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How Do We Strengthen Our Homes?
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
What can we do to strengthen our homes?  Does the Bible have an answer for us? Keep in mind continually what God calls us to do, He enables and equips us to do. What is most important in our families that causes relationships to be sustained for the long haul? The answer: FORGIVENESS. Some families are filled with bitterness, filled with anger, filled with hate, filled with vengeance towards each other. They believe that retaliation somehow is a virtue, that getting back is somehow right and healthy. These attitudes are not only approved in our culture  but encouraged by counselors and psychologists who tell us we need to vent our anger and our hatred. 
Unforgiveness imprisons people in their past. As long as you are unwilling to forgive offenders…

I've Sinned, What Now?

I’ve Sinned, What Now?
Psalm 51:1-4 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
When David was confronted with his sin and realized that his sin was against God, he prayed a prayer of repentance taking full responsibility for what he had done. David became conscious of the fact that he was fully accountable for his behavior and could not blame someone else for the things that had gone wrong in his life. Th…

Our Just Rewards

Our Just Rewards Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
There is a misconception going around that we're going to stand before Jesus Christ and all of our sins are going be blown up on a big screen. Some have even decided that everything happens at one big moment, the judgment seat of Christ happening together with the great white throne. This a misunderstanding of what the term means when it talks about the judgment seat of Christ.
There are some major judgments in Scripture and God is very specific with each one having its own time and its own place recorded for us.
The judgment of sin is recorded in all four gospels. The payment for sin happened on Calvary's cross. It was there that He who knew no sin became sin for us. God judged sin completely in the death of Jesus Christ.
The judgment of self in I Corinthians 11:31, Paul said this: "If we judge ourselves we shall no…

Why Do Some Fall Away?

Why Do Some Fall Away? Hebrews 6:4-8
There is a dramatic warning to the person who is in the church, who has heard the truth, knows the truth and has rejected the Savior. This is the severest of all dangers because if you fall away, you cannot be renewed to repentance. Salvation is a gift from God and always requires God’s working in the hearts of men. The problem is, people have become dull of hearing and lack discernment (Hebrews 5:11-14).  The word “dull” here is a slow, slothful, response to gospel teaching and passive in spiritual growth. Rejection of the teaching of God’s Word results in a process of harding of the heart. A person that is truly born again cannot lose his or her salvation. But, a person who has become dull of hearing and not embracing the truths of the Bible, starts to lose the desire for that truth no longer wanting to know about the things of God. Some hear the truth but reject the truth holding tightly to their sin. 
This Scripture in Hebrews is talking about som…

Am I Spiritually Stable?

Am I Spiritually Stable? Have you recently thought of giving in, giving up or just quitting on God? Does life seem too hard and your problems keep mounting never going away? Have you contemplated leaving your church because there are just too many hypocrites there and you don’t want to be like them? Do you feel like a ship tossed to and fro in a storm with your mind confused and a little foggy at times? Is the word “peace,” foreign to you and the joy of the Lord nowhere to be found? There is hope and there is help for you in the Word of God. Before you give way to the lies of Satan, please read and consider a charge given to all Christians from the Apostle Paul in the book of Philippians. 
Read Philippians 4:1-9
Paul is writing to the people he calls, “dearly beloved and, my joy and crown,” revealing his deep affection for the Philippian believers. Note: He didn’t receive his joy from the obvious circumstances he was placed in (imprisoned); but from his fellow believers in the city of Ph…