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The 4th & Our True and Lasting Freedoms

Scotty Smith   It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1 Lord Jesus, it’s the Fourth of July—a holiday set aside in the USA to remember the freedom we enjoy as citizens. As broken, divided,…

Those Short-Fused Irritability Days

Scotty Smith Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Eccl. 7:9 (ESV) Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Prov. 14:9 (ESV) Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to…

The Greatest Joy

R. C. Sproul Jesus warned His disciples about having a misplaced basis for their joy. At one point during His earthly ministry, Jesus sent a group of His disciples out on their own to preach the gospel and to heal the sick and those who were under demonic possession. Jesus appointed seventy-two of His followers…

Avoid That Slip

Charles Spurgeon Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. Proverbs 3:23 ESV That is to say, if we follow the ways of wisdom and holiness we shall be preserved in them. He who travels by daylight along the highway is under some protection. There is a way for…

Are You Addicted To Your Phone?

Tim Challis Compulsive [kəm-ˈpəl-siv] adjective: “resulting from or relating to an irresistible urge, especially one that is against one’s conscious wishes.” I’ve recently been thinking about compulsion, especially as it relates to one of the most incredible devices ever made: the smartphone. A little bit of self-analysis shows that the way I use my smartphone…

Good News Hearts in a Bad News World

Scotty Smith Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure; they will have no fear. Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV) Heavenly Father, we crave the heart King David describes in this Psalm—especially as…

Good Friday?

Scotty Smith And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matt. 27:46 “It is finished.” John 19:30 Lord Jesus, it’s hard not to feel conflicted…

Life Has Not Been Easy

Tim Challies   There is something satisfying about complaining, isn’t there? Even though we know it’s sinful, we still find a sick satisfaction in it. For some reason, airing our grievances seems to be a form of therapy. It does not take much to reveal the discontentment that lurks just beneath the surface of our…