Know the Word or Else!!!!

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1 Timothy 4:1-5

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.[a]

They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable[b] by the word of God and prayer.

No author, speaker, pastor or preacher should be held up as infallible. We run the risk of being deceived if we don’t take every teaching in with a critical ear. We must be on constant alert as we pursue holiness. Satan is not opposed to defaming the name of Jesus by placing false teachers in your path or even in your church. Paul is warning Timothy of this, yet again. Any teaching that ties your righteousness to Jesus + something or Jesus – something is a sure sign of unbiblical teaching. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus alone is your means to righteousness.

We must always evaluate everything that influences our relationship with God. The only standard by which these influences should be measured is the word of God. We must resist the urge to blindly and wholeheartedly place our faith in anything other than Jesus. Our faith is in Jesus alone or it is an unbiblical faith.

The important thing to realize here is that there are false teachers around us. There are men and women who purposely teach a gospel contrary to the gospel of Jesus. There also exist teachings that do not seek purposely to deceive us but teach false truths due to a lack of study or a lack of personal integrity to the truth. If we are not aware of this we increase the risk of being deceived.

How will we know when we are being taught unbiblical truths if we do not continually and whole-heartedly devote ourselves to reading the Bible?

If you spend more time and place more weight on anything other than the Bible for spiritual instruction  you are at serious risk of being led astray. Spend time in the word. Evaluate everything against it. Speak up when you hear unbiblical teaching.

Be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him and stand firm in the faith. – 1 Peter 5:8

Now go out and have an EPIC day today

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A few thoughts from my vacation

I just returned from a 8 day vacation. I would say this is one of the best vacations I’ve ever taken, for many reasons!!!

We went to Florida to visit my daughter Misty and her hubby Denny. I have not seen them for almost 2 years and I was pretty excited to see both of them. I am pretty sure Misty didn’t really think I would come. The expression and the excitement within her was priceless. We had a great time as they showed us around Florida, man what a beautiful state except the horrible humidity!!! I know that when someone comes to visit you feel like you have to show them around, keep them busy and all that great hospitality stuff but for me I just wanted to spend time with Misty and Denny…. no need to go anywhere or do anything!!

The highlight for me on this visit was our last full day there Misty and I went to lunch together. It was a wonderful and beautiful time with her, there really was no agenda or plan for this time together, we just talked!! We talked about our lives, past, present and future. We cried, we laughed and I feel like I know Misty in a brand new way as she shared some very intimate things of her life with me. This is the first time in YEARS that we spent time together with NO WALLS or BARRIERS between us, it was raw, beautiful and very loving. I will cherish that lunch for all the days of my life.

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The second leg of this vacation was taking my wife to Pittsburgh to see a Pirates game. Her grandfather was a big Pirates fan and when he passed away many years ago she took up the mantle of being a Pirates fan. I have been a LA Dodger fan my entire life, grew up with them and I LOVE baseball. Diane turns out to be a bigger fan of baseball than me or anyone I know for that matter. Her dream has been to go to PNC Park and attend a Pirates game for as long as I’ve known her.

All of our lives (30 years of marriage) I have spent money to go to LA to see the dodgers, when the Pirates came to LA we would go, that way I could see my team and Diane could see hers, but it’s just not the same for her in Dodger Stadium. I have told her for years it was just too expensive to fly all the way across the country to watch a game….. for the most part it was all about ME!!!

Well last Christmas I bought her 2 tickets to a game at PNC park. For me seeing the excitement on her face, seeing her actions like a little girl as we approached the stadium was WORTH EVERY PENNY and MORE. I gave me such satisfaction watching her the entire time…it was a dream come true for her. THIS made it a fantastic vacation!!!!

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