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What are some of the fruits of brokenness?

What are some of the fruits of brokenness? One of the fruits of brokenness is our pliability in the hands of God. Are we experiencing less resistance to our own will and yielding more to His will? Secondly, the fruit of brokenness is empathy and sympathy with others who are hurting, to be able to see their lives through the brokenness that God has brought into your own life. A third fruit is wisdom. Not only does God break, but God mends. A person who h... Read More

Why should I fear God?

Why should I fear God? If we have learned anything from this time of protracted legal wrangling, it is that words are very important. The importance of words, however, lies not only in their definition, but also the context in which they are used. Fear is often discussed in God's Word. In some places fear is condemned, yet elsewhere it is encouraged. The difference in these cases is the original meaning and context.You correctly state that we should fear ... Read More

How do we give thanks in all circumstances?

How do we give thanks in all circumstances? In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul wrote, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This verse disturbs many sincere believers. Sometimes it disturbs me! Is Paul telling us to give things even for the horrible and malevolent circumstances that befall us in this life? No, my friend, the Bible never tells us to give thanks for the terrible things that happen. How then ... Read More

Can we achieve holiness if we really wanted to?

Can we achieve holiness if we really wanted to? "Be holy, for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:16), but "No one is good but One, that is, God" (Mark 10:18). How can God command us to be holy when He knows we can't attain it? The key is in one's approach. A rich young ruler and the Apostle Paul represent the two approaches.The rich young ruler came to Jesus as described in Mark 10:17-22. The young man was decent, having followed most of the commandments. Christ, howe... Read More

Can a Christian be a social drinker?

Can a Christian be a social drinker? Some very good people may not have thought this through. I am absolutely convinced that alcohol has wrecked more lives and more homes than any other drug. So, why would Christians want to play in the devil’s backyard? Too many believers want to see how close to the world they can live so they won’t appear to be different. The social drinker is playing with fire. He or she needs to get off the fence and take a stand f... Read More

Is there only one right denomination?

Is there only one right denomination? First of all, in Ephesians 4:4 we read that there is only one body. That one body is the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now, it doesn’t say one congregation. The body of Christ is bigger than one congregation, but there is one body. Now, there is a local expression of that body, and from my study of the Scriptures, I sincerely, honestly believe that every twice-born believer ought to be a member of a loca... Read More

How do I handle the neighbors?

How do I handle the neighbors? Somebody once said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You can probably see the wisdom in that. A simple fence, however, will not eliminate the concerns that you have. Furthermore, the impact of their behavior goes far beyond your two homes. This problem affects not only your children, but extends to their children, the other neighbors, and your church.With regards to your children, hopefully you don’t allow them to watch TV... Read More