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cropped-rose-4.gifMatthew 7:29, “For [Jesus] taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”

2 Timothy 1:13, “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus”

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The Famous 18th-century philosopher and skeptic David Hume was chided by some of his friends because he went to church on Sundays’ to hear the orthodox Scottish minister John Brown preach. Defending himself, Hume replied, “Well, I don’t believe all that he says, but he does! And once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says!”

Jesus’ confident and very clear presentation of the truth impressed people (Matthew 7:28-29). His authoritative tone commanded their undivided attention. Gracious, yet dynamic, He fed their hungry souls as He spoke.

In striking contrast, the scribes were uninspiring. They delivered their messages mechanically and with little true concern for their hearers. They often put doubts in people’s minds by their quibbling over nonessentials and by emphasizing man[made traditions in which “gnats” were strained out while “camels” were swallowed (Matthew 23:24). No wonder Jesus’ loving and straightforward approach brought such a hearty response.

We who know Christ is Savior must speak with conviction! A hurting and questioning world needs to hear the truth presented clearly and confidently. Thus, we should follow our Lord’s example. He spoke the truth lovingly yet with conviction.

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Further thoughts:

Three young men who say they are atheists decided to “sample” and report on several churches in their city. One of these men said, “There is something other than teaching that is appealing to people. We didn’t see a lot of doctrine … The appeal was mostly the community. The content in most churches isn’t nearly as important as the packaging.”

The three atheists offered this explanation for why thousands of people in their area attend church each Sunday: The attraction stems more from a person’s Christian identity that from what the religion teaches.

There experience agrees with the observation of author A. W. Tozer, who said, “Increasing numbers of [Christians] are becoming ashamed to be found unequivocally on the side of truth. They say they believe, but their beliefs have been so diluted as to be impossible of clear definition.”

The apostle Paul knew whom he believed, and he instructed young pastor Timothy to “hold fast” to the truth he had been taught (2 Timothy 1:12-13). My beloved, we too need to hold tightly to our beliefs based on the dependable and eternal Word of God. What we believe about God our Creator and His Eternal Word is more crucial than any feeling we get by being in church. Tozer calls us to stand “firm on the Word of God that lives and abides forever and as the Psalmist said, Thy Word is settled in Heaven.”

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Open your Bible prayerfully, read it carefully, and obey it joyfully because it is Truth.