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Clarity

There are many applications of this word. We can receive clarity in our physical sight by buying glasses; have clarity in our daily purpose and our future vision; obtain clarity in a conversation; or even have clarity on what God says in His Word. Clarity is clearness of mind and that is good. We live in a world where everything and every person can vie for our time. We are continually stimulated to here this and that message.  Our family wants us to hear them. Our work needs to be done in a fashion that will accomplish results, so we seek clarity in our objectives and require it from others in order to do what is necessary. Clarity breaks up the clouds, the clods, and the uncertainties that exist. It seeks to clear the sky, clear the path, and provide a correct understanding. When David was living in Philistine territory hiding from Saul's continual search, many men joined him from the tribes of Israel. One group, about 200 leaders, came from the tribe of Issachar. It was said of t…

Confidence

When was the last time you saw a person or talked to a person that seemed to exude confidence? You saw it in the way they walked, held themselves, spoke, and you saw it in their eyes. They believed in themselves. You might have thought, "I'd like to have that kind of confidence. If I had it, I would be much bolder, risk more, and believe more. Paul wrote a letter to the Roman believers who were part of a huge empire that reached northward in Europe, eastward past Israel, and southward into Africa. Only one-third of the empire's people were free people and the rest were in some kind of slavery. Why would Paul speak to them about confidence? Wouldn't they already have it? The confidence he spoke of was not rooted in the empire or their status in the empire but in their new found faith in Jesus Christ. He spoke of their past, "made right in God's sight by faith," their present, "brought us into this place of undeserved privilege," and their future, …

The Law

We have all heard of the Ten Commandments and some might have memorized them as a child. What is their purpose? They were presented to the newly rescued Israelites at Mt. Sinai located in the present nation of Saudi Arabia around 1445 B.C. That was over 3,400 years ago, so why would we still consider them valuable? Paul in writing a book to Roman Christians discussed that issue. He said, "its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God…The law simply shows us how sinful we are." (Romans 3:19-20) The construction of the law is illustrated by a hinge which you would use for a door so that it can swing open and shut. There are three parts to a hinge: a part that is attached to the door frame, a part that is attached to the door, and the pin which holds them together. In the Law, the first part is four commandments concerning our relationship with God which deal with Him as priority, what is idolatry, and honor and worship …