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Jeff Shirley (GodTalk)

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    Serving God by Fulfilling Our Obligations to Fellow Believers (I Corinthians 16:5-24)

    4 days ago

    In this last chapter of I Corinthians, Paul is giving some final instructions to the Church at Corinth. In these instructions we can glean several responsibilities that saints have to serve God by serving our fellow believers in Jesus Christ. We must work together to do God's will on this earth.

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    Our Financial Duty to Believers in Need (I Corinthians 16:1-4)

    11 days ago

    In Paul's final chapter of his epistle to the Corinthians he begins talking about some practical matters. The first is the collection that was being taken for the poor saints of Jerusalem. In this section we can begin to see some major principles on helping the poor and needy. Especially believers.

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    The Mystery and the Victory of the Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:50-58)

    2 weeks ago

    Paul ends his great chapter on the resurrection by telling us about the mystery of the victory that members of the Body of Christ, the church, both the living and dead, will have over death because of Christ. Verses 50-58 describe that we will not all sleep in death but all will be changed.

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    The Nature of the Resurrection Body- I Corinthians 15:35-49

    3 weeks ago

    Paul, in I Corinthians 15, is dealing with the resurrection of the dead. Now in verses 35-49 he begins to explain just what the resurrection body will be like and how it will be perfectly suited to the new life that every believer in Jesus Christ will have and its superiority over the natural body.

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    Right Resurrection Thinking Equals Right Actions- I Corinthians 15:29-34

    4 weeks ago

    In I Corinthians 15:29-34 Paul is continuing his argument for the reality of the resurrection. In doing so, he shows people, including himself, whose actions and attitudes are changed and are consistent with people who have been convinced by the facts that the resurrection of Jesus has taken place.

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    Jesus: The First Fruits of the Resurrection- I Corinthians 15:23-28

    5 weeks ago

    One of the types in the Old Testament which point toward the resurrection of Christ and therefore the resurrection of all dead one day, is the Feast of First Fruits. Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection, telling us that one day all who believe on Him will be raised from the dead as well.

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    Christ: The Ultimate Proof of Resurrection- I Corinthians 15:12-22

    6 weeks ago

    Paul continues his defense of resurrection by pointing out that it was the raising of Christ that brought us to salvation. And Jesus' resurrection is the ultimate proof that it is possible. He gives a 'what if', showing the problem if Jesus hadn't raised from death and ends by saying He has done it.

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    Resurrection: The Core of the Gospel- I Corinthians 15:1-11

    7 weeks ago

    Paul is speaking to the Corinthian church about the resurrection of the dead. There were those who believed and taught that there was no resurrection. Paul shows them that the gospel that he taught, and that they believed, featured a risen Savior. And there were many who attested that it was true.

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    The Necessity of Order in the Worship Service- I Corinthians 14:20-40

    2 months ago

    In the last 20 verses of chapter 14, the apostle Paul is attempting to show several ways in which the Christian worship service is to reflect the God whom we serve. Worship should be done in an orderly manner, showing the world that we do not serve a God of confusion, put of peace.

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    Desiring Spiritual Gifts to Build Christ's Church- I Corinthians 14:1-19

    2 months ago

    Paul, in I Corinthians 14:1-19 is coming to the end of his 3-chapter discussion of Spiritual gifts by showing how believers should desire gifts that edify the Body of Christ. He cotrasts the gift of prophecy and tongues to show how prophecy edifies others and tongues only oneself.

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    Love Gives the Value to Our Gifts (I Corinthians 13)

    2 months ago

    Paul, in I Corinthians 13, is continuing his discussion of spiritual gifts by saying that all of them should be done out of love for God and for our fellow Christian. Without selfless agape love, the gifts that we may use are valueless. Further, these gifts are temporary, but love will last forever.

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    We All Need Each Other- I Corinthians 12:12-31

    2 months ago

    Paul continues his talk on spiritual gifts, in I Corinthians 12, by comparing the spiritual body of Christ to a physical body in verses 12-31. And just like the parts of the physical body are necessary for its proper functioning, so are the various people who are parts of the Spiritual body.

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    Gifted to be a Blessing- I Corinthians 12:1-11

    3 months ago

    In I Corinthians 12 we learn that Spiritual gifts were not given to us to show off, or to enrich ourselves. They were given especially so that we can serve one another as members of the Body of Christ and so that the Church, the Body can grow and become all that God intended it to be for His glory.

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    The Significance of the Lord's Supper (I Corinthians 11:17-34)

    3 months ago

    In I Corinthians 11:17-34, the apostle Paul is confronting the Corinthian church because they were not taking the Lord's Supper seriously. By looking at his correction, we can find out the reasons that the Church in the 21st Century should be celebrating this beautiful ancient memorial of our faith.

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    Submission, Modesty and Unity in the Worship Service (I Corinthians 11:1-16)

    3 months ago

    Paul, in the first part of I Corinthians 11, is addressing an issue that has come up of women in the church who prayed and prophesied with their heads uncovered. Though this was a cultural issue of the day, there are eternal principles which we can learn from this passage that are relevant today.

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    Fleeing from Potential Idols in Our Lives (I Corinthians 10:14-22)

    4 months ago

    Paul, in I Corinthians 10:14-22 is telling his readers that we should flee from idolatry. We should not participate in the pagan practices that the world does or allow ourselves to be swayed by demonic influences to put anything in place of or alongside our worship of God. For He is a jealous God.

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    Learning from the Past Sins of Others (I Corinthians 10:1-13)

    4 months ago

    In I Corinthians 10:1-13, Paul uses the history of Israel and their sins to point out that giving in to temptation leads to consequences and judgment from God. He points out that Christians in any age are not immune to Israel's sins, but that God will provide a way of escape if we allow Him.

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    Living Out the Centrality of the Gospel (I Corinthians 9)

    4 months ago

    God and the gospel of Jesus Christ should be the center of our lives. In I Corinthians 9, Paul showed how he made the gospel his number one priority by the way he lived. He gave up his rights as an apostle, limited his freedoms and served for an eternal reward rather than one that is perishable.

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    Restricting My Freedom Because of Love (I Corinthians 8)

    4 months ago

    In practicing our freedom that Christ has bought for us on the Cross of Calvary, we should always pay attention to how that freedom will affect our brothers and sisters around us. And we should never do anything with our lives that will cause fellow believers to stumble into sin and way from God.

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    Paul's Instructions to the Unmarried and the Widows (I Corinthians 7:25-40)

    5 months ago

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    Paul's Teaching Concerning Divorce (I Corinthians 7:10-24)

    5 months ago

    Paul's view of marriage was based upon his understanding of the Old Testament book of Genesis and by His knowledge of what the Lord Jesus Christ taught. Marriage, to him, is a covenant that is between two people for a lifetime and one that cannot be easily broken.

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    Paul's Instructions on Sex in Marriage (I Corinthians 7:1-9)

    5 months ago

    The Apostle Paul begins, in chapter 7 of I Corinthians to answer questions posed to him by the Corinthians. The first 9 verses are his answer to a question on sex and celibacy both in and outside of marriage bond. His answer is that sex is for marriage and each spouse should not deprive the other.

