The Benefits of Backsliding

God’s Way Up Is Down!

David Brandt Berg

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Someone asked me, “If you backslide”—meaning you revert to your old wrongful ways and attitudes after you’ve received Jesus as your Savior—”can you ever get back to the Lord as close as you were before?”

“Yes,” I answered, “and many times even closer!” Another question followed.

“After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and knew evil for the first time, they were afraid of God and hid when they heard His voice in the Garden of . . .  read more

Who Deserves the Credit?

David Brandt Berg

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There is no worse pride than self-righteous religious pride. It causes some people to have no sympathy or compassion for anyone whom they perceive to be weaker in the faith or more sinful. The hypocritical religious people can be so proud of their own successes and righteousness that they look down on others and thank God that they are not like them—just like the Pharisee did in his prayer, when he wrongly commended himself for being more righteous than the tax collector . . .  read more

The Argument Against Arguments!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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A boy once asked his father, “Dad, how do wars begin?”

“Well, take the First World War,” said his father. “That got started when Germany invaded Belgium.”

Immediately his wife interrupted him, “Tell the boy the truth! It began because somebody was assassinated!”

The husband drew himself up with an air of superiority and snapped back, “Are you answering the question or am I?”

Turning her back upon him . . .  read more

Anger!–One Letter Short of Danger!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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I spoke a word in anger
To one who was my friend.
Like a knife it cut him deeply,
A wound that was hard to mend.

That word, so thoughtlessly uttered,
I wish we could both forget,
But its echo lives and memory gives
The recollection yet.

A Christian writer relates the following true story: “During early childhood I had a fiery temper which often caused me to say and do unkind things in the heat of anger.

“One day, after I had bawled out one of my . . .  read more

Glamour or Glory?

David Brandt Berg

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There was once a famous actor who was invited to speak at the church of his childhood, of which his old friend was now the pastor. For his contribution to the service he chose to recite Psalm 23, and did so with all the perfection of a professional orator with all the proper gesticulations and intonations and so on. When he was done, the people all applauded. “Great!” “Wonderful!” “Hurrah!”

Then the pastor arose and said, “If you will pardon me, I know you all . . .  read more