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    Taking Up Your Cross

    Many people live under a misconception of what a Christian is and what constitutes a Christian life.  They purport to accept Christ as Savior but continue to live their lives as they lived before they claimed to become Christian.  No change in their behavior or world view is evident in their lives.  Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them”, that is, if someone is really a Christian they will show the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  The fruit of the Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22-25).  Christians strive to have the mind of Christ.  Jesus tells us…

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    What is Truth, Part Two

    The term post-truth has no consistent, official definition.  It is defined differently, if at all, by various social groups.  The definitions are subjective and self serving.  The term post-truth does affirm that truth exists, but that people are choosing to follow lies instead of the truth, which isn’t really rational.  What is left is a conglomeration of conflicting unfounded statements.  And, since post truth has no uniform, rational world view, there is nothing for you to grasp onto, no workable plan to follow.  It’s like the ’60s song “Nowhere Man” who “Doesn’t have a point of view, knows not where he’s going to.  Isn’t he a bit like you, and…

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    Finding Truth in a Post-Truth Culture

    Jesus told Pilate, “To this end I was born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37).  Pilate replied, “What is truth,” and walked away.  It was a rhetorical question.  He didn’t want an answer.  What he meant was that he discounted Jesus’ authority and ability to explain the truth, and that no one knows what truth is.  He showed this when he asked Jesus, “Are you a king” (John 18:33,37).  He didn’t believe Jesus was who He said He was. The majority of people make the same mistake today,…

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    The Great Commission

    Christ gave His disciples instructions after the resurrection and before returning to heaven.  The central instruction to His disciples, and to all Christians, is the Great Commission: “All authority is given to Me in heaven and earth.  Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (NKJV).  We are still living in that age. The Father takes the Great Commission seriously.  He appointed Ezekiel as watchman over Israel: “I have made…

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    The Cross GivesTrue Hope

    Everyone needs hope for the future.  Hope for love, hope for better financial conditions, for recognition, social status and myriad other things.  But if we get those things we find that we are no better off than we were before. And,  we really don’t expect to get what we are hoping for.  The feeling of not having any hope leads to despair, which often leads to alcoholism, drug use or other vices.  Hopelessness leads to the misconception of personal devaluation.  In some people this feeling can lead to actions designed to gain recognition from others so the person feels important.  This is one element in the physiological makeup of mass…