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    I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25-27)

    5 months ago

    In the raising of Lazarus from the dead Jesus proved that He was God, that He had the power of life and death and that all those who believe in Him will one day conquer death just as He did. Further, His own death and resurrection made this all possible for us who accept him as our Savior by faith.

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    Sinning Against Our Bodies:(I Corinthians 6:12-20)

    5 months ago

    In I Corinthians 6:12-20, Paul talks about the sin of sexual immorality. The people of Corinth were reflecting the culture that they lived in rather than the Christ who bought them from sin. Paul tells them that they need to stop living immoral lives because they now belong to Christ.

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    Should Christians Take Each Other to Court? I Corinthians 6:1-11

    6 months ago

    In I Corinthians 6:1-11 Paul is talking to the believers about a habit they have of some Christians taking their fellow Christians to a secular court to sue them rather than solving the problem within the church. The Apostle says that believers should be capable of solving church issues themselves.

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    When Immorality Enters the Church (I Corinthians 5)

    6 months ago

    I Corinthians 5 is Paul's warning to the believers in Corinth that are allowing a sinning brother to continue to fellowship amongst them as if he were living a righteous life, all while sleeping with his father's wife. Paul is saying that sin must be dealt with, or it will destroy the local church.

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    The Necessity of Humility (I Corinthians 4)

    6 months ago

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    A Believer's Life Is Judged by Christ (I Corinthians 3:5-23)

    6 months ago

    Paul is completing his reprimand of the Corinthian church for their sectarian following of human leaders by pointing out that these leaders are merely God's servants. Further, God is their ultimate judge, not men. Therefore, it is utter folly to follow human wisdom and not God's wisdom.

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    Are You a Carnal Christian? (I Corinthians 3:1-4)

    7 months ago

    The term carnal Christian, taken from I Corinthians 3, has been misunderstood by many. It does not mean one who has accepted Christ but lives a life totally like the world. It is actually a Christian who continues to struggle with sin in certain areas of life, seemingly with no victory over it.

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    God's Wisdom Comes from God's Spirit (I Corinthians 2:1-16)

    7 months ago

    Paul continues his writing to the Corinthians by showing them that following human leaders and human wisdom is foolish. Spiritual truth is real truth and can only be revealed by God the Holy Spirit. Specifically, he is speaking about the wisdom that is found in the cross which provided salvation.

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    God's Foolish-Sounding Message- I Corinthians 1:18-31

    7 months ago

    The message of the cross of Jesus Christ is, to them that perish, foolishness. But for the saved person it is both the wisdom and power of Almighty God. And the Lord uses the foolishness of preaching to change the world.

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    Getting Along with Fellow Believers (I Corinthians 1:1-17)

    8 months ago

    In the book of I Corinthians, the people of Corinth had several problems. A major one, seen in the first chapter, is that they were not unified. They followed various leaders rather than Christ. Paul taught that they needed to unite under Christ as head. Following Him brings unity with one another.

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    Can I Really Do All Things Through Christ's Strength? Philippians 4:13

    8 months ago

    Philippians 4:13 is one of the most misunderstood verses in Scripture. It is taken out of context and used by people as some motivational mantra to claim that God will empower them to do any selfish thing that they desire. The true meaning of this verse is something far better and more exciting.

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    Man's First Sin and Why it Matters- Genesis 3:1-7

    8 months ago

    It is important to know the true story of the first sin by Adam and Eve because is this event that led to man's need for a Saviour. All of Scripture from the point of this account looks forward to the time when Jesus becomes the second Adam who saves the human race from God's wrath and judgment.

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    Jesus: Our Passover Lamb- Exodus 12

    9 months ago

    The Passover celebration not only depicted the greatest salvation event of the Old Testament with the deliverance of Israel from Egypt but the greatest salvation event of all time when Jesus died for our sins on the cross of Calvary. He is our Passover lamb who took away the sins of the world.

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    Learning to Engage in Good Deeds (Titus 3:12-15)

    9 months ago

    The Apostle Paul ends the book to his young son in the faith Titus by following through with one major theme of this book. It's the fact that the gospel produces godliness in the lives of believers. There is no legitimate separation between belief and behavior. So good deeds should follow salvation.

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    Christmas According to the Angels- Luke 2:1-15

    9 months ago

    The message of the angels to the lowly shepherds over 2000 years ago was one way God announced to the world that someone special, (i.e. His Son), was coming into it that would change the course of history. We, like the shepherds, need to take that message of love and hope to everyone we meet.

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    Remembering From Where You Have Come - Titus 3:1-11

    9 months ago

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    God's Grace: Past, Present and Future- Titus 2:11-15

    10 months ago

    In Titus 2:11-15 Paul sees God's expression of grace as a past event of salvation from the penalty of sin, a present reality of salvation from the power of sin in our lives, and a future event, when Christ returns, of salvation from the very presence of sin. Everything is because of God's grace.

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    Living Your Life Before a Watching World- Titus 2:1-10

    10 months ago

    In Titus 2:1-10 Titus is charged by Paul to teach sound doctrine, as it applied to the various Christians who would hear his teaching. This is not just head knowledge but living a life that glorifies God before a watching world in hope that they may be enticed to follow Christ as well.

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    Silencing False Teachers- Titus 1:10-16

    10 months ago

    God wants the leaders of His church to hold fast to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ because there are many rebellious men who seek to corrupt it and to lead God's people astray. We have to recognize and silence all who will do such a thing.

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    Finding Good Church Leaders- Titus 1:5-9

    10 months ago

    Titus 1 is one of two places in the Pauline writings where we can find the characteristics of a New Testament local church leader. Those who are leaders within the church should seek the Lord to help them develop these traits. And the church should seek for leaders who model them in their lives.

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    The Qualifications of a Christian Mentor - Titus 1:1-4

    11 months ago

    The book of Titus was written by Paul to Titus, one of Paul's sons in the faith, whom Paul had left behind in Crete to organize the believers who belonged to that new church. He is writing to him as a spiritual mentor and advising him. From it we can learn much about spiritual mentorship in our day.

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    Contending for the Faith- Jude

    11 months ago

    The book of Jude is a warning against false teachers that were infiltrating the Church of Jesus Christ, given to a local Christian Church that was currently experiencing this problem. Jude wrote to encourage the church to earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all given to the saints.

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    Honoring the Truth Through Christian Hospitality- 3 John

    11 months ago

    The book of 3 John is a letter from the apostle John to a man named Gaius. It is a letter about being hospitable to those who are traveling and spreading the gospel of God's grace to the world. At the same time it condemns those who seek their own self-interests and not of the gospel or others.

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    Guarding the Truth- 2 John

    11 months ago

    The Book of 2 John is an urgent plea that the readers of John’s letter should show their love for God and His son Jesus by obeying the commandment to love each other and live their lives in obedience to truth of the Scriptures. It demonstrates that love and truth cannot be separated but both matter.

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    Philemon: A Letter of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

    12 months ago

    Paul's short letter is written to Philemon, the owner of a run-away slave named Onesimus. It is Paul's appeal to Philemon to accept Onesimus back as a brother in Christ after Onesimus was converted under the ministry of the imprisoned Paul. It's theme is Christian forgiveness and reconciliation.

