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Falling Down

Peter concluded his list of recommendations in his second general letter with this closing statement: “For if these things are yours and abound you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1: 8 -10) Now, why is it that we would not work to make home for these characteristics within our own lives? Peter states that without them we cannot see clearly and may end up spiritually blind and much more than forgetful.
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Godly character (continued)

Let’s expand some of the text in 2 Peter chapter one, beginning in verse 5. “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins..."
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Adding Characteristics

In Second Peter chapter one beginning in verse five is found the following admonition: “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to your virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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Plans and Execution

Paul’s main admonition in his short letter to Titus was that he should both teach and speak the things that accompany soundness and steadfastness – and so that admonition follows to us as believers. We also are to speak and to do the same things, the type of things that, if followed, might end up getting us known for being “rock solid.” To do otherwise would net nothing with God, and certainly wouldn’t work towards improving anything here. And if we go on thinking that, as Christians, we can continue to do the same selfish and contrary things we have always done and that we will somehow manage to be useful and acceptable before God, then we are seriously deluded.
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Doing Nothing

Being hypocritical and not doing as we ought is pretty easy to do – just look around. The fruit of contrary living is everywhere. There are folks here and there that simply cannot muster up enough decency to do a thing for someone else or to be consistent from one day to the next in their personal dealings. The corporate world is slap full of them. Many people are decent to a point, scrupulous only as far as they remain in clear sight, and honest only as far as things have to do with them and their own plans. You know this sort is around. You also know that some of them profess to be Christians.
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You are that man.

William G. Bass was engaged in a meeting with a local church, working in the neighborhoods of a small town in southeastern Florida. He and I had been asked by someone (and my, how you never seem to know just who) to find time to visit a recent convert who had been worshipping with a digressive group in town, seeking perhaps an encouraging word.
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Darrell Scott Testimony

You may have seen this or something like it making its way around on the internet. There were attached remarks that had been added by some electronic editors that were not entirely accurate, so they have been removed by this editor. However, the remarks made by Mr. Scott are worthy of of reading and pondering. Mr. Scott had two children at Columbine that day - one survived the killings. Also It might be useful to recall that this is not…

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Making Choices

We get only a few choices in this life that make any difference. The list of in what and where that we did not or do not have anything to say or any choice in matters is much, much longer. We didn't get to pick our parents. That was beyond our ability to affect. We didn't get to choose how or where that we were raised. We didn't get to choose the color of our skin, or of our eyes…

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Things That Hinder Prayer (2)

In this article, we will continue to look at the reasons why our prayers may be hindered. There are many people who blame God when prayers are not answered the way they thought they ought to be answered. The scriptures, however, teach us that we may be the cause for "no" answers in prayer. Selfish Heart James 4:3 says, "You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure."…

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Things That Hinder Prayer (1)

When we talk about prayer we are very pleased when we have our prayers answered the way we wanted and in a timely fashion. We are very happy with God when we see our prayers being answered. But when we do not see our prayers readily answered, then many times we like to play the blame game. Sometimes we want to blame God for what seems to be unanswered prayer. I would like for us to see that when our…

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