God’s Attributes The True Measure of Fine Art

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God’s Attributes The True Measure of Fine Art Before the world was digitized and messaging was made instant via the ubiquity of supercomputers carried in each person’s pocket or purse, written communication was facilitated by means of mail delivered by the postal service. Specifically, a writer would place his or her message into an envelope and then entrust its delivery to a group of people who never (well, rarely) failed, even in the face of rain, sleet, or snow. The delivery process could be as short as a single night…

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The Angry Heart

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The Angry Heart Angry Heart : A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated. Proverbs 14:16-17 (NIV) An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22 (NIV) The root of sinful anger grows in a heart that is self-centered and idolatrous. Because we live in a society that screams constantly about “rights,” when our perceived rights are violated, we become angry. Women champion their “right to choose,” homosexuals fight for the…

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Basic Christian Life

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Basic Christian Life Christian : As disciples of Jesus Christ, we want to live the Christian life in a way which pleases Jesus. Someone has said, “The Christian life is not difficult, it is impossible.” We cannot live pleasing to God on our own strength. A supernatural life must be lived by the power of the supernatural Holy Spirit. However, living a supernatural, God-pleasing life does not mean throwing our brains out the window! We have to study and learn what it is that pleases God and then cooperate with…

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A wonderful example of a Christian attitude

I don’t know if Rachelle Friedman is a Christian or not;  she never mentions God in the article I read about her, but some people are unwilling to risk anti-Christian backlash by mentioning Him to the general public, and of course news agencies decide which quotes to use and which to ignore…  in any case, there’s no confusion about her attitude being one to strive for.The article is called “Paralyzed at her bachelorette party, bride to marry Friday.”  Here’s how she became paralyzed:“Friedman was celebrating with her girlfriends in Virginia Beach,…

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A Thankful Attitude is Good for Your Health

Being thankful is healthy.  That’s what the research continues to show.  An article in today’s Wall Street Journal health and wellness section addresses recent research that indicates that people who are thankful are happier and healthier. Should we be surprised? Nope, because our Creator gives us that principle in his guidebook for living, the Bible.  And, when we follow his principles for living, we’ll generally be healthy. Here are a few of the scriptures that instruct us to have a thankful heart and attitude:”Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s…

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Feelings, Emotions and Christian Truth

We are living in a very interesting time in the history of the Christian Church. While the teaching and preaching of biblical doctrinal truth should be, according to Scripture, our primary emphasis, human feelings and spiritual experience has assumed center stage. Many modern Christians seek a church that provides a positive experience rather than one that stands for doctrinal truth. Preachers today in order to appeal to these “modern” Christians, offer principles for experiencing the Christian life rather than the doctrinal presentation of sin and grace. Worship has become an…

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A Christians Attitude

Our attitude is what defines us. Our attitude will determine where we will spend eternity.  What is our attitude toward our self, and toward our brethren?    To better understand what the Bible says about our attitude, first we need to define the word attitude.  Although the word attitude itself is not found in the Bible the concept is found throughout the Bible.  Attitude is defined as “feeling or emotion” (Webster p.80). When we become a Christian we are to renew our minds, change our attitude in every aspect of…

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Are You Emotionally Mature?

A well-known singer once crooned out what became a famous song, titled “Feelings.” My father enjoyed this particular tune, and I came to enjoy it as well. Looking back, it became, in a sense, prophetic of our entire age.This has been called the age of “feel good.” Most people now make decisions, come to conclusions or react in given situations based almost exclusively on how things feel to them. For more than a generation, most human beings have become subtly conditioned—by education, pop psychology and society—to listen to, and stay…

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How the Teachings of Emotional Purity and Courtship Damage Healthy Relationships

There are many times that I don’t realize just how much strange teaching I’ve had to undo in my life. I usually don’t realize it until times when I try to explain them to someone else. This happened to me the other night. A dear friend and I were talking about our kids and how to help them transition from children to adults. The topic of dating and relationships came up and we started talking about my story. Sometimes it’s actually comforting to me to be met with blank or…

