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  • 15 Apr 2021
    Evidence of Jesus By Billy Graham   •   April 15   •   Topics: Bible, Truth SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Evidence of Jesus I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore . . .—Revelation 1:18 Certain laws of evidence hold in the establishment of any historic event. Documentation of the event in question must be made by reliable contemporary witnesses. There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived, or that Alexander the Great died at the age of 33. It is strange that historians will accept thousands of facts for which they can produce only shreds of evidence. But in the face of the overwhelming evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they cast a skeptical eye and hold intellectual doubts. The trouble with many people is that they do not want to believe. They are so completely prejudiced that they cannot accept the glorious fact of the resurrection of Christ on Bible testimony alone. Read how a skeptic came to believe in Christ and His resurrection.   Prayer for the day Lord Jesus, I know You are alive—for You live in the hearts of all those who love You!
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    Evidence of Jesus By Billy Graham   •   April 15   •   Topics: Bible, Truth SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Evidence of Jesus I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore . . .—Revelation 1:18 Certain laws of evidence hold in the establishment of any historic event. Documentation of the event in question must be made by reliable contemporary witnesses. There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived, or that Alexander the Great died at the age of 33. It is strange that historians will accept thousands of facts for which they can produce only shreds of evidence. But in the face of the overwhelming evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they cast a skeptical eye and hold intellectual doubts. The trouble with many people is that they do not want to believe. They are so completely prejudiced that they cannot accept the glorious fact of the resurrection of Christ on Bible testimony alone. Read how a skeptic came to believe in Christ and His resurrection.   Prayer for the day Lord Jesus, I know You are alive—for You live in the hearts of all those who love You!
    Apr 15, 2021 1
  • 14 Apr 2021
    April 14 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." - John 14:21 “Full disclosure” is a byword in our media-saturated, litigation-oriented society. “Spin” is the opposite. It is the effort to contort facts so they seem not to be what they are. Jesus desires to disclose Himself fully to His people, no spin, no facts concealed, no fine print. He won’t entrust Himself to the mass because He understands human nature (John 2:25). But those in intimate “blood” relation to Him through His salvation covenant will know Him fully. Throughout a life devoted to Christ, His mind will gradually expand in the soul of His beloved, transforming the worldview of Jesus’ disciple.
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    April 14 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." - John 14:21 “Full disclosure” is a byword in our media-saturated, litigation-oriented society. “Spin” is the opposite. It is the effort to contort facts so they seem not to be what they are. Jesus desires to disclose Himself fully to His people, no spin, no facts concealed, no fine print. He won’t entrust Himself to the mass because He understands human nature (John 2:25). But those in intimate “blood” relation to Him through His salvation covenant will know Him fully. Throughout a life devoted to Christ, His mind will gradually expand in the soul of His beloved, transforming the worldview of Jesus’ disciple.
    Apr 14, 2021 6
  • 14 Apr 2021
    The Return of the Lord By Billy Graham   •   April 14   •   Topics: End Times SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion The Return of the Lord Our homeland is in heaven, where our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ is; and we are looking forward to his return . . .—Philippians 3:20 (TLB) The Scriptures indicate that we are living in man’s day. But there is coming a day that will be called the Day of the Lord. In the midst of hopelessness, there is hope! And that hope is centered in the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now the will of man runs riot in the earth. Then the will of the Lord will alone be done. Until that time, we are under orders from the King of kings to proclaim His message. When we engage in evangelism, we are obeying His great command to “go and proclaim.” In doing so, we are hastening the day of His return. Learn how to simply share your faith with others. Prayer for the day As I live in the hope of Your return, give me the wisdom and love to reach those around me.
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    The Return of the Lord By Billy Graham   •   April 14   •   Topics: End Times SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion The Return of the Lord Our homeland is in heaven, where our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ is; and we are looking forward to his return . . .—Philippians 3:20 (TLB) The Scriptures indicate that we are living in man’s day. But there is coming a day that will be called the Day of the Lord. In the midst of hopelessness, there is hope! And that hope is centered in the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Now the will of man runs riot in the earth. Then the will of the Lord will alone be done. Until that time, we are under orders from the King of kings to proclaim His message. When we engage in evangelism, we are obeying His great command to “go and proclaim.” In doing so, we are hastening the day of His return. Learn how to simply share your faith with others. Prayer for the day As I live in the hope of Your return, give me the wisdom and love to reach those around me.
