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Author: Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California.  He is the son of a watchmaker and jeweler.  He spent 23 years in the Navy where he enjoyed flying on the P-3 Orion as a flight engineer and serving as a manager in aircraft maintenance.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy, for 49 years and they have two grown sons.  Bob came to the day of salvation as an adult while caring for his mother as she was dying of cancer.  Bob joined the Christian Military Fellowship in 1981 and served as Local Representative and then later as President of the governing Counsel.  Upon retirement from the Navy, Bob was called to serve on the staff of CMF as the Coordinator of Ministries, later Chief Operating Officer, and now President and Chief Executive Officer.  His undergraduate and graduate university studies include business management, human resource management, church ministries, Biblical studies, and information technology management.

An Army of One-Or-An Army of the One

An Army of One-Or-An Army of the One

We sometimes confuse our own culture with spiritual things.  In America there exists within us an innate desire to succeed as an individual.  Why else would we have team sports in order to learn teamwork?  When we join the military we learn a new concept called unit cohesion.  It is a long recognized phenomenon that is essential for successful war fighting.  Unit cohesion goes well beyond the idea of mere teamwork into an arena where men and women place their lives and trust into the hands of those with whom they serve.  General Krulac, Commandant of the Marine Corps (former), described it in this way: “We must do everything we can to enhance the transformation of young men and women into the marines that our corps needs to win battles.  I firmly believe that unit cohesion is an integral part of the transformation process.  Marines must possess and feel the absolute trust, subordination of self, the intuitive understanding of the collective actions of the unit, and the importance of teamwork.”

“I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me” (John 17:20-23 NASB).

Bob Flynn, President/CEO

Unity is that gift from God that comes as an answered prayer of the Son so that the world (“Satanic System,” Lewis Sperry Chafer) may know the Father sent the Son.  I have heard unity described in terms of what it is NOT, but sometimes we miss the point because we ask the wrong question.  When unity is described as NOT being uniformity, the question should be, “Did Jesus think like His Father?”  When described as NOT unanimity, the question should be, “Did Jesus and the Father completely agree?”  Those who would make the NOT arguments are those who have NOT experienced this wondrous blessing!  There is only ONE reason for NOT experiencing the Unity of the Holy Spirit — you do not belong to Jesus!  We ARE one just as Jesus and the Father are one for the purpose of the Gospel!  It requires more than teamwork, more than unit cohesion, it requires death to self that the Church may grow with Jesus Christ as the head.  If you think you can make it on your own, I suggest you put jam in both your pockets, ‘cause you’re already toast!

“But they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For we are joined together in his body by his strong sinews, and we grow only as we get our nourishment and strength from God” (Colossians 2:19 NLT).
“Instead we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church . Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:15-16 NLT).
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12 NLT).
“Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others” (Romans 12:3b-5 NLT).

Romans 2:25 - The Emblem

Romans 2:25

"For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision." (NASB)

"For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision." (KJV)

"The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God's law. But if you don't obey God's law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile." (NLT)

"For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision." (NET)

Mathew Henry Concise Commentary:  "No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith.  For he is no more a Christian now, than he was really a Jew of old, who is only one outwardly: neither is that baptism, which is outward in the flesh: but he is the real Christian, who is inwardly a true believer, with an obedient faith.  And the true baptism is that of the heart, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Ghost; bringing a spiritual frame of mind, and a willing following of truth in its holy ways.  Let us pray that we may be made real Christians, not outwardly, but inwardly; in the heart and spirit, not in the letter; baptized, not with water only, but with the Holy Ghost; and let our praise be, not of men, but of God."

The rite of circumcision was the emblem by which the Jews relationship with Abrahamic covenant was recognized.  However, to wear the emblem does not necessarily make you an heir to the promise!  As Christians, what emblems might we be relying upon in the same way?  Are we depending upon a ritual instead of the relationship?  Apathy and arrogance are shipwrecks in the faith that are at opposite sides of the sea of life!  The only safe harbor is in Christ Himself!

What a great opportunity to draw near to Christ!  Remember Christ's words of encouragement to His disciples midst their understandable confusion:

"'Don't let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust also in Me.  There is more than enough room in My Father's home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.'  'No, we don't know, Lord,' Thomas said. 'We have no idea where You are going, so how can we know the way?'  Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.'" (John 14:1-6 NLT)

There is no way to THE WAY for Jesus Christ is THE WAY!  He is the WAY "of holiness" of which Isaiah spoke.  He is the "Ancient Way" of which Jeremiah spoke.  The onramp is at the foot of the Calvary Cross.  The sign beckoning, "Sinner Come Home."  There are no metering devices to hinder our entry.  The only toll required is "belief!"