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    God's Prevailing Justice in History- Obadiah

    12 months ago

    The book of Obadiah, written centuries ago, has a message for us in the 21st century. Consisting of a series of Divine judgement poems against the ancient people of Edom, it serves to show us that the Lord is a God whose justice will one day prevail over all; a warning for all who walk in pride.

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    The Vital Importance of a Good Foundation- Matthew 7:24-29

    12 months ago

    Jesus ends His famous Sermon on the Mount by comparing those who hear and keep His commands to a wise man who built his house on the foundation of a rock. And those who don't are like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. When the storms come the first house stands and the second falls.

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    Does Fearing the Lord Mean Being Afraid of Him?

    12 months ago

    When the Bible talks about fearing God, it is usually referring to an attitude of reverence and respect, not outright terror. It is a reverence for and acknowledgement of God's sovereignty and power over us. And yet a healthy fear of the Lord must also include fear of the consequences for sin also.

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    Those Whom Jesus Never Knew- Matthew 7:21-23

    12 months ago

    Heaven is a free gift given to those who accept it by faith in Jesus Christ. But there will be those who come to judgment before Christ that will try to rely upon self-righteousness to enter God's Kingdom. They will be rejected by the Lord that day and hear the words from Him: 'I never knew you.'

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    Every Christian Is an Evangelist

    13 months ago

    We who are saved are also all called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. If we are saved from eternal separation and hell, we should want to let others know with whom we come in contact that they can experience the same salvation that we have.

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    Entering Life by the Narrow Gate and Road- Matthew 7:13-14

    13 months ago

    Jesus begins to wrap up His Sermon on the Mount with some metaphors. He starts by using the illustration of a broad gate and road that leads to destruction as opposed to the Narrow gate and road which leads to eternal life. These are the choices that we must make to follow the world or follow Jesus.

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    Jesus and the Golden Rule- Matthew 7:12

    13 months ago

    In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gives His disciples a rule that should govern all relationships with believers and non-believers alike. The Golden Rule, if applied consistently, can revolutionize the world and bring glory to our God and Savior.

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    The Coming Judgments of Scripture

    13 months ago

    The world would like to tell us that God is just a God of love and not a holy God of wrath and judgment. But the God of the Bible is both. Scripture depicts several judgments that will take place at the end of time. One even the Christian will participate in, and is one for which he should prepare.

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    Asking Your Heavenly Father for Needs (Matthew 7:7-11)

    13 months ago

    In Matthew 7:7-11 Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount by talking about the Christian's need to confidently pray to their Heavenly Father who both knows and cares for the needs of His children. He is trustworthy and will not fail to supply all the needs they have.

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    Why Worry When God Provides? Matthew 6:25-34

    14 months ago

    Jesus' in His famous Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 6:25-34, explains several reasons why a believer should not worry. All those who name the name of Christ should take these reasons to heart and live a life of faith. It is only then that God will be fully glorified in our lives.

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    Where is Your Treasure? - Matthew 6:19-24

    14 months ago

    In Matthew 6:19-24 Jesus is continuing His Sermon on the Mount by talking about money and wealth. He tells us that we should not focus our hearts and lives on these things that the world treasures but focus on the One true God. Money should not be our master but our lives should revolve around God.

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    Fasting in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

    14 months ago

    In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount He sited the way people fasted to show that a Christian should not be hypocritical and use it to bring glory to self but rather to God. Though the Church is not required to fast today we can still learn a lot from Jesus' teaching and this ancient practice.

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    Paul's Thoughts on the Kingdom of God

    14 months ago

    Paul, in his epistles, sees the kingdom of God as both a present and future reality. It will one day bring to completion all of history when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. We enter it by God's grace through faith in Christ.

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    Heaven, the Church and Israel in Eternity

    14 months ago

    Heaven and the eternal state, far from dull and boring, are going to be the most exciting times of our lives for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. We have much to look forward to and all who know Him should be greatly anticipating what is to come.

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    Genuine Prayer According to Jesus- Matthew 6:5-15

    15 months ago

    Jesus teaches in His Sermon on the Mount that God desires us to have a genuine interest in communicating with Him in prayer. Not like hypocrites who pray just to be seen as pious or holy. But He wants those come to Him humbly seeking His will, His Kingdom and His glory.

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    Giving with Integrity- Matthew 6:1-4

    15 months ago

    When it comes to charitable giving, God sees your heart and rewards you in heaven for your godly motives. So a Christian is not to act like a hypocrite who cares only what men think and performs only for their applause. Rather he should seek to please God in performing all acts of charity.

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    Seven Mysteries Revealed to Paul

    15 months ago

    The Apostle Paul talks about seven things that he refers to as mysteries or secrets that were not revealed but now are revealed. They are all aspects of the one mystery which consists of the fact that all mankind, both Jew and Gentile, are being placed together in one Church, the Body of Christ.

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    Loving Enemies Like God Loves- Matthew 5:43-48

    15 months ago

    Jesus, in Matthew 5:43-48, tells us to love our enemies just as God our Father does. Loving only those who love us and hating those who don't is what the world does. True children of the Father love those who hate them and are rewarded for their service to the Lord in the end.

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    The Power of a Father's Example: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

    15 months ago

    We can learn a lot from the book of Deuteronomy about how to be a good father through setting the example for our children of loving the Lord with all of our hearts and by teaching them to follow His commands for our lives in all that we say and do. Further, it is vital that we do so for their good.

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    A Christian Chooses Love Over Retaliation Matthew 5:38-42

    16 months ago

    Jesus, in Matthew 5:38-42, is speaking to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount about how they are to be different from the world. They do this by not retaliating. Rather they are to overcome evil with good. And they are also to give to all to those with legitimate needs what they ask for.

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    Being a Person of Your Word Matthew 5:33-37

    16 months ago

    Jesus, in Matthew 5:33-37 from His Sermon on the Mount, is correcting the religious leaders and their view on oaths. In this section He is teaching that His followers should all be people of their word who say what they mean and mean what they say. Christians should be known for keeping their word.

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    When 'Til Death Do Us Part' Falls Apart- Matthew 5:31,32

    15 months ago

    Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, gives the true understanding of what the Law of Moses had to say about divorce. Except for your spouse committing adultery, marriage is permanent and not to be severed by divorce. We need to take the marriage relationship as seriously as He does.

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    When Looking Goes Too Far Matthew 5:27-30

    16 months ago

    Jesus, in his famous Sermon on the Mount addresses the seventh commandment in Matthew 5:27-30. This is the law against adultery. In addressing this command He is correcting the rabbinical teaching that adultery is merely a physical act. Rather it begins with lusting in your heart.

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    When Anger Becomes Deadly Matthew 5:21-26

    16 months ago

    Jesus continues His sermon on the Mount by pointing out that breaking the sixth commandment which says 'You shall not murder' is more than just the physical act of taking a life. It begins in the heart with sinful anger toward our brother made in the image of God.

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    Godly Elizabeth: The Mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:1-80)

    17 months ago

    In Luke 1 we see an example of a godly mother in Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. And by following her example we can learn to please God in all of our ways. Further, we need to respect all godly mother's like her whom we know and honor them as the Lord has commanded us to do.

