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The Benefit Of The Doubt

The Benefit Of The DoubtMay 11, 2011 — by Anne Cetas Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: 1 Corinthians 13 [Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. —1 Corinthians 13:7 Bible in a year: 2 Kings 13-14; John 2 In 1860, Thomas Inman recom- mended that his fellow doctors not prescribe a medicine for a cure if they weren’t sure it would work. They were to give the patient “the benefit of our doubts.” This phrase is also a legal term meaning that if a jury has conflicting evidence that makes the jurors doubtful, they are to give the verdict of “not guilty.” Perhaps as Christians, we can learn from and apply this medical and legal phrase to our relationships. Better yet, we can learn from the Bible about giving the benefit of the doubt to others. First Corinthians 13:7 says that love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Leon Morris, in the Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, says this about …

God Gets It Done

God Gets It Done by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:11–14 Moses looked this way, and he looked that way. Isn't it interesting? He didn't look up, did he? He looked in both directions horizontally, but he ignored the vertical. And what did he do with the results of his murderous anger? Scripture says "he hid the Egyptian in the sand." Invariably, when you act in the flesh, you have something to cover up. You have to bury your motive. You have to hide a contact you made to manipulate the plan. You have to conceal a lie or half-truth. You have to backtrack on a boast. You have to cover up the evidence your fleshly procedure created. It's just a matter of time before truth catches up with you. The sand always yields its secrets. This is a good time to emphasize that the capable and gifted are also cursed with vulnerability. The highly qualified live on the cutting edge of the enemy's subtle attack—the very adversary who prods you to act in the flesh, to do …

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Send to a Friend Free Newsletters Are You a Growing Christian? Adrian Rogers Are you growing? Here are some ways you can tell. What do you think about? One of the first signs that you are growing in Christ is that you think about what Jesus has done on your behalf. You reflect upon it and you praise Him for it. Your sins are forgiven and you’re on your way to heaven. What a glorious thought! What are you doing with your life?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Send to a Friend Free Newsletters Are You a Growing Christian? Adrian Rogers Are you growing? Here are some ways you can tell. What do you think about? One of the first signs that you are growing in Christ is that you think about what Jesus has done on your behalf. You reflect upon it and you praise Him for it. Your sins are forgiven and you’re on your way to heaven. What a glorious thought! What are you doing with your life? You’re saved, but you don’t stop there. You develop muscles and become a strong warrior to the glory of God. You become an active member of the Lord’s army. Let me ask you: Is the devil afraid of you? Are you an overcomer or are you overcome? If you are saved and still sitting on the sidelines, shame on you! Indeed, shame on all of us if we’re not exhorting and encouraging one another to lay down our lives to get into active service for our Lord! Are you evangelizing and discipling others? A father is one who has children. …

Effective Witnesses

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Forward to a Friend Print Free Newsletters May 11 Effective Witnesses Philippians 2:12-16 Some of the most effective witnesses are those who have gone through painful, trying circumstances. Consider how the gospel has spread in parts of the world that are poor, oppressed, and troubled. Or think of your response to the triumphant stories of former criminals, abuse victims, and religious prisoners. God’s power is manifest in man’s weakest moments. Whether believers develop into stronger witnesses as a result of difficulties depends on their response to crisis. Many people make the mistake of focusing on the will of man instead of God’s sovereignty. Then they find it impossible to believe that God will bring positive results from their pain. Those who rise above their circumstances understand that God uses every experience for good (Rom. 8:28). To trust that principle, we must realize that anything we experience is under the authority of a kind…

Like Father, Like Son

Wednesday, May 11Like Father, Like Son [Paul] said, "O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?" Acts 13:10 Recommended Reading John 8:42-47 More than one mother could confess to having looked (likely more than once) at her young male child and thought, "Like father, like son"--always in a positive sense, of course! It is not surprising--indeed, it is to be expected--that children bear the traits of those who birth and raise them. And that is true in the spiritual realm as well from both a positive and negative perspective. Positively, Christians are given the Holy Spirit to become more like the Father (Galatians 5:22-23). Negatively, those who still belong to the devil manifest his traits. Jesus said to those who oppose Him that their opposition was like that of their father, the devil (John 8:43-44). And when Paul confronted a sorcerer, he declared hi…