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A Murderer at Heart - Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - July 7, 2015

The hatred the Bible is speaking of here is a deep-rooted loathing.

A Murderer at Heart Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. - (Ephesians 4:31) Many of us would never murder a person, but we may wish someone were dead. Have you ever hated anyone? Let me rephrase the question: Have you ever driven on a freeway anywhere in Southern California? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” (Matthew 5:21–22). We also read in 1 John 3:15, “Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.” The word used here for hate means “to habitually despise.” It is not just a transient emotion of the affections but a deep-rooted loathing. We all lose our temper at times. I don’t think the Bible is saying that if you get angry and honk at someone, then you are a murderer. No, you are just a honker, and maybe you shouldn’t have lost your temper. The hatred the Bible is speaking of here is a deep-rooted loathing. It’s an ... read more

The New Revolution That's Needed Today - PowerPoint - July 6, 2015

Sadly, many people are more concerned with the decisions being made in Washington than they are with what's going on in their own home.

  The New Revolution that’s Needed Today July 6, 2015 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 Today, we celebrate the day two hundred and twenty seven years ago when our country’s forefathers declared independence. It was a day that sparked the beginning of the American Revolution – a war that gave birth to our freedoms, our liberties, and established the foundations on which our nation is built. But our nation today is desperately in need of a new revolution. I’m not talking about throwing out a tyrannical power or bringing about a new government. Instead, I’m talking about a revolution in our homes – a revolution of our families. Sadly, many people are more concerned with the decisions being made in the White House than they are with what’s going on in their own home. What we need is a massive turning to Jesus Christ… a revival of a love for the Lord led by parents and impressed upon their children. When we see that kind of revival, I’m convinced we’ll see a revolution in our nation as tomorrow’s leaders humble themselves before the Lord. So let’s start a new revolution today by leading our kids to the Lord and sending them out to make an impact on the world. START A REVOLUTION IN YOUR HOME BY LEADING YOUR FAMILY TO THE LORD. For more from PowerPoint Ministries and Dr. Jack Graham, please visit ... read more

Keep Waiting, God is at Work - UpWords - Week of July 3-9

What if Daniel had given up… lost faith… or walked away from God?

Keep Waiting—God is at Work by Max Lucado I’m convinced the Sabbath was created for frantic souls like me, people who need a weekly reminder that the world will not stop if I do. In one of the most dramatic examples of waiting in the Bible, Daniel prays for people who had been oppressed for seventy years. He abstained from food and drink for twenty-one days, as he labored in prayer, persisted, pleaded, and agonized. No response. On the twenty-second day an angel of God appeared. He revealed to Daniel that his prayer had been heard on the first day. From an earthly perspective, nothing was happening. But from a heavenly perspective a battle was raging in the heavens. God was working! What if Daniel had given up…lost faith…or walked away from God? Consider these better questions: What if you give up? Lose faith? Walk away? Don’t! God is at work. Keep waiting! From You’ll Get Through This Listen to UpWords with Max Lucado at OnePlace.com read more