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Confront Your Problem

Confront Your Problem:Anger receives a great deal of attention in mental health clinics and counseling centers all over the country. So do guilt feelings. A mother feels guilty because she screams at her children. A young man feels guilty because he no longer adheres to the behavioral standards by which he was reared. Another youth has been involved very intimately with a girl and feels guilty but cannot seem to help himself.Another malady that plagues many people is fear. Some psychologists maintain that the causes of anger and the causes…

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Power for Life Change

Sometimes it’s a good idea to reflect on our behavior! Are we truly living the abundant life God has for us, or are we settling for less? One of the ways we can think about this is to ask ourselves, “Am I carnal or am I spiritual?” These are two biblical words with important implications. Knowing what these words mean, and understanding how they play out in our lives can determine the difference between having effective human relations and poor human relations.Paul describes carnality this way – “For whereas there is among you…

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The High Cost of Regressive Behavior

People will resort to all kinds of methods to accomplish their own way. One means of getting your own way is regression. To regress is simply to revert to childish ways of reacting to unpleasant situations.How does a child get his own way? A child will resort to tears, screams, temper tantrums, or sulking to get his way. He will break things, fight, throw up, refuse to eat, or become generally hard to manage. He finds that such methods work amazingly well in getting what he wants. Because of past…

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Constructive Speech

How would you describe the way you talk? Are your words positive, constructive, comforting, supportive, and uplifting? Or are the words that come out of your mouth most often cutting, negative, and hurtful?According to Proverbs 15:4 (KJV), “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness there in is a breech in the spirit.” What does it mean to have a “wholesome” tongue? A tongue that speaks good of people and situations. A tongue that builds up people (yourself and others). A tongue that is gentle. A tongue that…

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The Temptation of Self-Centeredness

It is important to accept responsibility for your life. However, once you do that, you will be tempted to backtrack, to lay the blame for your ups and downs, your troubles and defeats at someone else’s door. But don’t become discouraged here – or misled. Temptation is something you hold in common with all people. And it too is something you must meet with whatever resources you have and be responsible for your response to it.In advance of a temptation you must make up your mind not to yield to…

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Healthy Emotions

It’s remarkable how differently people respond to the same set of circumstances. Reactions involve your inner life. The management of your inner life is, to me, an issue of vital importance.Every day you will either reveal or conceal feelings, emotions, attitudes, intentions and thoughts stimulated by people and events. Either way, whether you reveal or conceal them, there they are, coming from within you.You can’t control what other people do around you. Neither can you control all the events of the day. How you respond will either build up or…

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Put Away Anger and Bitterness

I’ve discovered that a lot of people that read the Bible don’t like what it says. For instance, Ephesians 4:31 instructs us to “let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you.”Maybe you struggle with some of these emotions, feeling you have a right to them because of how you’ve been treated. But Ephesians goes on to say, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”Now being kind and forgiving someone…

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Life in Christ

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)The law of sin pulls us downward. It causes us to miss the mark that we set for ourselves. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, however, pulls us upward.You cannot pass a law that forces me to love you or to have a heart filled with joy. You cannot order me to be a peaceful man. You can force me to act like…

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Finding Contentment

A gentleman came to see me who was extremely mad at his wife. “I hate to come home from work,” he said, “because I know that when I turn into the driveway, if my wife got there ahead of me, she will have her car parked smack in the middle of the car port. I have asked her time and time again to please either park her car to the left or the right of the car port, but no, she always parks in the middle! We have two cars,…

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Marriage God’s Way

“… present yourselves to God …” (Romans 6:13).Sometimes it seems as though a long-lasting marriage is determined by chance or circumstances or just plain old luck. However, there are some steps that will enable you to establish your marriage on a solid foundation that will help you stay in it for the long haul. Taking this series of steps will bring your life into continuous subjection to the will of God. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, consider seeking someone out today who can show you…

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Good Communication

The secret of getting along in marriage lies in two people applying the principle embodied in this verse from the Bible: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31).This is a workable formula! And amazingly, it is easier to carry out than to trying to figure out the other person.Scott and Ann found this out. Like most people you know, each longed to be appreciated and have their viewpoint respected. They discovered that the rule Jesus gave is just as…

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Discipline with Love and Conviction

God’s Word instructs us to love one another (1 Peter 1:22). Nearly every parent wants to give his or her children tender, loving, and sacrificial care that flows out of a heart of love; but even the most dedicated mother or father cannot do this unless God is the source of that love. This is because God is love, and as we walk in His love, it will flow to our children through us.God does not leave us without guidance. In fact, the biblical standard for love is described in…

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Is Feeling Guilty the Same as Repentance?