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  • 13 Apr 2021
    Looking for a Cause? By Billy Graham   •   April 13   •   Topics: Evangelism SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Looking for a Cause? Brethren . . . present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.—Romans 12:1 In a book called “The Age of Longing” we read that an American girl married a radical revolutionary in Paris. She had lost her faith at an American University—lost all the religious faith she had, and all the things her parents had told her. She was asked why she married him. She said, “He’s the first person I have ever known who believes something strong enough to die for it. Although I don’t believe exactly as he does, I was attracted to this man who had found a cause.” I find that young people today are looking for a cause, and they are not looking for something easy. Some time ago a university student in Moscow told one of my colleagues, “You Christians say that you are going to win the world, but we’ve done more in fifty years than you’ve done in two thousand years. And do you know why? It is because you are not committed. We are. We will win, you’ll see.” Want to be part of something bigger? Become a Search for Jesus volunteer and help share the Gospel—without leaving home. Prayer for the day I look at my dedication to You, Jesus, my Lord and Savior, and am ashamed—You gave everything for me. May I always live totally committed in love to You.
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    Looking for a Cause? By Billy Graham   •   April 13   •   Topics: Evangelism SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Looking for a Cause? Brethren . . . present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.—Romans 12:1 In a book called “The Age of Longing” we read that an American girl married a radical revolutionary in Paris. She had lost her faith at an American University—lost all the religious faith she had, and all the things her parents had told her. She was asked why she married him. She said, “He’s the first person I have ever known who believes something strong enough to die for it. Although I don’t believe exactly as he does, I was attracted to this man who had found a cause.” I find that young people today are looking for a cause, and they are not looking for something easy. Some time ago a university student in Moscow told one of my colleagues, “You Christians say that you are going to win the world, but we’ve done more in fifty years than you’ve done in two thousand years. And do you know why? It is because you are not committed. We are. We will win, you’ll see.” Want to be part of something bigger? Become a Search for Jesus volunteer and help share the Gospel—without leaving home. Prayer for the day I look at my dedication to You, Jesus, my Lord and Savior, and am ashamed—You gave everything for me. May I always live totally committed in love to You.
    Apr 13, 2021 3
  • 12 Apr 2021
    Shine Your Light By Billy Graham   •   April 12   •   Topics: Christian Living, Evangelism SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Shine Your Light Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:16 One faithful witness is worth a thousand mute professors of religion. Tom Allan, Scotland’s famous young preacher, was brought to Christ while a black soldier was singing, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” He said it was neither the song nor the voice, but the spirit in which that soldier sang—something about his manner, something about his sincerity of expression—that convicted him of his wicked life and turned him to the Savior. Our faith grows by expression. If we want to keep our faith, we must share it—we must witness. Get equipped to effectively share your faith. Prayer for the day May others be drawn to You, Lord Jesus, as I tell them of Your love.
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    Shine Your Light By Billy Graham   •   April 12   •   Topics: Christian Living, Evangelism SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Shine Your Light Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:16 One faithful witness is worth a thousand mute professors of religion. Tom Allan, Scotland’s famous young preacher, was brought to Christ while a black soldier was singing, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” He said it was neither the song nor the voice, but the spirit in which that soldier sang—something about his manner, something about his sincerity of expression—that convicted him of his wicked life and turned him to the Savior. Our faith grows by expression. If we want to keep our faith, we must share it—we must witness. Get equipped to effectively share your faith. Prayer for the day May others be drawn to You, Lord Jesus, as I tell them of Your love.
    Apr 12, 2021 9
  • 10 Apr 2021
    April 10 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. - Isaiah 57:15 God is omnipresent, yet has locality, “thereness.” He occupies the Throne of the cosmos, positioned at its summit. Yet in His creation, God chooses to localize His presence with the lowliest of people. Our city, Houston, is prone to flooding. Torrential rains fall from the “high” place of the skies, and probe relentlessly until they run into the lowest places. It is a picture of God. He is transcendent, yet immanent, high and lifted up, yet near. And He comes to those who need Him alone, not those who are merely curious or want to add Him to their collection of remedies.
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    April 10 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. - Isaiah 57:15 God is omnipresent, yet has locality, “thereness.” He occupies the Throne of the cosmos, positioned at its summit. Yet in His creation, God chooses to localize His presence with the lowliest of people. Our city, Houston, is prone to flooding. Torrential rains fall from the “high” place of the skies, and probe relentlessly until they run into the lowest places. It is a picture of God. He is transcendent, yet immanent, high and lifted up, yet near. And He comes to those who need Him alone, not those who are merely curious or want to add Him to their collection of remedies.
