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Approval

Today, don’t live for the approval of others. Live for the approval of One—your Heavenly Father.

Common practice does not always mean right practice.

Need instruction? Open the Bible. His Word will guide you in living a life that honors God.

Whether it’s in what to eat, how to dress, what to say (or not say), relationships, raising children, entertainment… It’s there.

Don’t believe me? Google it.

A shout out…

This one goes out to the heresy police.
(You know, the ones who feel the God-ordained mission to point out all the “false teachers” out there, instead of just living out the gospel and discipling others in the truth.)

It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives… But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.
(Phil. 1:15, 18 NLT)

In the world of the Internet, there are so many “experts” today.

It seems as though technology and social media has made everyone a political analyst, theologian, sports commentator, photographer, journalist… the list could go on.

No one is short of opinions (and this includes me).

This is one of the reasons why, apart from my resolution to be changed by the Holy Spirit, my only other resolution was to do everything in my strength to not get involved in political commentary on social media.

There is a very wise man of God that has invested in my life… one thing he would often say is, “Unless you are next in line for the position, your opinion doesn’t matter.

There are too many pew-warmers that have opted to use Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere as their platforms for proclaiming to the 50 people that read their updates their displeasure with Mr. Christian Public Figure… and how he is a heretic… and how she has lost her way, and is leading the flock astray…

And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. (Matthew 12:36 NLT)

This passage scares the crap out of me.

You could even say this blog is hypocritical.

Honestly, I pray that this is something that encourages you. My desire is to motivate you to acts of love and good works, just as I was urged to do more times than I could count in this same area.

If there is something that really upsets you about a public figure, maybe the Holy Spirit is moving your heart to pray for them. But, please be careful when taking the seat of judgement.

If I’m busy doing what God has called me to do, I probably wouldn’t have the time to be so concerned with what everyone else is doing.

Not that I should be ignorant, but in the end, I simply answer for what I did, said, taught, etc… No one else.

Let’s rejoice in the good God is doing, not be burdened with the evil the enemy is doing. Let’s be focused on preaching Christ, and Christ crucified! Let’s lay aside the world’s ways of debating and thinking of ourselves to be wiser than we really are! (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

Looking upward…

Steve

Don’t be confused

with knowing God, and simply knowing about God.

Many people know the Bible.

Many people know about God.

Fewer people actually know God.

You may have a degree in theology, but that does not mean that you actually know the one that created you.

Knowledge does not equal relationship.

If you find that you are one of these types of people, knowing about God but not really knowing God, I would encourage you to pray divine revelation of the cross.

Book Review: Answers Book For Teens, Vol. 1

Answers Book For Teens

I really like the new Answers Book For Teens. As someone that has done youth ministry for over six years, this is a book that I would like to have had back when I started. The Answers in Genesis team has done an awesome job answering some of the toughest questions about very relevant, hot topics with today’s teens.

    They give sound, biblical truths for the answers to these topics, which include:

  • Creation vs Evolution
  • Science and Presuppositions
  • Believing the Bible to be True
  • Atheism
  • Sin, Hell, and Punishment
  • Noah’s Flood
  • Sex and Homosexuality
  • Racism
  • And more…

Though this book is written for teens, I would recommend this to anyone. It’s design is edgy and visually stimulating, and it is written in a way that is simple to understand using common, everyday language. It’s an easy read that strengthens your faith, and helps equip you to defend the Bible and to give an answer for the hope that in you.

This book was provided at no charge for the purpose of review by New Leaf Publishing Group and Master Books.

The next day…

I know it’s the day after Easter, but the reality of the empty tomb should resonate every day!

And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.
1 Corinthians 15:7

The following video depicts the resurrection of Christ through the eyes of Mary Magdalene.
Be blessed.

It was for us!

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.”
Isaiah 53:5-6

“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!”
Luke 24:1

Happy Resurrection Day!

Victory was only one day away!

Imagine how the disciples felt today?
Confused, hurt, scared…
What was going through their minds?

Their Messiah is dead.
He was supposed to conquer!

It wasn’t supposed to end like this…

Have you ever felt that way?

Maybe you’re jaded because God didn’t do what you thought he was going to do.

Jesus told them what was going to happen.

“For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.”
Matthew 12:40

Over and over he said that he would be dying, but they weren’t really listening.

Sometimes we do that, don’t we?
We ask God a question, or present a specific need to Him, and we have a preconceived idea on how He is to answer it.
We have expectations about who He is and what He will do, and they are not based on anything He said; but more on what we think He said, or on selfish expectations.

Jesus was not the Savior they expected.
He came as a spiritual Savior… to bridge the gap between God and man created by sin!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Luke 19:10

What the disciples didn’t see at this moment was what was going to happen tomorrow.
Everything was going to change!

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
Luke 24:1-7

If you find yourself in a difficult, confusing, painful place, I would encourage you to not get jaded.
Victory may only be one day away!

His Word gives us promises of victory, healing, provision, and life.
Fight through the selfish feelings and false ideas about God, and hold fast to what He did say.

He came to give us life!

Steve

*[I know it is an insignificant number but… I think it’s awesome that my 100th blog is written on the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Day. I would not want to be blogging about anything else on this day except Christ and His work on the cross!]

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