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Fleeing the Lie

Sin portrays itself as sweet.  Enticing words and images enter our minds, asking us to dwell upon them.  Mirages appear on our screens and beckon us to drink them in.  The siren song of sin calls to our hearts, attempting to lure us from the safety offered by God's ways into destruction and chaos.   We often forget the warnings of Scripture when in the midst of mesmerization temptation:   Her feet go down to death.     Dead men's bones lie there.   You'll forfeit the grace that could be yours.   It's better if a millstone were tied around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.   This will wage war against your soul.     If these warnings fail to reach our consciousness, what can we rely on to resist sin?   The...

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Who Is Like the Lord?

For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?     Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? -Ethan the Ezrahite in Psalm 89:6   They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. -Paul in Romans 1:25   So the men of the city said to Joash, “Bring your son out. He has pulled down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah idol beside it. He must die!” -Judges 6:30     Too often, we give our worship to lesser gods.  We bow our knees to imitations (at best) and usurpers (at worst).  Celebrities have "followers" for a reason: they are being worshiped.  Wealth, prosperity, and security are chased after while Christ remains unpursued.  Politicians of all stripes...

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