    Apr 10, 2021 9
  • 10 Apr 2021
    What Is Most Important? By Billy Graham   •   April 10 SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion What Is Most Important? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ must still be dead. And if he is still dead, then all our preaching is useless and your trust in God is empty, worthless, hopeless. . . . The fact is that Christ did actually rise from the dead . . .—1 Corinthians 15:13,14,20 (TLB) I was invited to have coffee one morning with Konrad Adenauer before he retired as the Chancellor of Germany. When I walked in, I expected to meet a tall, stiff, formal man who might even be embarrassed if I brought up the subject of religion. After the greeting, the Chancellor suddenly turned to me and said, “Mr. Graham, what is the most important thing in the world?” Before I could answer, he had answered his own question. He said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don’t see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Then he amazed me by saying that he believed that the resurrection of Christ was one of the best-attested facts of history. He said, “When I leave office, I intend to spend the rest of my life gathering scientific proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” It was the fact of the resurrection of Christ that called the disciples to go out as burning young revolutionaries to change the world of their day. They preached that Christ is alive. This should be our message every day of the year. Discover evidence for the resurrection. Read more about objections to the resurrection of Jesus. Prayer for the day Father, let my message to others be that of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His ability to change the lives of those who believe in Him.
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    What Is Most Important? By Billy Graham   •   April 10 SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion What Is Most Important? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ must still be dead. And if he is still dead, then all our preaching is useless and your trust in God is empty, worthless, hopeless. . . . The fact is that Christ did actually rise from the dead . . .—1 Corinthians 15:13,14,20 (TLB) I was invited to have coffee one morning with Konrad Adenauer before he retired as the Chancellor of Germany. When I walked in, I expected to meet a tall, stiff, formal man who might even be embarrassed if I brought up the subject of religion. After the greeting, the Chancellor suddenly turned to me and said, “Mr. Graham, what is the most important thing in the world?” Before I could answer, he had answered his own question. He said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don’t see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Then he amazed me by saying that he believed that the resurrection of Christ was one of the best-attested facts of history. He said, “When I leave office, I intend to spend the rest of my life gathering scientific proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” It was the fact of the resurrection of Christ that called the disciples to go out as burning young revolutionaries to change the world of their day. They preached that Christ is alive. This should be our message every day of the year. Discover evidence for the resurrection. Read more about objections to the resurrection of Jesus. Prayer for the day Father, let my message to others be that of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and of His ability to change the lives of those who believe in Him.
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  • 09 Apr 2021
    8 Things Christians Should Stop Doing on Social MediaChad NapierCrosswalk.com Contributing Writer201925 Jul8 Things Christians Should Stop Doing on Social MediaWhether writing, posting a picture, or sharing someone’s work, our social media posts are attributed to each of us personally. Each person’s activity on social media can irreparably change everyone else’s perception of that person. Facebook is especially troublesome, as users are not limited by the amount of characters. It has been said, “Facebook is a collection of people that you know, but wish you didn’t and Twitter is a group of followers who you do not know, but wish you did.”As Christians, we must be careful about what we share or write on any platform. Marriages have been torn apart, jobs have been lost, and lives broken by ill-conceived content shared on social media.In James 3:6, we are taught, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”Not only may we be committing a sin by our post, but it also could cause others to stumble. In 1 Corinthians 8:9, Paul wrote, “but take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”Bearing this in mind, here are eight things Christians should probably refrain from doing on social media:1. Sharing Risqué PhotosWe all have moments when we post that assumingly innocent beach photo of our spouse and proclaim our forever love for them. Then, on second thought after it is posted, we realize too much skin was revealed.The Gospel of Matthew details that adultery encompasses more than sexual intercourse. We learn in Matthew 5:38: ‘But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’We know you think your wife is hot, or you wouldn’t have married her. I wonder if one could surmise that (unscientifically) 8 out of 10 marriages end in divorce six months after a spouse posts the “I have the best man/woman alive” declaration about their spouse.We are inviting others to commit adultery within their heart when we post “revealing photos.”2. Posting “Forgive the Language, But This is Too Good” ContentWe’ve all watched the funny video or political diatribe rant, but it has those few unnecessary curse words thrown in for effect by the creator. We feel it is too good not