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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/21/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 3:25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire. They aren’t even hurt by the flames! And the fourth looks like a divine being!”

I can only imagine what Nebuchadnezzar must have thought when he saw four people walking around in a fire that he had made seven times hotter than normal. A lot of fearful things must have gripped him. It just did not happen! People do not walk around in the middle of any kind of fire without being consumed by it. Period. Yet, there they were! Not only did he see the Hebrews he had thrown into the fire walking around, there was an extra person with them! Where in the world did he come from? How is it even possible? He had to just appear because no one lives in a fiery furnace! He saw these men walking around unbound, and he had made sure that they were tightly bound before they were cast into the furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were seemingly just out for a stroll in the flames. They weren’t being affected by the fire whatsoever! They apparently were deep in conversation with the other man, oblivious to what was going on around them. It was a strange sight indeed. I know that I would have been scared of what I was seeing and more than curious as to how it could be and what it meant. The king didn’t know it, but God was with them in the furnace.

Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who knows when we stand up for Him regardless of what others may think or do? We serve One who cares about the situation we are in and is able to help us through it. He never leaves us hanging. He is always with us as we go through our difficult circumstances of life. He doesn’t promise to change what we are going through, but He does promise to go with us through it.

The wonderful thing about it is that when we walk with the Lord through our difficult circumstances of life, things change for us. Our faith grows stronger, our confidence in God’s love for us grows stronger, our awareness of His ability to help us grows, our ability to let go of our own power lessens, and our gratitude for the God we serve grows. Adversity is a good thing when you go through it with the Lord at your side

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/14/2020

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crossDan. 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power. Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew God well enough to know that for them there was no other God. They would not bend to the pressure of the king to bow down and worship another god, even if it were to cost them their lives. They knew what God was capable of . Would God deliver them? They didn’t know, but they were willing to trust Him with their lives. They had gotten to know the Lord well enough to know that they could not put their allegiance anywhere but in Him. They knew Him well enough to know that He was worth dying for.

It is imperative that we too get to know the Lord well enough to trust Him with our lives. We live in a world that has many different understandings of God. People try to force their understanding on others. People chide those who stand strong on Biblical principles. We need to work hard at developing a relationship with God that will keep us anchored in Him regardless of the circumstances we are in.

When we really know and love the Lord, we do not need to defend ourselves. We discover that it’s not about us; it’s about the Lord. We don’t fear what others may be able to do or what they think. We put ourselves in the Lord’s hands and accept whatever may happen. There is no power on earth that can defeat a soul who’s God is the Lord. Jesus is the way and there is no other way.

Work hard on your salvation so that you will be able to stand up strong in the faith regardless of whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. The stronger your faith is, the less fear will grip your soul. The Lord will be with you to help you always when you are totally committed to Him, even in the face of certain death.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/31/2020

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crossDan. 1:8 But Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief official for permission to eat other things instead.

Daniel did not wait until he was faced with temptation before he decided whether to yield or not; he made up his mind before the temptation to sin ever came. What a powerful lesson for us to learn! In order to live victoriously, we must decide the course of our lives and stick to it.

We must determine that we are not going to put ourselves into tempting situations in the first place. We can’t avoid all temptations to sin, but we can help ourselves out a lot by choosing to not put ourselves into temptation’s way. Daniel knew that the way of the king was wrong for him. He knew that there was a better way and he chose it for himself, in spite of the consequences that may come from it. He knew that the king was in control and you obeyed him, or else, but that did not keep Daniel from choosing to do what was right before God.

We can avoid so many sins by determining in our hearts beforehand that we will do what we know God wants us to do regardless of what may happen. Others may not understand our choices, they may mock us, they may pressure us to back down, or they may try to make our lives miserable for us, but we must stand strong on our commitment to obey God and not man. We must be willing to give up the pleasures of the world and chose to obey God.

Don’t be wishy washy in this. Choose to be like Daniel and make up your mind right now that you will always do what is pleasing and acceptable to God. Before temptation strikes, determine in your heart that you will do what is right before God. It does not matter what others may think; it matters what God thinks. It does not matter what others may do; do what is right before God. You will stand before God someday and give an account for the choices you make.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/24/2020

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crossEzek. 37:4-6 Then he said to me, “Speak to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to breathe into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

I don’t know about you, but I would have loved to have been a witness to this event. God told Ezekiel to speak to a bunch of dry bones! I have spoken to a bunch of people like that over the years. People do dry up spiritually. There are some churches today who have been spiritually dry for a long time. It doesn’t usually happen overnight. It happens when the Word of God ceases to be the life food for the soul. It happens when the church stops praying together for one another and others. It happens when the church becomes more of a social gathering than a worship gathering. Regardless of how it happens, people and churches dry up spiritually.

The message God told Ezekiel to preach was THE WORD OF GOD. It is the only remedy for dried up souls. The Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12). It pierces deep into the soul and roots out sinful deeds and thoughts. It gives hope to the dried up soul. When God speaks, exciting things begin to happen! The Lord’s message was that He was going to breathe life into the dead bones and give them life. He can, because He is the source of all life.

