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Quote of the Week, 11/16/22

In my opinion, the greatest sin in the church of Jesus Christ in this generation is ignorance of the Word of God.”

J. Vernon McGee (1904—1988)

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Love Does Not Affirm a Dangerous Path

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I want to say, upfront, I am preaching to myself in this post. Maybe it will speak to you, too.

We must not affirm sinful behavior just because it’s a popular trend in our culture. If you aren’t sure about which trends are evil and/or dangerous, the truth can be found in the Bible. God’s Word is Truth and the final authority. The Word says,

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6 NIV

Going along with anything and everything is not love. Sin brings pain and heartache. It always does. That’s why God warns us against it.

Pastor David Jeremiah says, “This is the way sin works: it comes covered in an attractive veneer that hides its evil and hideous consequences.”

Standing for truth is not being legalistic, as some accuse. Speaking truth protects the innocent. Truth is the antidote for deception and deception is the enemy of mankind.

Standing for truth isn’t hard to do when evil is something society detests. But what about when sinful behavior is something our culture affirms? What sin does our society affirm? All you have to do is watch TV to find out.

I never thought I’d see the day when women would celebrate because they had won the right to murder their unborn baby. But many women in America demand abortion rights during all months of pregnancy, and they call it healthcare. It’s not healthcare we’re talking about. It’s killing your baby. If we are going to have this discussion, let’s be honest.

There’s a reason abortion advocates call it healthcare. It’s more palatable to call it healthcare or women’s rights than to call it what it is: taking a life, killing a baby. How can we even have a real discussion if we don’t consider all facets of the issue honestly?

Abortion is just one evil that our culture affirms. There are many others. My question for you is: Will you love? Or, will you affirm evil? To affirm evil is not love. It takes courage to stand up for what is right.

I’m not asking you to protest or to march with signs. I’m just reminding you of what God’s Word says.

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” 1 Corinthians 13:6 NIV

What other sinful behaviors does our culture affirm that are, in reality, dangerous paths? Will you stand up for truth to protect the innocent and/or the misinformed? It won’t be easy, but it will be loving.

With Love, Cindy

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A Word for the Young: You Don’t Have to Learn Things the Hard Way

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I have learned so many things the hard way, I could write a book about it!

The only good thing about it is you probably won’t make that mistake twice. For example, once when I was about 9 years old I was playing outside with no shoes on. I was not allowed to play outside barefoot, but I did it anyway. I got a long splinter in my foot and I still remember (62 years later) how painful it was when they dug it out!

That’s a practical example, but I have also learned many spiritual lessons the hard way. God’s Word says one thing, but I did something else. This can happen when you either don’t know (or don’t care) what God’s Word says about a matter.

God said not to do it, but I did it anyway. What did I learn? I learned that God knows best. There’s a reason He says not to sin. It’s for our own good. Sin leads to bad things. Trust me on that. Obeying God will protect you from dangerous consequences.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

You might not believe me. You might have to learn this for yourself. But you can avoid a lot of bad things if you trust and obey God’s Word. The book of Proverbs is a treasure trove of wisdom for living. Here are two great verses:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 NIV (emphasis mine)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Sometimes we may argue with God about a certain sin that we struggle with. We may not understand why it’s a sin. But if it’s called sin in God’s Word, it IS sin, and will only bring destruction. That’s where trusting God’s Word comes in.

Sometimes people blindly follow the way of the culture. This is why we must know what God’s Word says. When I was young, I adopted the morals of my friends. That was a big mistake, and I paid for it.

If you are struggling to reject a certain sin, I highly recommend this post from Gotquestions.org.

What Are the Consequences of Sin?

My prayer is that we will always trust and obey God’s Word. Don’t learn things the hard way like I did.

With Love, Cindy

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Tuesday’s Verse, 5/17/22

“Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19 NIV Read full chapter

With Love, Cindy

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What Easter Means To Me

Easter reminds me that because Jesus paid the penalty for my sins, I am free from guilt and shame. Have you ever felt such deep guilt that you couldn’t get over it? Most people probably haven’t done anything terrible enough to bring on that kind of deep shame.

For those who have, love for Jesus runs very deep because it changes your life in a very tangible way. It can’t be explained to someone who hasn’t experienced it. Maybe you could imagine what it would be like when you hear the hymn, Amazing Grace, written by John Newton, a slave ship captain who experienced God’s merciful forgiveness.

Another example is a woman known only as “the sinful woman” found in Luke 7:36-50

This woman came to see Jesus while he dined with some religious leaders. The passage only tells us the bare bones of the story, but we can imagine what might have taken place. I have often wondered, what she was doing at the party?

“But it was acceptable in Jesus’ day for people to come to a party to watch and listen to the conversation. They were not allowed to eat, but they could observe. She was not interested in eating.” (Never Thirsty Ministry)

She was interested in seeing and hearing Jesus.

I have no idea what Jesus and the Pharisees talked about. Maybe Jesus talked about forgiveness of sins. Maybe, as she listened, she believed He was the Christ and she experienced the joy of receiving forgiveness.

Maybe Jesus quoted Old Testament Scriptures such as Isaiah 1:18.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

Maybe He quoted Psalm 103:12.

“… as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

And maybe, He looked right in her eyes as he did, not at the Pharisees, but only at her, and maybe that is why she cried so hard that she could actually wash His feet with her tears.

Verse 44 tells us that Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, 

“… her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Imagine how she felt, knowing He was talking about her.

She probably thought no one would pay any attention to her that evening. But Jesus looked right at her and spoke the words she longed to hear:

Her many sins have been forgiven.”

Easter means forgiveness and cleansing to me. Anyone carrying around guilt can be set free from that heavy load, just like I was. Only believe.


Luke 7:36-50 Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” 40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,[c] and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

What does Easter mean to you?

With Love, Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 2/28/22

“Oh, what joy for those
    whose disobedience is forgiven,
    whose sins are put out of sight.
 Yes, what joy for those
    whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
Romans 4:7-8 NLT

With Love, Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 1/31/22

“Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
 Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.” Psalm 25:6-7 NIV Read full chapter

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Verses for Meditation, 12/23/21

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:8-12 NIV Read full chapter

With Love, Cindy

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Monday’s Verse, 8/2/21

“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool…” Isaiah 1:18 NIV Read full chapter

With Love, Cindy

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Friday’s Verse, 6/11/21

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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