|08/27/2015 02:30 PM|
|Something Better Than Forgiveness|
The recent news stories surrounding the Ashley Madison hack have stirred up several shocking revelations of people caught using the adultery website who should have known better. It’s not over. There surely will be more to come.
The backlash over such stories has been something of a cultural phenomenon in itself. Some have rushed to judge and condemn those caught in sin, while others have rushed to forgive and have encouraged others to quickly forgive these sins.
|08/26/2015 01:00 AM|
You would have thought that I would learn…for years on Christmas day afternoon I would be assembling toys for my children. You know the toys I'm talking about—the ones that came in boxes warning "some assembly required." I rarely consulted the instructions and almost always the toy didn't look like the photo on the box. I had pieces left over or not enough pieces or broken pieces because I was forcing those pieces into places they didn't go. So as a last resort I would read the instructions, and they explained everything.
I'm obviously a slow learner. Because even today when asked to put together something that has "some assembly required", my first impulse is just put things together without even looking at the instructions. I know that I am not alone because people have been doing the same thing since, well forever, and that includes God's people.
From the Garden forward, those who claim to do what God instructs — don't. Adam and Eve, the Hebrews that wandered in the wilderness, those talked about in the Book of Judges, almost all of the Kings of Israel and Judah. They did things without consulting the instructions.
Even today, after God allowed His Son to die for our sins, God's people still don't seem to read the instructions.
The Bible, Scripture, holds God's directions for his followers. If you don't read it, you don't know how to put your life together. And what you actually get doesn't resemble anything close to what you envisioned. You have pieces lost or pieces that are left over because you don't know where they fit, or you don't have all the pieces. Without reading The Book, you don't know who has gone before you, and you don't really know where you are going. You wander in your own wilderness.
The instructions help to explain everything! You have to read them to know what you should look like.
Study God's word, The Bible, and experience how all the pieces fit into place.
If you would like some help as to where to start reading the instructions, The Bible, I think I can help. Join our conversation at www.hopeforlife.org or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bill Brant is the President and CEO of Herald of Truth Ministries based in Abilene, Texas.
Website: Hope For Life
|08/27/2015 12:01 AM|
|Promise #239 - Thursday August 27, 2015|
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Psalm 5:12 (WEB)
For you will bless the righteous.
Yahweh, you will surround him with favor as with a shield.
|08/27/2015 03:00 AM|
|Quote for Thu August 27, 2015|
"It seems to me, as time goes on, that the only thing that is worth seeking for is to know and to be known by Christ -- a privilege open alone to the childlike, who, with receptivity, guilelessness, and humility, move Godward. "
— Charles H. Brent
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|08/26/2015 08:00 PM|
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
|08/27/2015 12:15 AM|
|Claim Your Children|
It’s not some high-tech gadget you can pick up at a store… it’s a sense of belonging. So how can you instill that in your kids? At home, let your kids know they’re important to you, and to your family. Affirm their positive character traits, encourage their unique gifts, and let them know their thoughts and opinions matter. Then, when you’re out in public, praise them to others – and proudly claim them: “This is my daughter, Rachel… she’s an amazing young lady”… “This is my son, Bryan… I’m so proud of him.” Give your kids a sense of belonging and they’ll never have to look for it elsewhere.
For more on this topic on my blog, go to MarkMerrill.com.
|08/27/2015 04:51 PM|
|'GTA 6' Rumors: Release Date Scheduled for 2018, New US-Wide Map Under Development?|
Unarguably one of the best-selling video games of all time, rumors of a sequel have been following "Grand Theft Auto 5" for years.
|08/27/2015 04:33 PM|
|Hillary Clinton: Pro-Life Republicans Are Like Terrorists|
At a rally in Cleveland Thursday, Hillary Clinton upped the rhetoric on abortion, comparing pro-life Republicans to terrorist groups.
|08/27/2015 04:34 PM|
|'Teen Mom 2' Season 6 Updates: Nathan Arrested After Fighting with Jenelle; Leah Gets Divorce Papers|
Nathan is booked after a fight with Jenelle, and Leah receives her divorce documents when "Teen Mom 2" Season 6 began with a new episode Thursday.
|08/27/2015 04:09 PM|
|'Dominion' Season 2 Recap, Spoilers: Episode 8 "The Longest Mile Home" Teases the Return of William Whele|
The last week's showing of Syfy's hit apocalyptic supernatural drama TV series "Dominion" Season 2 revealed the reason behind Archangel Gabriel's hatred towards mankind and it involves the death of a loved one.
|08/27/2015 03:58 PM|
|'The View' Cast News, Update: Season 19 Adds Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris|
In the latest casting updates of ABC's hit reality TV talk show, "The View," Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris will be joining Whoopi Goldberg, Raven-Symone and Michelle Collins as co-hosts in the upcoming Season 19 of the show.
|08/27/2015 07:47 AM|
|Who Will Go?|
God said in the presence of Isaiah, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" In a sense, God is still asking this question. Whom shall I send? Who will go for us? Will you go? Will you stand in the gap?