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It is neither unbiblical nor mean to confront people about sin.

“Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” (Proverbs 9:8)

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” (Galatians 6:1)

“Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.” (2 Thessalonians 3:15)

“My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)

Too many of our friends wander from God because we don’t love them enough to come along side of them and help them.

 

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Dude — okay…so you go to church on Sunday, maybe even go to a small home group during the week.  And when the topic of sex trafficking comes up in conversations, just like everyone else, you say that it’s a bad thing and needs to be stopped. Maybe you even went to a fundraiser to raise money to combat sex trafficking.

But then you find yourself online looking at pictures of nekkid ladies, or renting movies with graphic sex scenes. Besides supporting an evil system, did it ever occur to you that you are pimping and sex-trafficking your own soul? Yup – by giving your eyes to these things, you are forcing your soul to be violated, over and over again, by this ungodly vileness. And the more you do it, the more of a toll it takes spiritually

Maybe it’s time you got out of the sex-trafficking business…

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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord ,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

So…you’re smoking weed and partying like the world on Saturday — and raising “holy hands” and zealously shouting the name of Jesus on Sunday (or at house church). But holiness is not a club you join, it is a life you live.

Playing this double-lifestyle game is dangerous to a person’s eternal health. If we really want to change, He is waiting for us with open arms. But if we continue to play games with the Living God, we will one day learn that this is a game we cannot win.

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Prov. 4:23)

Billions of dollars are spent each year on TV and internet advertising because it is scientifically proven that it changes the way we think and act. And there is more than one kind of advertising going on. The bombardment of ungodly world-view propaganda, under the guise of news, also powerfully impacts the way we think (There is presently an intense effort across all forms of media to attack God’s biblical plan for marriage).

In many ways, it appears that the world is doing a much better job of “discipling” the Church than the Church is. And as long as we slavishly give into our addiction for media and entertainment, we will continue to be changed into people who are more and more worldly — and may one day soon be found actually opposing the true Church and the true work of the Kingdom.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

One day, a while back, I was standing in my kitchen, and suddenly, for just one second, something like a portal opened up before me and it revealed the heart of Jesus.  Of course, it was very passionate. But the the thing that overwhelmed me was how vulnerable and sensitive His heart was. I fell to my knees, overcome at this revelation of how vulnerable He makes Himself to us — that He desires intimacy so greatly with us that He would open Himself so much to being hurt by us.

And He calls us to this same vulnerable intimacy.

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“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)

I see a lot of articles saying that we perhaps should not be longing for heaven, but should be seeking to see heaven come to earth. I know there is truth to this, and Jesus taught us to pray for this. But there also definitely is and always will be a huge difference between what we can attain to and experience here vs. being in heaven. In heaven there is no sin, no tears, no trials, no pain, no trauma, no war…and there is the unfiltered Glory of God.

Yes, it is thrilling what we can know of God and His blessings this side of heaven — what an awesome adventure! But ultimately (IMO), the experience of living in heaven will always trump any place we can live in on this planet. And I think this is very hopeful, because no matter what our earthly experience is, there will always be something even more wonderful to look forward to.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;” (Philippians 1:21-23)

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“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

A big part of dying to ourselves and successfully following Jesus is deciding that you would be willing to risk rejection by the world and the world system in order to please God. Popularity and peer approval are not fruits of the Spirit. And every Christian generation must decide who is their god — Jesus or the world.

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