The apostle Paul admonished, “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22 KJV). The admonition does not just deal with not committing sin. It deals with staying out of potentially sinful situations, situations wherein we might find ourselves unduly tempted to sin. The idea is to stay away from not just the sin, but also the temptation that could lead to sin.
“Hold the line!” It’s a statement that calls for immediate strength and action. It even carries the idea of a command, a strong command. One might think of a football team being exhorted by its coach or captain to “Hold the line!” on a given play. If the opposing team breaks through the line, it could mean the ballgame.
Many passages of scripture speak of God’s love for mankind. Jesus stated, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). Paul wrote, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). John also wrote, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn. 4:10). What God did, in sacrificing “His only begotten Son,” was certainly a supreme act of love.
The debate as to whether gay marriage ought to be legalized has been raging across our land for a number of years. It is my understanding that the president of our great nation has recently made a public statement of support for legalizing gay marriage- marriage between two men or two women. Never before has a president of this country issued such a statement. As citizens of this nation what should be our position and attitude regarding this prospect?
The book of Hebrews gives a great deal of attention to emphasizing the superiority of Christ, the gospel, Christianity and the church over Moses, the old law and Judaism. In doing so, the writer provides a lot of information about Christ, giving Him much glory in the process. Note briefly several points made in just the first three verses of the first chapter…
Jesus admonished Peter, James and John, at Gethsemane, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). What a profound warning from our Lord! We would do well to consider the seriousness of His words here and their potential implications.
Mother’s day! We love our mothers, and rightfully so. Much has been written about the special, nurturing love of a mother. It’s not that a mother’s love is better or more important than that of a father. It’s just different, unique. I believe we can see God’s handiwork when we observe how He designed the family. A child needs both the special love of a mother and the different but equally special love of a father. Both are needed for the full nurturing, molding and development of a child in the home.
I once read an article telling about two friends who were walking through the desert, talking. They got into an argument, and one friend slapped the other in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything he wrote in the sand, “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”
Attitude! We all have one. It’s often difficult for us to see our own, but it’s obvious to everyone else. We often deny ours while pointing out everyone else’s. It can be either positive or negative. It can be the source of encouragement or discouragement. It can produce joy or anger. It can lead to our own fulfillment or despair. It can be as elusive as the wind and as powerful as dynamite.
“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s an old saying that really hits the proverbial nail right on the head! How many people go through life day after day, constantly intending to do something they’ve been neglecting to do, or to stop doing something they know they should not be doing? Such intentions cover a wide range of behavior.
Gary L. Hutchens