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Is your faith genuine or counterfeit?

Once after delivering God’s message, Jesus challenged his audience, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
 
This double appeal to Jesus as Lord was enthusiastic but superficial because they were only hearers, not doers, of his words. The real test of genuine discipleship is doing what Jesus says. It is not enough to recognize Jesus, call him Lord, claim to be a disciple, or appreciate his good sermons, but one must do what he says.

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Abide In The Truth

“Whosoever trangresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. . .” (2 John 9).
 
Make no mistake about this, anyone who will not cling to and walk according to the divinely inspired word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17) will be in transgression of that law. God’s word, the Bible, is the rule of law that guides us and when rejected in whole or in part, John tells us that we forfeit our relationship with God and he is not with us. At this momen,t I can think of nothing that would make this life more miserable than to be walking this pathway without hope and without God (Heb. 6:18-19, Eph. 2:12).

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Why Fire, Not Water?

“. . . never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood. . .” (2 Pet. 3:10).
. . . elements will be destroyed by fire. . . (2 Pet. 3:10).
 
It was facetiously said, “I hope that God best hurry if He intends to destroy the earth, or man will be Him to the punch.” I first wrote on the subject after an oil spill in Valdez, Alaska when floods of crude oil leaked from a tanker and blackened that pristine wilderness. I’ll repeat the question posed then, would this have happened if I hadn’t chosen to drive all over creation in a gas guzzling car?

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