to post, so we share it anyway with the tagged “language warning.”This type of post is akin to beginning a conversation with the pretexts of either “I don’t mean to be offensive, but” or “Don’t take this the wrong way, but.” What’s the difference between curse-laden humor and angry tirades with expletives? In James 3:10, it was written “from the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”We risk losing our testimony when we praise our God one day in a post, then post vulgar language the next.3. Being Vague and CodedThis type of post contains no details as to who or what is involved, but goes on to rant against a general action that some unnamed person has done to ruin the poster’s life. In Colossians 3:8, we are warned to put away “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”Many times we catch ourselves wanting to vent on social media.Once upon a time, we had “secret diaries” in which we wrote down our innermost thoughts and feelings. When we caught our parents or siblings reading this “super-secret” piece of literary genius, we were utterly embarrassed.However, our society today has no shame, and wishes to share every detail of our misfortunes and desires with literally the whole world. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, we are “to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.” He preached that working was the most effective way to preserve peace and contentment.When we attend to our own business, we avoid getting caught up with those who (under a pretense of affection) attempt to meddle in the business as a way of creating discord. Christ taught that we should not encourage division, animosities, or contentions.4. Sharing Fake News or GossipWe have a duty not to share unfounded rumors despite the desire of wanting to be the first “to get the word out.” These types of posts include clearly false political posts in the attempt to make our political party look good and the opposing party look like a group of heathen.Proverbs 19:9 teaches that “a false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.” Further in Proverbs 11:13, “a gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Many times these posts invoke contention because they involve political or other controversial topics.It’s doubtful that any good can result from a social media argument. It’s unlikely that any Republican or Democrat has ever switched aisles simply because of a Facebook post or video. Proverbs 18:6-8 tells that a “’fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.”5. Boasting About New PossessionsMany times the poster pretexts these posts as “blessings from God.” Clearly, however, when we post photos of our million-dollar house or $60,000 sports car, we are searching for more than an “Amen” or “Praise God” from God’s faithful.These posts are made in an attempt to brag about what we have and what “you ain’t got.”Consider what 95% of the people on your friends list think about their lives when they compare your blessings with theirs. Paul reasoned in 2 Corinthians 11:30 that “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” Additionally, in Exodus 20:17, it was written: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”By posting our new “acquisitions,” we are enticing our audience to covet our positions.6. Commenting in a Seemingly Innocent, but Flirtatious WayWe all have received or sent that text or email which was taken totally out of context. The written word lacks personal inflection and tone. Thus, written communications are often misinterpreted. Please think before you comment or even “like” that picture of an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. Someone (most likely your current spouse) will see your compliment and deem it inappropriate.It is often beneficial to ask oneself, “what good can come from this comment or action?” Additionally, others in the general audience will see your actions and begin to doubt the status of your current relationship or marriage.7. Pulling PranksJust as the meaning of complimentary comments to the opposite sex can be misconstrued, what one thinks is funny can be offensive or crude to the intended recipient.We all think we are the funniest and most creative person on social media. However, have you ever witnessed posts that were meant to be a joke, but they turn into a circumstance of embarrassment and hurt feelings.In Ephesians 5:4, Paul preached: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”8. Posting Invitations to Pity Parties, Party of OneYou know the post, “I am the ugliest person ever” and the “no one loves me.” Paul preached in Romans 12:2, to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”Deeming oneself as unattractive is demeaning a creation of God and allows our world to set the standard of beauty. “Pity Party” posts are most likely merely invitations to others to rebut the contention. However, these posts only reveal the insecurities of the poster.Social media can be a valuable resource to keep up with long lost friends and family members.Additionally, it facilitates communication of news and information to a large group of people.However, more often than not, it is used as a tool for the devil to distract believers from Christ.In today’s culture, we are guilty of opening up Facebook more often than our Bibles. Additionally, social media gives many users an avenue for secret behaviors and communications, which are destructive to his/her “real relationships.” Just as we should for any communications, we should think before we talk...and type.bio pic Chad NapierChad Napier is a believer in Christ, attorney at law, wannabe golfer, runner, dog lover, and writer. He enjoys serving his church as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and at his golf devotion par3sixteen.com. He and his wife Brandi reside in Tennessee with their canine son, Alistair.
