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  • 07 Apr 2019
    What Makes Christianity Different? By Billy Graham   •   April 7 Share22K+ Tweet Home Daily Devotion What Makes Christianity Different? He is not here, but is risen.—Luke 24:6 Something distinguishes Christianity from all the religions of the world. Not only does it carry the truth of the redemption, by the death of our Savior for our sins on the cross, but it carries the fact that Christ rose again. Only the Christian faith claims that its Leader died and rose again and is alive at this moment. Many gravestones carry the inscription, “Here lies . . . ,” but on Christ’s tomb are emblazoned the words, “He is not here.” Christianity has no shrines to visit, no dusty remains to venerate, no tombs at which to worship. Many good men have lived, and still live, in the memory of those who knew them, but there is only one Man who conquered death—Jesus Christ—and He will live forever. Listen to Billy Graham explain the resurrection in one minute. Prayer for the day The account of Your resurrection never ceases to bring me joy, Lord Jesus.
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  • 02 Aug 2019
    Friday, August 02, 2019 The Holy Spirit Is Your Helper 2       JOHN 15:26 NKJ 26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. Never forget that the Holy Spirit's desire and purpose is to help you -- not to hinder you. Also, remember that the Holy Spirit is a person, and should be treated with the utmost respect. Here are some ways the Holy Spirit desires to help you, and will help you when you allow Him to. Teaches Us All Things JOHN 14:26 NKJ 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things . . . . Tells Us Things To Come JOHN 16:13 NKJ 13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, . . . He will tell you things to come. Abides With Us We are not facing life all alone -- as an orphan would. The Holy Spirit is with us continually -- living with us. When we need help He is never far away, but always right with us, waiting for us to call on Him for His help. Empowers Us To Be Witnesses ACTS 1:8 NKJ 8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Brings Life And Healing To Us ROMANS 8:11 NKJ 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Encourages Us ROMANS 8:16 NKJ 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJ 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. SAY THIS: Thank You Holy Spirit that You are my Helper! Thank You for helping me!
    1881 Posted by Don S
  • 03 Jan 2020
    A Simple Message By Billy Graham   •   January 3 Share Tweet Home Daily Devotion A Simple Message As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.—John 15:9 The great Swiss theologian, Dr. Karl Barth, was probably in his generation the greatest theologian in the world, and a great philosopher as well. I did not always agree with him, but he was my friend and I respected him. While he was in this country, a student at one of the seminaries said, “Dr. Barth, what is the greatest truth that ever crossed your mind?” All the seminary students were sitting on the edge of their seats to hear some great, profound, deep, complicated answer. Dr. Barth slowly raised his great shaggy gray head and looked at the student and said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Have you accepted this simple truth? Follow these simple steps to peace with God. Prayer for the day Lord Jesus, may I always keep the knowledge of Your love in true simplicity—unencumbered by much learning. Thank You for loving me.
    1554 Posted by Don S
  • 05 Dec 2018
      December 5 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  -Isaiah 9:6 Government restrains the chaos the serpent lets loose in the world. But government, too, can be caught in the deadly vortex if it has the wrong foundation. Law easily slides into force and tyranny. The only hope for liberty in a world gone mad is government based on love and grace. The Promised One will come bearing the government of the Kingdom of God. As Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God and Eternal Father, He will be strong enough to restrain evil, but gentle enough to be the Prince of Peace.
    1176 Posted by Don S
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APPEARING RELIGIOUS

Devotionals Daily: A Year with Jesus

From A Jane Austen Devotional

APPEARING RELIGIOUS

Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society; the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidance of an illiterate and miserly father; and though he belonged to one of the universities, he had merely kept the necessary terms, without forming at it any useful acquaintance. The subjection in which his father had brought him up had given him originally great humility of manner, but it was now a good deal counteracted by the self-conceit of a weak head, living in retirement, and the consequential feelings of early and unexpected prosperity. A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he felt for her high rank and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a clergyman, and his rights as a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.

Having now a good house and very sufficient income, he intended to marry; and in seeking a reconciliation with the Longbourn family he had a wife in view, as he meant to choose one of the daughters, if he found them as handsome and amiable as they were represented by common report. This was his plan of amends—of atonement—for inheriting their father’s estate; and he thought it an excellent one, full of eligibility and suitableness, and excessively generous and disinterested on his own part.

-From Pride and Prejudice

For Mr. Collins, the primary job of a rector is to say what he thinks everyone around him wants to hear. He is conceited, consumed by his image, and intent on impressing others—most of all his patroness, the Lady Catherine de Bourgh. But worst of all, he completely lacks the ability or desire to shepherd his congregants toward godliness.

Does this kind of religious hypocrisy sound familiar? It should. Mr. Collins’s attitude is nearly identical to that of the New Testament Pharisees, who also adhered to a strict moral code but were mostly concerned with religious performance— both theirs and others’.

It is quite telling that the Greek word used in Luke’s gospel for hypocrisy was a way to describe an actor’s performance in a play. Similarly, religious hypocrites like Mr. Collins and the Pharisees approach their duties as actors approach a script: motivated by a burning need for approval, they are obsessed with appearing religious.

This explains why the Pharisees were so dumbfounded by Jesus, who “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). The simplicity—the very others-centeredness—of Jesus’ message does not fit their standard, and they feel threatened. As with anyone who chooses religion over following Jesus, their obsession with performance lets them avoid their own brokenness. They completely miss the point of close relationship with Christ.

Don’t be like Mr. Collins or the Pharisees, who needed people to respect them more than they wanted to please God. Make the test of your heart-decisions be whether God approves, regardless of what others might say.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” --Galatians 1:10 NIV



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