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    Fulfilling the Law; The Impossible Mission: Matthew 5:17-20

    17 months ago

    In Matthew 5:17-20, a part of the Sermon on the Mount, we get Jesus' view of the law. It is perfect and holy because it comes from God but also is beyond our ability to fulfill it. To do so requires an internal righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus, the one who came to fulfill it for us.

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    Jesus Words On Being Salt and Light: Matthew 5:13-16

    17 months ago

    In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus referred to His followers as 'the salt of the earth' and 'the light of the world.' All true followers, like salt, help preserve a spoiling world and give it savor. And we give light to a world steeped in the darkness of sin. So, Christ expects us to live like it.

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    The Secrets of Genuine Happiness Matthew 5:1-12

    17 months ago

    In the beginning of the greatest sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus gives His manifesto for entering and living as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, He also reveals to us the secrets of a happy and fulfilled life. Those secrets have become known as the Beatitudes.

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    Does God Have Your Total Allegiance? Deuteronomy 6:1-9

    18 months ago

    Deuteronomy 6:1-9 is a call by Moses to a new generation of Israelites going into the promised land for love and total commitment to God. These words can also be applied to the Church of Jesus Christ today. We all should love and be committed to Him as demonstrated by obedience to His commands.

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    The Greatest Event in Human History I Corinthans 15:1-11

    18 months ago

    The greatest event in human history was the day Jesus rose from the grave. And through His resurrection He gives us all the ability to do the same one day. We serve a risen Savior!!

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    The Entrance of the King (Matthew 21:1-11)

    18 months ago

    In the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem we have our Lord presenting Himself to Israel and the world as their King. His coming a week before Passover was His offering of Himself as a lamb to take away our sin. Today, as they did then, we must decide who Jesus is and accept His sovereign rule.

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    The Friends Who Make Ministry Possible Colossians 4:7-18

    18 months ago

    In the closing verses of Colossians we see greetings from various people and admonitions from Paul the Apostle. In these final words we get an understanding of the people it takes to make an effective ministry happen. God uses each of us for His service and to spread His gospel.

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    Essentials for Living Out Christ's Lordship

    19 months ago

    The Apostle Paul, in Colossians 4:2-6, is dealing with the practical aspects of living out the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He does this by telling us that we are to devote ourselves to prayer, walk with wisdom toward outsiders and speak with grace to everyone that we meet.

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    Following Christ Changes Relationships: Colossians 3:18-25

    19 months ago

    In Colossians 3 Paul is teaching the believer how to live various aspects of life in submission to others because they are now under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Christ's Lordship should change every aspect of our lives including that of husband/wife, father/child and that of master/slave.

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    Living on Earth; Thinking Like Heaven (Colossians 3:1-17)

    19 months ago

    Paul, after proving the complete adequacy and all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ, is now making some practical applications in chapter 3. If nothing on this earth compares to Christ, then we should be setting our minds on heavenly things and not on the things of this earth.

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    Who Are You Following? (Colossians 2)

    19 months ago

    In this second chapter of Colossians the Apostle Paul is warning the people of Colossae about those who would lead them astray from the truth of the gospel. He is confronting those who have infiltrated the church there and are teaching teaching false philosophies and practices.

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    Characteristics of a Godly Minister (Colossians 1:24-29)

    19 months ago

    We see in Colossians 1:24-29 the characteristics that the Apostle Paul possessed that made him a good minister of Jesus Christ. And from his example, we can learn how we too can be effective ministers in the world in which our Lord has placed us.

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    Who Is This Man Called Jesus? (Colossians 1:15-23)

    20 months ago

    According to Colossians 1:15-23 Jesus is more than just a mere man. He is the preeminent Creator of the universe who sustains it and has reconciled all things to Himself by His death, burial and resurrection. He is indeed worthy of our praise and worship.

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    Properly Praying for Fellow Believers- Colossians 1:1-14

    20 months ago

    We see in Paul's introductory remarks in the first chapter of the book of Colossians the priority that he place on praying for his fellow believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. And we are instructed by the type of prayer that he prayed. It was one focused on their spiritual life and actions.

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    The Gospel in the Old Testament- Isaiah 53

    20 months ago

    Isaiah 53 is one of 4 servant songs recorded in the book of Isaiah. It records the obedience of the Suffering Servant and the results of that obedience. This Psalm reminds us of all that Christ has done for us on the cross and that we should be grateful for His love and grace that put Him there.

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    Denying the Savior- John 18:15-27

    20 months ago

    Peter's denial of the Lord before His crucifixion shows us at least two things. First, it displays that all of us are capable of failing or denying our Lord in weak moments. Secondly, it reveals the grace of God that overcomes the worst of problems in our lives, even if we cause them ourselves.

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    The Real Lord's Prayer- John 17

    21 months ago

    In this, the longest prayer ever recorded that Jesus prayed on the night before He was to be crucified for the sins of the world, we see His heart for His disciples then and those that will come to Him in faith over the centuries that follow. It also shows His Heavenly ministry of intercession.

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    Zacchaeus: Hope for a Hardened Sinner Luke 19:1-10

    21 months ago

    The account of Zacchaeus' meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates the love that God has for the most hardened of sinners. And He will never cast out anyone who comes to Him in faith. Jesus still offers that kind of love and salvation to all today. And we must reach out to all who are lost.

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    Re-Evaluating Our Values- Philippians 3

    21 months ago

    In Philippians 3 we have the Apostle Paul giving us his life as an example of the choices we all have to make between Christ and the assets that this world has to offer. And his conclusion is that everything is refuse in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ.

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    The Privilege of Seeing the Christ-Child

    21 months ago

    Both Simeon and Anna were part of the story of the Christ-child. They were righteous old saint who remained faithful for years waiting for the one moment when they would see the Messiah and tell others about His arrival. And the Lord rewarded their faithfulness.

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    "Help My Unbelief!" a Study of Mark 9:14-29

    22 months ago

    The faith of a man that Jesus encountered in His ministry is the type that we have to all cultivate in our lives. It begins with an acknowledgement that without Him our faith is inadequate to face the trials in our lives. However, with Him all things are possible if we believe.

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    God Our Good Shepherd- Psalm 23

    22 months ago

    God is our Good Shepherd who lovingly leads us all the days of our lives. And we can trust Him for our eternity as well. There is no greater person to whom we can entrust ourselves or those we love.

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    The One Thankful Leper- Luke 17:11-19

    22 months ago

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    A Plea for the Persecuted and Abandoned- II Timothy 4:9-22

    23 months ago

    In the last verses of II Timothy we get a more personal side of the Apostle Paul as he discusses his situation and his desire to have Timothy visit him in his Roman prison before his death at the hands of the Romans. In this section we can learn ways to help all believers going through persecution.

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    A Spiritual Anorexia in the Land- II Timothy 4:1-8

    23 months ago

    In these last days that we're living in, there has come about a spiritual anorexia. By that I mean a self-imposed famine in reading and understanding the Word of God. God's servant helps solve this by preaching the Word, being aware of false teachers and by living for the Judgment Seat of Christ.