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  • By Don S
    8 Things Christians Should Stop Doing on Social MediaChad NapierCrosswalk.com Contributing Writer201925 Jul8 Things Christians Should Stop Doing on Social MediaWhether writing, posting a picture, or sharing someone’s work, our social media posts are attributed to each of us personally. Each person’s activity on social media can irreparably change everyone else’s perception of that person. Facebook is especially troublesome, as users are not limited by the amount of characters. It has been said, “Facebook is a collection of people that you know, but wish you didn’t and Twitter is a group of followers who you do not know, but wish you did.”As Christians, we must be careful about what we share or write on any platform. Marriages have been torn apart, jobs have been lost, and lives broken by ill-conceived content shared on social media.In James 3:6, we are taught, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”Not only may we be committing a sin by our post, but it also could cause others to stumble. In 1 Corinthians 8:9, Paul wrote, “but take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”Bearing this in mind, here are eight things Christians should probably refrain from doing on social media:1. Sharing Risqué PhotosWe all have moments when we post that assumingly innocent beach photo of our spouse and proclaim our forever love for them. Then, on second thought after it is posted, we realize too much skin was revealed.The Gospel of Matthew details that adultery encompasses more than sexual intercourse. We learn in Matthew 5:38: ‘But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.’We know you think your wife is hot, or you wouldn’t have married her. I wonder if one could surmise that (unscientifically) 8 out of 10 marriages end in divorce six months after a spouse posts the “I have the best man/woman alive” declaration about their spouse.We are inviting others to commit adultery within their heart when we post “revealing photos.”2. Posting “Forgive the Language, But This is Too Good” ContentWe’ve all watched the funny video or political diatribe rant, but it has those few unnecessary curse words thrown in for effect by the creator. We feel it is too good not to post, so we share it anyway with the tagged “language warning.”This type of post is akin to beginning a conversation with the pretexts of either “I don’t mean to be offensive, but” or “Don’t take this the wrong way, but.” What’s the difference between curse-laden humor and angry tirades with expletives? In James 3:10, it was written “from the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”We risk losing our testimony when we praise our God one day in a post, then post vulgar language the next.3. Being Vague and CodedThis type of post contains no details as to who or what is involved, but goes on to rant against a general action that some unnamed person has done to ruin the poster’s life. In Colossians 3:8, we are warned to put away “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”Many times we catch ourselves wanting to vent on social media.Once upon a time, we had “secret diaries” in which we wrote down our innermost thoughts and feelings. When we caught our parents or siblings reading this “super-secret” piece of literary genius, we were utterly embarrassed.However, our society today has no shame, and wishes to share every detail of our misfortunes and desires with literally the whole world. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, we are “to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.” He preached that working was the most effective way to preserve peace and contentment.When we attend to our own business, we avoid getting caught up with those who (under a pretense of affection) attempt to meddle in the business as a way of creating discord. Christ taught that we should not encourage division, animosities, or contentions.4. Sharing Fake News or GossipWe have a duty not to share unfounded rumors despite the desire of wanting to be the first “to get the word out.” These types of posts include clearly false political posts in the attempt to make our political party look good and the opposing party look like a group of heathen.Proverbs 19:9 teaches that “a false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.” Further in Proverbs 11:13, “a gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Many times these posts invoke contention because they involve political or other controversial topics.It’s doubtful that any good can result from a social media argument. It’s unlikely that any Republican or Democrat has ever switched aisles simply because of a Facebook post or video. Proverbs 18:6-8 tells that a “’fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.”5. Boasting About New PossessionsMany times the poster pretexts these posts as “blessings from God.” Clearly, however, when we post photos of our million-dollar house or $60,000 sports car, we are searching for more than an “Amen” or “Praise God” from God’s faithful.These posts are made in an attempt to brag about what we have and what “you ain’t got.”Consider what 95% of the people on your friends list think about their lives when they compare your blessings with theirs. Paul reasoned in 2 Corinthians 11:30 that “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” Additionally, in Exodus 20:17, it was written: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”By posting our new “acquisitions,” we are enticing our audience to covet our positions.6. Commenting in a Seemingly Innocent, but Flirtatious WayWe all have received or sent that text or email which was taken totally out of context. The written word lacks personal inflection and tone. Thus, written communications are often misinterpreted. Please think before you comment or even “like” that picture of an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. Someone (most likely your current spouse) will see your compliment and deem it inappropriate.It is often beneficial to ask oneself, “what good can come from this comment or action?” Additionally, others in the general audience will see your actions and begin to doubt the status of your current relationship or marriage.7. Pulling PranksJust as the meaning of complimentary comments to the opposite sex can be misconstrued, what one thinks is funny can be offensive or crude to the intended recipient.We all think we are the funniest and most creative person on social media. However, have you ever witnessed posts that were meant to be a joke, but they turn into a circumstance of embarrassment and hurt feelings.In Ephesians 5:4, Paul preached: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”8. Posting Invitations to Pity Parties, Party of OneYou know the post, “I am the ugliest person ever” and the “no one loves me.” Paul preached in Romans 12:2, to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”Deeming oneself as unattractive is demeaning a creation of God and allows our world to set the standard of beauty. “Pity Party” posts are most likely merely invitations to others to rebut the contention. However, these posts only reveal the insecurities of the poster.Social media can be a valuable resource to keep up with long lost friends and family members.Additionally, it facilitates communication of news and information to a large group of people.However, more often than not, it is used as a tool for the devil to distract believers from Christ.In today’s culture, we are guilty of opening up Facebook more often than our Bibles. Additionally, social media gives many users an avenue for secret behaviors and communications, which are destructive to his/her “real relationships.” Just as we should for any communications, we should think before we talk...and type.bio pic Chad NapierChad Napier is a believer in Christ, attorney at law, wannabe golfer, runner, dog lover, and writer. He enjoys serving his church as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and at his golf devotion par3sixteen.com. He and his wife Brandi reside in Tennessee with their canine son, Alistair.
