Take A Stand

Take A Stand As Christians we must be careful not to be intimidated by the world. We must stand up for our convictions. Years ago, Jimmy Durante told of a baseball game being umpired by a runt of a fellow. An enormous player was at the plate and an equally large catcher stood behind him. The count was one and one. The little umpire watched the pitch sizzle across a corner, and yelled, “Two!” “Two what?” snarled the catcher, mashing his mask into the umpire’s face.” “Yeah, two what?” growled the batter, raising his bat. The umpire looked from one brute to the other and said, “Too close to tell.” He felt the pressure to remain neutral.

The will of the world and the will of God are in constant conflict. In every way possible the world is trying to get us to conform to its standards (or lack thereof), while God desires the best for us by urging us to conform to His will. Do we have the courage to stand up for God and righteousness? The world is not the Christian’s friend. In fact, we are enjoined, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (I John 2:15-17)

This is no time for the Christian to be wishy washy. Rather than being conformed to the world, we must be transformed by the renewal of our mind, as the apostle Paul urges. In a day when anything goes in morality and religion we need to hear again the inspired words of Jude, “I found it necessary to write, appealing to you to contend for the faith, which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Christians have no option but to take a stand!

John Gipson

What is Christianity?

In thWhat is Christianity?e home, it is kindness!
In business, it is honesty!
In society, it is courtesy!
In work it is fairness!
Toward the unfortunate it is assistance!
Toward the meek, it is help!
Toward the penitent, it forgiveness!
Toward wickedness, it is resistance!
Toward the fortunate, it is congratulation!
Toward, God it is reverence and service!
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Sin Is Like A Tick

Sin Is Like A TickI found a tick on me the other day. Fortunately I got it off before it embedded itself into my skin. Afterwards, I was thinking – sin is a lot like a tick. Notice, for example:

* It tries to sneak into your life. Ticks are successful because they can get on you without being detected. Sin often works like that, too. It tries to get into your life without being noticed for what it is.

* It finds a hidden spot. Once a tick gets on you, it usually tries to find a spot where you won’t discover it. Sin does the same. Sin usually works so that we end up doing it in secret.

* Once imbedded, it is hard to get off. When a tick has buried its head into you, it holds on for dear life. Sin is the same. Once it becomes a part of our lifestyle, it is difficult to shed.

* It gets bigger over time. If a tick remains on you long enough, it will gorge itself and get disgustingly huge. And so does sin. If left in your life long enough, one sin grows into many and gets worse and worse.

* It can leave you infected or seriously ill. Tick bites damage the skin and can carry diseases, some even deadly. Sin is also like that. Left in our lives, sin can damage our lifestyle, relationships, and souls. I also realized that avoiding and getting rid of sin is like doing so with a tick.

* Use preventative measures. Covering exposed areas and ap-plying repellent helps avoid ticks getting on you. Preparing yourself to resist temptation keeps sin at bay. Covering your life with Christ also helps.

* Avoid places where heavy infestations occur. Staying away from where ticks congregate reduces the risk greatly. Staying away from sinful places also helps reduce the risk of sin getting a hold on you.

* Examine yourself on a regular basis. Checking for ticks after you have been in the woods is always a good idea. Checking your life regularly to see if sin has entered is also a really good idea.

* If you notice one on you, get it off immediately. The sooner you can get rid of a tick, the better. The same goes for sin.

* If one bites you and you don’t look or feel well, see a doctor. Concerning tick bites, it is important to let a medical expert help if they can. It is also important to see the Great Physician if sin has damaged our life – He can help to make us all better!

Edd Sterchi