Entries for Practical godliness

Oppositions of Science

2011 November 10

Paul concludes this letter to Timothy with the following admonition: "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen." - 1 Timothy 6:20-21 The word "science" is translated from a word that literally means knowledge. Paul is telling Timothy to avoid any knowledge that is in opposition to God's revealed truth. Most Christians are very savvy to this, especially when it comes to the most basic fundamentals of Christianity such as the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, and the resurrection. Yet, when it comes to science, many Christians throw their Bibles away and bow down to the test tube and the microscope. To put it succinctly, they place the scientist above God's holy word.

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Sins of omission!

2011 September 07

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." -- James 4:17 James has done the spiritual minded a <i>favor</i>. He has warned us about something that we may have neglected. He has warned us about our sins of <i>omission</i>. So, what are sins of omission anyway?

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Pride the silent killer

2011 June 28

The book of Proverbs has been described by William Arnot as "Law's from heaven for life on earth." From Solomon's pen we may all learn from a man vested with wisdom from above. Much is said of pride in his catalogue of pithy sayings that will enable us to discover this silent killer in our own spiritual checkup.

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Dear College Student:

2011 June 24

Dear College Student, I am writing to you today to encourage you to consider the words that Paul wrote to Timothy: Avoid "profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called."(1st Timothy 6:20). He is telling this young man in the ministry to avoid that part of science that is in error, that part that opposes God's Holy word. These are <b>false accusations</b> of science to destroy your faith.

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"Innocent Blood"

2011 June 21

God is a God of love. All love emanates forth from His divine presence. Yet, there are many things that God hates. Seven of those things are given to us by Solomon to adjust our thinking to be like our Holy Father's. Today, we focus our attention upon just one of these principles: the shedding of "innocent blood". Innocent blood is blood that flows through the veins of people who have done no sin; they have committed no crimes; they have slandered no one; they have not dishonored their Creator. Innocent blood is blood that flows through the veins of people who can not speak for themselves; they have no voice; they have no choice; no vote; no platform; no defense. If you will look the world over you will find no blood more innocent that the blood of the <i>unborn child</i>.

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Love Fulfills The Law

2011 June 17

While preaching through the book of 1st Timothy, we came to this dynamic statement of the apostle Paul to Timothy: "Now the end of the commandment is charity...". Charity is the highest form of love and Paul's statement means that charity is the most important thing in our personal lives, as well as the Christian Church. It also means that genuine charity will fulfill every commandment and that is why it is so important. This is a magnificent statement. But what does it mean and how does it apply to our lives?

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Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace

2011 June 07

As we look around us we find the world in great turmoil. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, disease, fighting, wars, uprisings, and strife fill the news-rooms. Nations are at war with nations, drugs are rampant, sexual promiscuity has become accepted, and in our own country there are great divisions. Not only in politics, but even the core principals that our country was founded upon are being challenged on every hand. I guess we could call it <i>global chaos</i>! Some have asked me if I think the world is coming to an end. All I can answer is that I do not know, but I do know who is in control.

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The Devil & The Turkey Hunter

2011 June 03

There was once a man, I do not recall his name, who loved to hunt turkeys. You may know him, or someone like him. Now, there is nothing wrong with hunting. But Sunday is the Lord's day, not the turkey's. - Old Story-by a Soul Hunter

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Through The Faith of 'OTHERS'

2011 May 29

Jesus healed His people in many ways. Sometimes He would just speak some words, and the person would be healed. At other times, He would touch the sinner, and the problem would immediately depart from the helpless victim. We find lepers, begging for an audience with Christ; and a woman, pressing through a crowd with a hope in her heart that she might just touch Him. Here we find a great lesson for us all. A helpless sinner is healed, not by his own seeking, but through the faith of his friends. Perhaps we can learn a lesson from this notable miracle, and help one of our loved ones who has fallen prey to Satan.

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The Faithfulness Of God

2011 February 24

"This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."-Lamentations 3:21-23 From the pen of the weeping prophet we gain some insight into our own depressed estate when we begin to add up all the negative things surrounding us. Jeremiah is pouring out his complaints before God, reminding Him of the great trial that he, and his people, were going through (please read verse 1 to verse 20). In short, he is having a pity party, feeling sorry for himself.

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Five Purposes of the Church

2011 February 07

The wise man, Solomon, reminds us of the importance of a vision. Whether we speak of a business, a family, or a church, there should be a common goal that all are working toward to succeed. That goal would be the vision set before us. It is possible for us to be a part of something and still lose our vision, missing the overall picture… what we are there for in the first place. Last Sunday, I delivered a message concerning five important purposes of the New Testament Church. These should be important to us all if we want to enjoy the greatest blessings in God's house, and witness prosperity in our churches. As I mentioned, it is God that blesses our churches, and our greatest attempts to do all we can do will result in nothing without His blessings. Yet, we do have a purpose and it should be our desire to understand it, and attempt to fulfill it. I will not go in to detail in this short article. I will just give you the basic points and a few thoughts:

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Love Fulfills The Law

2011 February 04

While preaching through the book of 1st Timothy, we came to this dynamic statement of the apostle Paul to Timothy: "Now the end of the commandment is charity…". Charity is the highest form of love and Paul‘s statement means that charity is the most important thing in our personal lives, as well as the Christian Church. It also means that genuine charity will fulfill every commandment and that is why it is so important. This is a magnificent statement. But what does it mean and how does it apply to our lives?

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Where Are The Nine?

2011 January 04

"And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?" -Luke 17:17 With the coming of the New Year we are thankful for our Lord's kindness to us. We have many things to be thankful for: a country where we can worship God unhindered by a tyrannical government; homes; food; family; freedom; and a church where we can meet with those of like precious faith, sing songs, and learn from God's word. On the first Sunday of this year I was compelled to speak on the subject of not only being thankful, but more specific, the giving of thanks to the Lord for His kindness to us. So, I spoke from Luke 17:17 where our Lord healed ten lepers, and asked the question: "Where are the nine?"

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