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IS MANKIND EVIL? DO SPARKS FLY UPWARD?

Man is by nature a liar.  Mankind is prone to lie as much as birds are prone to fly.  We just gravitate to speaking lies, and living lies.  As we get older and wiser, and God works in us to give us some understanding, this fact becomes foundational to the way we live.  We learn not to trust in people, but only in God and His Word.
At least those who listen to the Spirit of God will learn this truth.  When you examine Scripture, start to finish, it is the chronicle of man seeking to avoid responsibility for his own error, by  innuendo, pretense, and outright fabrication.  Whether it is Adam pointing the finger at Eve, Abraham lying about Sarah to save himself, Laban lying to Jacob, or countless other examples, we see that the face of man is fake, and that he lies even to himself about nearly everything.
Today, we live in an incredibly and increasingly naive time.  Weaned on the worldly media, and educated in pretense, the new generations of younger people show the results of the teaching…

TRUE PROPHETS TELL THE STRAIGHT-UP TRUTH.

THE DESPERATE NEED FOR TRUE PROPHETS
By Zac Poonen
"If you leave God's paths and go astray (to the right or to the left), you will hear a Voice behind you say, `No, this is the way; walk here'" Isa. 30:20,21
The Voice referred to here is the voice of the Holy Spirit Who alerts us when we go even slightly astray (to the right or to the left) from the straight and narrow path that leads to the throne of God.   When we look at the churches of believers today, we find that most of them have got into a rut - either to the right or to the left of the straight line of truth.
Consider just one example: Some groups over-emphasize the gifts of the Spirit and are imbalanced in one direction. Others over-emphasize the fruit of the Spirit and neglect the gifts altogether and are thus imbalanced the other way. Neither of these groups seems to be listening to the Voice that is trying to tell them to move to the left/right in order to get back to the centre. Each group has its own favorite …

"CHRISTIANS" WHO DISTORT THE TRUTH

"Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth..." Acts 20:30
I'm writing with a heavy heart today, as I'm overwhelmed by the massive distortions of truth perpetuated by men who call themselves believers in Christ.  Just visiting the blog world, the writings of the people central to all the so-called "Christian industries" such as publishing, and music, and the arts, education, and ministry is a journey into the chaos of self-promotion.       This is not Christ.  This smorgasbord of self-focus is not Christ.  The name of Christ is not mentioned, except in passing, like a reference on a resume.         Of course I serve Christ, so I do this, or that, and look at me, and at my fine, wonderful life of achievements.  Of course I serve Christ, but look at me and my family, and my latest book, or CD, or degree, or conference speaking schedule.  Of course I serve Jesus, that's why I'm so successful, and have a big following on all the social m…

LIVING LIKE THE TIME IS SHORT

LIVING LIKE THE TIME IS SHORT A. Brother
“What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on, those who have wives Should live as if they had none; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy as if they were not; those who buy something as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. I would like you to be free from concern.” 1 Corinthians 7:29-32
What an important and overlooked instruction for all of us today.
The time is short.  It was short for our brothers in the 1st century, and it is short for you and me in the 21st century.  We have a very brief time in which to do the work of Christ on the earth, and then we pass into eternity with Him.
Where does our passion lie?  Is it with the “dailies”?  Those myriad of concerns we busy ourselves with?  Our husbands, wives, children, our jobs and careers, our health, our jobs and careers, the things we buy or sell, the things…