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    Successfully Navigating Perilous Times- II Timothy 3:10-17

    23 months ago

    In II Timothy 3:10-17 we have the Apostle Paul continuing his warning to his son-in-the-faith Timothy about the perilous times in which they were living and we are living in today as well. In this section he gives Timothy two major ingredients for navigating these times successfully.

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    Life in Perilous Times- II Timothy 3:1-9

    23 months ago

    According to Paul in II Timothy 3:1-9, we are living in "perilous times." There are several characteristics of people in these last days before Christ returns to earth of which all Christians should be aware. This article shows these characteristics which Paul warns us about.

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    A Portrait of God's Approved Workman- II Timothy 2:14-26

    23 months ago

    In II Timothy 2:14-26 Paul continues to talk with his young ,protégé, Timothy, showing him that he has to continue serving the Lord, striving daily to be an 'approved workman', one that handles the Word of Truth correctly, cleanses Himself for God's service and doesn't quarrel but is kind to all.

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    Focusing on What Is Important- II Timothy 2:1-13

    24 months ago

    In II Timothy 2 Paul, who is in jail and about to be killed for the preaching of the gospel is using this last letter to write to his son in the faith, Timothy, encouraging him to remain faithful to his job of preaching the gospel. He wants him to remain committed and not swayed by the world.

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    The Final Words of a Great Apostle: An Introduction to II Timothy

    2 years ago

    Paul, the Apostle, is in prison putting his affairs in order before he is executed by the Roman government. While in prison he writes to his son in the faith, Timothy, and gives him instructions on how he should live and minister after the apostle is gone. These are the final words Paul writes.

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    Who Will Stand in the Gap? Ezekiel 22:30-31

    2 years ago

    Just like in the days of Ezekiel, the Lord is still looking for men and women who will stand in the gap for Him. We need to stand for what is right and holy in a time when many have abandoned the faith and aren't seeking the will and glory of God.

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    Defeating Your Goliath! I Samuel 17

    2 years ago

    The story of David and Goliath is one of faith in God, courage and overcoming impossible odds. By looking at it carefully we can see what every Christian should do when facing the Goliath in our lives. We must trust God who has never lost a battle and He will help us, thus bringing Him glory.

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    Bringing Life from Dry Bones Ezekiel 37:1-14

    2 years ago

    In Ezekiel's vision of dry bones we see that with God there are no hopeless situations. He took the spiritually dead and scattered people of Israel and showed to them a time when He would give them new life and fulfill His national promises. We can trust Him with His promises to us as well.

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    Tempting the Son of God Matthew 4:1-11

    2 years ago

    Jesus, in His humanity, was tempted to sin by Satan. However, temptation is not sin. Jesus successfully overcame Satan's temptations, demonstrating His sinless character and His ability to be our sacrifice on the cross. He also left us an example to follow to get victory over sin in our own lives.

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    Doing Good Like Jesus Acts 10: 38

    2 years ago

    Our Lord Jesus Christ was said, by the Apostle Peter, to be one who went about doing good. One of the jobs of His followers is to follow in His footsteps and do good to everyone that we meet.

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    God's Comfort for His People- Isaiah 40

    2 years ago

    Just like God comforted His people of old, the nation of Judah, He comforts us today as His people, the Church. He is all-powerful and all-knowing so that He is able to keep all of the promises made to us through Jesus Christ. So no matter what situation we are in, it will work out for the best.

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    The Faith-Filled Friends of a Paralyzed Man: Mark 2:1-12

    3 months ago

    The miracle of the healing of the paralytic man gives us several lessons. The greatest of these is the fact that God wants us to demonstrate a faith in Him that will go through any obstacle to get to Him and allow Him to change your life and the life of your friends.

  • The Dangers of Forgetting History
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    The Dangers of Forgetting History

    2 years ago

    History is important. That is especially true of salvation history because it reminds us of God's faithfulness to His people throughout time and His promise never to leave or forsake us in the present and future. To forget the past is dangerous because it will cause us to forget God.

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    The Bible, Fear and the Coronavirus

    2 years ago

    We are in a war with an unseen enemy, the Caronavirus. And people are panicking. The Christian response should be not to panic but to follow the facts of Scripture, as well as the admonitions not to fear. God is in control and He will get us through this. The Christian must not fear but trust God.

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    God's Love for the Outcasts (John 4:1-42)

    2 years ago

    In John 4, we learn that Jesus cared for and used an outcast from society, the woman at the well for His glory. And because of that many came to know Him as Savior and Lord. The truth is, He can use us too.

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    When Faith Doesn't Make Sense

    2 years ago

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    Final Instructions to a Faithful Church (II Thessalonians 3)

    2 years ago

    Chapter 3 of II Thessalonians is Paul's final instructions to this persecuted church that has remained faithful to the Lord. It is practical and demonstrates how the gospel message is lived out by believers.

  • The Man Who Will Claim to Be God! (II Thessalonians 2)
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    The Man Who Will Claim to Be God! (II Thessalonians 2)

    2 years ago

    In II Thessalonians 2, the persecuted people of God in Thessalonica were being told that the Day of the Lord had already come and they were worried that they had missed the Lord's return for them. Paul lets them know that this Day will not come until the Man of Lawlessness is revealed.

  • How to Be on the Winning Team!
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    How to Be on the Winning Team!

    2 years ago

    II Thessalonians is the second letter written by the Apostle Paul to the people of Thessalonica. They were a persecuted church that was remaining faithful despite what they were going through. In chapter 1, Paul encourages them to continue in faithfulness to God since they are on the winning team!

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    Final Instructions from a Spiritual Father (I Thessalonians 5:12-28)

    2 years ago

    Paul, in the final verses of I Thessalonians, is giving some last-minute instructions to this persecuted church for how to continue in the path of holiness or sanctification that they are now on. In doing this he shows us several ways that we can continue on this path ourselves.

  • What Happens When a Christian Dies?
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    What Happens When a Christian Dies?

    3 months ago

    When a believer dies, they go immediately to be with the Lord. The problems and cares of this life are over and they will spend eternity with the One who made it all possible, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of this, we don't have to be afraid of death, or grieve as those without hope in Christ.

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    Does the Bible Promote Communism and Socialism?

    2 years ago

    The Bible, in either the Old or the New Testaments, does not promote the political systems of Communism or Socialism. They are systems that have never worked in history and God's Word cannot be used to justify their continued existence or acceptance by a nation.

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    Successfully Avoiding God's Wrath- I Thessalonians 5:1-11

    2 years ago

    Paul, in I Thessalonians 4, just got finished telling the believers that both dead and living saints will be part of the Rapture, where they will meet the Lord in the air. Now he turns his teaching to the Day of the Lord, which is when the Lord's wrath will be poured out on the world for sin.

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    Hope Beyond the Grave: I Thessalonians 4:13-18

    2 years ago

  • Living to Please God: I Thessalonians 4:1-12:
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    Living to Please God: I Thessalonians 4:1-12:

    2 years ago

    In I Thessalonians 4:1-12 Paul addresses the godly church in Thessalonica who remains faithful despite persecution. The Apostle Paul encourages them to continue in the faith by living to please God more and more in the areas of sexual purity, love and by leading a quiet and productive life.

