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Welcome to The Word In Life! This blog is about the practical understanding and application of Scripture in everyday life. Come along as we explore God’s written word together.

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture is quoted from the New King James Version (NKJV).

Ron Franklin

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Creation Declares That God Is In Control

This morning, as I read Psalm 19, I was inspired and encouraged.

BiblePsalms 19:1-3 (NKJV) The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.

This psalm draws my attention to the majesty and power of God. Every tree, every cloud, the sun and moon in the sky, the breeze I feel on my cheek; all of these were created by God. So when I really look at them, and think about their beauty, they take my mind off whatever dreary circumstances I might be facing at the moment, and point my attention back to Him.

I think what so inspired me this morning is the realization that even in my times of discouragement, anxiety, or fear, I can stop, look around me at God’s creation, and be reminded of His awesome power that remains in control of this universe and of my personal world.

Ron Franklin

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The church is our team!

Football teamWhen I was in high school, I discovered that I had a passion for electronics. So, I decided to major in Electrical Engineering in college. I worked hard and got my degree. And I had to do so as an individual; there’s no such thing as a shared diploma!

Eventually I graduated with all the knowledge and educational credentials I needed to be the engineer I had dreamed of being.

But the real fruition of my dream came when I landed a job at IBM as a Junior Engineer. Now, my success was no longer a matter of individual effort alone. I was part of a team, and the skills I had worked so hard to acquire as an individual could now only bear fruit as they were combined with the efforts of the other members of that team.

The Christian life is something like that.

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Believers in Christ are not just individuals with a personal relationship with Him. No, we are also a “holy nation; His own special people.” In other words, we are a team!

The work of God’s kingdom is not designed to be accomplished by individuals who focus just on their own personal relationship with God, but by a coordinated team working together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

That’s what the church is all about – God’s people working together as a team, each one applying his or her individual knowledge, skills, and gifts to achieve together what none of us can achieve alone.

Ron Franklin

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Refusing To Condemn People Even When They Deserve It

If you are a Christian, and committed to your faith, I’m sure you are doing your best to live a godly life. Jesus said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).

But there is a danger that those who love the Lord, and who strive to live a life worthy of Him, have all-too-often fallen into. That potential trap is indicated in the following verses:

BibleTitus 3:2-3 (NKJV) to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

How many times do we look at the lives of people around us, family members or coworkers on the job, and criticize them savagely because of the ungodly lifestyle they are living? When we feel that urge, Scripture says, be careful! We have no right to condemn another person for their ungodly behavior, because we used to be just like them.

True, we may not have committed their particular sins; we may not have used illegal drugs, or had children out of wedlock, or been too lazy to go out and find a job. But, in whatever way our rebellion against God and His righteous standards manifested itself, we too were once just as foolish, disobedient, and deceived as the person we feel so justified in criticizing.

It’s not that Scripture is saying we must not correct our loved ones for their off-center behavior. Many times correcting someone who is living dangerously is the most loving thing we can do. But when we do correct them, we must do it by speaking the truth, but only in a gentle, loving and supportive way (Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:15).

We must recognize that it is only the grace of God – His unconditional love that favored us when we had absolutely nothing good to offer Him – that has lifted us out of our own pits of darkness and destruction, and into the light of Christ.

So the next time you get ready to harshly criticize and condemn and talk negatively about the way someone else is living … STOP!

When we allow ourselves to speak evil of others, we become the ones who are falling into ungodly behavior.

Ron Franklin


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Stay focused on your mission!

Do you know what your mission in life is? Jesus certainly knew His. And whatever happened, He always stayed focused on His mission.

BibleLuke 9:54-56 (NKJV) And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.

When James and John wanted to blow away this Samaritan village because the inhabitants had disrespected Jesus and turned Him away, Jesus let His two firebrand disciples know: “That’s not the mission!”

Jesus didn’t come to destroy people’s lives, He came to save them. No matter what their attitude toward Him, or how they treated Him, getting people saved was always His focus. He never let disrespect or maltreatment by the people He came to save deflect Him from the mission.

The most significant example of the Lord’s laser-like focus on His mission is, of course, the cross. Even as He was being put to death by the very people He came to deliver from death, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Every day I need to ask myself, how focused am I on my mission? Do I have the same laser focus on seeing my neighbors delivered from death that Jesus had?

And just how much (or how little) disrespect or opposition from the people around me will it take to make me start reacting to how I’m being treated, rather than keeping my focus on the mission?

Ron Franklin

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How Well Do You Walk?

Have you noticed that if you know someone well, you can recognize them just by the way they walk?

That’s true physically, and it’s also true spiritually. In spiritual terms, a person’s walk is their way of life – their deliberate decisions that determine how they will live every day.

The Bible teaches that we need to be very careful about the way we walk. For example, look at how the Apostle Paul urges believers to walk:

BibleRomans 13:13 (NKJV) Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

A “proper” walk for a Christian does not include revelry (carousing), drunkenness, lewdness, lust, strife or envy. Those are some of the “thou shalt nots” of the Christian walk.

But there are also many positive features that should be evident in every believer’s walk. Here’s one that is absolutely fundamental to the Christian life:

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

If there’s one thing that should characterize the walk of Christian, it’s love!

How well do you walk today?

Ron Franklin

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Fewer Americans Identify as Christians – and that’s OK!

Originally posted on Biblical Faith and Society:

A new Pew Research study indicates that between 2007 and 2014 the number of adults in the United States who identify themselves as Christians dropped from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent. By any measure that’s a significant decline!

WorshiperBut what does it really mean about the state of the Christian faith in this country? If media headlines are any indication, American Christianity is in real trouble.

“Millennials leaving church in droves,” trumpets CNN.

“Christians drop, ‘nones’ soar,” says USA Today, and goes on to declare, “The United States is a significantly less Christian country than it was seven years ago.”

But is the U. S. really significantly less Christian than it was seven years ago? I don’t think so.

Identifying as Christian and being a Christian are two different things

Yes, there undoubtedly are fewer people today who call themselves Christians than there were a few years ago. But that…

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Put your past in the past!

How many times have you looked at some mistake you made in the past, some situation that went wrong because of bad decisions on your part, and said to yourself, “If only I hadn’t done that!”?

One of the unpalatable truths of life is that “if only I hadn’t” can’t change anything. What’s done is done, and if anyone is hard at work on a time machine that will allow us to go back and change what we did in the past, it hasn’t even made it to beta-test yet.

That’s why I’m so glad that God doesn’t operate on the “if only you hadn’t” principle. He doesn’t give us the ability to go back and change what we did, but He does make it possible for us to put our past in the past:

BiblePhilippians 3:13-14 (NKJV) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

No matter what our past may have been like, God is calling us to a great future in Christ!

So, don’t let past mistakes continue to haunt you. Repent of your wrong choices (repenting involves confessing the wrong, then turning to a new, godly path), and then put them behind you.

Dealing with the results of past decisions may be a necessary part of your present and future. For example, an unwise sexual relationship can yield consequences that shape your life for the next 18 or 21 years and beyond.

But God already knows all about that. The new future He wants you to press toward already takes those consequences into account. Yet He still plans for you to be “more than conqueror” (Romans 8:37) over anything life can throw at you.

“One thing I do,” says the apostle Paul. “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…”

I think that’s a great program for being an overcomer in life!

Ron Franklin

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