When my children were little I told them about a trap I built when I was a kid to catch rabbits. So to illustrate how it worked, I built a trap to show the kids how to catch a rabbit. First thing the next morning we checked the trap hoping to find a rabbit. But to our surprise, we didn’t snag a rabbit but a possum. The closer we got to the trap the more the cornered possum would hiss and show his sharp teeth. He was cornered and ready to attack.
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I get a lot of email traffic from different Christian writers. I love to read how God is impacting the body of Christ in all areas of the church. I’ve been reading about the condition of the church. Any committed follower of Jesus would quickly agree, that overall, the Western church is not doing well in impacting our world. [Read more »]
For the first twenty years of my Christian walk I thought the greatest enemy to a successful Christian life was the devil. I believed that if I could keep myself from certain sins that the devil would throw my way, then I would be victorious. Therefore I developed a system of rules and standards that would keep me on the straight and narrow. I figured if I could combine that with faithful church attendance, tithing and daily Bible reading, then I would be able to overcome the devil.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian life is we are to live by faith. The quality of our relationship with God is predicated upon our level of trust. Through various trials of life we are to grow in our trust level. That’s because one day each follower of Christ will face trials that just seem too hard to bear or, are so overwhelming it thrust us into various stages of despair. God’s goal in all of this is to lead us to His ultimate purpose for our lives.
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