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Sound Doctrine Doesn’t Change with the Culture

Hebrews 13:9

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings (doctrines).   It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.

Life ChangeA number of people have debated Biblical truth over the years. Sound doctrine – even settled doctrine for 2000 plus years – is being debated by some well-intentioned individuals. People are trying to equate God’s love with some sense of an overwhelming acceptance of sin or even describing sinful acts as acceptable to God. The signs of the end are all around us dear readers. I read in today’s passage that sound doctrine is put up against ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. We must feast on sound doctrine – rather than on what sounds good with today’s culture.

The example I want to use to help us get the point today is the obesity of our society. Far too often our children – and adults – are fed foods that are empty of value but full of calories. Junk foods –satisfy the mind and stomach – but do not add proper nutrition. These foods are filled with sugar – calories – and chemicals – that are not good for the body. The term junk food refers to items that may taste good – but have little – if any nutritional value. They are high in calories and often loaded with fat. Soft drinks – chips – cookies – candy bars – and much of the food from fast-food stops fit this category.

Our society has a hard time with our weight – because we fill ourselves with way too much feel good junk food. I believe we have the same problem with our theology. Way too often we turn our itching ears to false truths because they sound good. We’re warned about this position by God as Paul write in his second letter to Timothy. Continue reading

March 11, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

November Fast – Final Chapter

James 1:12

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

profileThis is coming out an hour late today because I had a turkey hangover (lol).  I slept in today and didn’t write this last night because it was family time and the Ravens were on (what an amazing game for sure).  So here you go.  Your Friday devotional thought (November Fast – Final Chapter).

The November fast is almost history – only a couple of days left.  Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror and the next holiday is Christmas.  Yet – even after four weeks of fasting – from snacks and candies during week one – from fast foods during week two – from negative people and situations during week three – and from secular music during week four – there are still a few days left in November. Continue reading

November 29, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

November Fast – Week Three

Matthew 4:1-2

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

profileOK – this fasting stuff is starting to get on my nerves.  Not the spending more time with Jesus part (loving that part) – but the fasting from stuff part.  The first week I fasted from snacks and candies.  As the week progressed I slipped once with some potato chips at a church luncheon (put them on my plate without even thinking about it – ugh).  The second week I added fast foods to my list while trying to continue with the snacks and candies fast.  At another church dinner (do you see a pattern here) I had a dessert and someone said something to me.  I mean – desserts are not snacks or candies right – but they thought I said I was fasting from sweets (which I did not say).  When you broadcast your fast there are eyes everywhere!! Continue reading

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

November Fast – Week Two

Matthew 4:1-2

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

profileHere we are – day one of week two – of the November Fast.  I can’t say I’m hungry because I didn’t fast like Jesus did – but I did have a desire for a Snicker’s bar this past week – my candy of choice.  I slipped up – like I reported on my blog page here – and had a couple of chips at a church meal before I remembered.  But for the week I stayed away from snacks and candies.

Now week two is upon us.  I have decided to fast from fast food during week two.  Fast food is another of my weaknesses.  I mean – you can get a double hamburger for a buck!  And it is quick – in and out and you’re on your way with lunch or a late night snack.  The trouble is a double hamburger at this one place is 390 calories and not all good calories at that. Continue reading

November 8, 2013 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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