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It’s A Heart Problem

Text: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
 
I saw this in a recent TV commercial, “Due to heart failure, tomorrow is not a given.”  No kidding? And I needed a TV commercial to tell me that?   I know, and man has known for thousands of years, that there is a heart problem. But it is not just a physical heart problem that removes the certainty of tomorrow. It is also a spiritual heart problem.
 
Jesus said, “But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart comes forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings” (Matthew 15:18-19). The bad things, in a persons heart, come out the mouth and are also acted out in their actions.

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Senseless

 

“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 1:29).
I have decided to quit trying to make sense out of the world’s behavior. A fallen world is just senseless, and no matter how hard I try, the task is impossible. The problem is that the world refuses to recognize its Creator.
 
I realize that I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, the Spirit described a world that ignores its Creator. “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (II Timothy 3:2-4). Sounds like this time and this generation; however, this has been true of every time and every generation.

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Greenhouses And Salvation

Ponder: Grace, Faith, an Obedience – how are they related?
Today’s Bible Verse: “For by grace you have been saved through faith . . .” (Ephesians 2:8, NKJV).
Why is a greenhouse full of light? One answers, “Because it is made of glass.” Another replies, “Because the sun is shining.” The two answers are not contradictory; they simply approach the question from different angles. Cover the glass, and the greenhouse will be dark even at high noon; but at midnight the greenhouse will be dark no matter how much glass it has.

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