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Badge of Honor

Wednesday, May 4 Badge of Honor If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 
1 Peter 4:14 Recommended Reading
Luke 6:22-23
Soldiers, policemen, firemen, and others who put their lives in harm's way are often decorated for their valor. But private citizens are as well--not only for selfless acts but for contributions to the arts or service to a community or nation. In every case, there are always two factors involved: something that wasdone for the sake of a person or cause. Without stepping forward and identifying with a need or cause, there would have been no award or reward. And the same is true with following Jesus--except the award is different. The marks of persecution are a badge of honor worn in this life until eternal awards are presented in heaven. If you want to identify with Jesus Christ and biblical Christianity, you must be prepared to put…

We Must Obey God

Wednesday, May 04, 2011  Send to a Friend  More Free Newsletters We Must Obey God

by Charles R. Swindoll
Read Exodus 1:1–22 When we come to passages like the first chapter of Exodus, we are reminded that God's law always comes before man's law. Scripture does not teach blind-and-blanket submission. The fact is, there is a time to submit, and there's also a time to resist. Before we run with that principle too far, however, a word of caution may be in order. The Exodus passage does not teach children to disobey their parents, wives to usurp their husband's leadership in the home, or anyone to reject ethical authority. But the passage does make one thing clear: submission to civil authority has limits. As Peter once told the Jewish ruling council, "We must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). In other words, when the king's edict directly violates God's clearly stated will, we ought to fear God, even as a couple of brave ladies named Shiphrah and Puah fe…

How Do We Bear Spiritual Fruit?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Send to a Friend Free Newsletters How Do We Bear Spiritual Fruit? Greg Laurie "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:23) The concept of bearing fruit is used often in Scripture. In the Gospels, Jesus told the story of a sower who went out to sow seed. The seed fell on various types of ground. Some of the ground was rocky and hard. Other ground was receptive, but weeds choked out the seed. But there was a portion of ground that was not rocky or weedy, and the seed took root. Jesus said that this was a picture of the different people who hear the gospel. Those who are true believers are those who bring forth fruit (see Luke 8:4-15). What is bearing fruit? Essentially, it is becoming like Jesus. Spiritual fruit will show itself in our lives as a change in our character and outlook. As we spend time with Jesus and…

Understanding the Bible

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May 4
Understanding the Bible
1 Corinthians 2:12-3:3
“I just don’t understand the Bible.” That’s a comment I hear quite often, even from believers. We can understand why those without Christ are unable to comprehend biblical concepts, but why do those who know Him struggle? Some people think that a seminary education is the answer, but I have met several trained pastors and teachers who didn’t really understand the Word of God. They knew facts, but they had no excitement for the Scriptures or
for the Lord.
The key is not education but obedience. As we act on what we read, the Holy Book “comes alive,” and we begin to hear and understand the voice of God. However, if we have not obeyed what He’s previously revealed to us, why would He give us His deeper truths? “The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him” (Ps. 25:14), and those who fear Him are the ones who obey His commandments and are promised “a good understanding” (…