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Persuasion that Counts

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W hat do you believe? What is the basis for your existence? Man has always looked for the “meaning of life.” Christians know, however, that the meaning of life is found in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He came to restore men unto God. Many doubt the validity of the Bible and its message of salvation through ignorance and unbelief. Yet, Christians have to remain persuaded of the truth. This persuasion of the truth has to go beyond an initial faith in Christ, but a continual trust in His presence and ability to act for us after coming to Him. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21 (KJV) It is interesting to note that many Christians are not persuaded when it comes to God’s ability and willingness to move on their behalf. We learn from the story of Abraham that though he and his wife were old, he still was of the persuasion that whatever God promised, He was able to perform. Do you have the persuasion that counts? You must be of the

Thank God for Forgiveness

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     T he message of salvation is wonderful. In a world filled with troubles and problems, one can always find comfort in the knowledge of God. Part of that knowledge is knowing that one’s sins are forgiven. Guilt is a destructive force and has crippled many people. Even after time has passed and others have forgotten, we can still feel guilty over sins and mistakes. This guilt sometimes is enhanced when one comes to know God through Jesus Christ. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Romans 4:7 (KJV)      We can rejoice on today knowing that God delights in mercy and forgiveness. The only thing He requires is that we are open and honest with Him about our weaknesses. Some feel that God gets tired of them and does not want to have mercy on them. This is simply not true.      Both Testaments reveal the longsuffering and mercy of God, even upon people who did not deserve it. How much the more will have mercy and bestow grace upon those who c

Spiritual Stimulus Package

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            For the past few years, we have seen the American economy take one of the biggest hits in decades. To combat this downward spiral, the government gave the American people a stimulus check, hoping to jump-start the economy. Well, spiritually, it seems that many Christians are experiencing spiritual recessions and are in need of a spiritual stimulus package from the Lord. Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Psalms 85:6 (KJV)            T he psalmist asked God if He would revive His people that they could rejoice again. Have you felt the strain and stress of life recently? Is the joy of your salvation diminishing? Today, you can expect God to send you a stimulus package. The psalmist asked God two questions. The answer to these questions to you on this day is “Yes.” God’s stimulus package is being sent to you.              This package contains joy (which will be unspeakable and full of glory). It contains peace (which passes understanding – you

For All Have Sinned

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S IN is a taboo word in society and in the Church. To call someone’s actions a sin becomes an act of bigotry and hatred. However, Christians have to stand on the truth of God’s word that men have sinned and that there are certain activities, which are considered sin. Much of the controversy behind what is sin derived from how man handled sin. Some became critics, judges, and condemners, while others put no restraints on sinful activities. Yet, there is a balance. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (KJV) Do not be afraid to identify certain deeds and actions as sin. When you see things as God sees them, you reveal your connection to Him. Besides God concluded all men as sinners, so that all could receive from Christ. Recognizing sin does not set an individual up for condemnation,  but  for  the mercy and grace of God to be received. Christ came into the world to save sinners. So, when people say that what they are doing is not wrong (when it is) t