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“Hey, We’re Not Praying”

 

Ponder: Children in the assembly
Scripture: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, NKJV).
 
What Christian parent hasn’t been embarrassed by unruly children during church? Unfortunately, some simply stop bringing their children (and stop attending themselves) despite the encouragement of experienced parents that “this, too, shall pass.” Obviously, Johnny and Susie can’t learn to behave in church if Mama and Daddy don’t take them.

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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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