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    Self Evaluation

    This is a short post this week.  I want to give you a question to think about, and I’m definitely talking to myself here, too:  How good of a Christian are you?  Do you measure up to the standards Jesus gave us in the great commandment? There is no possible way anyone can love you as much as God loves you.   Jesus was God incarnate, and He gave His life here on earth for you.  He made sacrifices for you that, in all probability, you are unwilling to make for Him. His commandment to you and to me is that we should love God with all out heart, all…

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    You Are Loved

    God is love.  You have heard that before, I’m sure.  The sentence has been used so many times in so many ways, many inappropriate, that it has become  almost meaningless to most people.  However, the truth behind the statement is of primary importance to you in your relationship with God. You do have a relationship with Him.  It may not be a good relationship, but you have one none the less.  And, you can’t love anyone except that God first originated love.  The human ability to love someone else and to love God originates with Him.  Paul wrote that we love God because He first loved us.  Jesus’ greatest commandment…

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    What is Freedom?

    Everyone wants to be free, and we all should be free.  No argument in that, I don’t think.  We in the United States live in “the land of the free”, and we cherish our freedom.  The problems arise in how different people define freedom.  Some cults believe freedom is there right to practice their form of religion, and everybody else should follow suit.  In the late 1960s through the early ’70s, the hippies thought that being free meant dropping out from the “straight” society and doing their own thing, whatever that was.  “Tune in, turn on, and drop out” was the slogan.  But they were as dependent on the straight…

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    Taking Up Your Cross, Part 2

    The meaning of taking up your cross is mostly misunderstood as putting up with and enduring the hardships that come along in life.  Certainly there are hardships, frustrations and problems in life that must be worked through.  Avoiding these things only creates more troubles.  Problems and hardships come to everyone whether or not they are Christians.  Therefore, saying that bearing your cross means just having to live through hardships secularizes the saying.  What, then, does taking up your cross mean in the Christian context?  Jesus said, “Therefore, whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies Me before men,…