Gems From Pastor Jim 12/8/2020

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by Jim Hughes

CrossAmos 3:7 “But always, first of all, I warn you through my servants the prophets. I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this.”

God does not act in judgment without first warning us. God makes it very clear why He judges us. He has over and over again made known to us the life we need to live before Him. He demands of us holy living. He clearly has told us what sin is and how we need to avoid it. He makes a clear distinction between sin and godly living. He created us with the ability to choose between good and evil and right from the beginning made it clear what was good and what was evil.

No one can claim innocence or injustice when it comes to sin. God gave us His Word to clearly show us the way to holy living. He has told us about coming judgment on the world. Although most ignore God’s warnings and warning signs, it is going to happen just as He proclaimed it would. Knowing that God does take sin seriously and judges it ought to cause us to be careful how we live. All sin will be exposed by His holiness and judged on Judgment Day.

In order to know what God says about sin and judgment, we must dig deep into God’s Word. A consistent reading of the Word exposes sin that is around us and in us. We who have the Word at our disposal will be held more accountable for our knowledge of our sin for all we have to do is to open it up and read it. A closed Bible does the soul no good. We need to read what sin is under the law and under grace. We need to read about the consequences of sin. We need to read about how God has dealt with sin in the past, how He deals with it now, and how He will deal with it in the future.

You are warned. God judges sin and will have no mercy on those who insist on living in it.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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