When the Spirit of God spoke through His servant John, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” He did not refer to the beautiful things that are in the world of nature. I have driven my car more than one hundred times between Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles. What wonderful things I have seen in these trips—the towering mountains on one side, some of them capped with eternal snow; the great Pacific Ocean on the other side of the road, and oh, the sunsets!

Freedom Is Not Free

Freedom. Independence. Liberty. All of these terms evoke feelings of joy, relief, and appreciation. On the physical level, thousands of men and women have died in order to secure and preserve the freedom that we enjoy today in the United States of America and in the other free nations around the world. Freedom from bondage and tyranny does not come without a price; freedom is not free. The price tag is measured in the lives of those who have fought and died in order to secure personal liberty and independence.

Seven Essentials of Loyalty to Christ

Much has been said recently about loyalty to Christ and allegiance to his leadership. In the current issue of one of our denominational weeklies it is edi­torially affirmed that loyalty to Christ is the chief “fundamental.” There are some things essential to this loyalty.

Seven Things God Hates

Many believers today emphasize the wonderful truth of God’s love, and rightly so, but at the same time they seem to forget the fact that God also hates that which is evil. Proverbs 6:16-19 speaks of seven specific things the Lord hates, all of which are “an abomination” to Him (v. 16) and which we also should hate and avoid. The Bible reveals many other things God hates, but let us consider the seven sins listed in this text. Read this portion and ask the Lord to help you heed these warnings. These common sins can affect even mature saints.

The Grace of Unselfishness

Unselfishness, which includes self-denial and self-sacrifice, is one of the chief charac­teristics of Christian life. It is in the very essence of true Christianity. The Lord Jesus is the great pattern of it. Consider how Philippians 2 sets this forth. He did not think of His own place and right. He did not cling to the Divine form and glory that were His. He laid them aside to take the lowly form and circumstances of a servant; as Man to be thus among needy, sinful men.

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