  • How to Survive Life's Lemons: I Thessalonians 3
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    How to Survive Life's Lemons: I Thessalonians 3

    2 years ago

    I Thessalonians 3 tells gives us a clue as to how Paul and the Thessalonian believers were able to make it through the toughest of times in their lives. They were persecuted but still were able to remain faithful in the midst of it all. And their example shows us how we can do this today as well.

  • Are You Too Busy for Jesus?
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    Are You Too Busy for Jesus?

    2 years ago

    Just like in our day, the majority of people in the New Testament world didn't pay attention to the greatest event in human history, the birth of Jesus Christ. We, His followers, must rather be like the shepherds of that time who were told the good news and proclaimed it to others.

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    Characteristics of a Good Pastor (I Thessalonians 2)

    2 years ago

    After talking about the Thessalonian church and encouraging them for remaining faithful to the Lord under much opposition, Paul then goes on to let them know how he preached the gospel to them, lived it out in his life and remained concerned for them, thus setting an example for future pastors.

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    The Portrait of a Faithful Church (I Thessalonians 1:1-10)

    2 years ago

    In the book of I Thessalonians, we have a portrait of a church that remained faithful to the Lord despite persecution. Today we can learn from their example of holiness and faithfulness as we anticipate our Lord's return to take the church home to be with Him.

  • People Who Make or Break a Ministry (Romans 16)
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    People Who Make or Break a Ministry (Romans 16)

    11 months ago

    Paul concludes the great epistle to the Romans by greeting those in Rome whom he loved, warning of those who cause division, allowing people with him to give greetings and finally gives glory to God for using him as a minister of the gospel. All this points out that people make ministry possible.

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    The Desires of a Minister of Christ (Romans 15:22-33)

    2 years ago

    One of the greatest accomplishments in life is to fulfill God's will in our ministry. We do this by prayerfully desiring to make plans, allowing for God's changes, helping the physical needs of those to whom we minister and by bathing our ministry in the prayers of the saints.

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    Paul's Purpose in Life, and Ours! Romans 15:14-21

    2 years ago

    We, like the Apostle Paul, should have a strong desire to preach the gospel of God's grace to the world around us that is dying and going to Hell. If we are grateful for our own salvation, why should we not want to tell others?

  • Finding Acceptance in the Church (Romans 15:7-13)
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    Finding Acceptance in the Church (Romans 15:7-13)

    2 years ago

    Paul, after finishing his teaching on how to deal with disputable matters, tells us that we should accept one another just as Christ has accepted us. Jesus is our role model for how we should behave toward one another and we need to follow His lead. Acceptance is also seen by prayer for each other.

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    Giving up Freedom for Unity (Romans 15:1-7)

    2 years ago

    For the sake of the unity of the Body of Christ, sometimes it becomes necessary to curtail our personal liberty for a weaker brother or sister. We are to bear their weaknesses and please them in order to edify or build them up in the faith.

  • I Am My Brother's Keeper: Romans 14
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    I Am My Brother's Keeper: Romans 14

    2 years ago

    Paul takes the whole chapter of Romans 14 and goes into 15 telling us that the transformed life includes caring about the weaker brother for whom Christ died. And I care for him by not allowing the freedom that I have in Christ to cause my brother or sister to stumble and be hurt by my actions.

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    The Character of a Transformed Community (Romans 13:8-14)

    3 years ago

    Romans 13:8-14 is the continuation of Paul's practical section of the book in which he shows what the transformed life of a Christian looks like. Here it includes both love of neighbor and holiness.

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    Christians as Model Citizens Romans 13:1-7

    3 years ago

    Paul continues his practical instructions for a person who has been saved by grace through faith by instructing us on how we need to view and act toward the government that He has ordained. We must obey because it has been placed there for our good. And we must obey because God wants us to do so.

  • Who Is Jesus and Why Does It Matter?
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    Who Is Jesus and Why Does It Matter?

    3 years ago

    We find in the book of Colossians that Paul is defending against heresy, and is teaching the fact that Jesus is God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe who is reconciling all things to Himself.

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    What Should a Christian Look Like? Romans 12:9-21

    2 years ago

    Paul continues his practical section of the book of Romans by showing the believer what constitutes a genuine mature Christian. He lists the traits, achieved through a transformed life by the renewal of the mind, that constitute the Spirit-filled life.

  • Saved to Serve: Romans 12:3-8
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    Saved to Serve: Romans 12:3-8

    3 years ago

    Having spent the first 11 chapters of Romans talking about the Gospel , which is received by grace through faith, Paul now gets into the implications of that practically. He began by saying that we are to be living sacrifices, giving ourselves totally to God. Then we serve others with our gifts.

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    A Living Sacrifice: Romans 12:1,2

    3 years ago

    Paul has spent 11 chapters telling us about the Gospel, the good news of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Now he gets practical in telling us that, in the light of God's mercy, we should be living sacrifices to Him and transform our minds to do His will.

  • God's Promises Never Fail: Romans 11
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    God's Promises Never Fail: Romans 11

    3 years ago

    Romans 11 is the climax of Paul's discussion of what has become of National Israel. Though it looks like God has abandoned them and His promises to them, He will yet deal the His people whom He foreknew when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. His promises to His people will never fail.

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    Being "Religious" Won't Save! Romans 10

    3 years ago

    Paul continues his explanation of what happened to National Israel which he began in chapter 9. He was sorrowful because they were very religious and had a zeal for God but not according to knowledge. Salvation doesn't come by works but by faith in the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone.

  • God Succeeds Despite His People's Failure (Romans 9)
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    God Succeeds Despite His People's Failure (Romans 9)

    3 years ago

    Romans 9 is the beginning of Paul's explanation of why God has set aside His people Israel, even though they were His chosen nation. Paul just got finished telling us of God's promise that nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ. But what of His promises to Israel? Have they failed?

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    Our Glorification: The End of the Struggle With Sin (Romans 8:18-39)

    2 years ago

    Romans 8:18-39 is a continuation of Paul's answer of who will deliver us from the problems of sin in this life, both because of his old nature and because of the sin-cursed world. Jesus,His death and resurrection is the answer and He brings us several promises that help us in this life and the next.

  • Being in Christ: The Freedom from the War Within (Romans 8:1-17)
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    Being in Christ: The Freedom from the War Within (Romans 8:1-17)

    3 years ago

    Romans 7 talked about the struggle that believers have with sin. In Romans 8 Paul tells us that faith in Christ gives us freedom from the war within us caused by our flesh. In 8:1-17 Paul tells of the freedom from condemnation and from sin's power by the indwelling Spirit who lives in us.

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    Winning the War Within: Romans 7

    3 months ago

    Paul talks about the war that he is in, as a Christian, between the flesh and the Spirit. The only possible solution to the great struggle talked about in Romans 7 is a life lived in total dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle is certain and thankful that Christ is the answer for it.

  • Grace and the Freedom to Serve God: Romans 6
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    Grace and the Freedom to Serve God: Romans 6

    3 years ago

    Paul spent the first 5 chapters of Romans proving that man is saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Now he is answering the critics that say that you can continue to sin that grace may increase. He teaches that grace is not an excuse to sin. Believers have died to sin.

