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The Lord Christ Jesus declared with four “with all’s” that the first and great commandment is, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30

I have talked to many people that confessed they have never reached that degree of commitment. I frequently wonder if I have attained it. It certainly doesn’t feel as if I have reached it. The question is, why did God put such a commandment in His word if we could not obey it? Furthermore, if we cannot obey it, does that mean we should not be concerned about falling short of success?

I do not believe that degree of commitment is unattainable, but that it requires us to submit daily to God’s will. I was counseling a young man that had committed serious sins and was suffering the consequences. I informed him that he needed to be fully surrendered to God. He replied that he thought he had done that long ago. And yet sin greatly prevailed.

For some strange reason, many Christians believe that full surrender to God is a one-time commitment. However, we wake up each morning with new challenges to our efforts to live godly. Christ said that we must take up our cross daily and follow Him. (Luke 9:23) If we are being overcome by evil, how can we claim our long ago surrender is still effective? Continue reading

Are We Prepared for the New Normal?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” – Revelation 2:7

Most professing Christians today were not prepared for the COVID-19 virus. They are sitting in their homes on their computers trying to find some way to defeat the boredom. However, they are also scared, fearful of assembling, obediently donning ineffective and even dangerous masks, and have otherwise accepted the violation of their Constitutional rights without a whimper. They not only do not recognize the aberrations in the Government response to COVID-19, the encroachment by scurrilous politicians, but they do not wish to recognize anything wrong.

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’” — Matthew 13:15

Someone might protest, “But that was directed toward the Pharisees, who were spiritually out of touch with God.” Continue reading

When it’s Over—it’s not Over

I have read many professing Christian’s statements about what they are going to do when the virus is over. It appears that they believe everything will be as before. That’s like a double amputee anticipating leaving the hospital so that she or she can walk again. Do they really think the old “normal” will be there when the shutdown is lifted? I’m beginning to think that it does not matter to them as long as they can return to their sense of autonomy and freedom.

When it is over, it will not be over. The bane of having our freedom taken away may be gone, we may feel that we have more autonomy and freedom—but we will actually have less. Some businesses will not survive the Government’s extremism. Money will be too scarce to go on a spending spree. Sitting in a restaurant is not going to be more than a moment of exhilaration. Who will be irresponsible enough to spend money on a vacation with a depression rising over the economic horizon? What will we actually have once things return to “normal” that will cause us to feel better? Oh, I know, it’s that thing Christians do—meet in buildings. Has meeting in buildings made Christianity a strong and influential power in our society? Uh…no.

Christians are on their own—no secular entity is going to make certain that the religion survives and continues. It is up to the ones that truly know God to make certain Christianity survives as a biblical paradigm for true followers of Christ Jesus.

Every church building in America could be permanently shutdown, forcing everyone to hover around a computer screen to vicariously get a sense of “meeting,” and not one individual in the secular realm would have the slightest speck of concern. Give them jobs, and places to eat, shop, and party, and secular people will be satisfied. It will not matter to them one whit if our Nation’s sovereignty is surrendered to a Global Government. Continue reading

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