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.  As the Scriptures tell us, 'Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.'  Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect.  They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him.  For 'Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.'"
(Romans 10:9-13 NLT)

Romans 2:24 - Blasphemed

Romans 2:24


"For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written." (KJV)

"No wonder the Scriptures say, 'The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.'" (NLT)

"For just as it is written, 'the name of God is being blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.'" (NET)

A quote from Isaiah 52:5

"What is this?" asks the LORD. "Why are My people enslaved again?  Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long." (Isaiah 52:5 NLT)

"The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonor done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbors who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonor God, and cause his name to be blasphemed."  Mathew Henry

Blaspheme (Noah Webster)
BLASPHE'ME, v.t. [Gr. The first syllable is the same as in blame, blasme, denoting injury; L. loedo, loesus; The last syllable is the Gr.,to speak.]

1. To speak of the Supreme Being in terms of impious irreverence; to revile or speak reproachfully of God, or the Holy Spirit. 1 Ki 21. Mark 3.

2. To speak evil of; to utter abuse or calumny against; to speak reproachfully of.

BLASPHE'ME, v.i. To utter blasphemy.

He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. Mark 3.

1. To arrogate the prerogatives of God.

This man blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins but God? Math.9. Mark 2.

Though this verse is directed at Israel we can learn much of what we see today here in America. Dr. Albert Barnes writes:

"That is, your conduct is such as to lead the pagan world to blaspheme and reproach both your religion and its Author. By your hypocrisy and crimes the pagan world is led to despise a religion which is observed to have no effect in purifying and restraining its professors; and of course the reproach will terminate on the Author of your religion - that is, the true God. A life of purity would tend to honor religion and its Author; a life of impurity does the reverse. There is no doubt that this was actually the effect of the deportment of the Jews. They were scattered everywhere; everywhere they were corrupt and wicked; and everywhere they and their religion were despised."

Dr Adam Clarke says: "In Debarim rabba, sect. 2, fol. 251, it is said: - “The rulers destroy the influence of their own words among the people; and this is done when a rabbin, sitting and teaching in the academy, says, Do not take usury, and himself takes it; do not commit rapine, and himself commits it; do not steal, and himself steals.” That they were exceedingly lax in their morals, the following fact proves: - “Rabbi Ilai said, If a man see that his evil propensities are likely to prevail against him, let him go to some place where he is not known, and let him put on black clothes, and cover his head with a black veil; and then let him do whatsoever he pleases, lest the name of God should be publicly profaned.” Moed katon, fol. 17. 1. In Sohar Levit. fol. 31, col. 122, it is said: - “On three accounts the Jews are obliged to remain in captivity -
1.  Because they openly reproach the Shechinah -
2.  Because they profane themselves before the Shechinah -
3.  Because they turn away their faces from the Shechinah.”

I would suggest that the same is true with regard to much of what is called modern Christianity.  The virtues of our founding fathers was evident by the time honored assessment of their works!  The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution show wisdom from on high! (See article on God and Country at the CMF Forum)  I sometimes think we are engaged in the wrong battles.  Which one of us ever gained a single inch of ground by arguing with those who know not the Lord.  How much more is gained by lives controlled by the love of Christ that dare not shake a reed but instead extend Grace at every turn.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and your neighbor as yourself. Against these things there is no law.

Romans 2:23 - Speak with Forked Tongue

Romans 2:23

"You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?" (NASB)

"Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?" (KJV)

"You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it." (NLT)

"You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law!" (NET)

The attitude displayed is the one for which the Apostle Paul warns against in Romans 12:3, not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought.  He again exhorts us in Philippians 2:3 to treat others as more important than ourselves.  We often speak with a forked tongue saying one thing and doing another thus breaking the very convictions we proclaim.  It was not that long ago that a well known man fell from grace for this very reason.  He was the president of a national organization and a pastor of a mega-church.  Without God's Grace we all would fall into the same trap.  The question is that of our attitude!  Is our attitude that that was in Christ Jesus?

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.  Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you.  And now that I am away, it is even more important.  Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him." (Philippians 2:5-13 NLT)

Or are we clinging to the notion that we have some kind of claim to prerogatives and perquisites?  If the Lord Jesus Christ did not cling to his position, then who are we to try to cling to anything?  If Messiah humbled himself to a criminal's death on a cross, then what kind of condescension is required of us who call ourselves His disciples?

There is hope!  "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him."  Saint Augustine said, "Love God and do what you please."  If we love God, then those things we do will be the manifestation of His perfect love!  If on the contrary we try to live the Christian life in the power of the flesh then we "dishonor" the very God we say we serve by our thoughts, words and deeds!

