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The Necessity of a Thankful Heart

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There is a great difference between a person with a thankful heart and one that feels entitled to the good things of life.

This current generation is of the latter type.

Our “entitlement” culture is filled with envy and jealousy. Who covet what others have. And who seek ways to take it from them.

In fact, all the current movement toward Socialism is based upon envy.

Upon the idea that what others have should belong to me or to someone else in need. And that the government should force those that have to give to those that don’t have.

Therefore, individuals today focus on what they believe the world owes them. Or what they believe God owes them.

Or, more accurately, what they demand that the world and God should give them.

And, if not, then they’ll take, by force, what they are due.

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Terrified of the Truth

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A very interesting thing about the Progressive culture is their desire to destroy anything they don’t like.

They hide behind a hypocritical morality waged against those Christians or Conservatives they regard as haters, bigots, homophobes, Nazis, Fascists, etc.

But the reality is that they are simply terrified of spiritual truth.

And are desperately trying to silence any proclamation of the gospel of Christ. And any semblance of basic, biblical morality.

Because they are convicted by their own sins.

And they’re afraid that the Judgment of God might just be real.

And that they will stand before God without any hope.

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Defying God’s Natural Order

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They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Jonah 2:8)

This verse can be applied in countless ways.

But it especially fits the mindset and spiritual condition of our modern “woke” culture.

Especially, the thinking which denies the basic identity of a man and a woman.

As a set thing.

As an absolute that God has established in the world.

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What Do You Mean by “Grace”?

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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

There is a lot of talk about “grace” these days.

Lots of books with “grace” in their titles.

Lots of churches with “grace” in their names.

Lots of religious groups with doctrines talking about “grace”.

And a whole bunch of these same folks are lost in their sins while they talk about “grace”.

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The Gospel is Not All Sweetness and Light

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Not a long post here today.

I’ve been working on a front porch project for the last couple months. And now I’m finding myself trying to get it done before the snow flies.

Fall is in full swing here in Ohio. And some parts of the country are already getting hit with unseasonably early snow.

So, some of my other “To Be Continued … ” posts are taking me a lot longer to complete as I try to get this project finished.

But, in the meantime, I’m watching as so many critical and serious things are happening which are affecting our country and our world. Seriously dangerous things.

And I’m also seeing serious problems increasing in our churches. Especially relating to the way that the gospel is presented to the lost.

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Everyone is Religious: Part 2 – The Lord Cares About the Doctrines We Believe

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The corrupting influence of Progressive Christianity is spreading today because of the seeds of spiritual compromise sown back in the early 1900s. By the early “pioneers” of the Evangelical movement.

As a consequence, virtually every Evangelical church that exists today is, adheres to doctrines that are no different, at their core, than those held by the religious, unbelieving world.

Most of these beliefs flow from a single, basic doctrinal error that is clearly condemned in the scriptures – condemned not simply once or twice but consistently throughout the Bible.

A doctrine warned against at the very beginning of the scriptures as well as at the very end.

Even condemned by the Lord Himself.

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Everyone Is Religious

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A common argument often used against biblically faithful Christians is that they are too religious.

And that religion just divides people.

And that religion is not based on real life or on a real relationship with God.

And that one needs to be more secular, more focused on the real world, and more focused on loving one another.

As opposed to insisting that people all believe the correct doctrines and theology. Which, again they say, only divides people.

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God’s Starting Point – Part 2: Death is Required

Wheat in a Hand

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24)

There are countless examples of those who have possessed great understanding of spiritual things, who have had phenomenally successful ministries, who have enjoyed great respect for their intellect and sound biblical positions.

But who have eventually fallen into compromise.

Because they did not allow the Cross to be applied to their lives. They had too much confidence in their own performances, reputations, or outward successes.

They had confidence in their own strength. And in their own Christian flesh.

The Missing Part of the Gospel

Most Christians live with an understanding of only part of the work that the Lord has accomplished on their behalf.

They know that He died for them. And that He paid the penalty for their sins. They know that the scriptures say how we are “dead to the law” and “dead to sin” (Galatians 2:19; Romans 6:11). They know that they are “crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20)

They even read the words that we arerisen with Christ“. (Colossians 3:1-4)

But they live as if the Lord has only accomplished one part of this for them. And they persist in trying to live a life that is impossible for them to live.

All because of a terrible misunderstanding that is common across the Christian spectrum.

This is not something missing in only one group or one denomination. This is a common blessing and truth that is missing all across the board in the lives of believers.

This is something that is missing in the lives of those who have already been born again.

Living by What Power?

This could be explained in a couple ways.

Consider a man who owns an awesome car. Who does not put gas in that car. Who gets out of his car and tries to push his car down the road. Failing to realize that his car runs on gasoline; and not by his own effort.

Or a kerosene lamp. That is cleanly trimmed. And very nicely polished. But does not have the kerosene within it. And yet, the owner tries to light the wick without any success. Who, at best, gets only short moments of light as he lights and re-lights the wick. While it continues to go out.

Failing to understand that he must put kerosene in the lamp to make it work.

Or the electric lamp that thinks it can bring light to those sitting around it. But it is not plugged in. The electricity is not flowing through it. And so, it can never give light. As beautiful and stylish and shiny as it is.

It is a worthless paperweight sitting on an end table. Because it believes it can light the room by its own power. Instead of allowing the electric current to flow through it and light it up.

Leaving the Spirit Behind

We live in a way no different than this.

Because we fail to see that the Lord has put us to death. In order that He can be our life.

Not in order that we can be a life for Him. Or to live for Him. But so that He can be our Life. So that He can be our Life for us.

But we just don’t get it.

Instead, we constantly try to reverse this truth. In a million different ways, we twist this around.

Churches constantly reverse this by the way that they teach us to live. By getting it wrong in a million different ways.

The Christian world is filled with teaching that tries to combine modern motivational psychology with the Bible. Only to accomplish disastrous results.

We are basically taught a kind of Christian form of the “Psychology of Winning”, the “Power of Positive Thinking”, and the hard-work, sports-training ethic all rolled into one. With a lot of Bible verses sprinkled in to make it very compelling.

Which is an especially seductive method used by those trying to build a ministry, to train up leaders, to reach out to the community, to be “missional”, or to “make a difference” in the world.

While leaving the Lord and His Spirit behind. As they run ahead waving for the Holy Spirit to catch up!

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God’s Starting Point

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When we think about the gifts of the Spirit, as put forth in I Corinthians 12, we might confuse those gifts with our natural abilities, or natural skills, or even with our aptitude for a specific spiritual work.

Many leaders in “full-time Christian service” believe they are called by the Lord because of their abilities or experience. Such as someone with experience as a teacher, a coach, a business manager, or who has skills that might be useful in managing a church and its congregation.

But this is not how God chooses or uses people.

The Lord is not interested in the strengths of men. Nor is He impressed with their celebrity, their influence, their singing voices, their oratory skills, or their ability to rally people around a cause or a movement.

God’s way is based on something entirely different.

His way is based on our weakness. And on our failures.

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