To Lose or Not to Lose August 14, 2020

A study of Canadians’ body mass suggests that slightly overweight people had a lower risk of dying than those of normal weight. For decades, we’ve been encouraged to lose weight. Now we’re being advised to gain weight. The rules about our physical health seem to change from time to time. But when it comes to our spiritual health, the Bible, our guide, is always consistent, instructing us to admit our inability to please God by doing good works. Gaining God’s favor does not come about by what the Bible describes as “works of righteousness that we have done.” Doctor Luke tells us there is “no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Medical people, being human, occasionally make mistakes, but our Heavenly Father doesn’t. We can trust Him for time and eternity.

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God’s Remote Control August 12, 2020

He could receive emails but could not send any. So, he called for help. The technician who answered determined that she would need to have remote control of his computer. This was agreed to, and soon he could see a cursor moving around on his monitor. When the technician’s instructions were followed, the problem was solved. This giving control of our computer to a technician is an illustration of what God expects of us, when we humbly call out to Him for help. He asks us to put our lives in His hands, under His control. The Bible puts it as follows: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Our Lord asks us to submit our lives to Him. We can trust Him to take good care of us.

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Divine Diagnosis August 10, 2020

Newspaper columnist Dr. W. Gifford Jones, M.D. reminds us that blood studies can now predict ailments before they strike, such as a pre-diabetic state. Then helpful steps can be taken. Like our physical condition, it is also possible to know our spiritual condition. For example, a verse in the New Testament states, “There is none righteous, no not one!” That clearly reveals that every single one of us is a sinner by nature and by choice. Yes, that’s a hard pill to swallow, but when we accept its truth and admit the fact that on our own we cannot please God, then we can move on to make the greatest decision of our lives, as explained by John in his gospel… “As many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name.” That’s the prescription of Jesus.

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A Complicated World August 7, 2020

Baylor University in Texas released a survey stating that female undergraduates spend an average of ten hours a day interacting with their phones, while males interact for eight hours a day. Focusing on what’s important is difficult at the best of times. Now we have all sorts of new distractions like email, smart phones, texting, tweeting, Facebook, and more. It is vital that we get our priorities correct and to heed the advice of the Apostle Paul. He wrote that we should be “redeeming the time,” and to “seek those things which are above.” Jesus Himself admonished us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Technology can be useful for entertainment, communication, and business, but let’s not allow it to control us so much that we neglect preparing for the next life.

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Golden Age of Answers August 5, 2020

Today’s technology gives easy access to billions of times as much information as was held in all the libraries on earth 2,000 years ago. We live in the golden age of answers, the information age. A while back, a Time magazine entitled “The Second Age of Reason” wisely stated, “Of course information is not knowledge or wisdom.” The key is how to ask the right questions-questions with consequences, such as, “How can I know God?” and, “How do I receive eternal life?” The Bible answers in John’s words, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” And later John added, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life… these things I have written to you that you may know that you have eternal life.”

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Carbon Dioxide Gas August 3, 2020

Carbon dioxide has been called the “silent killer.” It is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. It is a reminder that what we don’t know can hurt us. Sadly, many put their heads in the proverbial sand and ignore warnings of imminent danger, thinking, “It won’t happen to me.” This is most serious when pertaining to the next life. Refusing to act upon our responsibility to make our peace with God does not change the truth. One New Testament writer asked, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Jesus, when the people of His day rejected His offer of forgiveness and eternal life, cried out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem. How I wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing.” That offer is still open to all people today.

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We Cannot Hide from God July 31, 2020

A few years ago, New York designers Adam Harvey and Johanna Bloomfield created a clothing line called Stealth Wear. The garments are made of a synthetic fabric that reflects heat to prevent the body’s thermal signature from reaching the eye of an infrared camera. Wearers become virtually invisible. Some try to hide their wrongdoing, but you cannot hide anything from God. The Bible states, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” However, the Bible also says, “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ.” He is the atonement for our sins, and for the sins of the whole world. Now that is good news for everyone.
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Knowing the True from the False July 29, 2020

FBI agents must be able to recognize counterfeit currency. To do so, they thoroughly study genuine money, to identify fakes by their difference from the real thing. And when seeking to know the difference between a real Christian and a mere professor, we need to see God’s definition of real Christians. If we are trusting in our good works, we need to learn that salvation is “not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to God’s mercy He saves us.” If we think we are good in God’s eyes, we need to learn that “There is not a just man [or woman] on earth who does not sin.” When we admit that we need someone outside ourselves to forgive us and take us to heaven, we are ready to “call upon the name of the Lord.”
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It is Finished July 27, 2020

A story is told of a famed cabinet maker who decided to surprise a life-long friend with a gift. For months, he worked to produce a beautiful table and delivered it to his friend’s home. Then to his surprise, his friend, with a piece of sandpaper, walked toward the table planning to add his efforts to the masterpiece. The master craftsman cried out, “Please, stop! There is nothing more to do. It is finished.” Similarly, Christ on the cross did all that was necessary for us to receive the gift of eternal life. We don’t need to help by doing good works. Because on that old rugged cross, as He died, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Paul later explained it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy” that we are saved.
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Fear of Needles July 24, 2020

Recently I read about a strongly built, husky young man who fainted just before he was to get a needle. He was experiencing belonephobia, a fear of sharp objects, especially needles. Happily, there are needles as short as four millimeters and as fine as 32-gauge needles to take the fear away. But wouldn’t it be great if there was a needle to take away all fear, such as fear of failure, ill health, the future, and other concerns? Well, our Heavenly Father promises to remove fears. He said in the book of Isaiah, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you.” When we have Christ in our lives, we find that “perfect love casts out fear.” So, let’s take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there.
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