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After much pondering, I’ve come to the realisation that one aspect of being a Christian means accepting loneliness. I found in my own personal walk with God, that often despite going to church and having fellowship with fellow Christians,  I often still feel lonely and unsatisfied. 

At first, I thought I was being unappreciative and unable to feel happiness. But I realised it is because I am always reflecting on my walk with God and my experiences in life and how true joy can only come from leaving everything behind and taking up my daily cross.

Mark 8 verses 34-35 says; “”If anyone would come after me (Jesus), he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.” 

This verse really is about obedience, commitment, sacrifice and loneliness. Loneliness is manifested in the image of, when you take up your cross; you carry it on your own. Nothing and no one can help you. If you want to follow Christ, you are required to give up or at least be ready to give up all the temporary things of this world in order to obey the call of Christ.

 

Jesus did not come to live as an example of how to die as a martyr, but as a substitute, taking the place that we deserve in order that we might enjoy what we don’t deserve. This is good news. Let us tell all our friends!”

– Alistair Begg

 

The Word Of God

The Word of God

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will endure forever. (Isaiah 40:8).

 

The Bible, the word of God, is unlike any other book! It is the most incredible literary masterpiece of all time. Its scope is unrivalled detailing the greatest good, the greatest evil, the greatest courage and sacrifice, and indeed the ultimate sacrifice – the Saviour of all mankind! Its depth is un-equalled exploring the greatest mysteries of life, the deepest depravities and longings of the heart of mankind, the nature of God and the universe and revealing to us truth. There is only one Book on earth, only one Book in the history of mankind that can ever answer all the fundamental questions of life. There is only one Book that holds the key to our eternal destiny: the ultimate love story, written in blood on a wooden cross.

 

If that wasn’t already enough, only the Bible has the audacity to lay claim to being alive, God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), perfect, (Psalm 19:7) and having the power to transform lives. The power of God’s word will:

-build you up (Acts 20:32)

-teach, reproof, correct, train in righteousness, and equip for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

-is living and powerful able to pierce to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)

-renew your mind (Romans 12:2)

-bring joy and delight to the heart (Jeremiah 15:16)

-be a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

-revive the soul, making wise the simple, rejoicing the heart and enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8); just to mention a few….

 

We live in a society that has strived hard to remove and erode God’s word from any public context in the name of tolerance, equality and discrimination whilst at the same time watching in horror at the rise in lawlessness that abounds. Its a bit like removing traffic signals that govern our transportation then complaining about the chaos that ensues. Even in many churches the Word of God has ceased to hold the place of honour and prominence that it once had. Seeker friendly emotional based preaching has replaced the proclamation of the eternal life changing truths of scripture. Increasingly everybody seems to have an opinion and know what they feel about everything but fewer seem to know what God’s word actually says. At times we can get caught reading all about God’s word but never actually reading, studying and meditating upon God’s word itself.

 

Each year over 1 million new books will be published and read, each day over 2 million blogs posts will be perused, and each hour over 200 million emails will be opened. In the midst of this age of information overload how much time do we spend reading the only book that truly has the power transform our lives, God’s word the Bible? There’s no time like the present to remind ourselves of the radical and bold claims of God’s word, remembering this incredible gift that we have in our possession, and renew our passion for the un-rivalled, and un-equalled, living word of God! (Andrew Baker)

 

 

 

 

 

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A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages.

‘Momma, look what I found,’ the boy called out.

‘What have you got there, dear?’ his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: ‘I think it’s Adam’s suit!”

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Rahab: Rising From the Ashes

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By David Ettinger

From the account of Joshua Chapters 2 and 6.

Unflattering Introduction
It’s sometimes startling just how stark the Bible can be.

When we first meet Rahab, we are told that two Israelite spies “went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab” (Joshua 2:1). Hardly the introduction that makes us want to get acquainted with her.

And yet, though we know nothing of her past, we certainly know what became of her – how the Lord spared her family and her place in the genealogy of Jesus.

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Rahab was a prostitute. Despite Hollywood’s attempts to glorify the practice, the Bible considers it shameful. The author of the Book of Joshua tells us directly and without comment that this was the occupation Rahab engaged in.

She was who she was. This fact proved strategic for the two men dispatched by Israel’s leader Joshua to spy out the…

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His by Donation, Dedication, and Relation.

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL JANUARY 12, 2019

You are Christ’s.
1 Corinthians 3:23

“You are Christ’s.” You are His by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; His by His purchase of blood, for He paid the price for your redemption; His by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to Him; His by relation, for you are named by His name and made one of His brethren and joint-heirs. Labor practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus.

When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted to loiter, cry, “No, I cannot stop, for I am Christ’s. If I were not purchased by blood, I might be like Issachar, crouching between two burdens; but I am Christ’s and cannot loiter.” When the siren song of pleasure would tempt you from the path of right, reply, “Your music cannot charm me; I am Christ’s.” When the cause of God invites you, give your goods and yourself away, for you are Christ’s.

Never contradict your profession. Be ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like Jesus, whose conduct and conversation are so reminiscent of heaven that all who see you may know that you are the Savior’s, recognizing in you His features of love and His countenance of holiness. “I am a Roman!” was of old a reason for integrity; far more, then, let your argument for holiness be, “I am Christ’s!”

Truth For Life

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.