Reading the Bible is Essential for Passing Life’s Final Exam

Ezekiel 3.10 commands, son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen tobible-1425029 them carefully for yourself.

I am always amazed by the disregard people have for the Bible. In our arrogance we believe that what we think about God defines God.

That logic has never made sense to me because its untrue in every other realm of life. What I think about a person doesn’t define that person. My experience defines that person but even then, without more experience, I could still be wrong about the nature and character of a person despite what I think.

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The Fools Will Win the Culture War

1 Corinthians 3.18 commands we stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world’simage standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise.

The cultural war around us is a war of ideas. The battle lines have been drawn between God and science and between the Bible and public opinion.

The war analogy is meaningful because there is much hostility brewing among those who oppose God and the Bible toward those who believe in God and the Bible.

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Making Sure We Get To Heaven

1 Samuel 15.22 asks, what is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering imagethe fat of rams.

Our thinking about God is rather ludicrous sometimes if we seriously consider how we treat Him. We like to think that God is pleased with us when we attend some religious activity, give a couple of bucks to a good cause or complete some random act of kindness.

We behave as though God is bought off by our token displays of affection. Seriously?

Wouldn’t a real God demand more than token acknowledgement of His presence in the universe? Wouldn’t a real God measure His creation by more than the least they could do for Him? Wouldn’t a real God expect more than an hour of our time, a tenth of our income or an occasional act of kindness toward our fellow man?

What kind of God can be appeased so easily? Supposedly the Christian God it would appear by the way most ‘believers’ engage their god.

The kindness of God is given to us in order to lead us to repentance. God as loving Father seeks intimacy in a relationship with His created children. Therefore He waits patiently and quietly for us to come to Him. That’s really His problem in marketing Himself to us.

We hate to be ignored or placated. We respond in anger and revenge. If we were God we would demand people recognize us as such and behave accordingly. Yet our children cause us to be like God don’t they? They have a tendency to disobey us, ignore us and placate us.

We love them anyway. We desire a relationship with them that causes them to want to honor us, to seek our friendship and to serve us willingly. It is impossible to force or demand such a relationship. It has to be given.

This is what God seeks from us as well. God is love, His command is that we love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as our self. God isn’t pacified by random displays of religious devotion. God is pleased when we love Him deeply and sincerely which causes us to seek Him diligently, give liberally and care for others compassionately.

God will judge each of us when we pass from this life to the next. The religious will expect God to measure them based on their performance and will find that their actions left them far short of what is required to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Those who love God will find God embracing them and welcoming them into His eternal kingdom with no mention at all of their previous performance because heaven is entered through a love relationship and not through religious performance.

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Measuring our Work

Romans 12.11 commands us to never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.image

Most men over 40 are pretty committed to working hard. We were raised that way. We remember buying our own school clothes, buying our first car and paying for college. Our parents didn’t have a lot and even if they did they required us to work for what we wanted as well.

Overall I would say we are the better for it.

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What is THE Most Important Thing?

Luke 10.42 observes, there is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and imageit will not be taken away from her.

Remember the movie City Slickers? The main subject was that there was just one thing that was really important. God too states that there is only one thing worth being concerned about. Seriously, if we believed that we should be dialed in like those around E.F. Hutton, because when he spoke, people listened!

While my quotes are revealing my age it is also true that God doesn’t make knowing Him or doing His will a mystery or complicated. Those who seek will find, are you looking for the one thing?

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Believing is Not Enough

Romans 2.7 promises, He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the gloryimage and honor and immortality that God offers.

Believing isn’t enough.

The regrettable consequence of the Church’s message these past 50 years is a culture mostly uncommitted to the ways and work of God. Since its founding by God, the Church has always had the responsibility to communicate who God is and what God requires of humanity.

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Why Does Christianity Receive all the Hate?

Acts 28.22 records, this movement…is denounced everywhere.image

Christianity has a long history of being maligned and despised. It actually began under such dubious marketing. What is the problem with Christianity? Why is it the religion to hate?

When compared to Islam and Hinduism, Christianity should be heralded as the only religion espousing women’s equality, intolerance for racism, and love for those who practice sexual perversion. Yet most people think Christianity represents the very opposite on these issues.

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What God Wants From Us

Acts 26.20 simplifies the gospel to the Gentiles: that they should repent and turn to God, performingimage deeds consistent with repentance. So what does God want from us?

The Apostle Paul says three things are expected: repent, turn to God and perform good deeds. This is a much better message than we have heard from the televangelist or the people who knock on our doors with religious information.

The message from the Church to the Gentile over the past 50 or so years has been that God wants people to believe in Him and by believing in Him they will be saved.

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Defining God

Jeremiah 30.21 records, I will invite him to approach Me, says the LORD, for who would dare to come imageunless invited?

I am increasingly amazed at the belief we practice about God. We take God for granted and hold Him in very little esteem. We believe that what we think He is defines Who He really is rather than getting our definition directly from Him.

Everyone seems quite comfortable with everyone else’s interpretation of Who God is as though He were all things to all people. What kind of a person is that?

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Are YOU Willing to Commit Treason?

Acts 17.7 records, they are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to anotherimage king, named Jesus.

Would you commit treason against your culture to identify personally with Jesus Christ? Have you committed treason against Jesus by denying Him before others? What about with your actions and lack of words?

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