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Time to Speak Up - Girlfriends in God - May 27, 2015

Have you been silent, refusing to correct a friend or loved one because it was the easiest thing to do?

May 27, 2015 Time to Speak Up Mary Southerland Today’s Truth We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church (Ephesians 4:15, NLT). Friend to Friend With a twinkle in his eye, our seven-year-old grandson said, “Mimi, do you want to play me in a game of soccer?” I grinned. “Sure, Jaydan. Let’s do this!” I could see the wheels turning in his handsome little head as we headed outside. He was already planning his victory dance. And the boy can dance. But I have a standard to uphold. I am Mimi. When I wrestle with our four grandsons, I still win. When I play softball with the grandchildren, I still hit the ball the farthest. I can throw and catch a football with the best of them … them being our grandchildren. Oh, I know my championship status won’t last long, but I will ride this horse until it dies. And then I will find another horse to ride. I have my ways. Jaydan grabbed his soccer ball and patiently began to explain the rules of the game. He was doing a beautiful job. And then I heard it. “Jaydan, come here, honey!” I said. He ran toward me. I gathered him in my arms, ready to protect him against whatever evil monster was coming down the street. I couldn’t see it, but I could hear it. Our daughter-in-law walked outside. She had ... read more

When a Fellow Christian Stumbles - In Touch - May 23/24, 2015

One of our responsibilities as part of God's household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled.

  May 23/24 When a Fellow Christian Stumbles Galatians 6:1-5 The Lord doesn't want the members of His body to live in isolation; believers are intended to function as a loving family who actively care for each other. One of our responsibilities as part of God's household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled. Paul specifies that those "who are spiritual" are to restore the fallen ones to fellowship with the Father and the family. "Spiritual" doesn't mean some elite group of pious leaders; it refers to any Christians who are living under the Spirit's control. A key element in this process is the attitude of the one who seeks to restore a fellow Christian. A Spirit of Gentleness: This isn't a time for harshness, anger, judgment, or condemnation. Our goal is not to heap pain and guilt upon a hurting brother or sister but to show mercy and forgiveness (2 Cor. 2:5-8). A Spirit of Humility: Those who have a superior attitude look down on a fallen brother and think, I would never make those mistakes. But the humble know their own vulnerability. Instead of judging others, they examine their own lives in order to recognize and deal with areas of weakness. A Spirit of Love: When we love others, we'll willingly sharing their burden. This requires an unselfish investment of our time, energy, and prayer on their behalf. How do you react when a fellow Christian has stumbled? One of the ugliest human traits is our tendency to ... read more

What Hath Worldview to Do with Memorial Day? - Crosswalk the Devotional - May 22, 2015

Begun as a ritual after the American Civil War to honor fallen soldiers, Memorial Day seems to have broadened in recent years.

  What Hath Worldview to Do with Memorial Day? by Alex Crain "…let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…"  Genesis 1:26 NASB Begun as a ritual after the American Civil War to honor fallen soldiers, Memorial Day seems to have broadened in recent years. Many people view it as a day to remember deceased friends and loved ones, regardless of military service. The propriety of this phenomenon is not so much the focus of this devotional. What is of interest, however, is the fact that there even exists a universal human urge to honor the dead. Thinking worldview-ishly—what perspective besides the Christian’s is able to provide a consistent and satisfying explanation for this? Take atheistic evolution, for example. 1How do invisible realities like love, honor, and dignity evolve by random processes in a purely material universe? These are enduring aspects of human personality. Each is non-material, but each is very real. Deep down, we all know that they exist. Yet atheistic evolution, which says that these things can be nothing more than the product of chemical reactions in our brains, renders them meaningless. (Somehow, that little factoid gets swept under the rug in biology class though, doesn’t it?) At a fundamental level, we know that these ideals aren’t just the product of chemical reactions in our brains. Oh, someone might protest that they are just chemical reactions. But if you could follow that person home and observe him for a while among his friends and loved ones, ... read more