Daily Archives: August 15, 2015

Genuine Christians are stewards of God’s grace

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the…

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What does it mean for a woman to respect a man?


My favorite painting: My favorite painting: “Godspeed” by Edmund Blair Leighton, 1900

Matt Walsh writes a popular blog where he sometimes talks about male-female relationships. I got the impression that he was writing too much about how to blame men, and not enough about the policies and practices that provide incentives for men to underperform, e.g. – mostly female teachers, unfair divorce laws, stimulus spending geared towards women, etc. So imagine my surprise when I came across this article about men and their need for respect.

Matt is concerned that men are hearing too many negative messages in the culture, and not getting enough respect for what they do right.

He writes:

These cultural messages aren’t harmful because they hurt my manly feelings; they’re harmful because of what they do to young girls. Society tells our daughters that men are boorish dolts who need to be herded like goats and lectured like school boys…

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Barna Update | New Post-Christian Stats & Ranking by Cities

2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population

Is America a post-Christian nation? Not quite—but in just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as “post-Christian” rose by 7 points (from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015), bringing the number very near the halfway mark.

Across the United States, cities in every state are becoming more post-Christian—some at a faster rate than others.

What cities are the most “post-Christian” in 2015? How have the rankings changed since 2013—and where does your city fall?

Read the research here >

Daily Devotionals: (15th Aug.) Enmity Between…

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Reading: Genesis 3:15

These are the first words of grace to a lost world. When were these words spoken? Just after sin had come in, and innocence was gone, and man had become a guilty creature before God. One command had been given, for the purpose of seeing whether he would love, and fear, and serve his Maker. That one command had just been trodden under foot. Pause here for one moment and think. Some people dream of earning eternal life by doing God’s will. This way has been tried. It failed. The end of it was ruin.

By whom were these words spoken? “The Lord God said.” What proof is here, that our God is merciful and gracious! Think how He had been offended! Think, with what base ingratitude—with what contempt He had been treated! Satan’s lie had been trusted rather than His truth. His easy yoke had…

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