Enjoying the Journey

Scott Pauley

It is one thing to be a friend to sinners and quite another to be a friend to their sin. The Lord Jesus Christ was known as “the friend of sinners” and yet those sinners would have been the first to tell you that He did not condone their wickedness. Modern church goers have developed a convenient, comfortable Christianity that finds itself right at home among evil. Christ knew nothing of this when He was on earth and He still doesn’t today. Why is there so little persecution? Where is the opposition that God promised would come to all who would live godly? It has been avoided in large part because there is so little difference between those who claim…

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There are many daily blessings in the Christian life. There are also daily battles. One of the ironies of walking with Christ is that much of the blessing comes through the battles. It is near the front lines, in the heat of war, where the victory is seen and God is known. Satan, the adversary of God and accuser of the brethren, is constantly standing against us. He attacked Job (Job 1:9-11), stood against David (1 Chronicles 21:1), raised his head against Joshua the high priest (Zech. 3:1-2), and sought to stop Daniel’s prayer from being answered (Dan. 10:10-13). He even came against the Perfect Man, the Lord Jesus Christ! Do not think that you will be the exception. “Beloved, think…

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