Thayer Definition:
1) to dishonor, insult, treat with contempt
1a) whether in word, deed or thought

Dear Heavenly Father the day approaches when we celebrate the birth of your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel (God with us), Jehovah-hesua (I am Salvation), the Prince of Peace, Lords of Lords.  The Magi traveled far following your sign in the sky before them because they recognized the magnificence of this event.  Yet I fear that we who call you Lord and Savior have fallen short in our obedience to your Word and have not lived a life that is worthy of our calling.  I pray for penitent hearts that we as a nation would turn from the path we trod and return to the "way of holiness," the "ancient way" for we know that Jesus is "the way."  I pray for the patriot this minute "who more than self their country loved."  I pray that you would cuddle their families into your bosom and surround them with your love because their absence is felt greater during this yuletide season.

Romans 2:22 - Adulterers All

Romans 2:22

"You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?" (NASB)

"Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?  thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?" (KJV)

"You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery?  You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples?" (NLT)

"You who tell others not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery?  You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?" (NET)

"'Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign, but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah.'  Then Jesus left them and went away." (Mathew 16:4 NLT)

"You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God?  I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God." (James 4:4)

If we look toward history we will find that Adultery was a most common crime in Israel.  The Jewish Historian, Josephus, give us a firm account of the widespread sin of this nation (Josephus, Ant. IV. 8, 10).  Even the Jewish Talmud accuses, by name, the most celebrated Rabbis of adultery. (Dr. Albert Barnes)

"The greatest obstructers of the success of the word are those whose bad lives contradict their good doctrine, who in the pulpit preach so well that it is a pity they should ever come out, and out of the pulpit live so ill that it is a pity they should ever come in." Mathew Henry

"The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions.  A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion.  But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy.  Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride.  A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonor done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession.  Many despise their more ignorant neighbors who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonor God, and cause his name to be blasphemed." Mathew Henry 

Mathew Henry could not have said it better.  As we look into the mirror each morning, ought we not to consider that Grace is the reason that we have breath.  It is God's longsuffering that stayed the day of our destruction against that day when we would believe. Saint Augustine said: "Love God, do as you please."  For if we truly love God, then our actions are already pleasing.  Then why is it that we instead take license of this Grace and live abhorrent lives.  The original Greek meaning is to turn away from a horrible stench.  God abhors sin! What then is our true witness as believers?  Is it the words proceeding from our mouths as we tell others how to live?  Or is it the way we live our lives the grandest of all witnesses.  If, because of Grace within us, we live a life worthy of our calling then we are a witness unto life.  If, because of our sin nature, we live a life that looks like the world around us we are a witness unto death.  Let us begin each day with a joyous thanksgiving in our hearts knowing that our sins are no longer counted against us! Rather our lives have been covered by the blood of the Lamb.

"The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT)

Romans 2:21 - Hypocricy's Epitome

Romans 2:21

"you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?" (NASB)

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?  thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?" (KJV)

"Well then, if you teach others, why don't you teach yourself?  You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?" (NLT)

"therefore you who teach someone else, do you not teach yourself?  You who preach against stealing, do you steal?" (NET)

The hypocrisy continues!  How often do we tell others how to live their lives while standing in the same ditch?  We think that our lives our proportional!  We think we walk in the light in proportion to how well we are doing in the part of our life where we think we have victory.  The reality is we are dead in our sin!  Romans Chapter 7 verses 14-30 reign until life is given us by the Spirit of Christ that sets us free from the power of sin and death (in chapter 8).  Let us fall on our knees each day with genuine thankfulness at having been delivered by the blood of Christ.  Let us stop looking at each other and look at ourselves asking the Lord to define our state of health.  We will soon discover that we are like airplane pilots.  We are only as good as our last landing!

Here the warning from Dr. Adam Clarke:

“What signify your pretensions to knowledge, and the office of teaching others, if you have no regard to your own doctrine?  What are you the better for preaching against theft, if you are a thief yourself?  Or for declaring adultery unlawful, if you live in the practice of it?  Or for representing idolatry abominable, if you are guilty of sacrilege?  What honors or singular favors do you deserve, if, while you glory in the law and your religious privileges, you dishonor God, and discredit his religion, by transgressing his law, and living in open contradiction to your profession?  And this is more than supposition; notorious instances might be produced of the forementioned crimes, whereby the Jews of the present age have brought a reproach upon religion among the Gentiles; as well as those Jews of former times, of whom the Prophet Ezekiel speaks, Ezekiel 36:23 : And I will sanctify my great name, which was Profaned among the Heathen, which ye have Profaned in the midst of them.”

