Is Socially Acceptable Becoming a New Religion?

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Some say they do not like the Christian religion because it has so many rules.  Yet many people I talk to lately feel more constrained by the "politically correct" language we are expected to use today more than what the Bible says we are to do.  Being told what one can or cannot say seems counter to freedom of speech, as promised in the constitutional amendment #1.  Besides being told how to talk, we are also told how to act, plus: where and when we can pray, talk about Jesus, or even be seen with a Bible in our hands.This too seems opposite of the freedom of religion also stated in that same amendment.

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, 
so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."Colossians 4:6 (ESV)

The Bible teaches us to watch our words, so I am merely asking that everyone think before you speak.  Please consider acceptable words of the past and the many proper definitions of a word (instead of possible slang not everyone knows) before you condemn others for what they say.  Twisted definitions of a word may be as misleading as the false prophets warned about in the Bible.  To make a guess at the meaning of a word or not listening to the full context of a speech, rather than an interpretation of another’s personal thoughts, can cause multiple problems.  Only God knows what is in the heart of someone.

"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, 
do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 (ESV)

Besides being told what we can say, other forms of communication are becoming taboo.  We are now being told what behaviors are socially acceptable.  Christians are taught to show love but are now afraid to touch others who may need a simple hand squeeze, a pat on the back, a shoulder to cry on, or even a little hug.  Why?  It may be because so many people (both Christians and non-believers) are being condemned by society, without proof of guilt, just for touching someone or even accidentally brushing against another.  What happened to innocent until proven guilty in this country?  We need to wait and let the courts decide and not rely on smear tactics, social media and public opinion to judge.  Although we need to be aware of what we say and do, especially around children, we should not be so consumed by the rules of engagement that we never fellowship with other Christians or lend a helping hand to nonbelievers.  Remember that God is the judge because he knows the true intentions of each person.

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

So is there a new "politically correct" religion forming under the guise of “socially acceptable?”  If so, will another 1st amendment right to go be the ability for like-minded people to assemble?  Will church attendance become a thing of the past as we are told it is wrong or “too religious” a practice?  Surely the Bill of Rights still applies to Christians in America, no matter what the devil wishes us to hear or fear!

When thinking about this possible new society religion and where it may be coming from,
I had this thought flash through my mind about Jesus' temptation by the devil and Christ telling him to leave in Matthew 4.  The devil tries to whisper in the ears of Christians and they reply “Get away from me satan.”  The devil whispers in the ear of some politicians and they ask “How soon can we do that?”

On-line Devotionals and Bible Readings: YouVersion and

Recently, I participated in a week-long devotional study with a professional women's study group.  Instead of a face-to-face meeting or telephone conference, we did it all on-line via YouVersion.  YouVersion is an app for your phone, which is how many f the ladies chose to do the study  I did it on my computer through the original version of  Doing the devotional as a group and having the system check-off each day's completed study was highly motivation to stick with it.

If you are interested in reading the Bible more, but do not want to carry a print book with you, then check out one of these options.  Even if you do not want to sign-up, you can get a daily scripture to read on by scrolling down to "Verse of the Day."  For those signed-up, YouVersion offers a function for sharing scriptures with images over social media.  Below is a short video commercial for and another with text explaining the YouVersion app (both are under a minute).  At the time of the post, both options are FREE tools supported through donations and maybe monetized advertising of their videos on other sites.

Selecting a Spiritual Growth Method: Daily Devotional or Bible Study

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Have you been thinking you need to study your Bible more?  Or were you feeling you need to learn to pray or worship better?  Either one may be leading you in the direction of a personal journey towards spiritual growth.  If this is the case, how might you get started? You should consider doing either a daily devotional or a Bible study to begin your new spiritual journey.

Daily devotional may be the best choice if you are new to the idea of regular study or do not have a lot of time right now.  Different daily devotionals are designed for 10-30 minutes of personal time spent reading and reflecting upon a particular scripture (or short set of verses) and communicating with God through prayer or praise time.  There are various types of devotionals that you can get in print or electronic forms.  Print forms include small books, calendars, journals, pamphlets, or downloadable PDF.  These may also include a comment or concept from the person who designed the devotional. Electronic devotionals are typically done over the internet on a computer, phone, or tablet.  These may come to you daily via an email/text sign-up, free website links, or you may log-in to do them at a time that is convenient for you.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, 
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  
That the man of God may be perfect, 
thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

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Bible studies are typically more in depth than a devotional and includes making personal notes as you move through them.  A Bible study often is a print book or e-book covering a specific topic area or particular books of the Bible.  However, a "Read the Bible in One Year" study sheet also fall into this category as multiple verses will be covered in each day of reading.  There are also on-line Bible studies, many of which are free.  Bible study can be done alone or in a group.  Studying with a group gives you different perspectives from other participants and will provide a leader to help keep you on track.  If studying alone, you may want to utilize two or more Bible versions or consider Bible commentaries to gain those different perspectives.

