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Lighting the Way (Psalm 119:105)

From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
Psalm 119:104

When a person comes to understand the truth of God’s word, there is an automatic response to all that is contrary to God’s word. The pursuit of righteousness leads to a hatred of evil. We see this constantly presented in God’s word.

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.”
Proverbs 8:13

Hate evil, you who love the Lord, Who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 97:10

The New Testament often reminds us that when we come to know Christ as Savior and Lord, we put off the old self and we put on the new self.

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him…
Colossians 3:9–10

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9

It is extremely important that we understand the correlation between knowing God in truth and hating evil. A person who claims to know the Lord and yet continues to love the things that are evil cannot know God in truth. On the other hand, when you come into a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you will spend the rest of your life learning to love Him more and learning to hate evil more!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58