Thursday, May 23, 2013

Three Bad Spending Habits


Impulse spending is the quickest way to becoming enslaved to debt. In today’s devotional, we focus on three additional spending habits that are harmful to our financial health.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 23, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Indispensable

Every person that God has created is of infinite worth to Him. How we treat those more disadvantaged than us is a sign of our belief in the sanctity of human life.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 14, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Unseen Work of God


What should be our response to God in the midst of a tragedy? There is an answer in Psalm 66.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 22, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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What's Saved Is Often Lost


God has blessed each of us with so much, and He wants us to use it. Here's some of the wit and wisdom of Erma Bombeck.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 20, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Fast Spending


Impulse buying is one of the fastest ways to fall into debt. God’s plan for our finances is a better choice.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 17, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Last Words

If you had some last words to leave your spouse and children, what would you say? Listen to this poignant letter from a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 16, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Do You Love Me?

Peter had failed Jesus. Even though they were friends, Peter denied knowing him. Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a fresh start. Peter can be an inspiration to us when our love for God is weak and we need restoration.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 15, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Guiding Children During a Crisis


What do you say to your children during a crisis? Here's a few words of wisdom in comforting them when their hearts are troubled.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 21, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Book of Mormon vs. the LDS Church


A few days ago, two Mormon missionaries came by my house and wanted to talk. I made an appointment for tonight so I could prepare a few notes (which are below).

There are a lot of problems with Mormonism. The three biggest are that it has an insufficient savior, inconsistent sources of authority, and an impossible salvation (i.e., works-based). Of course, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does a masterful job of minimizing these issues by using the same terminology used in the Bible.

Nevertheless, I needed to decide on how to plant the seeds of the gospel with these missionaries. I
chose a rather unusual strategy: gently point out some key differences between what the LDS church taught them and what the Book of Mormon teaches. If I could get these guys to begin to question their beliefs (which they are trained NOT to do), it could lead to them looking toward the real Christ. A faith can only be true if it is consistent with itself.

Below is the text that I prepared. (I left blanks next to "LDS" to allow them to tell me the answer.) The references are found in The Book of Mormon. Do not be concerned that these references may teach doctrine consistent with the Bible, for there are many other Mormon scriptures that contradict the Bible.


“Is there more than one God?”
LDS = 
Book of Mormon = No.
  • Last sentence of the Book of Mormon’s “The Testimony of Three Witnesses”: “And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.” - Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Martin Harris
  • Alma 11:22, 28-29 - 27 And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God. 28 Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God? 29 And he answered, No.
  • Alma 11:38-39 - 38 Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? 39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;
  • Statement in the 2nd paragraph of the title page: - And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations 

“Does God change?”
LDS = “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.”
Book of Mormon = No
  • Mormon 9:9-11, 19 - 9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? 10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles. 11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. 19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
  • Moroni 8:18 - 18 For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.

“Does God have a body, or is He a spirit?”
LDS = 
Book of Mormon = God is a spirit.
  • Alma 18:24-28 - 24 And Ammon began to speak unto him with boldness, and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God? 25 And he answered, and said unto him: I do not know what that meaneth. 26 And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit? 27 And he said, Yea. 28 And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth?
  • Alma 22:9-11 - 9 And the king said: Is God that Great Spirit that brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem? 10 And Aaron said unto him: Yea, he is that Great Spirit, and he created all things both in heaven and in earth. Believest thou this? 11 And he said: Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.

“Is a new birth necessary to become a child of God?”
LDS = 
Book of Mormon = Yes.
  • Mosiah 27:24-28 - 24 For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit. 25 And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; 26 And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. 27 I say unto you, unless this be the case, they must be cast off; and this I know, because I was like to be cast off. 28 Nevertheless, after wading through much tribulation, repenting nigh unto death, the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me out of an everlasting burning, and I am born of God.
  • Alma 5:14 - And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
  • 3 Nephi 9:17 - And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled.

Have you been born again?


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Opportunity


Every day God provides new opportunities for us. We must look for them and be ready to act.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 13, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Controlling the Battlefield


Your mind is the battlefield of your life. Who is in control?

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 10, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Message Received


What message do we send to our loved ones through our verbal and non-verbal communication? David Rhoades explains that forgiveness and kindness are the qualities that people need to hear from us.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 9, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Faith Like a Lion

Faith is not just making inquiries or even having an intellectual acceptance of something. A story from a missionary in Tanzania teaches that true faith is much more.


A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 8, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Power of Significance

Nehemiah was more than a great organizer--he was a great leader. Here's how we can accomplish incredible things if we instill significance in every person’s heart.


A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 7, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Monday, May 06, 2013

A Friend to the Suffering

The biblical character Job suffered greatly, losing practically everything of value in his life. Here's four lessons we can learn from Job’s friends when we need to be a friend to the suffering.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 6, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Friday, May 03, 2013

What People Want Most

More than anything else, people want real love. Real love is caring about the happiness of others without wanting anything in return.


A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 3, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Adversity and Change

When adversity hits, does it change you or do you change it? Here's the story of a lesson learned from a wise grandmother.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 2, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Power of Our Words

One of the most powerful forces in the world is our words. Our lives would benefit by the application of the golden rule when we speak.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on May 1, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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The Law of the Undeserved Harvest

Most of us are aware of the law of the harvest: you reap what you sow. But are you aware of the law of the undeserved harvest.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on April 20, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.


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Be Thankful at Work

When employees and employers work together as a team, everyone benefits. The missing ingredient in most workplace teams is gratitude.

A Faith Trainer Devotional Podcast, broadcast on April 29, 2013 on KLVT-1230 AM.



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