Archive for July, 2012

July 30, 2012

Resistance is NOT Futile!

by Lester Young

When you read all the good things God has promised us in His Word, and understand that all those promises are “Yes!” and “Amen!” to us through our Lord Jesus Christ, it’s normal to get kinda stirred up. You see things you can have, things you suddenly find out that it’s His will for you to have (especially if it’s something you really need), and your spirit and faith rise up on the inside to the level

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July 28, 2012

Who’s Really to Blame?

by Lester Young

Have you ever been blamed for something you didn’t do? I suppose we all have – some of us more than others (and that probably due to the fact that we also got blamed for the stuff we actually did do, thereby establishing  what’s fondly known as a ‘track record’ – but that’s another subject…). Remember how it made you feel? Ah, I can sense the self-righteousness swelling in you now. The first thing we want to do in those situations is defend ourselves and our ‘good’ name – to get our side of the story out and set the record straight, right?

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July 25, 2012

Of course it’s not ‘fair’ – it’s Grace!

by Lester Young

Okay, here’s the setup: you messed up somewhere. You did something you knew good and well you shouldn’t have done (or it could be you didn’t do something you knew good and well you should’ve [James 4:17]). Or you cut loose and gave someone ‘a piece of your mind’ – as if any of us have all that much of it to spare. Maybe you talked about somebody behind their back, or cheated on your taxes (c’mon, just a tee-nine-chi bit), or perhaps you told one of those ‘little white lies’ (whatever they are). Whatever form it took, whatever size it came in (the small ‘it won’t hurt anyone’ portion, or the jumbo ‘more Bang for the buck’ heaping helping), it amounts to the same thing: you did wrong, you sinned, you transgressed – in other words, you “missed the mark” (Philippians 3:14; 1 John 5:18).

It happens to all of us. It continues to happen to all of us.

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