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Moments of Truth: Unleashing God's Word One Day at a Time

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We are in desperate need of moments of truth. Truth that can shine through the clutter of modern life. Truth that we can welcome without hesitation. Truth that is good for our souls.

The Bible is the only source for such truth, and pastor John MacArthur is absolutely committed to sharing and illuminating God’s truth for us.From creation to parenting, leadership to the end times, Moments of Truth addresses practical and foundational subjects in ...

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Overview

We are in desperate need of moments of truth. Truth that can shine through the clutter of modern life. Truth that we can welcome without hesitation. Truth that is good for our souls.

The Bible is the only source for such truth, and pastor John MacArthur is absolutely committed to sharing and illuminating God’s truth for us.From creation to parenting, leadership to the end times, Moments of Truth addresses practical and foundational subjects in bite-size pieces.

Day by day, MacArthur quotes Scripture and helps us apply it to our lives with eye-opening lessons and probing questions that are relevant to the season. Spend time each day with Moments of Truth, and see how God uses the truth to set you free.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400203710
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 383
  • Sales rank: 1,069,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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MOMENTS OF TRUTH

Unleashing God's Word One Day at a Time
By John MacArthur

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 John MacArthur
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0371-0


Chapter One

January

BEGINNINGS

January 1

The Importance of Truth

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Every true Christian should know and love the truth. scripture says one of the key characteristics of "those who perish" (people who are damned by their unbelief) is that they "did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved" (2 Thess. 2:10). the clear implication is that a genuine love for the truth is built into saving faith. It is therefore one of the distinguishing qualities of every true believer. In Jesus' words, they have known the truth, and the truth has set them free (John 8:32).

In an age when the very idea of truth is being scorned and attacked (even within the church, where people ought to revere the truth most highly), Solomon's wise advice has never been more timely: "Buy the truth, and do not sell it" (Prov. 23:23).

Nothing in all the world is more important or more valuable than the truth. And the church is supposed to be "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim. 3:15).

Not knowing what you believe is by definition a kind of unbelief. refusing to acknowledge and defend the revealed truth of God is a particularly stubborn and pernicious kind of unbelief. Advocating ambiguity, exalting uncertainty, or otherwise deliberately clouding the truth is a sinful way of nurturing unbelief.

Where are you unclear in your beliefs?

The Truth War, xi–xii

January 2

The Definition of Truth

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

So what is truth?

Here is a simple definition drawn from what the Bible teaches: truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. even more to the point: truth is the self-expression of God. that is the biblical meaning of truth. Because the definition of truth flows from God, truth is theological.

Truth is also ontological—which is a fancy way of saying it is the way things really are. reality is what it is because God declared it so and made it so. Therefore God is the author, source, determiner, governor, arbiter, ultimate standard, and final judge of all truth.

The Old testament refers to the Almighty as the "God of truth" (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16). When Jesus said of himself "I am ... the truth" (John 14:6, emphasis added), he was thereby making a profound claim about his own deity. he was also making it clear that all truth must ultimately be defined in terms of God and his eternal glory. After all, Jesus is "the brightness of [God's] glory and the express image of his person" (heb. 1:3). He is truth incarnate—the perfect expression of God and therefore the absolute embodiment of all that is true.

Jesus also said that the written Word of God is truth. It does not merely contain nuggets of truth; it is pure, unchangeable, and inviolable truth that (according to Jesus) "cannot be broken" (John 10:35).

God has revealed himself to humanity through Scripture and through his son. Both perfectly embody the essence of what truth is.

In what ways do you need to submit to the truth God has revealed in His Word? The Truth War, 2–3

January 3 The True Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

God did create the heavens and the earth. And there is only one document that credibly claims to be a divinely revealed record of that creation, the book of Genesis. unless we have a creator who left us with no information about where we came from or what our purpose is, the text of Genesis 1–2 stands for all practical purposes unchallenged as the only divinely revealed description of creation. In other words, if there is a God who created the heavens and the earth, and if he revealed to humanity any record of that creation, Genesis is that record. If the God of scripture did not create the heavens and the earth, then we have no real answers to anything that is truly important. Everything boils down to those two simple options.

So whether we believe the Genesis record or not makes all the difference in the world.

We can either believe what Genesis says, or not. If Genesis 1:1 is true, then the universe and everything in it was created by a loving and personal God and his purposes are clearly revealed to us in scripture. further, if the Genesis account is true, then we bear the stamp of God and are loved by him—and because we are made in his image, human beings have a dignity, value, and obligation that transcends that of all other creatures. Moreover, if Genesis is true, then we not only have God's own answers to the questions of what we are here for and how we got where we are, but we also have the promise of salvation from our sin.

How does the fact that God created the world affect the way you view life? The Battle for the Beginning, 42–43

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................vii
January—Beginnings....................1
February—Love....................33
March—The Cross and Easter....................63
April—Growing as a Christian....................95
May—Parenting....................127
June—Marriage....................159
July—Freedom, America, Leadership, and War....................191
August—The End-Times and Other Important Doctrines....................223
September—Work....................255
October—Sin, Evil, and Temptation....................287
November—Money, Giving, Discipline, and Self-control....................319
December—Jesus' Birth and Life....................351
About the Author....................383
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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    Devotion book by a great author.

    Moments of Truth. Unleashing God’s Word One Day at a Time. John MacArthur. 2012. Thomas Nelson. 383 pages.

    “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

    -John 8:31-32

    Book Description
    Devotions that offer biblical teaching, scripture, and prayer to match the annual happenings of the calendar and give daily truths from a foremost biblical scholar and author.

    I am thrilled to have a daily devotion from one of my favorite authors, John MacArthur. This devotion contains a sample of short parts from his many other books. Each day presents a bible verse, book excerpt (each day references the particular book and page), and question. A day is a single page layout that is easy to read. Each month is a theme- January is Beginnings; May is Parenting; July is Freedom, America, Leadership, and War.

    I love the title. It is a book for a “deeper appreciation for and understanding of God’s truth, every day.”

    I’ve enjoyed Moments of Truth this month; this devotion book will continue to be an inspiration to me as I spend time with God daily.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Hey everyone! I’ve heard of John MacArthur a few times bef

    Hey everyone! I’ve heard of John MacArthur a few times before, but this was actually my first read of his. I have to say, it was good. It was all pretty basic stuff, I’m not going to lie, but they were all truths none the less, melted down into day by day devotionals. If you do one per day, the book will last you an entire year. The book is very Biblically sound, and John MacArthur backs pretty much everything he says up against the Bible, which is something I admire. It’s a good read, and I probably will be passing it on to a family member. I enjoyed it, and would probably recommend it most to someone who is just beginning their walk with God- it gives basic truths, what we believe, stuff like that. It also asks questions that all Christians should be asking themselves for introspection. I liked it and I give it four out of five stars.
    Just so that there is no confusion, I received this book for free from the publisher through the Thomas Nelson booksneeze blogger program in exchange for a completely honest review. I was not required to give this book a good review and everything that I’ve said is completely my own opinion.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Easy to read

    I find it hard to find a good devotional book that I can get into. I normally have great intentions on reading them but about 2 weeks into reading I kind of get into a rut and forget about reading them. When I got the Moments of Truth Devotional by John MacArthur, I thought it would be the same way. It turns out that I actually have stuck to reading the devotions and I am current on the days. It is an easy to read devotion that takes 5 minutes to read and take in. You could spend longer in a study if you wanted to read more of the bible chapters that the verses come out of and research the topic the days devotion is on, but if you are looking for something to give you just a taste of what God has to say then you could read this. I recieved this book for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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