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Consistency Is Important!

1 Peter 1:25

“…but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Life ChangeConsistency is important to most of us. Two plus two better equal four every time or our whole number system is thrown up in the air. Consistency is important.

Inconsistencies usually drive most of us crazy. The person who says one thing and yet does another is an example of inconsistency that drives most of us crazy. Remember when your friends tried to change the rules mid game as a child – like when you were playing whiffle ball – batted left-handed – began to hit homers over the right field fence and they called homers over that fence an automatic double or even an out (my cousin pulled that one on me)?

What about in your line of work – what if the formula for concrete kept changing? What if the codes kept changing – not once-in-awhile but every day? Consistency is something we all try for in life. It is a good feeling for most of us to come home to basically the same-old-same-old. I know that might sound boring to some of our readers – and some variance at times is good – but most of all – we love consistency. Continue reading

February 7, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Discerning Heart

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

RevRayTesting the spirit of someone is not easy – because so many people put on such good airs.  Testing the spirit of what one hears is not easy either.  Discernment is a gift and it is a gift we should all cultivate in our spiritual lives.  I heard a wise pastor once say to his congregation – don’t believe a word I say because I say it – but rather compare what I say to the Word of God to see if what I say is of God.  I have tried to model that statement in my years of ministry and have even used that phrase myself.

In a world filled with cults and false teachers – and even wolves in sheep’s clothing – even among the church members.  People need to be discerning.  How can we discern truth?  How can we discern the Word of truth?  Here are a couple of Scriptures that we can turn to in discerning if a person is of God or not – if a person is speaking truth or not. Continue reading

May 13, 2013 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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