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The Battle for Jesus

The battle started after Adam and Eve were ushered out of the Garden of Eden. Their two sons, Cain and Abel, were the first to experience it. Abel certainly was righteous as he brought the right sacrifice for worship but Cain was proud and arrogant bringing for worship the fruit of his labor. When God rejected Cain's sacrifice, rather than repent, Cain murdered his brother. A righteous line was cut off and if Seth hadn't been born to Adam and Eve there would have been no righteous line for Jesus to be born out of. Down Seth's line came Noah and his family. If not for Noah's righteousness the earth would have had no other to build the boat and save the human race. After the ark rested and the land dried out, all came out and the brother's lineage grew and separated. We learn from Genesis 10 that Japheth, the second son, went west and north, Ham, the youngest went south into today's Africa, and the first son, Shem, went east with his family into Babylonia and toda…

Standing Firm

Today it is difficult to find a person that does not waiver. It seems that if you took a position two or three years ago on an important matter, you don't have to believe that same thing today. Life has become filled with "mushy" people. They feel the winds change and so they change, too. They cannot be relied upon for consistency, truthfulness or standing firm in their beliefs. However, contrary to their situational ethics lives, there are fundamental virtues that support a life that is standing firm. These are given to us by no other than King David in a psalm he wrote. He began by asking "Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill (Psalm 15:1)?" His desire was to be with God daily and He knew that that required integrity of life. He goes on to identify the character of a person that can stand before God without fear. Here are those virtues: (Psalm 15:2-5) Leads a blameless life.  Is not able to be blamed by anyone ab…

Three Questions

Jacob traveled to Paddan-aram to the house of Rachel's father, Laban. He spent twenty years there and became a wealthy man with four wives and twelve children. There came a time for him to return to the land of his father Isaac, so he gathered all he had accumulated and set out on the journey back to Canaan. On the way he realized that he would at some point meet up with his brother Esau from whom he had obtained the birthright and who had determined to kill him earlier in his life. So Jacob prepared many herds of animals and the herdsmen to guide them on before him. He sent them knowing that Esau would learn of their coming and would go out to meet them. Jacob's instructions to the first group were, "When my brother, Esau, meets you, he will ask, 'Whose servants are you? Where are you going? Who owns these animals?' You must reply, 'They belong to your servant Jacob, but they are a gift for his master Esau (Genesis 32:17-18).'" The answer to these thre…