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How to be Faithful to God?

  Faithfulness is an attribute of God (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 Peter 4:19), and our salvation is contingent on His faithfulness (1 John 1:9). Faithfulness is not only God’s attribute, but it is a characteristic required of a Christian. The word of God identifies faithfulness as one of the fruits that a Christian should bear (Galatians 5:22-23). The word of God also says that a Christian can’t go to heaven without it: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give…
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The Way Not To Fall

Common sense tells us that remaining in the  status quo is not good. If a child doesn’t mature physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially, it can have long term consequences on his life. If a healthy body doesn’t improve through diet and exercise, it can become unhealthy very quickly. My point is that just being good, like a child or a healthy body, isn’t good enough if a person is not striving to get better. Improvement, development, or progress is necessary…
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Doers of the Word

In today’s society, the term “Christian” often gets used as an adjective. You will hear people refer to a particular genre of music as Christian music. You can drive across town and shop at the Christian store for Christian books. You can enroll at a Christian school, attend a Christian conference, or even worship at a Christian church. I’m not trying to infer that all of these things are “Christian” in the sense that they are doctrinally correct. I’m simply…
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Faith Over Fear

  In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched a spacecraft called Sputnik 1, which became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 1 was a small satellite by modern standards. It was approximately the size of a beach ball but weighed 183.9 pounds. Additionally, Sputnik 1 was a simple satellite. Its only function was to transmit radio signals. And Sputnik 1’s mission was short. It transmitted radio signals for only 21 days until its batteries ran out. It orbited the Earth for only three months…

Why? Why? Why?

  Oh no! It’s the kid who cannot stop asking the question— “WHY?”. It does not matter how many answers I offer, how many resolutions are given, or how many topics are about to be brought up… I know I will spend my next 10 minutes answering the umpteen whys this little kiddo asks. Have you been there before? Being a former why-kid myself, I understand children like this more than most. Some say curiosity killed the cat, but I…

Time to Persevere

  When she was young, Florence Chadwick wanted desperately to be a great speed swimmer. At the age of six she persuaded her parents to enter her in a 50-yard race. She came in last, so she practiced every day for the new year. Again, she entered and lost. When she was an 11-year-old, Florence won attention and praise for completing the San Diego Bay endurance swim — 6 miles in all. But she still wanted to be a speed…

Focused on the Finish

The name of an elite runner from Tanzania was written in sports history books at the 1968 Olympics—without him winning one medal. John Stephen Akhwari joined the field of seventy-eight competitors in Mexico City for a twenty-six-mile marathon. Around the halfway mark, Akhwari suffered severe injuries when he became entangled with other runners, stumbled, and hit the track with full-body force.  A medic team rushed to his aid, bandaging his bloody wounds and dislocated knee, and recommended the obvious withdrawal…

Olympic Faith

  Kerri Strug became an overnight sensation and beloved figure to all Americans based on her inspiring performance at the 1996 Olympics.  At only 18 years old, Keri helped her team win gold in the most dramatic fashion. The US ladies’ team had gotten off to such a strong start in the Games that the press dubbed them “The Magnificent Seven,” but as the competition heated up, it soon became clear that the Russians were a force to be reckoned…

Hope Saves

We need power from God for us to continue toward eternal salvation. We need power that belongs to God that helps us in times of need and difficulties. We need it to walk in the light, to return to God in case we drift away, and to accomplish the will of God. Therefore, we have to understand how we can have God’s power in our lives. Ephesians chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 give us an answer to this question.…

Faith and Works

    Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrical. For example, some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together, while the other alleges that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier than…
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Is Work Meritorious?

When I evangelize Koreans, the biggest barrier I encounter is Calvinism. Most Koreans come from a Calvinistic background, and the most common false teaching they believe is that salvation is by faith alone. This false teaching creates a problem because it causes them to falsely believe that they don’t have to live as a Christian should as long as they have faith. So, they claim to be a Christian and a member of the church, but their life is worldly…

BE THE ONE, NOT THE NINE

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2 in…
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