Friday

Warning Signals

elements of Christian life, ways to keep your faith, fellowship, prayer, Bible study
Artist Salvador Dali claimed that mini-naps (less than a minute long) restored and refreshed his creativity. 

To assure he didn't drift into a deep sleep, Dali held a key in his hand, placed a plate on the floor below it, and fell asleep. When the key dropped from his hand and clanged against the plate, he'd wake up. 

The slipping key alone might have awakened Dali, but he added the plate as a safeguard. 

Hebrews 2:1 tells us to pay "careful attention" to Bible teaching "so that we do not drift away." 

Careful attention requires more than simply trusting ourselves to stay alert. It requires "warning signals" to wake us should we drift into a deeper sleep.

"Warning Signals"* include:
Reading God's Word.  James 1:25
Obedience.  James 1:22-24
Regular Christian fellowship. Hebrews 10:24-25
Bible study. 2 Timothy 2:15
Prayer. Philippians 4:4-7

Take time today to make sure you have "warning signals" in your life.

sources: Power Naps, Napping Habits

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Thursday

Be Prepared: What About People Who Never Hear the Gospel?

What happens to people who never hear about Jesus, what about people in pagan cultures
Let's be prepared to answer this question:

What happens to people who never hear the Gospel?

Scripture doesn't fully address this question, but we know these facts:

1. God wants all men to be saved.
Ezekiel 18:32; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:3-4

2. God will make great efforts to save a single soul in a pagan culture.
Joshua 2 & Joshua 6

3. It's possible for a person surrounded by pagan beliefs to find Jesus.
Joshua 2 & Joshua 6
For a modern day example, I recommend Death of a Guru by Rabi Maharaj.

4. God gives every man two solid testimonies even if they don't have a Bible:
His character revealed in creation
Romans 1:20 
A conscience
Romans 2:12-16

5. God always does what's right for each individual.
"He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he." Deuteronomy 32:4

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