This is my world, but it is not my home. As if constantly walking against the rushing tide, or a fearsome rage of wind, onward I press one step at a time. Dare I not look back at all the crowds of people, who bustle about laughing, easily carried by the wind as if it was a thrill to be tossed to and fro; They are enemies of the cross of Christ, with minds set on the things of my world, and little do they seem to know their perilous state.
But may my eyes be fixed, steadfastly on the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Yes though it may be blurry in the distance, the rain beating wildly and gray in front of it and the devils pushing and prodding at all who walk this path; Yes, though it lies beyond a narrow gate and a restrictive road, may I fix my eyes securely on that prize!
May I not look back, lest I be found not fit for the kingdom of God, and in so looking back prove that my desires are for this world and not for Heaven with my Lord! Continue reading My World (But Not My Home)
Psalm 82:3-4 “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
Maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
Deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
I recently finished reading a historical, fictional series, based on events surrounding the American Civil War. I began to realize that I was ignorant about the terrible events and treatment of the African American race. My heart went out to the thousands of slaves who were considered to be as equal with the animals, too stupid to be considered worthy of considering. Woman had their children taken and auctioned off on slave blocks, husbands and wives were ripped apart, black woman were sold into brothels, and several even raped by their white owners or commanded to reproduce with whomever their owner saw fit so as to increase a plantations slave population. They were stacked in heaps beneath ships and branded like cattle. Many who would try to escape, or who could not keep up with their expected work were beaten and even punished to death. I suppose, I knew in part that these events happened, but I never considered the atrocity of it, or felt it as a real occurrence until reading these novels. Amazingly, it has not been long since slavery was finally abolished through the whole country of the US in 1865. And it is not as if the abolition of slavery ended racism. It has indeed been a long, hard fight for African Americans to gain a widespread respect as equals. Continue reading Racism and Abortion: Is There Common Ground?
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Why Is Sin Wrong and Harmful?
1. We willingly sin against our knowledge of God. (See whole chapter of Romans 1)
a) We know that God exists, yet wanting to live our lives the way we want we push Him from our thoughts.
Romans 1:18-19 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven (we can see the effects of sin, ex. Death) against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.” Continue reading Why Should I Repent of My Sin?