:28. As a result, he was given over to a reprobate [base and condemned] mind (AMP). Fortunately for the prodigal, “he came to himself” – he realized his lost and helpless condition (Luke 15:17), and returned to his father (Luke 15:18-20). Many folks never do.

     
  • John Henson 12:52 pm on 2010-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Last Sunday evening, after doing a particularly good job at botching a sermon during a guest-speaking request, several people came to me complimenting me on the lesson. It reminded me that I’m not supposed to believe my own press. As Paul said it in Romans, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith,” (Romans 12:2 NASU). It was the best thing that could have happened to me in retrospect. My head was filled with compliments just the day before at my mother’s funeral. My head was too big. God always knows what I need.

     
  • Mike Riley 3:08 pm on 2010-01-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Think Outside The Box? 

    While reading the local newspaper this morning, I noticed this article by “Reverend” Kati L. Houts, the senior pastor, Metropolitan Community Church of El Paso. In her article entitled, “Think Outside The Box and See World In New Ways,” she opines that our society needs to “think out of the box” regarding same-sex marriages.

    http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_14157579

    A quote from the article regarding “diversities”:

    “Those who interpret the Bible literally refuse to look at life or people in all their diversities. These diversities are gifts from God and add to the richness and beauty of creation. Thinking outside the box requires openness to new ways of seeing the world and a willingness to explore.”

    The word we need to replace “diversities” with in the above paragraph, is the word “perverse,” and then add “lifestyles” to it. For “Reverend” Houts’ benefit, Christians don’t refuse to look at life or people in all their diversities, we look at life through the eyes of faith (Romans 10:17), and come to the only conclusion possible – that homosexuality and same-sex marriages are perverse in God’s eyes – an “abomination” worthy of death (Romans 1:25-27; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13).

    The “Reverend” goes on to say:

    “The issue of same-sex marriage will never be solved by the various religious factions.”

    She is correct in this statement, because God’s decrees are not based on “various religious factions” but are based upon His sovereignty and authority as Creator.

    She then states two words that are the downfall of religious entities, “I believe” instead of “What does the Bible say” on the matter? http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/07/i-believe-or-the-bible-says/

    “Reverend” Houts then states:

    “The benefits of a legal marriage do not apply to those who choose not to marry or those who cannot legally marry due to an antiquated law that defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman.”

    Yes, God’s law regarding marriage being between a man and a women is indeed “old” (about 6,000 years worth), but certainly not “antiquated.” It’s still in effect today (Matthew 19:1-6). Then she quotes the definition of marriage from Merriam and Webster’s online dictionary. Fortunately, God’s law is not based on that dictionary.

    Lastly, “Reverend” Houts praises God for “thinking outside the box!”

    The only “box” the “Reverend” is going to be “thinking out of,” is the box the undertaker will put her in at her demise. Then, she will face the Creator in person. Only then will she come to realize the results of her “diversified” thinking.

    Brethren, the world is one sad shape. May God give us the spiritual backbone to stand up and preach/teach the totality of God’s truth without reservation (Philippians 2:12-16; cf. Acts 20:17-27).

     
    • Richard Mansel 7:06 pm on 2010-01-10 Permalink | Reply

      Well said!

    • Jonathan 8:19 pm on 2010-01-10 Permalink | Reply

      Mike,

      Your emphasis that “homosexuality and same-sex marriages are…worthy of death” seems curious to me. Perhaps I’m overly sensitive due to recent developments in Uganda (http://www.getreligion.org/?p=22731). Perhaps you intended a more generic “the wages of sin is death,” but I’m uneasy that you supported your statement by citing the passage from Leviticus that dictates capital punishment for a variety of acts including cursing of parents, adultery, incest, homosexual sex, bestiality, sex with a menstruating woman, etc.

      Would you elaborate further on what you meant by “homosexuality and same-sex marriages are…worthy of death”?

      • Mike Riley 9:17 pm on 2010-01-10 Permalink | Reply

        Jonathan, the Scriptures that I mentioned in my article (Romans 1:25-27; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13) tell me that those folks who commit such acts “are worthy of death” (Romans 1:32). The reading in Leviticus 20:13 tells me that those who participate in such abominable acts, “shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

        I’m just citing these passages in order to indicate God’s view of such activity. If we are faithful Christians, our view must be the exact same view of sin that God has. When He states (through Moses) that an activity is “an abomination” (Leviticus 20:13) and states through the inspired apostle Paul that engaging in this activity is “worthy of death” (Romans 1:32), my only conclusion has to be that homosexuality, if not repented of, is (1) “an abomination” and is (2) is “worthy of death.”

        What other conclusion can you come to?

      • Mike Riley 10:18 pm on 2010-01-10 Permalink | Reply

        Jonathan, there is no question that under the law of Moses, the death penalty (physical death) for the practice of homosexuality was in force (Leviticus 20:13), however, there is no capital punishment of this practice under the present laws of the United States. We know from Romans 13:1-7, that as law abiding citizens, we are to uphold and obey the laws of our land.

        Thus, the practice of homosexuality is not a crime worthy of capital punishment in our country (under man’s law). However, in God’s mind, the practice of homosexuality is still a capital offense, “worthy of death” (Romans 1:32-KJV), not only physical death, but spiritual death as well. Even though folks who engage in this kind of “abomination” do not incur “physical death,” they will not escape God’s judgment of “spiritual death,” if their abominable activity is not repented of (Revelation 21:8; cf. Acts 17:30-31). This “spiritual death” is associated with the phrase “second death” in Revelation 21:8. Believe me when I say that none of us want to undergo that “second death” (eternal separation from God – Isaiah 59:1-2). We all will die physically one day (Hebrews 9:27), but none of us has to die spiritually. That will be our choice – not God’s choice (2 Peter 3:9).

        Note that some Christians had once engaged in this activity (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) – note vs. 11, “and such were some of you”, but they had obviously repented of that activity in vs. 11, because the text reads: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

        Lastly, if you are asking me whether or not I approve the death penalty for homosexuals, let me answer the question in this manner. Know that I am not judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to condemning homosexual conduct or lifestyle – only God, who knows the motives of the heart can carry out the proper judgment on such conduct of individuals (Romans 14:7-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

        However, as a Christian, my view towards sin of any kind, must be the same view as God views it, otherwise I will be condemned as well (cf. 2 John 1:9-11). God does not condone sin (Habakkuk 1:13; Psalm 5:5) – thus, I must not condone sin. If God has determined that homosexuality is a sin, I must view it as a sin, no matter if there is or isn’t a capital punishment against it.

        As Christians, we cannot “hate” the homosexual, but we must “hate” the homosexual lifestyle, loving the homosexual enough to persuade him or her to change their mindset and direction of life to comply with God’s directives on the matter, God’s law always superseding man’s law.

    • Jonathan 4:28 am on 2010-01-11 Permalink | Reply

      Mike,

      Thanks for the elaboration. As far as I can tell, you seem to be saying that homosexual practices (like other sins) jeopardize one’s eternal fate…rather than support for a physical judgment. That’s what I assumed.

      Anyway, I recommend starting with the adulterers. The fields are white unto harvest.

      • Jonathan 4:36 am on 2010-01-11 Permalink | Reply

        I think I meant “focusing on” rather than “starting with.”

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