The fig leaves of human religion can’t rid sinners of shame and fear; Blaming God for sin; Satan will not have a single victory; The battle of the sexes; God covers Adam and Eve.
The Successful Christian Life – By Daniel Sheridan
As I write this, I am in pain. I’ve lived in constant pain for over twenty years. I tell you this not to draw attention to myself but because I want you to understand that my faith in my Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, isn’t altered by circumstances – I am no “sunshine patriot” regarding my God. My circumstances are the pulpit from which I desire to proclaim His glory and grace. A successful Christian life has nothing to do with circumstances, adverse or favorable.
Many believe in God’s promises for the future; however, many of these find no true joy in the experience of living. They feel no call from God to be good stewards of the gift of life God gave them. Life is a burden, something to be endured, something to escape.
I am grateful for this life, despite the poverty and pain. I’ve learned about my God through it, anticipating the world to come. God has brought joy to many hearts through great trials. Paul is a perfect example. His letter to the Philippians is the “free outflow of tender love and gratitude, and full of joy and cheerfulness in the face of life and death. It is like his midnight hymn of praise in the dungeon of Philippi. ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice’ (Phil. 4:4). This is the keynote of the letter. It proves that a healthy Christian faith, far from depressing and saddening the heart, makes truly happy and contented even in prison.”
People’s exhaustive efforts to find joy and peace have left them restless and unsatisfied. Those who rejoice in God and rest satisfied in His Word find their satisfaction. “If anyone,” challenges F.W. Farrar, “compare the spirit of the best-known classic writers in their adversity with that which was habitual to the far deeper wrongs and far deadlier sufferings of Paul – if he will compare the Epistle to the Philippians with the ‘Tristia’ of Ovid, the letters of Cicero from exile, or the treatise which Seneca dedicated to Polybius from his banishment in Corsica – he may see, if he will, the difference which Christianity has made in the happiness of man.”
To live a successful Christian life depends on you and you alone. If you choose to find your joy in God and seek Him out in His word, you will be a successful Christian. How do I know? Because God will never let you down if you seek Him. Never.
How tedious and tasteless the hours
When Jesus no longer I see!
Sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flow’rs,
Have all lost their sweetness to me.
The midsummer sun shines but dim,
The fields strive in vain to look gay;
But when I am happy in Him
December’s as pleasant as May.
Content with beholding His face,
My all to His pleasure resigned;
No changes of season or place,
Would make any change in my mind.
While blessed with a sense of His love,
A palace a toy would appear;
And prisons would palaces prove,
If Jesus would dwell with me there.
Topics: Overview of Genesis 1-2; Why do you have a phone pin?; Now the Serpent; Wrong information about God; God’s goodness and severity; Christendom’s downgrading of God’s grace and exaggeration of the nature of sin and its penalty.
Topics: What is man?; Why LORD God?; Marriage is God’s great gift.
On May 13, 1607, the English colonists landed near the James River in Virginia.
Nations have risen and fallen throughout world history. In the late 1500s, there was another attempt to build a nation. This one was unique. If we could travel back to 1607 Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in America, we wouldn’t notice anything special. Their boats weren’t much better than the ones Columbus sailed on or crossed the Mediterranean 1000 years before that. Their tools weren’t much of an upgrade – their shovels, axes, and hoes were similar to the ones used in ancient China and Egypt; their farming methods were also hoary with age; the same for their clothes and medicines.
At first, it didn’t look like Jamestown would make any progress. Of the first 9,000 settlers, only around 1,000 survived. What made Jamestown unique was its potential. They came from Europe, where Governments controlled economics, politics, and religion. But in the new world, although they imitated those old world bad habits, they were in a position to make improvements.
Economically, the early settlers weren’t completely free to develop their talents. Jamestown tried a form of communism, or corporatism, which was a miserable failure. They replaced that system with free enterprise, and things improved.
The colonists also made improvements politically. In the summer of 1619, the first representative assembly in America, where people created laws through their chosen representatives, gathered for the first time, marking the birthday of America’s free institutions.
At first, political leaders vigorously controlled religion in Jamestown. But, eventually, over time, Americans would win their freedom in this area too. Thomas Jefferson helped write a bill establishing religious liberty, which he considered one of the most significant accomplishments in his life.
We’ve Come A Long Way
Look how far we’ve advanced economically, politically, and religiously since Jamestown. We went from sailing in the uncomfortable and small Speedwell to enormous luxury Cruise liners, from Monarchy to the Representative Republic, from state-forced religion to freedom to worship.
We may regress if we’re not careful. We are never more than one untaught generation from losing our liberties. Where are we today? Our best days can still be ahead of us as they were for the folks in Jamestown. But we, like them, must work hard to maintain our heritage and pass it on to the next generation.
Our best days can be ahead of us!
An overview of the Bible.