18

JUN

"SCROOGELESS" CHRISTMAS

In these latter-years of the 20th century, no other season of the year reveals so much religion and so little godliness as the Christmas season.

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17

JUN

PANIC-FREE IN CHRIST

I could quote hundreds of passages from the Holy Scriptures to show that God keeps His people and that there is nothing in earth or in hell that can harm a trusting soul. The past is forgiven, the present is in God's keeping and a thousand bright promises give assurance for the future. Yet we are sometimes terrified by the adversary. This is not uncommon but it is unnecessary. We should not try to excuse it, but rather acknowledge it as evidence of our spiritual immaturity.

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16

JUN

LIVING UNDER THE THREAT OF TERRORISIM

It becomes us . . . To be penitent, confident and humbly brave before the mask of terror presented by H-bombs, sputniks and ballistic missiles. We need to make sure that we are morally worthy to be perpetuated as a nation and the God of Sabaoth will guard and protect us. I believe that our country is still the object of God's interest. The warm breath of prayer still hangs as an unseen mist over those woods and templed hills of which we sing, though the praying saints themselves may long since have quitted the land they once loved and baptized with loving tears.

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15

JUN

SIN ADDICTION AND ITS CURE

We must be careful, however, that we do not . . . Create the impression that sin is an accident, a disease, a poison unintentionally imbibed. If sin is a disease it is like alcoholism, one that is chosen, bought and voluntarily swallowed. A steer is not responsible for poisoning himself on locoweed, but men are endowed with intelligence and ability to distinguish good from evil; they are therefore not to be excused either for their sin or for the terrible results of it.

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14

JUN

THE POISONOUS SIN WEED

Sin is a poisonous weed that throws the whole nature out of order. The inner life disintegrates; the flesh lusts after forbidden pleasures; the moral judgment is distorted so that often good appears evil and evil good; time is chosen over eternity, earth over heaven and death over life.

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13

JUN

SIN INFECTED

As we consider the potentials for moral greatness that God built into human nature when He made man in His own image; when we see how self-sacrificing and kind people are at their best moments; when we observe the innocent sweetness of a baby or the selfless, shining love of a mother we are scarcely prepared for the shock of reading history or scanning the daily newspaper.

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12

JUN

THE USE OF THE MISSIONS DOLLAR

The God-honoring missionary society will be quick to invite inspection of the missionary dollar. But the gay adventurer who wants to go a-roaming at the honest Christian's expense will feel hurt and will no doubt accuse me of attacking the missionary enterprise. Forty years' association with a society where missionaries practice frugality, self-sacrifice, lifelong committal to the task, lonely pioneering, painstaking language study, and where deprivations, dangers and actual martyrdom are accepted as matters of course should acquit me of this charge.

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11

JUN

SENSATIONALISING WORLD MISSIONS

There are missionaries who are born adventurers; while wholly consecrated to Christ and utterly devoted to the glory of God, they are for all that very much in love with the physical excitement that accompanies missionary activities in some parts of the world. These have done excellent work and must be classed with the true servants of Christ and messengers of the cross. Their love for lost men is deep and real. Their fondness for travel and danger is natural to them and indeed contributes much to their fitness for the work they are called to do, a work which their more cautious brethren could never accomplish.

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