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Don't Violate Your Conscience

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Don’t Violate Your Conscience
Acts 24:16  In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.
Have you taken great pains to have a clean conscience before God and man or, have you allowed the world to instruct you to ignore your guilt feelings and make your conscience weak? This is a dangerous way to live your life as a Christian.
God has graciously given you something within that is powerful to assist you in the struggle against sin. He gave you a conscience, and that conscience can bring you real pleasure and freedom. Examining your guilt feelings in the light of Scripture and then confessing and forsaking your sin will cleanse your conscience. Dealing with sin immediately is a continuous quality or aspect of the Christian life. It is a privilege and joy to walk before God with a clear conscience.
Sometimes people think their guilty conscience will just clear up over time without dealing with it. But, guilt feelings can remain for …

When God Says, "No!"

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When God Says, “No!”

II Samuel 7
Up to this time, David’s life has been filled with war, bloodshed, and trouble. David is now resting from his enemies, and a thought comes to mind, a desire to build a special dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant. The prophet Nathan is introduced in Scripture for the first time and will later record many of the events surrounding David’s life.
We must remember that Nathan is human––like the rest of us and the proposal David gave him sounded great. Nathan would have a new “church” in which to worship the Lord in, so he responded quickly. How did Nathan know God would want a building? Had Nathan talked to God about it? Maybe he reasoned as many of us do. “If it’s in the name of God, it must be okay.” That night as Nathan lay down to sleep, the LORD spoke to him and Nathan realized that he had spoken too soon, and would now have to go to David to admit that he had been wrong. 
Though God had said, “No” to David’s dream of building the temple, He did giv…

The Depth of Love

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The Depth of Love
Ruth 1:16,17 
As the love story of Ruth unfolds, picture three women traveling along the road toward Bethlehem. Their hearts are broken by death, they’re in despair and most likely afraid. Naomi stops them on their journey and lovingly reminds them of the reality of their devastated lives. She relays to them that she has no more children for them to marry and if she would have children, they would be too young to marry. They would be better off going home to their families than to continue with her.
Ruth said to Naomi, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you. I want to go where you go, and live where you live. I want your people to be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I want to die and be buried. May the LORD do to me and more, if anything but death parts you and me.” (Paraphrased).
Orpah shows her love for Naomi, kisses her mother-in-law good-bye and walks away back to her gods.Ruth is grieved and weeps as Orpah disappears forever o…

I Am Nothing Without Love

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I Am Nothing Without Love Read I Corinthians 13

We need to ask ourselves this question, “Are we loving?” That could be a hard question to answer. Maybe we should ask, “Are we patient? Are we kind? Are we trusting?” These types of questions are more a matter of the heart. Can we measure ourselves according to these qualities of love? The Word of God says, “If we don’t have love, we are nothing.”
Jesus said in John 13:35 KJV, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Making the choice to love others is a command given by our Lord to those who would call themselves Christians. 
The Bible never defines love but describes it. Love is an action word and love is only love when it acts. The true Christian is one who loves when he is hurt, wounded, or taken advantage of without seeking revenge. Abraham Lincoln made a lot of friends, and he also made some enemies during our great Civil War. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, during President Lincoln’s admi…