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Don't Be Outfoxed

Wednesday, May 18 Don't Be Outfoxed Put on the breastplate of righteousness... Ephesians 6:14b Recommended Reading Luke 13:31-35 Reuters recently reported about a hunter in Belarus who shot a fox from a distance, but as he approached the wounded animal it sprang on him. As the two scuffled, the fox got its paw on the trigger of the rifle and shot the man in the leg. The hunter was transported to the hospital and the fox escaped. In our struggle with sin, we've got to make sure Satan doesn't turn the tables on us. The Bible warns us to beware of the little foxes that can spoil the vines (Song of Solomon 2:15). We're safe if we're always clad in the breastplate of righteousness. The word "breastplate" is misleading, since this piece of armor also protected the back, neck, and hips. It was like a wrap-around shield that encased the body's vital organs. It's the Bible's symbol for a holy life. Let's beware of little sins that can put chi…

We Shall Be Changed

We Shall Be Changed May 18, 2011 — by Dennis Fisher Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: 2 Corinthians 4:16–5:8 We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. —1 John 3:2 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 4-6; John 6:1-21 Being afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Thomas DeBaggio chronicled his gradual memory loss in the book Losing My Mind. This book records the disturbing process by which—little by little—tasks, places, and people are all forgotten. Alzheimer’s disease involves the failure of nerve cells in the brain, leading to gradual memory loss, confusion, and disorientation. It can be tragic to watch a previously mentally alert person slowly forget how to dress or fail to recognize the faces of loved ones. It’s like losing the person before he dies. Memory loss can occur by other means as well, such as injury or life trauma. And for those of us who live into old age, the breakdown of our bodies is inevitable. But for the Christian, there is hope. W…

Spiritual Ends

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Spiritual Ends by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:15–25 Spiritual ends are never achieved by carnal means. Back in Egypt, as you may recall, Moses had "looked this way and that," then murdered an Egyptian and buried him with sand. As we have already noted, Moses may have thought he was following God's plan in that moment, but he never bothered to check signals. He certainly never prayed before he struck the blow. We have no record that he sought God's face before taking that significant step. As a result, the bottom fell out of Moses' dreams like a soggy cardboard box. It was the biggest setback of his life. The fact is, you cannot sow a fleshly seed and reap a spiritual plant. You cannot plant a carnal act and grow spiritual fruit. If you manipulate and connive and scheme and lie to get yourself to the top, don't thank God for the promotion! God knows, as you know, that you maneuvered and pulled strings and buried those car…

Two Different Ways of Trying to “Save” Ourselves?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Two Different Ways of Trying to “Save” Ourselves? Tullian Tchividjian This seems to be a common misunderstanding in the church today. I hear people say that there are two equal dangers Christians must avoid: legalism and lawlessness. Legalism, they say, happens when you focus too much on law, or rules. Lawlessness, they say, happens when you focus too much on grace. Therefore, in order to maintain spiritual equilibrium, you have to balance law and grace. Legalism and lawlessness are typically presented as two ditches on either side of the Gospel that we must avoid. If you start getting too much law, you need to balance it with grace. Too much grace, you need to balance it with law. But I've come to believe that this “balanced” way of framing the issue can unwittingly keep us from really understanding the gospel of grace in all of its depth and beauty. Some people avoid the gospel and try to “save” themselves by keeping the rules, doing what they…

Supreme Love

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Forward to a Friend Print Free Newsletters May 18 Supreme Love 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 There is no emotion of greater importance than love. Paul’s incomparable treatise on this subject in 1 Corinthians 13 is sandwiched between two chapters that deal with spiritual gifts. The Corinthians focused too much on their display of such gifts, so the apostle showed them the “more excellent way” of love (1 Cor. 12:31). Interestingly, he made no attempt to define love but instead described its importance and expression. The type of love which Paul is talking about is not human in origin, but rather a love coming from God—a part of His verynature. It’s unselfish, sacrificial love which acts on behalf of someone else. Since the Lord wants to transform our character into the image of His Son, this priority makes perfect sense, because whenever we display such selfless care for one another, that’s when we are the most like Christ. The first three verses of this c…