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    A Tale of Two Men: Romans 5:12-21

    3 years ago

    In Romans 5:12-21 Paul continues his theme of teaching how an unrighteous sinner can be justified before a Holy and righteous God. He use the analogy between the first man Adam and the Second Adam, Jesus Christ to show how Christ's obedience overcame Adam's sinful nature inherited by mankind.

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    The Benefits of Salvation by Faith Alone: Romans 5:1-11

    7 months ago

    Because of the justification that Jesus wrought on the cross we have many benefits. They include peace with God, access to the grace in which we stand, rejoicing in hope, even in tribulation, having God's love in our hearts and salvation from God's wrath. We have a lot to praise God for in our life.

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    Joseph: The Portrait of a Righteous Foster Father

    3 years ago

    In Scripture, the Lord calls Joseph, who was the foster father of Jesus, a righteous man. He was a man of unquestioning faith in God and an uncompromising care for his family. May all men seek to follow his example.

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    Abraham: A Biblical Model of Saving Faith- Romans 4

    3 years ago

    Abraham believed God and it was credited to him for righteousness. Therefore, according to Paul in Romans 4, he is a role model for all those who come to God apart from works and apart from the Law, trusting the Lord alone for their salvation.

  • The Only Way to Be Right With a Holy God: Romans 3
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    The Only Way to Be Right With a Holy God: Romans 3

    3 years ago

    Paul, having told his readers in the first 2 chapters of Romans that the pagan world, the religious moralist world and the Jewish world were all under sin, continues to show the Jews that the Law doesn't save. So all are in need of the righteousness which comes through the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Wrong Ways to be Right With God: Romans 2
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    Wrong Ways to be Right With God: Romans 2

    3 years ago

    A true relationship with God begins with admitting our sin and need of a Savior. We must never think that it is our righteousness that brings us eternal life. And we cannot judge another, for we are guilty ourselves of sin. Also, we can never rely upon our morality or our religion. Just Jesus alone,

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    When a Society Abandons God: An Introduction to Romans

    3 years ago

    The book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul, teaches us that righteousness comes from God. It is the message that God justifies sinners by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The first chapter of this book points out that the whole Gentile world has abandoned God and is guilty.

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    Portrait of a Godly Mother: The Story of Jochebed

    3 years ago

    This world needs more godly mothers such as we find in the story of Moses' mother Jochebed. She not only saved his life, but passed on to him and his siblings a faith in the one true God.

  • Learning to Number Our Days: Psalm 90
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    Learning to Number Our Days: Psalm 90

    3 years ago

    God is eternal but we are impermanent creatures who cannot find our true purpose in life apart from Him. True fulfillment and happiness come from using our gifts and talents for His glory during the fleeting time that we have on this earth.

  • The Emmaus Road: New Hope for Shattered Dreams!
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    The Emmaus Road: New Hope for Shattered Dreams!

    3 years ago

    In this story of the Emmaus Road, we encounter two disciples of Jesus who are without hope after the death of their Messiah. However, they are given new hope after an encounter with their risen Lord. In our own Emmaus experience, we too can have hope, both now and in eternity, because He is Alive!

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    The Salvation of a Thief

    3 years ago

    The three crosses at Calvary the day Jesus died represent three distinct things. Jesus, the eternal Son of God who died for sin. The unrepentant thief who died in sin. And finally, the repentant thief who died without sin and clothed in Christ's righteousness. Ask yourself: "Which thief am I?"

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    Faith that Walked on Water: Peter's Faith in Jesus

    3 years ago

    Through the miracle of Jesus' walking on water, we can see the faith of the Apostle Peter as he looked to Jesus. While in the midst of the storm he was able to join the Lord, for a short period of time, walking on the Sea of Galilee. We need that kind of faith in the storms of our own lives.

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    Can Being "Religious" Bring Salvation?

    16 months ago

    Christianity is a both a religion and a relationship. Christians serve the only true God, the maker of the heavens and the earth, and thus are the only true religion on the face of the earth. However, salvation doesn't come from religious ritual or man trying to attain God. It comes by God's grace.

  • America's Greatest Need: Revival!
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    America's Greatest Need: Revival!

    3 years ago

    What America needs most today is an old fashioned revival like our nation has had in years past. Revival is a good Scriptural word and has been experienced by a number of God's people throughout history.

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    Uncompromising Faith: Shadrah, Meshach and Abednego

    3 years ago

    Like Sharach, Meshach and Abednego of old, we are called as Christians to an uncompromising faith in a world that is no friend of God.

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    Mans' Monument to Himself: The Tower of Babel

    3 years ago

    The Tower of Babel account, recorded in Genesis 11:1-9 is a warning to modern man that pride still leads to destruction and that God will never be thwarted in His plans. It is best when we follow His design for our lives and not our own.

  • Jonah and the God of the Second Chance!
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    Jonah and the God of the Second Chance!

    3 years ago

    The ancient prophet, Jonah, has a message for us who are living in the 21st Century today. Our God is a God of second chances and His love, grace and mercy abound just as they did in biblical times.

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    The Woman Taken in Adultery

    3 years ago

    Jesus, in the story of the woman taken in adultery, shows His compassion for the sinner in not condemning her but telling her to "Go, and sin no more. All of us, when encountering sinners, must realize that we are no better than they. We are all beggars telling people where to find bread.

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    Sitting on the Fence about God

    3 years ago

    There are too many people who claim the name of Christ and still want to live like the people of Israel in the time of Elijah. They want to sit on the fence and have one foot in the world and one in heaven. All Christians need to decide that the Lord is God and none other, and live lif accordingly.

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    Faith When All Seems Lost: The Prophet Habakkuk

    2 years ago

    In this world in which we live, evil seems to triumph as much or more than good. We sometimes ask, where is God in all of this? The prophet Habakkuk encountered the same thing in his time. Evil men surrounded and overwhelmed the good. He asked God to explain this and God gave him some answers.

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    Should You Believe in Ghosts?

    3 years ago

    There are no disembodied men or women called ghosts roaming the earth today and haunting homes. Rather, Satan and his demons are alive and well and seeking to destroy the works of God. It is they who are most likely the creatures that most people encounter when seeing ghosts.

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    Planning and God's Will

    3 years ago

    Too many Christians live their lives without allowing God to guide their steps. We are His children and He has a plan for each one of our lives. And our Father knows best what we should be doing, for He created us to be doing it.

  • God and the Big Bang
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    God and the Big Bang

    3 years ago

    There is no need to reject creationism if you accept the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe. They are not mutually exclusive.

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    Jesus: Hope Born in a Manger

    3 years ago

    Everyone needs hope. However, the Bible teaches us that because of sin we were all without hope and without God in the world. That is until Jesus was born in a stable in Bethelem. With Jesus, hope had arrived!

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    El Shaddai: The All-Powerful and All-Sufficient God

    3 years ago

    El Shaddai is one of the many Old Testament names for our God and is one that tells of His power and might. But at the same time, it relates how our Lord is sufficient to meet our needs and is able to nurture and sustain His people through all of life's trials and tribulations.

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    Does Christianity Promote Racism?

    3 years ago

    Some have accused the Bible, and Christianity in general, of promoting racism. Far from it, a truly biblical view of humanity will promote love and respect for all of mankind and a desire to see them saved.

