I Must Publicly Acknowledge Christ Today
IMPACT is a weekly devotional sent out by Pastor LaTour on Sunday mornings for the purpose of encouraging our college-age young people to stay true to what they have been taught. If you would like to be placed on the e-mail list to receive this devotional, please contact us with your e-mail address. These devotionals are sent as a BCC to protect your personal information. The following are some samples. Click on the title to see the PDF for each IMPACT.
IMPACT-1 Who are you becoming? Who are you? This question cannot really be answered by simply replying with your name or your occupation. The question probes into that area that the Bible calls “the heart.” In your “essential self,” in your character, in your core values and non-negotiable convictions, who are you? What is the driving force behind your moral life, your emotions, your will and your reason? What makes you “tick?”
IMPACT-2 Take a look in the mirror B Have you ever heard someone make the statement, “Oh that’s just the way he or she is?” That kind of reply is usually triggered by a specific thing said or done by the person in question; however, it is based upon the over-all impression that is formed through their interactions with each other.
IMPACT-3 What is your religion Perhaps someone who reads this will reply to the title with, “I don’t have a religion.” You have one if you define religion as “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” Perhaps you prefer the word, philosophy, which can be defined as “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group.” All of these words have at least one thing in common—answers to the basic questions that they generate require a measure of personal faith.
IMPACT-4 Some Ultimate Questions Many mockers of Christianity champion the beliefs of the humanist value system, the core of which is stated in this quote from Humanist Magazine. “Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists recognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be. Is it a proven fact that nature is ‘self-existing?’” Someone has said, “Where the first step is wrong, every subsequent step aggravates the error.”
IMPACT-5 The Deadly Deception It is impossible to ignore the component of faith when it comes to discussing the origin of life and of our world. Generally speaking, a person either believes in the evolution of eternal matter by chance, the creation of an eternal Maker by choice, or a hybrid like Theistic Evolution or Intelligent Design. The Genesis account of creation also records the fall of man and introduces the path of reconciliation that God planned before the foundation of the world.
IMPACT-6 Christian– A State of Being It has been said that individuals are saved by faith alone, yet the faith that saves is never alone! “Where this faith is, there is a yielding of obedience to the commands, a trembling at the threatenings, and an embracing of the promises of God for this life and the life to come.
IMPACT-7 The Necessity of Repentance Although faith is distinct from repentance, “faith and repentance are interdependent. Faith is permeated with repentance and repentance with faith.”1 Andrew Murray explains the dynamics of faith and repentance. “Without repentance no real faith…. Without faith also no true repentance.
IMPACT-8 The Reality of Warfare “Sunshine patriots” were those whose patriotism blossomed when it was “politically correct,” but wilted in the face of opposition. Thomas Paine’s inspiring message was read to Washington’s troops on Christmas day as they prepared to cross the Delaware River in a surprise attack against the British forces. They won the Battle of Trenton!
IMPACT-9 Corpses Don’t Care Corpses don’t care about anything! The same is true of those who are spiritually dead in their trespasses and sins. As stated in our last IMPACT, true Christians know experientially about the warfare that rages with their flesh that began when they became spiritually alive!
IMPACT-10 Dependent Responsibility True Christians are worshippers, warriors and workers who set themselves apart from that which offends God, and consecrate themselves to that which honors Him. Christ prayed, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”
IMPACT-11 Saved Doer, or Self-Deceiver The Christian life is not a matter of what a person claims to have experienced; it is about how he or she lives in light of the Word of God.
IMPACT-12 Secure in His Faithfulness When it comes to ‘natural disasters’; atrocities like abortion and genocide; oppressive governments; unstable economies; the flaunting of sin and assaults upon biblical Christianity, we can rest assured that God is Who He has always been and will always be—unmatched and unchanged in His holy nature, unthreatened by man’s arrogance and unimpressed with man’s achievements; undeterred and undefeated in His will, and unwavering in His promises.
IMPACT-13 Confident or Complacent Failure to exercise yourself unto godliness is a sign of complacency, carelessness and perhaps even carnality. The accompanying harvest of doubt, discouragement and disillusionment may even result in desertion—an indication that you never were abiding in Christ!
IMPACT-14 Add Virtue Virtue necessitates the wisdom and determination to do what is right in God’s eyes. God-given wisdom is first pure! Moral excellence is impossible without mental purity. It is from our mind that words and actions spring.
IMPACT-15 Add Knowledge, Part I Can you imagine claiming that you have a personal relationship with someone whose letters you rarely read, and with whom you make little effort to communicate let alone “connect” in intimate fellowship? What if that special person could know your thoughts and thereby be fully aware of your apathy towards that which he or she holds dear! Ever wonder what God thinks of your thoughts towards Him, His Son and His Word?
IMPACT-16 Add Knowledge, Part II What a treasure we have in the written Word of God! It is an inspired and infallible library that contains all that God wants us to know for now about this life and the life to come. The day is coming when faith will be sight and hope will be reality as we see far more than we could presently comprehend personified in the risen King of kings and Lord of lords.