Perry Black was the production expediter for a printing firm, a bachelor in his 30s, and lonely. He hurried to do what was required of him if asked by someone he liked; if asked by someone else, his feet seemingly were of lead. He gave the impression that he was always available and willing to do anything at all to be helpful, but admitted it was just an impression. He actually hated to be disturbed.He liked a pat on the back and, if praise was to be the reward, would…

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A Mother-Daughter Battle

“I love Betty very much and she knows it. But why is she so rebellious? Mrs. Grant asked me.This mother was a sincere Christian, and her teen-age daughter had been a continual object of her prayers. She could not get Betty to study, do a chore right, get along with her brother, or even eat properly. It was a mother-daughter battle, and it terribly distressed Mrs. Grant. “It’s been very trying, believe me,” she said. “In coming to you, I thought you might help.”Probing for the cause of the festering…

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The Need for Integrity

The Need for Integrity:“I was shocked,” said Calvin Lane, though as he spoke I sensed his shock had turned to bitterness. “My uncle was a deacon in the church, but the first time I accompanied him to the company convention he led the way in painting the town.”In the course of five years Calvin had come to wonder whether a commitment to the Lord actually meant anything. The inconsistencies he observed made him wonder.“I think I’ve had all the Christianity I want,” he added.About a year after he learned of…

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Choose the Right Response

Are you troubled by things you’ve done, by what you’ve said to people, or by what people have said to you? Are your words typically supportive, or do you find yourself often critical, caustic or hostile?Colossians 3:17 says “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks unto God and the Father by Him.” (KJV)When you speak or act in a way that you know in your heart to be wrong, you pay with your emotions. You chip away at your…

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How to Experience God’s Love and Power in Our Lives

What could be greater than to feel God’s love and influence in our lives? How sad, how wasted the life of the person who believes that this world and this life are all we have. What a waste to die without knowing God, or the power of God.Bulton J. Sheen once said, “An atheist is a man who has no visible means of support.” We don’t want to stand alone at the last day. We need God’s support. How to we come to know God and know that he is?…

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Having an Attitude of Gratitude

As you read this article, take a moment to answer the following question, “Is there a reason for me to be thankful today?”  If you are alive to read the question, then you have a reason for rejoicing!  It may not always seem that way when troubles press in on you, but as long as you are alive, you have the opportunity to change your life and move forward.One of the most important gifts of all is life, and it was given to you by the Lord.  Sometimes we forget…

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How to Avoid Emotional Manipulation During Worship

A worship service can be an highly emotional time. The powerful music, crowds of people, the aura of God’s majesty, and turning one’s attention to him can create intense feelings of joy, anticipation, or even sorrow. Some people weep. Some people laugh. Some people are unmoved.And all that’s okay.The problem comes when leaders of worship services make a concerted effort to change people’s emotions in an attempt to coerce certain behavior. This is known as “emotional manipulation” and can be a harmful action that hijacks true worship.

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Why trust the Bible?

In some countries today, the Bible is forbidden. Bringing a Bible into Saudi Arabia, for example, or North Korea, or China, or Libya, or Burma — along with many other countries — can result in expulsion for the westerner or arrest and torture if you’re native to the country. It wasn’t that long ago that the Bible was banned in communist Eastern Europe, too; a good friend of mine was involved in Bible smuggling into places like Romania and Hungary during the 1970s and 80s and can tell hair-raising stories…

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How are your emotions affected by your behavior?

Are you troubled by things you’ve done, by what you’ve said to people, or by what people have said to you? Are your words typically supportive, or do you find yourself often critical, caustic or hostile? Colossians 3:17 says “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks unto God and the Father by Him.” (KJV)

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