Hopefully the above will help you to decide whether to do a daily devotional or follow a Bible study plan to continue your spiritual journey.  

Listen to the Hammer Ring and Rejoice!

There are a lot of Easter songs about the crucifixion and rising of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I checked YouTube for the "Listen to the Hammer Ring" song, as it is one of my favorites to go with the devotional Jesus Died for You. I found several with none showing the lyrics, however below is the best visual version  at just over 3 minutes.  The song is on lots of Christian albums and sung in many churches as well.  This post is linked to the version I like by Jeoffrey Benward on his Let the Church Rise CD.  Benward's version of song is also at  If you would like the sheet music to perform this song at an Easter service, it was written by Ken Parker.

     "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:
      that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,"
 1 Corinthians 15:3 (NIV)

March Daily Devotionals: Jesus Died for You

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Easter falls on the Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox of Spring. This Christian U holiday has occurred in both March and April almost equally, since this procedure was set in 325 AD (not confusing CE). For that reason, we will celebrate what Jesus Christ did for you both possible Easter months.  This month’s reading will emphasize the crucifixion of Christ and how you receive salvation for your sins by the blood He shed for you.  Before and through the cross, Jesus lets you know He loves you and wants only the best for you.  Always remember that Jesus died for you!

Please read your Bible and consider the scriptures below as God’s personal notes to you.  The Bible is God’s truth of his grace towards you.  Have a blessed month!

March References for Daily Devotionals



Five Names for Jesus in Matthew 1

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Do you ever wonder why there are so many names for Jesus in the Bible?  I believe these Biblical names exist for a multitude of reasons.  Often the names for Jesus can show us the many sides of Christ, why He came, how He is to be received, and so that we better understand how important it is the reverence Him.   With this in mind, below are a few of the names for Jesus Christ presented at the beginning of the New Testament.

5 Names for Jesus from Matthew chapter one:

  • Jesus means the Savior or Lord of Salvation (indicates God-given name to chosen earthly parents)
  • Christ means Messiah or Anointed One (indicates who God appointed to carry out his purpose)
  • Son of David means descendant  of royalty (indicates an earthly genealogy to show his = heritage as the promised King)
  • Son of Abraham means descendant of Jews (indicates earthly genealogy to show lineage as chosen of God)
  • Emmanuel / Immanuel means God with us (announces who is to come)

For Bible Resource containing an alphabetical list of names for Jesus along with a scripture reference, visit All the Names of Jesus.

Does Sin Come in Different Shades of Grey?

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Mankind often sees bad things in the context of our own earthly laws.  According to our legal system, the levels of crime are infraction/public offense, misdemeanor, or a felony.  The punishment of a fine or jail time differs based on the final judgement in the court.  The judge in earthly courts makes their decision based on the level of crime committed and possibly whether or not they believe the defendant regrets the crime.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
 is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
 Romans 6:23 (KJV)

With that in mind, we might hear sins being interpreted at various levels too.  For instance many feel the BIG sins are those in the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20, a few feel there are middle-of-the-road sins are those of the flesh found in 1  Corinthians 6, and of course others believe the little selfish sins are mentioned in 2 Timothy 3. When it comes to the BIG ones, everyone agrees we should not do that!  After all, thecommandments are the basis of many man-made laws.  The mid-level sins are becoming more easily accepted in current society, as small but powerfully loud groups within the world have spent the last few decades working to convince  society and the Church that these are normal behaviors verses corrupt ones as the Bible says. What about the smaller sins?  Some might say they are more prevalent now with the ME generation, unfortunately we mere humans have been dancing around what action represent selfishness for centuries.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

What does the Bible say about how God sees sin? Arethey really BIG, little, or somewhere in between?  God sees all sin!  Does He allow for  shades of grey in how sins are judged by Him?  All sinners will be judged the same when Judgement Day comes.  There are no fines or pardonable terms.  When it comes to judgement for sin - it is black or white, right or wrong, there is no in-between.  The sentence will be either imprisonment (aka death) in hell forever or freedom (aka life) in Heaven for eternity.   Possible pardon only comes before judgement by: confessing that we have sinned, repenting and seeking forgiveness, then following Jesus so that we do not return to those sinful ways.