Free audio sermons: Get free audio sermons through this free Christan sermon podcast!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chasing Integrity -- Or Home Runs?

 by Tim Hall

Millions of avid fans followed Mark McGwire's historic
home run chase in 1998. The record he pursued was a
hallowed one: the single season home run record.

Roger Maris had broken Babe Ruth's mark when he hit 61
in 1961. Many felt that was a mark that would never be

Two players chased Maris' feat in 1998. Sammy Sosa and
McGwire leapfrogged over each other into the lead
throughout the season.

As McGwire stood on the threshold of setting a new
record, the nation held its collective breath. (Barry
Bonds would go on to break McGwire's record with 73
dingers in 2001.)

This past Monday, McGwire admitted what has been widely
thought for the past few years: He used performance
enhancing drugs during that part of his career. No,
they had not yet been banned by professional baseball,
but U.S. law made them illegal without a doctor's

"Wait," someone might interrupt, "McGwire didn't lie
about it." When he testified before a congressional
committee in March 2005, he refused to say anything
about the charge that he used banned substances. Other
players testified that they never took any of those
drugs, and some of them are now facing charges for
committing perjury. But not McGwire.

Is it not a lie when we live as if we're not doing
anything wrong, when we know we are? Does one have to
lie with his lips in order for it to be categorized as

Jesus had strong words for those whose lives don't
match their claims: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a
pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive
greater condemnation" (Matthew 23:14, NKJV).

These leaders regarded themselves as the epitome of
religious fervor. But an inspection of their deeds
revealed glaring inconsistencies. Their mouths said all
the right things, but their actions didn't.

Paul was careful to maintain his integrity. He wrote
how he planned to transport the funds given for the
relief of those in Judea: "For we are taking pains to
do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but
also in the eyes of men" (2 Corinthians 8:21, NIV).

Paul knew that people often deceive one another. No
one, though, can deceive God.

Here's the way to test our actions: "And whatever you
do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward
of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ"
(Colossians 3:23,24).

"I wish I had never touched steroids," McGwire said on
Monday. So do we, Mark. So do we.
Get a wide variety of Bible commentary and Bible study materials at today.  There are even FREE text sermons -, FREE  audio sermons -, and a FREE on-line commentary on the book of Romans: 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

How to be saved

Are you wondering how to be saved? Are you searching for information on how to be saved? Do you want to know what God requires you to do to be saved from your sins? Learn how to be saved from sin and have heaven you home by visiting today! There is also a good discussion on how to be saved at

Bible commentary search engine

Bible commentary on

Bible commentary listing and Bible blog posts on

Bible commentary listing

A great listing for my Bible commentary material is

On line Bible commentary

My Bible commentary books are now listed on, a VERY useful web site! Check out this neat web site and my profile there at this link:

naymz and bible commentary information

I just learned about and found this to be another great tool to advertise the Bible commentary and Bible study information from - check out my bible commentary profile at this link:

Commentary on the Bible listing has helped me promote the "Bible commentary" products from - my "yelp listing" is here: Bible commentary profile

I added my "Bible commentary" profile to flickr and it was EASY! Check it out at

I just joined, a very interesting web site! My "bible commentary" profile is here - - and I was able to include a link to my new "First Corinthians commentary" which is also part of Google books.

Blogs from

Are you interested in blogging? If you are looking for a "free blog" that is EASY to use, check out You can be up in running in just minutes - here is my first "Bible commentary" blog post:

Blog Archive