Romans 2:20 - Professor of Hypocricy

Romans 2:20

"a corrector3810 of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth," (NASB)

"An instructor3810 of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law." (KJV)

"You think you can instruct3810 the ignorant and teach children the ways of God.  For you are certain that God's law gives you complete knowledge and truth." (NLT)

"an educator3810 of the senseless, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the essential features of knowledge and of the truth —" (NET)

From G3811; a trainer, that is, teacher or (by implication) discipliner: - which corrected, instructor.

"Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined3810 us, shouldn't we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?" (Hebrews 12:9 NLT)

This word occurs only twice in NT

INSTRUCT'OR, n. A teacher; a person who imparts knowledge to another by precept or information. 1 Cor 4.

1. The preceptor of a school or seminary of learning; any president, professor or tutor, whose business is to teach languages, literature or the sciences; any professional man who teaches the principles of his profession.


1. One who corrects; one who amends faults, retrenches error, and renders conformable to truth or propriety, or to any standard; as a corrector of the press; a corrector of abuses.

2. One who punishes for correction; one who amends or reforms by chastisement, reproof or instruction.

3. That which corrects; that which abates or removes what is noxious or inconvenient; an ingredient in a composition which abates or counteracts the force of another; as, an alkali is a corrector of acids.

Turpentine is a corrector of quicksilver.

ED'UCATOR, n. One who educates.

The hypocrisy of the Israelites here embody the same attitude we see today in a great many religions.  The attitude that we possess the only true knowledge!  But for the Christian the true Word is Jesus Christ and He possesses us.  It is easy to tell someone else how they must live while at the same time living in the quagmire of self-deceit.  Our hope is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that sets us free lest we too become the hypocrites of the faith putting the Bible under our arm to use as a seven-day deodorant pad.

"Such people claim they know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good." (Titus 1:16 NLT)

A Soldier's Wish
By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father.  A soldier destroys in order to build; the father never destroys. The one has the potentialities of death; the other embodies creation and life. And, while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still.  It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle, but in the home, repeating with him our simple daily prayer, "Our Father Who art in Heaven...."
-General Douglas MacArthur

Romans 2:19 - Dim Lanterns

Romans 2:19

"and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness," (NASB)

"And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness," (KJV)

"You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness." (NLT)

"and if you are convinced that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness," (NET)

Like the Jew, we too let our opinion of ourselves wax great! We are convinced we are superior in knowledge to the rest of the world, while holding great confidence in our religious prowess. We think ourselves qualified to teach those of lesser blessing how to live their lives while our hypocrisy climbs to greater heights.

Pro 26:12 "There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise." (NLT)

Isa 5:21 "What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever." (NLT)

Isa 56:10 "For the leaders of My people—the LORD's watchmen, His shepherds—are blind and ignorant. They are like silent watchdogs that give no warning when danger comes. They love to lie around, sleeping and dreaming." (NLT)

Mat 6:23 "But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!" (NLT)

Mat 15:14 "so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch."

1Co 3:18 "Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world's standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise." (NLT)

1Co 8:2 "Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much." (NLT)

Romans 2:18 - You know what is right

Romans 2:18

"and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law," (NASB)

"And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;" (KJV)

"You know what He wants; you know what is right because you have been taught His law." (NLT)

"and know his will and approve the superior things because you receive instruction from the law," (NET)

Ignorance of the law is no excuse! Not only has it been written upon our hearts, but the Hebrew had been instructed from childhood in its tenets. The keepers of the law. Are we not the same today when we put a Bible under each are and sin mightily? Do we expect that just by attending Church, singing songs and feeling good that we are benefactors of the promise?

"To rest in the law, with a rest of complacency and acquiescence, is good; but to rest in it with a rest of pride, and slothfulness, and carnal security, is the ruin of souls." Matthew Henry

But don't be fooled by those who promise you safety simply because the LORD's Temple is here. They chant, 'The LORD's Temple is here! The LORD's Temple is here!'" Jeremiah 7:4

"Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong." Hebrews 5:15 NLT

Romans 2:17 - To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected

Romans 2:17

"But if you bear the name "Jew" and rely upon the Law and boast in God," (NASB)

"Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God," (KJV)

"You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God's law, and you boast about your special relationship with Him." (NLT)

"But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of your relationship to God" (NET)

Woes on the impenitent:

We can see here that Paul argues that the very privileges that the Jews boast of will hold them to a stricter standard.  If we extend this to all of God's people we could say that those who have grown up in Christian families may have learned what God's word says.  However, if our lives to not reflect this we are no better than the heathen.  Where is the boating then?  Is it not the attitude of our heart sometimes when we look at the world to click our tongue and point our finger.  But do we ache for the lost?  Are we ready to share the hope within us?

"Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ." 1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT

"What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.  Yes, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead." Luke 10:13-15 NLT

"And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few.  From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more."  Luke 12:47-48

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