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Book Spotlight: Interactive Romans Road King James Version 7/13/2021

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Interactive Romans Road

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Interactive Romans Road KJV

Interactive Romans Road – King James Version

Long Ago, when the Roman Empire was at the height of its glory, a common saying was “All Roads Lead to Rome.” I want to tell you about a very special road — a road that existed then and still exists now. This road, now almost 2,000 years old, has never led to Rome. Yet, strangely enough, it is called the Romans Road.

This takes the reader to selected passages in the Book of Romans in the Bible to explain the plan of Salvation. This is the ideal way to share the gospel using your Kindle. The reader can also read the entire book of Romans un-interrupted.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 7/12/2021

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CrossMatt. 5:21-24 “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.”

The thought that really jumps out at me is that of being reconciled with others before we approach God in worship and prayer. There is no way that we can live at peace with everyone. There are simply some people who will refuse to let things go and live in peace. The Lord is not saying that we must first resolve all human conflict before we can approach Him. What He is saying is that we must not harbor anger or sinful thoughts towards others in our hearts. We must be willing to let go of the hurts others have caused us and forgive them without reservation. We can’t control the emotions or thoughts of others, but we can control our own. God will not let us draw near to Him if we bring sinful thoughts or emotions with us. We must first approach Him by way of the cross and seek the forgiveness of Christ. Also, if the problem is us, we must not only ask the Lord to forgive us, we must go to the person we have hurt and seek their forgiveness.

One of the reasons why so many prayers go unanswered and peace eludes us is that we don’t obey the Lord in this. The Lord expects his children to get along. If they have personality clashes, they must learn how to live with each other in a civil and God-honoring way. We may not be the best of friends with everyone, but in Christ we are kinfolk. We must learn the language of love. We must not let our differences alienate us and keep us from sharing the love of Christ together.

Like any good parent, God will not tolerate uncivil behavior amongst His children. They must learn how to iron out their differences and live in peace with one another.

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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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Christian Books of the Week – Bibles/Bible Study Guides 7/9/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/8/2021

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July 8th, 2021

Scripture

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” – Matthew 7:15 ESV

Devotion

In the sinful times in which we live, deception is a fact of life. Sin takes on many forms and deception is just one of them. In our verse for today, Jesus, looking to the times He lived in and beyond to the advent of the church age, warned His disciples about the deceptions that would inevitably come.

His warning was that they should watch out for false prophets. Jesus’ disciples would have some understanding about this warning as the Old Testament speaks often of false prophets. Jesus, however, probably had something more comprehensive in mind than people who give false prophecies about the future. He probably had in mind anyone who claims to be a genuine herald of religious truth, but is actually in the service of evil motives.

A false prophet is someone who comes to the disciples of Jesus in sheep’s clothing. On the outside, they have the appearance of someone who is sincere, helpful, and benign. Like sheep, they appear to be innocent. They appear to be loving and godly people. Based on appearances, the disciples would be inclined to receive them into the fold. False prophets gain entrance by claiming a divine call, by claiming to teach God’s will and ways, but who are actually energized by more sinister motives. What they teach and preach is a distortion of the truth, a mere pretense designed to get them what they really want.

What does the false prophet really want? Although outwardly false prophets look like sheep, inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Wolves feed on sheep. The false prophet is in the ministry to use disciples for nefarious purposes, to gain their wealth, to exploit their time and effort, and to live a life of excess. Jesus, for example, accused the scribes and Pharisees of His own day of being hypocrites who outwardly looked righteous and holy, but who inwardly were “full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25).

How can we avoid the deception of the false prophets? The Apostle John says we should “test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1). Naivety has no place in the church of Jesus Christ. We must accept the fact that there are false prophets in the world.

We must test to see if the lives and teaching of those who come to us line up with the Word of God.

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Book Spotlight: Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version 7/6/2021

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Interactive Romans Road

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Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version

Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version

Long Ago, when the Roman Empire was at the height of its glory, a common saying was “All Roads Lead to Rome.” I want to tell you about a very special road — a road that existed then and still exists now. This road, now almost 2,000 years old, has never led to Rome. Yet, strangely enough, it is called the Romans Road.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 7/5/2021

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CrossMatt. 5:17-18 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God’s law will remain until its purpose is achieved.”

Keeping the law of God has created all kinds of confusion in the church. There are some who insist on living by the letter of the law. There are some who want to discard the law altogether. And there are those who are somewhere in-between. How do we resolve this issue that so often divides the church?

Much of our confusion stems from the fact that we don’t properly understand the relationship that the law has with grace. The law was given to show us our need for grace. In the law we discover that we are all sinners and that we cannot be good enough to save our souls. It is impossible for anyone to live totally obediently to the law. We all fall short and the sooner that we admit it, the better off we will be.

Grace is God doing something to help us meet the demands of the law. We are saved by grace, not by keeping the law. There is saving merit only in the life, death and resurrection of Christ, not in the law. The law shows us what holy living is like and Christ makes living holy lives possible.

The law is very useful for showing us how God expects us to live. The standards of God are high and unattainable without Christ living in us. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit after He went back to heaven to guide us, instruct us, and enable us to live holy lives. He helps us to be able to apply the law to daily living. Christ met the demands of the law and now He is with us to live by it without the bondage and condemnation it brings to those who fail to live by it.

You will never get to heaven on the shirttail of the law. Jesus is the only one who can get us into heaven. There is no alternative to repentance. Live in Christ and you will meet all the demands of the law for holiness and you will make it to heaven when you die.

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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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Christian Books of the Week – Bibles 7/2/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/1/2021

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July 1st, 2021

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This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. – Romans 3:25-26 ESV
 

Devotion

Have you ever gone through something difficult and felt like God wasn’t being fair? Do you consider yourself to be completely fair?

If we are honest, even at our best, our ability to be fair is conditional and persuadable. Our decisions in relation to others are affected by how long we’ve known the person, their relationship to us, and what we are going to get out of the decision. To be fair means to be unbiased, and fairness requires consistency. What you give or do for one person you must also give and do for everyone else, regardless of your relationship to them.

We often hear people say God isn’t fair as they consider hard circumstances and life difficulties. I would agree that God isn’t fair. However, I don’t recall anywhere in Scripture Him saying He is. He did say in several places that He is just, but He doesn’t say fair. Being just is different than being fair.

I once heard a great analogy about the sometimes-misguided principle of being fair versus being just. Let’s say a mother has four kids ranging from ages 22, 16, 10, and 4 and she decides to give them cookies. If she were being fair, she would give each of them the same number of cookies, regardless of age, sugar tolerance, and diabetic conditions. If she didn’t give them all the same number, the kids who got less would claim she wasn’t being fair.

So what if I told you the 10-year-old has diabetes? Should he get the same number of cookies as the 22-year-old? No! On the surface, this isn’t fair, but the actions of the mother do make her just.

In order to see the love, peace, patience and kindness of God, we must look at His ability to be just. Because He sets the standard for being just, it is only He who then has the ability to be our justifier! This is great news to those who have put their faith and trust in Christ.

Go back and read through today’s verse again. He who is just can make you justified. Only the blood of Jesus Christ!

By Pastor Leroy Childress, Bible League International partner, Illinois, U.S.

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