Devotional for Thursday August 23rd

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”


Our Bible verse for today: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 (CSB)


Our thought for today: “You have a message people need to hear.”


Changing the tone of the conversation is frequently not easy. That’s especially true in our society today. In many cases the conversation is one-sided – and that’s the way people want it to stay. There is speech that is trendy and politically correct, and therefore acceptable to the media and to the masses, and then there is speech that is not. In our culture Biblical principles increasingly fall into the second category.


The message of the Gay and Lesbian agenda is being increasingly embraced, endorsed, and promoted by cultural elites and liberal news outlets; while the Christian message based upon Biblical values is often discouraged and is portrayed as archaic, narrow-minded, and intolerant (and it is certainly under-reported in the media, unless they can do it in a negative way).


Such an environment can make it challenging for Christians to stand-up and to speak-out. But yet, we must. In the Bible we have the words of God. The Good News of the Gospel is the best news that has ever been told. Biblical principles are the wisdom of the ages (the only truth that ultimately matters), and it pertains to all people in all places at all times. As followers of Jesus, and as Biblically literate representatives of God, we have the message the world needs to hear. So we must have the courage and the confidence to speak, even if doing so is not easy and even if the people do not want to hear it.


My new book, “Getting Along without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict” is designed to aid Christians in that effort. It consists of thirty-four short and easy-to-read essays which will provide the reader with accurate information about sexual ethics from a Biblical perspective. It also provides good answers to difficult questions. When you know what you believe and why you believe it, you are much better prepared to engage others in conversation about such things. When you have taken the time to do a little homework on the subject, you will discover that you are much more confident and ready to speak-up when the opportunity presents itself.


If you don’t already have your copy of the book, you can get one at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Crossville, TN, or online at Please also “like” our Facebook page “Jim Mersereau Books”. All profits from the sale of the book are donated to the Oak Hill Baptist Church missions and humanitarian relief projects fund.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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Oak Hill Baptist Church

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