The Lord goes on to declare that not only would the bones be given life, they would be given an abundant life. They would be clothed with flesh, muscles and skin. This reminds us that there is so much more to life than just life; there is an abundance! God provides all that we need to have life and so much more. He equips us with all we need to live and serve Him. We are not given life to stand around or to sit and vegetate. We are blessed to know that He is Lord of life and to live to honor and serve Him.

Has your soul dried up? Do you need a fresh breath of God on you? Get alone with the Lord and ask Him to breathe into you some fresh air. Ask Him to take away from you all those things that have caused you to dry up. Make a vow to the Lord today to let Him change you so that you might live again the abundant life He came to give you.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/17/2020

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crossEzek. 36:26-27 And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command.

When Jesus enters the soul of man, things begin to happen. There are a lot of different things that He does within us besides forgiving us of our sins. The first thing that He does is He gives us a heart transplant.

The Lord gives us a new heart. He does this because the old heart, the heart of sin, is hard as a rock and cannot accept the things of God. A heart full of sin cannot obey God. It cannot long for the things of God. It cannot hear God when He speaks. It has no desire for the things God provides.

When we live in Christ, the way we were gives way to a new life. We desire to please God instead of ourselves. We desire to hear from God so that we will know how to please Him and what we must do in order to obey Him. We develop a hunger for the Word of God because we know it is God’s voice speaking through it. We desire to be with God so we seize opportunities we have to have fellowship with Him.

You cannot have saving faith without having a new heart. God transforms us. We are constantly changing into a holy people. Christ becomes the influencer of all we do. We live for Him and follow Him wherever He may lead us. There is an insatiable longing in the heart of the redeemed for Jesus now and for all of eternity.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/10/2020

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crossEzek. 34:1-2 Then this message came to me from the LORD, “Son of man prophecy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: Destruction is certain for you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep?”

This devotional today is about pastors and for pastors. In the Scriptures pastors are often depicted as being shepherds, overseers of the people entrusted to them. This passage is a stern warning for pastors. God is warning those who are overseers who look out for themselves at the expense of their people. These are people who feed off of people instead of feeding people. God declares very clearly that their destruction is certain.

If you have a pastor who is not taking care of his people, you must do something about it. If you are not being fed, you are starving your soul to death. Your pastor has the responsibility to lead you into the Word where your soul can be fed. Only as you are continuously fed the Word are you able to feast and grow. Your pastor must constantly feed and challenge you on so that you don’t get lazy or satisfied with where you are at. Your pastor must stand guard over your soul so that any potential danger can be addressed before you are harmed.

A pastor who is not feeding his people is not fit to serve as a pastor. It is a grave sin for a pastor to take advantage of people or use them for personal gain. Anyone who would be more concerned about themselves and their personal comforts than they are about the needs of the people they serve will feel God’s wrath. Pastors should always feed their people.

Dear friend, hold your pastor accountable, but when you do, hold yourself accountable as well. No matter how well your pastor may be feeding you, you have to do your part. You must take what is being offered to you, chew on it, and swallow it before it can do you any good. You must be careful what you feast on and avoid those things which are bad for your spiritual health. You must be discerning and feast on what you need. What you need today may be different than what you need tomorrow. Listen to the Spirit of God and chew on what you need and not just what you want.

Don’t rely just on what your pastor may offer you. A once-a-week feeding binge will not meet your spiritual needs. You must be taking care of your soul daily. Your pastor can only do so much for you. Pray much for your pastor. If your pastor is feeding your soul, support, encourage, and thank your pastor often.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 8/3/2020

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crossEzek. 18:23 Do you think, asks the LORD, that I like to see wicked people die? Of course not! I only want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.

We must understand this truth. The Lord does not like to see wicked people die. God knows that those who live wicked lives will go to hell when they die if they don’t repent. They must be sent to hell for no sin can ever be in His presence. In human terms, it’s not God’s most favorite thing to do. His holiness demands it, but His love does not want to do it.

The Lord does all He can do to get people to repent. He shows himself to us in a multitude of ways. He can be found by anyone who sincerely is looking for Him. He bears witness of His existence and love in all of life. For those who have eyes to see, what man needs to know about God in order to be saved is everywhere. God wants people to open their eyes and see Him. He wants them to see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior.

But, He also knows that sin darkens the mind of man and prevents the soul from seeing or wanting God. The deeper one goes into sin, the harder it is for the soul to find God. God allows man the freedom to choose how deep into sin they go. No one has to be a slave to sin. Living in sin is a choice that is daily made. It is the natural tendency of the heart, but it is not the way it has to be. God provides a way out of sin and a way to stay out of it. It is God’s heart desire for us to choose to come out of sin and live in righteousness. There is a way out; there is hope for the soul. Jesus is the way, truth, and life. We come to God only through Him.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/27/2020

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crossEzek. 18:21-22 But if the wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my laws and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. All their past sins will be forgotten, and they will live because of the righteous things they have done.

