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ALL HIS CREATIVE ENERGY

A. Brother
        “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.  To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.”                                                                              --Col. 1:28,29           Creative energy is a keyword in our society.  The world trumpets creativity and energy as one of the ways of dealing with life, and tries to lure people into believing they can do anything if they just try.           This lie of Satan results in despair.  We are not created to be creatively energetic without our direct link to God’s creativity and energy.           It was Christ’s creative energy that empowered Paul to labor as He did for the Church.  It was Christ’s creative energy and ingenuity that poured into him to expand the reach of the Good News.           What does this energy give us?           More and more love, more grace, more hope, more peace, more joy, …

COMPROMISE WILL BRING DISASTER

“I will cut off from this place…those who bow down and swear by the Lord and who also swear by Molech.”  --Zeph. 1:4,5
          Many of us who claim Christ also “swear by Molech” just to hedge our bets.           We think we have one foot in the Kingdom of God and one foot in the world, fooling ourselves, believing we’re smart to straddle the line.           We are deceived.           There is no compromise possible with Molech.  This ancient idol, who in this instance represents the world, demands total sacrifice, including our lives and our children’s lives.           Jesus Christ, Lord of all and God of false gods and real men, demands total sacrifice, including our very lives on a daily basis.  The line we “straddle” is actually a chasm that yawns under us, and our compromise will bring sudden and complete disaster.  God will “cut off” all who practice this sort of compromise.           Bow down, all who straddle these opposing worlds.  Down on your knees, on your face, “before the fie…

THE SIGN OF JONAH: DEATH & RESURRECTION

THE SIN OF LOOKING FOR SIGNS AND WONDERS A. Brother

“A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it but the sign of Jonah.  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  --Matt. 15:4
            “But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.”  --Jonah 1:17
            “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ, in God…But now you…have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”  --Col. 3:3,8-10
          Many today look for miraculous signs to convince them that Jesus is the Way.  They, like the Jews in Jesus’ day, demand that they be shown bigger and bigger things in order for God to “prove Himself” to them.           Many people who claim to be Jesus’ followers want to…