January 17, 2018

Discouragement

George Stiekes

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Psalm 43:5

Everyone faces discouragement at one time or another, even Christians. The psalmist David was a proven warrior. At one occasion, he claims that the Lord is the strength of his life, Of whom shall I be afraid (Psalm 27:1) and shortly after he cries out, I shall one day perish by the hand of Saul (I Samuel 27:1). Elijah withstood hundreds of the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel and the next day he flees into the wilderness because of the threat of a wicked woman.

When discouragement comes, it is important to deal with it immediately. As a Christian discouragement is not something that should be on parade before others. Not only does it harm your testimony but it could also be harmful to another brother or sister in Christ. We must recognize that many people around us are dealing with tough battles and need the encouragement of others in the body of Christ.

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Tuning Out Television

Mark Herbster

FrontLineJuly/August 2008

Technological advances have brought new challenges into Christian families. Most families own at least one television set, and many Christians are struggling with a daily battle with television and its ungodly influences. Television has a great impact on our lives: it teaches our children; it trains our culture. Though there is nothing necessarily wrong with having a television set, the potential exists for a great deal of evil to come into the home through this medium.

The average American watches over four hours of television a day. One study recently reported that sixty-three percent of all teens have their own television. Teens between the ages of twelve and seventeen watch an average of twenty-two hours a week.

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Why Should You Stay Married? And How? Part 3

Matt Recker

There are five strong reasons in Malachi 2:13-16 that lead believers to remain faithful to their marriage vows. Our study of the first three reasons are in part one and part two of this series. They are: Remain faithful because of the divine covenant of marriage, because of the infinite power of the Holy Spirit, “yet had he a residue of the Spirit,” and because of the momentous goal in marriage, “that He might seek a godly seed.”

The fourth reason why you should stay married is because of the loving heart of God. Malachi 2:16a: “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away.”

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Thank God for His Grace

Don Johnson

A very short post today. I’d like you to read the testimony of my friend, Dan Olinger. If you are a believer, you will find blessing in his brief remarks. You will identify — his experience is your experience, just the details are different. No doubt, you aren’t as “exuberant” as Dan (his word). But who is?

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Christians Should Be Readers

Taigen Joos

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Many Christians will begin this New Year with some kind of Bible reading schedule. For our church, we promote this as well, and many take up the challenge to read through their Bibles in a year’s time. It is a good exercise and a great way to get to know your Bible better.

In addition to reading your Bible, I would also encourage you to add some other good Christian reading material to your daily “to do” lists.

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