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“In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment . . .” (1 John 4:17)
COMMENT: Recently there was a startling news story about a much belated admission. Donald Brew, 62, confessed to slaying a woman 38 years ago! He told police that he was sick and he felt that he wouldn’t live much longer. Now I have no idea as to whether Donald is a Christian or not, but evidently he feels that he has some “unfinished business” he wants to set straight before his trip into eternity. Saints, I am not being morbid, but as the youngsters say, let’s “keep it real”. Personally speaking, I did some calculations and I was astonished to find out that, at age 71, I have more years behind me that I have ahead of me. And that is taking into consideration the 120 years I’m believing God for. Recently, I rediscovered a book I purchased and read some 15 years ago, The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges.
I am taking very seriously the three important problems that Jerry says many Christians have. Here they are in his own words. “(1) Our attitude toward sin is more self-centered that God-centered. We are more concerned about our own “victory” over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve the heart of God.  (2) Our second problem is that we have misunderstood “living by faith” (Galatians 2:20) to mean that no effort at holiness is required on our part. The Scriptures teach us that in following holiness the true Christian needs personal exertion and work as well as faith. We must face the fact that we have a personal responsibility for our walk of holiness.(3) Our third problem is that we do not take some sin seriously. But the Scripture says it is “the little foxes that spoil the vines” (Song of Solomon 2:15) It is compromise on the little issues that leads to greater downfalls” ***  As our Lead Scripture indicates, let all of us work on having confidence on the day of judgment. The Word tells us that today is the only day promised. As my Pastor mentioned Sunday, those 32 unfortunate victims at Virginia Tech had no idea that Monday, April 16, 2007 would be their very last day on earth.
***”The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges — NAVPRESS
SCRIPTURE STUDY: 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 and 1 JOHN 2:28
WISE SAYING: SEMPER PARATUS – translation: ALWAYS BE PREPARED! (US Coast Guard Motto)
Not a sermon, just a thought!

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’.” (Psalm 14:1)
COMMENTS: Dear Saint, I imagine that, because I talk about going to Gold’s Gym so often, some of you who don’t know me personally might expect to see the second coming of Charles Atlas when we meet. Well, just let me lower those expectations. However, I would like to relate to you one of the most interesting and disturbing encounters I have ever had at that facility. During the week before Easter I saw a gentleman wearing a tee shirt with the following emblazoned on the front and back: JESUS ISN’T THE NICE GUY THE FALSE PROPHETS SAY HE IS! Below that statement he had Scripture verses. I saw a woman in a deep conversation with that person as I wrote down some of the Scriptures that were on his back. She beckoned to me to join the conversation, but I declined. A person who would blatantly put down Christ in such a public place was just after attention and I was determined not to give it to him. However I did pray for him. Evidently he saw me writing down some of the Scriptures because he later came to me and asked me if I wanted to copy down those written on the front. I declined the offer. I misplaced the verses I had written, but you and I both know that when you take things out of context, you can make a case for anything. That is the reason why we Christians must be continually vigilant to protect ourselves from “deceivers”. There are people who will knock on your door and show you a bunch of verses to prove their flawed theology. Many are misled by these charlatans and allow them to come to their homes on a regular basis and “pollute” their minds with junk. We all need to be “pro-active” about what we allow to rule and reign in our lives.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Ephesians 4:14, 2 Timothy 3:13 and 2 John 7
WISE SAYING: SUFFERING FROM TRUTH DECAY? BRUSH UP ON YOUR BIBLE!
Just a thought, not a sermon.