Post an article on doctrine, and especially on one of the brotherhood’s favorite subjects, and our people will flock to it. Post one on prayer, evangelism, the Christian virtues, or some other practical aspect of our faith, and watch it cry for attention. This tendency has been noted over and over again in the various sites published by Forthright/GoSpeak.
If there is a solution to this problem—and it is a serious one—only God knows. (He does know the solution: it’s called repentance. How to get our people to repent is another issue.)
If the Lord Jesus requires obedience to his covenant, let us be obedient in all things. Let us teach all his will, and practice it as well. Continue reading
To praise God one must do so with the whole heart. This means not holding anything back from him. We cannot hide or desire any sin or idol. God forgives the repentant person, so that we can worship him. Glory to God for wholeness!
God has never sinned, never does wrong, always does what is right. Jesus cures our souls and calls us to repentance. God has been called the God of the second chance. He commands us to sin no more, so that we might be his people and enjoy his fellowship. Blessed be the God of holiness!
Below are some of the flittery paragraphs, plus a few, that didn’t make the cut for today’s Forthright Magazine article, “Monday editorial flitter.”
¶ At the editorial link above, you’ve been given a Monarch butterfly to enjoy. Around here, though, the common butterfly is solid yellow, a smiling burst of joy that flutters the heart. Can’t miss them.
¶ Jesus is called the Word because he expresses the mind of God. “As a word is an exact image of an idea, so is ‘The Word’ an exact image of the invisible God” (A. Campbell).
Jesus’ obedience was complete, right up to his last day. Thus, “he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” Heb 5.9.
Our obedience must also be complete, in order to receive from his hand eternal salvation. Continue reading
READ: “Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.” Lk 17.3.
THINK: We can’t refuse to forgive a brother and expect God’s forgiveness, Mt 6.12-15. Forgiveness is more than not taking a brother’s error into account; it seeks his restoration through loving confrontation. He who loves rebukes; letting a brother continue in sin shows a lack of concern for his eternal destiny. Continue reading
READ: “Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent” Acts 17.30 NET.
THINK: Repentance, a commandment of God, is the decision to change. We abandon idols (our preferences) in order to serve God, 1Th 1.9-10. God no longer permits the ignorance of the past. Continue reading
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
To be a child again,
Relive the days of old,
To right a thousand wrongs,
There is no going back. Continue reading
What holds me back? What walls remain?
What fears or loves or sins constrain?
Why can’t the self give full consent
To Jesus’ call to fully repent? Continue reading
Eliphaz and his friends offer some good advice to Job, but they make horrible application in his case. Among their good advice is this word, which is also found all across Scripture: Continue reading