“Freedom & Stumbling Blocks” August 27

 

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Today’s Readings:
Ecclesiastes 3
Psalm 102.1-17
Proverbs 24.3-4
1 Corinthians 8.1-13

 

Freedom & Stumbling Blocks

 

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Stumbling Blocks & the Cause of Christ

 

We love freedom. And we should. Christ suffered and died to set us free from the power and penalty of sin. His truth and grace sets us free from both religious legalism and the hopelessness that a life of sin can bring. But freedom, though precious and valuable, should be used carefully. Paul said it this way:

“… beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak” (v. 9).

And he ends this chapter with these thoughts:

And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ. So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble (vss. 12-13 NLT).

blond womanst 27" >What are you willing to give up for your weaker brothers and sisters? What are you willing to forego for the cause of Christ?

Are you willing to give up that glass of wine? Or the latest movie?

Ladies, are you willing to quit wearing that new blouse if it might tempt your brother in Christ with wrong thoughts? Or your sister in Christ to wonder where her husband’s eyes are going?

Men, are you willing to forego going out with the guys and doing something you consider harmless if it causes your spouse distress?  Continue reading

August 31 “Our sin’s effect on our children”

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Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by claiming it only affects us. But whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness, we never do it in isolation. Our sin’s effect on our children and others can be profound and long lasting.

Today’s Readings:
Ecclesiastes 11 & 12
Psalm 103.15-22
Proverbs 24.13-14
1 Corinthians 11.1-16

Ecclesiastes 11 & 12:

Life is short. Spend it well.

Chapter 12.13-14:

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

We might sum up the book of Ecclesiastes by saying. Life is short. Spend it well. Enjoy the journey and above all, fear God and keep His commandments. Continue reading