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  • 09 Apr 2021
    Do Not Trust Your Heart By Billy Graham   •   April 9 SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Do Not Trust Your Heart And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him . . .—Luke 23:33 One of the ironies of human nature is that it often has a way of rejecting the best and accepting the worst. Why did the crowd ask for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus? The answer is in the biblical statement, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Jesus is just as divine today and just as much alive as He was on that first Good Friday. Yet millions today don’t accept Him. His goodness is still a rebuke to our badness; His purity still shows up our impurities; His sinlessness still reveals our sinfulness; and unless we allow Him to destroy the evil within us, the evil within us still wants to destroy Him. This is the conflict of the ages. Jesus wants your heart. Listen to more in this short audio clip. Read Billy Graham’s answer on having a change of heart and mind. Prayer for the day Lord Jesus, when I reflect upon the agony of Your death at Calvary, my heart is once again humbled at the magnitude of Your love for all mankind.
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    Do Not Trust Your Heart By Billy Graham   •   April 9 SHARE TWEET Home Daily Devotion Do Not Trust Your Heart And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him . . .—Luke 23:33 One of the ironies of human nature is that it often has a way of rejecting the best and accepting the worst. Why did the crowd ask for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus? The answer is in the biblical statement, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Jesus is just as divine today and just as much alive as He was on that first Good Friday. Yet millions today don’t accept Him. His goodness is still a rebuke to our badness; His purity still shows up our impurities; His sinlessness still reveals our sinfulness; and unless we allow Him to destroy the evil within us, the evil within us still wants to destroy Him. This is the conflict of the ages. Jesus wants your heart. Listen to more in this short audio clip. Read Billy Graham’s answer on having a change of heart and mind. Prayer for the day Lord Jesus, when I reflect upon the agony of Your death at Calvary, my heart is once again humbled at the magnitude of Your love for all mankind.
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  • 09 Apr 2021
    April 9 Overcoming Obstacles                   [The women] asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Mark 16:3, niv The women who had been so faithfully vigilant at the Cross during the long hours of Jesus’ suffering returned together first thing Sunday morning to complete the embalming process that Joseph and Nicodemus had hastily done late Friday afternoon. Their voices could be heard on the brisk early morning air as they discussed the problem of how they would roll the stone away. They knew it would be impossible for them to accomplish, even if all of them pushed together. What stone, what obstacle is ahead of you that you think you can’t move or get around, that blocks you from fulfilling your commitment to the Lord? Is it the stone of financial limitations?practical inexperience?physical weakness? If we steadfastly cling to our faith in Him, persevering in our commitment with obedience to His direction and call in our lives, He will roll away the stones for us!
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  • By Don S
    April 9 Overcoming Obstacles                   [The women] asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” Mark 16:3, niv The women who had been so faithfully vigilant at the Cross during the long hours of Jesus’ suffering returned together first thing Sunday morning to complete the embalming process that Joseph and Nicodemus had hastily done late Friday afternoon. Their voices could be heard on the brisk early morning air as they discussed the problem of how they would roll the stone away. They knew it would be impossible for them to accomplish, even if all of them pushed together. What stone, what obstacle is ahead of you that you think you can’t move or get around, that blocks you from fulfilling your commitment to the Lord? Is it the stone of financial limitations?practical inexperience?physical weakness? If we steadfastly cling to our faith in Him, persevering in our commitment with obedience to His direction and call in our lives, He will roll away the stones for us!
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