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by Kyle Campbell
Everywhere Abraham went he built an altar to God and confessed his faith in Him (Genesis 12:7‑8; 13:4, 18). In this way, Abraham left “godly breadcrumbs” that dotted the landscape and attested to his devotion to God. Of course, the greatest altar that Abraham built was the one that contained the greatest sacrifice any man has ever been asked to make: his only son Isaac (Genesis 22:9). In faith, he offered up his son and forever earned a right to be preached among the faithful (Hebrews 11:17‑19).
What would be written of your life? What would be said of your faith? Have you left any “godly breadcrumbs” on the earth that would attest to your devotion? Having recently attending the funeral of a godly saint, I am… Continue reading
by Derek Chambers
“But many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Matt. 19:30).
Everyone wants to be in first place. This is the place that wins the blue ribbon, the gold medal, the big trophy. Although contests are quite obviously all about first place, we find a sense of competition for first place in settings all around us. People wrestle to be first in their standing in families, in social groups, and in the work place. People strive to be first in terms of wealth and possessions. People struggle to be first in status and reputation. We are simply in love with being first; first in name, first to be asked, first in line, first to get the latest product, first to see the new movie… Continue reading
by Kyle Campbell
Think of your life without joy. You know, without joy, we can do nothing; we are like an instrument out of tune which yields nothing but harsh sounds. Without joy, we are a member out of joint. We can do nothing well without joy and a good conscience, which is the foundation of joy.
We try to get joy through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing songs. We buy the vitality of another’s imagination to divert and enliven our own poor lives. The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture. Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal. But that kind of… Continue reading
by Joe R. Price
38‑year‑old Boston Marathon bomb victim Heather Abbott faced the decision of keeping her badly wounded foot or having her leg amputated below the knee. She chose amputation. “She picked the second option, viewing life with a prosthesis as the most assured path back to the active lifestyle she lived before the April 15 bombings” (“Tough Choice for Victim of Boston Bombing,” The Wall Street Journal). “‘I really think I’m going to be able to live my life in a normal way, eventually, when I get that permanent prosthesis,’ Ms. Abbott said” (Ibid). We wish her well.
Jesus said, “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your… Continue reading
by Stan Cox
I think I may have found a rap song that I like, kind of¼
A “Christian Rap” artist by the name of Shai Linne recently released a song called Fal$e Teacher$, where he contends that those who are what he calls “prosperity preachers” are in fact false teachers. He specifically names twelve such teachers in his song, including such well known names as Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland.
While doing a little bit of research about the song, I came across indications that the song is causing a bit of controversy among evangelicals. Linne was especially concerned about how these preachers are eagerly followed by the poor and destitute of many African nations. Among his lyrics is the following:
“Yet they’re… Continue reading
by Joe R. Price
Deadly blasts rocked the Boston Marathon last Monday killing three and wounding many, many more. The terror it produced was conspicuous; its pain piercing the joyful celebration of personal achievement near the race’s finish line. Citizen heroes helped their neighbors; strangers saving strangers as well as mourning lives lost. We extend our sympathy to all who lost loved ones and to those who continue to recover.
The goal of such acts is not merely to maim and kill, but also to cause fear and panic. They mean to cause terror in the heart and to inject doubt and uncertainty into daily life. Terrorism seeks to change the status quo, to affect whole societies by causing alarm and trepidation.
At the same time, a prevailing sentiment witnessed… Continue reading
by Bobby Witherington
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
The Old Testament book of Esther is one of two books in the Bible two named after women – Ruth and Esther. Like the book of Ruth, Esther is an action‑packed book, which reads like a novel, but which is completely non‑fiction. The events contained in this book really happened. They occurred after the 70‑year captivity of the Jews in Babylon; after about 50,000 Jews had returned to their native land, and while the Medo‑Persian Empire was the super power of… Continue reading