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She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
 —Genesis 3:6

 
Our world is certainly not a perfect world. You don’t have to go very far or listen very long to be reminded of the evil and sin all around us. And it’s easy to wonder why there is so much fear, hatred, wickedness, and terror, and they’re looking for some answers.
 
The secular humanist has no real answer to the philosophical question of the existence of evil. Humanists believe falsely that humans are basically good in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
 
One chilling example is a study done by the late professor Allen Bloom, who asked his college students, “How do you identify an evil person?” His question was met with silence. Not one student could give him a determining factor of evil! Bloom said that our inability to identify and recognize evil is a sign of grave danger in our society.
 
Our society has become so perverse that we can’t even recognize evil or wrongdoing. Since 9/11 and the subsequent rise of ISIS you probably won’t find very many people who would say there is no such thing as evil. But you probably couldn’t find many who know what evil is or why it is so prevalent in our society.
 
The Bible has the answer to the problem of evil. It all goes back to Genesis 3 and our first parents, who yielded to temptation.  Sin came into our world at that point, and it’s something we all have to deal with since.
 
But, according to the Bible, we do...

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Happy Mother’s Day!
By | May 9, 2016

Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…

—Deuteronomy 30:19

One of the most remarkable mothers in Scripture is Jochebed, the mother of Moses.

Jochebed gave birth to Moses while living as a Hebrew slave in Egypt. But while Moses was still a baby, Pharaoh began to fear that the Hebrews might one day outnumber the Egyptians. So he demanded the slaughter of all newborn Hebrew baby boys.  

Jochebed had great faith in God, and she went to incredible lengths to secure the safety of Moses. She built a floating cradle and hid him in the bulrushes where Pharaoh’s daughter could find him and “adopt” this beautiful child as her own.

God blessed Jochebed’s efforts and made it possible for her to become Moses’ nanny and to raise him in the ways of God. This is how the seeds of faith were planted in Moses’ heart, and how God prepared his heart to become the liberator of his people.

And later, when Moses was grown, look at what happened. Because Jochebed had chosen life for her son, Moses learned what mattered most in life. He stood before the children of Israel and said, “Choose life, that you and your offspring may live.”  

Never underestimate your importance, mothers! Not every child may be a “Moses,” but God has an extraordinary destiny to be nurtured for every boy and girl.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR IMPORTANCE, MOTHERS!

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Help heal our hurting land today.

Last year it was a true privilege to serve as Honorary Chairman for the National Day of Prayer. I was deeply grateful and honored for the opportunity to lead our country in prayer. This was my prayer for our nation last year—

Heavenly Father,

We come to You in the Name that is above every name - Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You. Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God - the One we trust in times like these - we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.

We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word. We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.

Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness.

We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You. Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope. Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.

We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.

In Jesus’ name, our Savior.

Amen.

This year I was able to attend the events in Washington and pray with our nation’s leaders, both...

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Join Believers around our nation in prayer today!

Today, believers throughout the country - whether at home, at work, at a park, at church, or even while driving - will pray in unison at noon (EDT) that Almighty God would bless our nation. Dr. Tony Evans, my dear friend, is serving as the Honorary Chairman for the 2016 National Day of Prayer, and he will deliver this powerful prayer for our nation at the Capital.  I encourage you to join with us at noon (EDT) as we humbly seek God’s forgiveness, blessings, and favor by meditating on this powerful prayer Dr. Evans will deliver:

Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation. First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world.

The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.

This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our...

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Tomorrow is The National Day Of Prayer: Pray For Our Local, State and Federal Governments

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)

We are facing a clear and present danger in our generation.  Our nation is in turmoil … unstable … full of pressures and uncertainties. There is rioting in the street.  Christian believers and businesses are under attack.  Our election process looks like a bad reality show. The institutions that support our society's framework are being destroyed by legal fiat.  Our politicians seem to care for nothing, except their own self-interest or agendas that are contrary to God's laws.  The problems our beloved country faces seem so overwhelming that we wonder if there are any answers to the needs, troubles and tribulations we face.  But there is an answer.  And that answer can be found in prayer.

God is looking for people like you and me who will so connect with Him in prayer that He can unleash His power through us. It is a power to overcome any trial, any difficulty and any challenge our nation is experiencing. It’s a power that can change our nation and our world.

Our theme for the National Day of Prayer in 2015 was “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” inspired by 1 Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your...

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Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Colossians 2:6-8 (ESV)

Paul is reminding us believers that because we have professed Christ as our Lord and Savior our duty and obligation don’t end there.  We are to "walk" in Him; notice this is an action verb.  We are to be constantly moving forward in our relationship with Christ—not stagnant or bored.

It’s also interesting to think about the phrase “rooted and built up.” As a mighty oak or even a fortress, not only are we supposed to be deeply grounded and have a firm foundation, but also we are to be built up in our faith in Christ.  Only this will allow us to be free from the attacks of the secular world and the destruction it offers.

