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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Railroad bridge, Lebanon County PA 1/21/20 (Click to enlarge)
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"The Man Without The Spirit"

Message summary:  Today we encourage each reader to boldly place their faith in the Lord and, regardless of faddish worldly notions, pass that faith on to your children.

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"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).

In Monday's message we shared the vital importance and Biblical duty of Christian parents to seek to instill their faith to their children. Up to recently that would have hardly been controversial. But Albert Mohler comments on an article where the writer urges parents, "Do not evangelize a child." "Do not colonize a child’s spirituality. Do not threaten a child with a religious control. Your religion does not have a right to stake claim to a child's allegiance." (link below)

Avowed atheist Richard Dawkins is an enthusiastic advocate of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. But Dawkins doesn’t just stop there. He goes further to argue that an alternative belief in divine creation is not only untrue but also deeply damaging to people and to our world. He asserts religion is a "virus" and
considers faith-based education as "child abuse".

Such foolish rantings of an atheist merely strengthens my faith and resolve to serve the Lord. After all the source of disbelief goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Disbelief and mocking the things of God are certainly nothing new!

Today's Scripture verse gives insight on this matter. "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Those such as Dawkins consider the things that come from the Spirit of God as foolishness. They cannot understand them, regardless of what level of human knowledge they have, since they do not have spiritual discernment which is a result of the New Birth. Regardless of how much knowledge and education they have they're fools. Harsh words to some but consider Psalm 14:1: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'." An interesting footnote in a Study Bible is that the Hebrew words rendered "fool" in Psalms denotes one who is morally deficient.

Consider the glorious truth of Hebrews 11:6: "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."

Today we proclaim, "Yes, we believe!" Years ago Brooksyne led our choir in a great song by that title of faith. It powerfully expresses belief in the midst of the various attacks we deal with. (A video link and the lyrics below.)

Today we encourage each reader to boldly place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and, regardless of faddish worldly notions, pass that faith on to your children.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, I recognize my relationship with You is based solely on the faith You impart to me through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Your Word declares that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I want to serve you this day and through my words and actions express to a disbelieving world that I do believe! I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for everyone who believes.  Help me to be merciful to those who doubt, snatching them out of the fire as You save them through Your atoning blood. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Yes, I Believe"  Video   Point Of Grace

When I said that I would follow
It was with an honest heart
But I didn't fully understand the cost
'Cause there are saints throughout the ages
And there are those today
Who show us what it really means to carry the cross
That only fuels my devotion
No matter what comes I will say

Yes, I believe
I believe with all that is in me
Yes, I believe
Though the world rises up against me
I will be faithful
To the choice I have made
I am determined
I will not be ashamed
To live so the whole world can see
That yes, I believe

There will never be a reason
To lose this confidence
For I have found where my assurance lies
It is not in my own power
But in who my Savior is
And the truth of this conviction
Makes me shout to the sky

Yes, I believe He is risen
Yes, I believe we are forgiven
Yes, I believe and one day we'll see Him
And together we'll say

"I Believe"  Video   Brian Free and Assurance

‘Do Not Evangelize a Child’? The (Controversial) Responsibility of Christian Parents to Teach Their Children the Faith (Article scroll down to part three)

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