"Here is the great evangelical disaster—the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this—namely 'accommodation': the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. First, there has been accommodation on Scripture, so that many who call themselves evangelicals hold a weakened view of the Bible and no longer affirm the truth of all the Bible teaches.." ~ Francis Schaeffer
Monday, January 23, 2012
You and I have been called out to worship and shine, and never to allow our biblical convictions, morals, or practices to erode away like our society does.
Friday, January 20, 2012
"We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God." ~ Vance Havner
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
The truth liberates or it infuriates.
It's true and the hearer chooses. The same sun that harden's the clay can soften the wax. I pray God's word softens your heart for God's great evangelistic Cause. He wants to use you as you spread the truth.
All truth is God's truth. Any and all lies are not from Him. You know that it is Mr Lu-Cifer who is into lies and deception. Resist him. Deny him.
You choose if you want to humbly apply the Bible truth that you hear. You and I choose if we will share the truth that has already liberated us.
Yes, you and I choose what the truth will do to you and to me. Christians are called to love and apply the truth even on the days when they might feel distracted to other things.
But if you're a non-worldly, a non-carnally-minded, practical need-meetin' kinda person that is vertically connected and properly responding to the ultimate need-meetin'-Person, then guess what!
Dare ya to biblically rep Christ with ♥ in a world that lacks ♥. A world-Christian is different than a so called worldly Christian that would be ineffective in world-changing by faith. They are an on-fire spiritual believer in love with Christ.. one that has those in the world on his or her heart. They want to do their part on their knees and in witnessing so that people will understand the Gospel and be saved. Their attitude is.. Hear I am God, send me. Someone needs to hear of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. I'm willing to cross the sea for You, but I'm also willing to cross the street to go tell my neighbor.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
..be sure to do your part in maintainin' ..or in preservin' if you will.. the unity of the Spirit with other fishers. Imperative!
"Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers." 2 Tim. 2:14
"And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men [and 'all' in the original language here actually means: all], apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves..." 2 Tim. 2:24-25, emph. mine
God makes us tender-hearted and kind like Jesus, as we make the choice to be like Him. Dear.. dear brothers and sisters, many secondary differences can still be respectfully debated even in a spirited way, but why go and break fellowship with family members when these ole debates which godly saints have thoroughly discussed, have been around for multiple centuries? Have we not nets and hooks to cast instead of minutes to burn?
Peace-out bro n sis. Let love compel you—no witnessin' time to waste! Be gracious. Be a blessing to hang with. Both sinners and saints loved to be with Jesus. He had a great attitude with the right priorities. Be godly ..daily, instead of pugnacious, uber-gruff, abrasive, puffed, hurtful, divisive, or contentious.
"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." See Paul's whole context with Eph. 4:1-3, nkjv
"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind." ~ Eric Hoffer
"We put up with anything rather than hinder the Gospel of Christ." 1 Cor. 9:12
Holy fear, a clear conscience, accuracy with the text-work, and pure-passion must inform our tone, inner human spirit, approach, and tact ..for indeed our hook, net, and appropriate bait-occasions don't really come by so often ..and besides.. these are your last days as well as mine no matter your escatological stance. fish4souls.org
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
"Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!" See Psalm 150:1-6
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." Read James 1:1-27
"Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9
"So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander." 1 Peter 2:1
"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3
Put off the old man, don't feed your fleshly nature, look for and see the good stuff, turn away from the pollutants, and put on the new man instead. Receive Him by faith. Hear His words, think His thoughts, know His heart beat, do His deeds. "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience." Colossians 3:12
"And to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:23-24
How often do you meditate upon God's word, or prayer God's word? Got any "attitude quotes, personal thoughts or Bible passages or verses to add below?