This strength will come from our personal time in God’s Word, prayerful communion with him, and from our community of believers. It is vital to our walk with Christ to know and breath God’s Word.  As we have discussed these last several weeks, prayer is our daily, critical conversation with our Heavenly Father.

The third prong, active fellowship and support of a local church that glorifies God is just as paramount as the other two.  For a believer to truly be built up in their faith, they must by being actively involved in their local church or community of believers. Such fellowship is imperative as...

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[A]nd I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze….

Exodus 31:3-4 (ESV)

In Exodus 31, we see God giving Moses the final commands as to how the tabernacle is to be built. In chapters 25-30, God gives Moses very specific demands as to using only the finest materials to construct the tabernacle. However in Chapter 31, the focus turns from the fine materials that are to be used to the people whom will physically construct the tabernacle. Just as only the finest materials were to be used, only the most skilled craftsmen would be the ones to work on the tabernacle. In fact, it was a humbly born craftsman named Bezalel that God blessed with ability, intelligence, and natural craftsmanship to be his chief contractor and bring forth his earthly dwelling.

God uses all people to build His kingdom. It is not just the ministers that He uses, but also everyone who confesses Jesus as Savior. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are a minister.

In my opinion, the greatest opportunity for ministry we have, outside our family, is at our place at work.  After all, this is where we spend a substantial majority of our time.  Let your light shine at work.   Let your coworkers, bosses, and employees know by your labors that you are different from nonbelievers.  Be diligent in your work.  Be Christ-like in your behavior and speech.

We are at a serious crossroads in our nation’s business sector.  Our nation’s economy is perilously close to collapse. Workers are unhappy and dissatisfied in their work, if they even...

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And he set combat commanders over the people and gathered them together to him in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
 
2nd Chronicles 32:6-8 (ESV)


 
As you can clearly see in this passage, Hezekiah is offering his army a battle cry of encouragement. His men were tired, have walked and worked tirelessly for their king and for their land. He encourages them to continue in strength and courage and to cast away the fear of men. He reminds them that the Lord is with them, to help them and fight with them.
 
The Assyrian army may have countless men, but that means nothing against the might of the Lord. From this battle cry, Hezekiah raises his people back up, fills them with confidence in God, and gives them hope. If you notice, Hezekiah could have been making plans of preparation, making plans of attack, but instead he leads by relying on the strength of God.
 
When in war or serving a post, it can sometimes be easy to lose faith, feel drained, and simply get discouraged. That is why encouragement and prayer for our men and women in the military is so crucial. Just like the warriors in Hezekiah’s army, our men and women serving our nation...

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
 
Philippians 4:8 (ESV)


Chuck Klosterman, pop culture expert and author says this about media and entertainment: “Pundits are always blaming TV for making people stupid, movies for desensitizing the world to violence, and rock music for making kids take drugs and kill themselves. These things should be the least of our worries. The main problem with mass media is that it makes it impossible to fall in love with any acumen of normalcy. There is no 'normal,’ because everybody is being twisted by the same sources simultaneously.”
 
It’s a tragedy in today’s world that there’s no sense of this “normal.” Hollywood and Big Media celebrate the degradation of our society; they lift up and publicize the abnormal and sinful.  They celebrate the most morally compromised and confused among us. The enemy has risen up and negatively influenced each and every aspect of America, especially Hollywood and those whom we have trusted to report facts, arguably the most influential aspect of today’s culture.
 
If we were to truly pray and then act upon Philippians 4:8, there would be no more twisting and perverting the news and entertainment that gets broadcast and shown all over the country. We need to pray for those in these industries.  We need to pray they will focus their efforts on things that are true, things that honor God and his creation, things that are just and fair, things that are pure, things that are lovely and commendable, things that are excellent, and things that are...

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If you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding -indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:1-6 (ESV)

The word education comes from the Latin word “educare”, which means “to train or to mold.” What a beautiful picture of what God wants to do in our lives, molding us into the image of His son Jesus! We are called by Christ to love God with all of our mind as well as our heart and soul (Matthew 22:37).

So how do we obey this command? We start off with listening and being attentive to his instruction. God gives us a promise in Proverbs 2 that if we call out for wisdom and seek instruction, we will find the knowledge of God. God asks us to pray for wisdom (James 1:5).  We then grow in wisdom by spending time in God’s Word and learning from the counsel of godly people who have walked the path before us.

Therefore, it is critical that our educational institutions, from preschools to graduate schools teach subjects and use methods that support our faith or at the very least not teach in direct opposition to God’s law.  Because these institutions greatly affect the paths our children take, we should pray for their administrators and their teachers.  We should pray they have the courage to stand up for their faith and that...

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