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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Men and women have served in the Armed Forces here and in foreign lands. Some have paid the ultimate price with their lives; Some have lost eyesight, limbs or suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome; Some have committed suicide; Some are contemplating suicide. We cannot say Happy Memorial Day, but... Thanks for your service to country and the fight for democracy and freedom everywhere. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Power of the Sword

Power of the Sword For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Recommended Reading Acts 7:38 In his book The Lost Art of Disciple Making (Zondervan, 1978), Leroy Eims describes his personal battle with anger and a temper. It was not until he made a covenant with God, which included memorizing and meditating on Colossians 3:8 (“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath . . . .”), that anger loosened its grip on his emotions. He reviewed the verse daily and asked the Lord to bring it to mind whenever he was tempted to lose his temper. The Word of God became a sword with which he was able to win his spiritual battle. Jesus used Scripture in a similar way. When He was tempted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus rebuffed every temptation by quoting an appr…

Let Honor Meet Honor

Let Honor Meet Honor May 30, 2011 — by Randy Kilgore Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Matthew 6:1-6 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. —Matthew 6:1 Bible in a year: 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11:30-57 I’ve always been impressed by the solemn, magnificent simplicity of the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The carefully choreographed event is a moving tribute to soldiers whose names—and sacrifice—are “known but to God.” Equally moving are the private moments of steady pacing when the crowds are gone: back and forth, hour after hour, day by day, in even the worst weather. In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel was bearing down on Washington, DC, and the guards were told they could seek shelter during the worst of the storm. Surprising almost no one, the guards refused! They unselfishly stood their post to honor their fa…
Monday, May 30, 2011 And the Answer Is . . . by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 4:1–10 "But Lord," Moses was saying, "I can't be Your spokesman in this situation. Why, I wouldn't have any answers when those guys started firing questions at me." Before we consider the Lord's response, stop and think about that lame excuse for a moment. It has a familiar ring to it, doesn't it? It's a pretext mouthed by many believers today. "Lord, I can't do that, because I'll get in a verbal corner and won't know how to handle it. Somebody will ask me, 'What about the heathen in Africa?' or 'How did they fit dinosaurs into Noah's ark?' I'll get tongue-tied. I won't know what to say, and I'll appear ridiculous and foolish in the eyes of other people. No, I can't do that, Lord. You can see that, can't You? I just don't have all the answers." Maybe you remember what it was like in high school or…

Don't Judge?

Monday, May 30, 2011 Don't Judge? Greg Laurie Do you know what the nonbeliever's favorite verse is? It is Matthew 7:1: "Do not judge others, and you will not be judged." This verse is usually quoted after we say something like, "Well you know what? I don't think that is right." This verse, however, is not telling us that we should not make judgments, because in other passages we read that as believers, we are indeed to make evaluations, to be discerning, and yes - to even make judgments. In fact, the Bible asks, "Don't you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can't you decide even these little things among yourselves?" (1 Corinthians 6:2). We are also told in Scripture that "judgment must begin with God's household" (1 Peter 4:17). We are to judge, but we are not to condemn. In fact, a better translation of Matthew 7:1 would be: "Do not condemn others,…

How to Walk Wisely

Monday, May 30, 2011 May 30 How to Walk Wisely Proverbs 28:26 Believers are to walk by faith, according to 2 Corinthians 5:7. However, with so many voices clamoring for us to follow worldly paths, we sometimes struggle to hear and apply God’s wisdom. For example, our natural impulse to withhold mercy is hard to ignore, even though the Lord demands that we forgive (Eph. 4:32). Godly wisdom is the capacity to view things as the Lord does and to respond according to biblical principles. This discernment isn’t automatic. Yes, God’s Spirit lives inside believers to prompt them to do right. However, each individual chooses whether or not to pursue the wise way. If a person is going to walk wisely, he or she must commit to remaining on the right path—that is, to determine in the heart, “I will follow God no matter what.” Pleasing the Lord and conforming to His likeness are always the right things to do. Resolving to honor the Lord transforms the way that believers make decisions. Inste…