Wicked people do what wicked people do; they blatantly sin against God. Nothing they do should ever surprise us. But, wicked people are not necessarily stuck in their wickedness. People can, and do, change. When wicked people get tired of their wickedness and turn to the Lord, they change their ways. When they do change, they shall live and not die in their sins. It is an amazing thing when the Lord redeems the wicked.

No matter how bad of a life a person may live, when Jesus takes residence in the heart, an amazing thing happens in heaven. God wipes from His memory bank all their past sins. He has the mysterious ability to remember their sins no more. He looks upon the righteousness of Christ in the soul and looks no further. It seems like God would be like us. When we are forgiven and let Christ take over our lives, we still remember what we have done. We may be able to bury our wicked deeds deep within our memory bank, but they are still there and come back to haunt us throughout our lives. Satan refuses to let us forget how bad we were and he tries to convince us we are still as bad as we were. But, God declares us to be different. We become new creations in Christ; the old self passes away and we become new in Christ.

In Christ we live. We live differently and we are deemed to be righteous in Christ. We live honorably before God and man. What we do pleases God. Only in Christ can our wickedness be done away with. Only in Christ can God consider us to be righteous. Yes, the wicked can be miraculously changed. It is possible for our standing with God to change. It is possible for us to live eternally in God’s presence. Don’t ever let Satan try to convince you otherwise. It is impossible for us to do it, but with Christ all things are possible. Believe God, trust Christ with your soul, and you will be forever set free from the sins that bind and destroy you.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/20/2020

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crossEzek. 13:1-3 Then this message came to me from the LORD: “Son of man, speak against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Tell them to listen to the word of the LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says. ‘Destruction is certain for the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all!’”

Ezekiel was told to speak out against those false prophets of Israel who were inventing their own prophecies. We need to do the same thing today. We need to speak out against those who are preaching and teaching another Gospel. I am not speaking about the non-essential differences of doctrine in the church today, but those who blatantly promote other ways to heaven. There are many who pervert the Gospel message to promote their own agendas and ideas. There are those who endeavor to justify sin by declaring that what they do is not sin. There are many who pick apart the Bible and declare it outdated and no longer relevant to our lives. There are those who take things out of the context in which they are written in order to make it say what they want it to say.

We have a mandate to speak out against these false prophets and stand clearly on what God declares is truth. We must preach and teach only the Word of God. We must not cater to those who do not accept Biblical truth as being truth. We are to not listen to their rhetoric or have fellowship with them. It is our mandate to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth of God’s Word. We must protect our pulpits and never let false prophets have access to them.

Destruction is certain for all who would promote another Gospel message or who would distort it. We must warn them of what is to come for them if they don’t repent. We must as well guard our hearts and minds so that we don’t get caught up into their untruth. We must diligently study God’s Word so that we will know the truth. The eternal destiny of our souls is at stake.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/13/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossEzek. 3:20-21 “If good people turn bad and don’t listen to my warning, they will die. If you did not warn them of the consequences, then they will die in their sins. Their previous good deeds won’t help them, and I will hold you responsible, demanding your blood for theirs. But if you warn them and they repent, they will live and you will have saved your own life too.”

Every time I read this passage and meditate on it, it challenges me. I know God spoke to Ezekiel during a different time than we live in. The Israelites were living under the law and not grace. God dealt with His people differently then than He does now. Yet, I can’t help but take this passage and draw a parallel to our living.

The Lord suggests that good people can turn bad. Can godly people turn away from their godliness and sin against God? I believe so. We do not lose our freewill when we give our hearts over to Christ. We still choose between good and evil. We still choose whether or not we are going to live by God’s Word or not. We daily make spiritual choices. So, what happens when godly people turn away from God and choose to live in sin?

This passage tells us that the people of Ezekiel’s day would die if they did not repent. Does this mean that they would lose their standing with God? I will let others debate that issue. All I know is what the Word declares. Here God says that their past goodness would not help them. God says He would hold them responsible for their sins. I believe that God has not changed. He still holds us responsible for our sins. How can it be otherwise? God is holy and there will be no sin in heaven whatsoever. One way or another, all sin will be dealt with before we are allowed into heaven. God makes it clear in His Word that when we sin we must confess it and seek Christ’s forgiveness. Only the pure in heart will see God. What happens if we don’t confess our sins and seek God’s forgiveness? He will deal with us accordingly. He judges each of us by the righteousness of Christ and the standards of His Word. He will judge each of us rightly.

I would caution each of us to not ignore this truth. It is a very serious thing to harbor sin in our hearts. It leads us away from God and soon takes over our lives. If we turn away from God and live sinful lives, we will stand before God and give an account for our lives. Listen to what God says about sin; let His Spirit lead you according to His Word.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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