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Free From Accusations

Tuesday, May 17 Free From Accusations And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1b Recommended Reading Job 1:8-9; 2:3-6 At this very minute, accusations are flying around all over the world: in a court of law, in a political body, perhaps in a living room. Accusations carry tremendous weight according to the stature of the person making them. There is another place where accusations never stop flowing--in the throne room of heaven. Revelation 12:10 calls Satan the "accuser of [the] brethren"--he accuses Christians "before our God day and night." Given the stature of the Accuser, the accusations against us as sinners, unworthy of forgiveness and grace, must be taken seriously. And they are true: We are sinners. But because we have put on "Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1), our Advocate enters as evidence the facts: He paid for our sins and we have been credited with His righteousness. That is …

Alternatives To Revenge

Alternatives To Revenge May 17, 2011 — by Marvin Williams Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Deuteronomy 19:16-21 Matthew 5:38-45 You shall not take vengeance . . . , but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. —Leviticus 19:18 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 1-3; John 5:25-47 One Sunday while preaching, a pastor was accosted and punched by a man. He continued preaching, and the man was arrested. The pastor prayed for him and even visited him in jail a few days later. What an example of the way to respond to insult and injury! While there is a place for self-defense, personal revenge was forbidden in the Old Testament: “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18; see also Deut. 32:35). It was also forbidden by Jesus and the apostles (Matt. 5:38-45; Rom. 12:17; 1 Peter 3:9). The Old Testament law exacted like for like (Ex. 21:23-25; Deut. 19:21), which ensured that …

Shrink-Wrapped Salvation

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Shrink-Wrapped Salvation by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:15–25 Moses took a forty-story fall. As we pick up the biblical account, he's a heavy-hearted, bruised-and-battered soul who has come to a sudden stop at the bottom. In a matter of mere days, he has stepped off the top of the pyramid as Pharaoh-designate and down to a bedraggled, penniless fugitive on the backside of Zipville. Living as we do in a product-oriented culture, we like to package our faith too. We prefer to sell a slick, shrink-wrapped version of salvation that includes prosperity and peace, endless happiness here and now, and heaven by and by. While there is nothing wrong with teaching principles that can result in genuine, God-given success, there is something wrong if we neglect to mention theprocess, which must inevitably include times of defeat and failure. I wouldn't have to go back very far on my calendar to revisit a week where I missed the mark—missed the whole t…

How Did Jesus “Empty Himself”?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 How Did Jesus “Empty Himself”? James MacDonald 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but madehimself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. — Philippians 2:5–8 This passage is so rich; we only have space to examine one jewel. It’s the phrase, He “made himself nothing” (v.7a). Notice, Jesus “made Himself.” He didn’t get a memo. He wasn’t pushed out of heaven. He was fully engaged in God’s whole plan! That phrase there, “made himself nothing,” is actually the basis for a lot of false teaching. Some translations rightly put it, “He emptied Himself.” Then the question becomes, emptied Himself of what? Some falsely suggest that Jesus emptied Himself of Deity and that He literally became a…

Philippians 4:11-19

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Forward to a Friend Print Free Newsletters May 17 Financial Wisdom: How to Spend Philippians 4:11-19 God entrusts each believer with a share of His resources. And like any wise overseer, He gives His stewards guidelines for making the best use of His wealth: • The Essential Expense—A believer’s wisest money management decision is to regularly set aside the first portion of income for the church. As we promote and provide for God’s work in this way, He protects what is left (Deut. 26:2; Mal. 3:10-11). • The Next Priority—God promised to supply for our needs (Phil. 4:19). The primary way we get necessities like food, clothing, shelter, transport, and education is by paying for it with what He provides. • Pursuit of Godly Goals—Next, we’re to use money to meet God’s goals for us or our family. Instead of “floating” through life; believers should seek and pursue God’s will. He may lead you to invest in education, start a business, or purchase a part…