What it Takes to Be God

[310 words] In part of John’s glimpse of heaven, he saw four living creatures who did not rest from praising God saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come” (Rev. 4:8). In this saying of honor, three great attributes of God are given. Holiness. God is the Holy One (Ezek 39:7). He is one hundred percent love and purity (Psa. 12:6; 1 John 4:8). He is total righteousness and is always right (Deut. 32:4). Truly He is “Holy, holy, holy.” Omnipotence. God is the All-Mighty One (Psa. 65:6). He spoke everything into existence,...

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No Awe of God

[504 words] I remember listening to a talk radio program where the host was eliciting comments on why the crime rate had risen for the first time in several years. As you can probably guess, most of the responses were extreme and unconvincing. Still, a common thread among most of the callers was that there is more crime when people no longer have a fear of punishment for crime, nor a respect for authority. Whenever and wherever wickedness rules, one of the basic reasons is a diminished fear of the consequences of wrongdoing. A major part of Satan’s success with...

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The Patience of the Father

[151 words] We are told that children learn many life lessons from their fathers. I am delighted to hear that more and more fathers are seeing the importance of their role in the upbringing of their children. A recent survey showed that nearly half of all fathers spend more time with  their children than their own dads did, and they think that is still not enough.  As a father, I have learned many things from my own children. For instance, I learned the meaning of patience. But have you ever considered how patient the Heavenly Father is to us? The Lord...

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Omnipotent

  [170 words] A college student asked his preacher, “Do you think there is life on other planets?”  The preacher said, “No, I don’t think so.”  The student replied, “You mean, all those billions and billions and billions of planets out there–and you don’t think there’s life out there?”  He said, “No, I really don’t think so.”  The student then asked, “Then, why did God go to all that trouble to make all that stuff?”  The preacher said, “What trouble?”  “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm,...

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What is God to You?

  [227 words] “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods” Psalm 95:1-3. We are to gather to sing for joy, shout aloud, come before Him thanksgiving and extol Him. Why? Be.cause He is great. He is God. He is the great King. He is above any idol that man would want to place beside Him or above Him. The reason why human...

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The Perfect Creator

  [81 words] “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). Only God can start with nothing, and make something amazing! Beginning with a blank canvas, God created the spectacular world that is all around us. He can do the same for you spiritually. Whatever condition you are in right now, God can make you better! He is the perfect Creator. Matt Clifton Judsonia church of Christ Judsonia, AR...

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Marks of the Maker

  [397 words] As I was laying on the floor of the parking garage at the Fort Bend County Justice Center (for those of you concerned—it was for exercise), I noticed that on the huge slab of concrete above me, it had arrows and notes drawn in chalk on it. Being that it was too high for the average individual to reach, and too odd for anyone to spend anytime drawing on the ceiling of a parking garage, I concluded that the marks were specifically made to show the makers of the garage where to fit this slab of concrete....

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I AM the Answer

  [201 words] Who is going to stand with me when my life falls apart? I AM. Who is going to make sure that one day good will prevail over evil? I AM. Who is going to help me when I need it? I AM. Who is smart enough to figure everything out in my life? I AM. Who is going to give me the assurance that everything always works out in the end? I AM. Who is going to be with me now that I am all alone? I AM. Who is going to help me out of my...

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Giving God the Glory

[321 words] “The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation, the God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me. He delivers me from my enemies; surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man” (Psalm 18:47,48). Recalling all that God has given causes David to say in praise, “The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock.” These words are written to extol God, who is the One behind all his successes. David prays, “Exalted be the God of my salvation,”...

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Why Hidest Thou?

[156 words] Why do We sometimes feel that God is far away? There are times we need to feel He is nearby. Psalm 10:1 says “Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” David dared to ask the question. It is okay to ask questions of God. All the great people of the Bible had troubles of one kind or another. The thing that made the difference is they asked God about it. They didn’t ask someone else. They didn’t even trust their own feelings. Feelings can change what God’s word never changes. The Lord never promised that following Him...

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Who Is God?

  [116 words] He is the Creator of all that exists (Gen. 1:1). He is a Spirit (John 4:23-24). He is all-powerful (Psalms 89:8), all-knowing (Rom. 8:27), present everywhere (Psalms 139:7-10), and does not change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:7). He is great (Duet. 5:24) and He is good (Psalm 33:5). He is loving (John 3:16), kind (Psalm 42:8), and compassionate (Psalm 78:38-39). He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), perfect (Matt. 5:48), and righteous (Psalm 19:9). He is just (Acts 10:34-35), merciful (Rom. 12:1), and long-suffering (Rom. 15:5). He is near (Acts 17:27-28). Matt Clifton Judsonia, AR...

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Trusting God

[199 words] Many have memorized the 23rd Psalm, but have you ever noticed the prayer of David in the 25th Psalm? “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You, Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the...

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Our Father

  [311 words] I remember the morning of my father’s funeral, my mother was in a hurry to leave the house. In a confused voice, I asked, “Why are you in such a rush?” She said, “Today is the last day we will get to see him.” I have longed to see and talk with my earthly father the last twenty-five years. I wished he could have met my wife, my kids, and you. Many of us understand the void of not having our father with us or not having a relationship with our father. What has sustained me is...

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Not Just Another God

Many times in recent years, I have heard statements such as, “all religions are the same” or “there is no ‘right’ religion.” Coupled with the modern trend of the “Coexist” bumper stickers and a post-modern mindset, Christians of today have faced and will continue to face persecution for our beliefs. We are told that our God is no different than the Muslim god or any other god, but we must remember that this just simply is not true. There are key differences which distinguish the living God whom we serve and other, false gods. The first, our God is trustworthy....

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