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    Should Christians Obey Government?

    3 years ago

    Government is an institution that was ordained by God Himself. Therefore we have an obligation to obey and respect it and our leaders unless they go against what Scripture teaches us to do or ask us to do something that God has forbidden.

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    The Life God Rewards: Diligently Seeking Him

    4 years ago

    Those who have faith in Christ should have it as their ambition to be pleasing to Him and to hear those words: "Well done thou good and faithful servant. However, it seems that many have trouble identifying a life that pleases God. It is ultimately by faith, diligently seeking Him.

  • God: Forgiving the Unforgivable
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    God: Forgiving the Unforgivable

    16 months ago

    Because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sins on the cross, no sin is unforgivable. Those who truly put their trust in Him and rely upon his righteousness for their salvation, can be freed forever from past failures and sins, not because of what you have done but what Christ has done.

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    The Beauty in Death

    4 years ago

    Though we see the beauty in the dying of leaves in the Fall beauty isn't seen easily in the death of a human being. But for the Christian, there is certain beauty in life and in death.

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    We Need Each Other: The Bible And Fellowship

    4 years ago

    The Greek word koinonia, commonly translated as "fellowship," is not the modern understanding of having coffee and doughnuts before church or a dish to pass afterward but involves mutual love and sacrifice for one another because of our shared relationship and fellowship with God.

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    God and Evil: A Biblical Understanding

    4 years ago

    The evil that happens in this world was never intended in the original creation. It is a result of the fall of mankind into sin.

  • Does Grace Lead to Sin?
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    Does Grace Lead to Sin?

    4 years ago

    Some would say that God's grace toward us leads to a life of sin and license. However, one who is truly saved will be so grateful that God loved them enough to send his Son to die for them that they will love him as well and want to please the Lord in all that they do.

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    The Heart of Legalism

    4 years ago

    Legalism is a deadly sin because it seeks salvation or holiness through adherence to certain rules and regulations rather than relying on God to change you from the inside out. It is trying to become acceptable to God through law rather than realizing that you are accepted by grace through faith.

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    The God Who Does the Impossible

    4 years ago

    Our God is the God of the impossible and has used his people throughout the years to do the impossible through them in order to bring glory to himself. We need to trust that God is still in the business of doing great things through us. He uses weak people to fulfill his purposes in the world.

  • The Father Love of God
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    The Father Love of God

    4 years ago

    Of all the titles of our God one of the most endearing and beautiful word pictures given in Scirpture is that of a loving heavenly father. For those who are in his family through faith in Christ, he shows his love to us as only a parent can love his children. It is both constant and unfailing.

  • Unfairly Blessed!
    4

    Unfairly Blessed!

    4 years ago

    Those who live in North America are among the world's most wealthy people and should understand that we are blessed by God. And for those who are Christians we are also spiritually blessed as well. This undeserved favor of God should not be solely used for our pleasure but for our purpose.

  • Lest We Forget: Remembering God
    5

    Lest We Forget: Remembering God

    3 years ago

    History is important for it tells us who we are and where we are going. It also lets us learn the lessons of the past that we can benefit from them if we so choose. And if human history is important, God's salvation history is of inestimable importance for it has eternal value.

  • 0

    Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!

    2 years ago

    Those of us who claim to be Jesus' disciples need to reexamine what it really means to follow Christ. We may not ever be called upon to be martyred for our faith, but we have to realize that the Christian life is a total commitment to the one who gave himself fully for us

  • 20

    Are Karma and Christianity Compatible?

    3 months ago

    Is karma in the Bible? While many people, even Christians, try to equate the non-Christian karma meaning with the biblical teaching regarding reaping and sowing, it immediately becomes clear that they are not compatible in the least if compared side by side.

  • The Battlefield of the Mind
    4

    The Battlefield of the Mind

    4 years ago

    We must realize that we are in a battle for the control of one of our most precious assets- our minds. Satan wishes to thwart the plans and purposes of God by tempting us to sin and keeping us from becoming what God intends for us to be. Fortunately, with God we can have the victory!

  • 7

    If Christ Be Not Raised

    4 years ago

    Christ's Resurrection is the central event in human history and without it we would have no reason to celebrate. If Christ is dead then our hope of resurrection is dead as well and we are still in our sins. But God be praised, Jesus Christ is truly Alive!!

  • 2

    Suffer the Children to Come

    4 years ago

    God loves children and has a special relationship with them. He expects Christian adults to nurture and protect them and pass on to each child a godly heritage. That includes not only our own offspring but all the children of this world. They belong to God and we are his stewards to care for them.

  • 2

    God: Our Hiding Place

    2 years ago

    In a dangerous world, the Christian can trust that our God is a God of refuge and strength. Though, we may go through trials and tribulations God is there and is our hiding place in times of storm.

  • 7

    There's Still Time

    3 years ago

    Time is one of the most valuable commodities that God has given to us. And even if we have wasted most of our hours so far on this earth, there is still time to do our purpose while we have breath.

  • In the World, Not of the World
    6

    In the World, Not of the World

    4 years ago

    We are called to live a life that reflects our Christian values, and not to blend in with those whom we are called to lead to the Lord. The world needs be drawn to Jesus Christ by the way we live.

  • 0

    More Than You Can Handle

    9 months ago

    There is a popular Christian saying that God won't give you more than you can handle. It sounds good. The trouble with it is that it isn't biblical. God often puts us in such situations for a reason.

  • My Father's House
    12

    My Father's House

    4 years ago

    Heaven is a real and magnificent place where we will live forever. It is a dwelling place where we will live with all of the beauty and excitement of this present earth without the sin.

  • The Myth of Y.O.L.O.
    0

    The Myth of Y.O.L.O.

    4 years ago

    There is a myth going around that goes by the acronym Y.O.L.O. This stands for "You only live once." We actually are eternal beings that need to live in light of eternity.

  • Too Heavenly Minded?
    2

    Too Heavenly Minded?

    3 years ago

    The saying that a person is too Heavenly minded to be any Earthly good is flawed. Rather, it is those who think of Heaven the most who do the most to change this world that we live in today.

  • 2

    Living Before An Audience of One

    5 years ago

    If we live our lives to try to please everyone, we will not be fulfilling our God given purpose. We must not worry what others think but what God thinks of us and what we are doing with our lives.

  • Pass the Torch
    0

    Pass the Torch

    5 years ago

    We are always just one generation away from losing those things which we all hold dear. Our freedom, our culture and the Christian faith that many Americans hold sacred are in danger of being lost.

  • 2

    For the Love of Heaven: The World Is Not Our Home

    2 years ago

    Heaven becomes more enticing as we get older. This world is not our home and that becomes more apparent as we experience the trials of life and the loss of loved ones.

  • I Have My Rights!
    6

    I Have My Rights!

    5 years ago

    Our rights must alway be balanced by responsibilities. To have one without the other will destroy a free society.

  • The Years the Locusts Have Eaten
    4

    The Years the Locusts Have Eaten

    5 years ago

    We can look back on our lives in sadness and regret for the years wasted by wrong decisions we have made, or we can see the mercy of God and how he can and will use it for his glory.

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