• The Focus Of Attention, Part 2

    2Ki 18:1-4, 1...Hezekiah ... 2 ...was twenty-five years old when he became king, ...3  And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, ...4  He ...broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had...

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  • The Focus Of Attention, Part 1

    Num 21:8-9, 8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live. God in His anger...

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  • Jesus Is The Focal Point

    Heb 1:1-2, 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom...

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  • Endurance In Suffering

    Php 1:29-30, 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict...

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  • Practical Exhortation

    Php 1:27-28, 27 Only let your manner of life be WORTHY of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are...

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  • A Life Of Service Is A Life Well Spent

    Php 1:22-26, 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. ...23 ... My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to...

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  • Dead To Self, Alive In Christ

    Phi 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. A man who has something to live for will strive to live a meaningful life. For Paul to say "For me...

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  • Deliverance Fetched By Prayers

    Php 1:19-20, 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope...

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  • Joy Resting On Assurance

    Php 1:15-18, 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, ...17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, ...18 What...

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  • Seeing Disadvantages As Advantages

    Php 1:14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. As already noted, Paul thrived in adversities. He turned...

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  • The Big Picture Refines Our Vision

    Php 1:12-13, 12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and...

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  • Maturing (Perfecting) Love

    Php 1:9-11, 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and...

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  • Confidence In One Greater

    Php 1:6-7, 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me...

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  • Thanksgiving and Prayer

    Php 1:3-5 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel...

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  • Grace To You

    Php 1:1-2 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father...

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  • God At Work

    1Sam 9:1-20, 6 And he said to him, “Look now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he says surely comes to pass. So let...

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  • Fallen From Grace

    Gal 5:4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. (NLT) In Gal 5:1,...

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  • Wounding The Wounded

    Mar 16:7  But go, tell his disciples AND PETER that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. Three women bought spices to anoint Jesus’ body only...

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  • Love Of God Sealed In Christ

    Rom 8:38-39, 38 For I am persuaded (convinced) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come”. 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing,...

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  • Assured Of God’s Love

    Rom 8:35-37, 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?... Paul then goes on to show that the love...

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  • Guilty Of Love

    Rom 8:32-34, 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge...

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  • God Is For Us

    Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Apostle Paul in vs. 31-38 climaxes his message of God’s everlasting love displayed in us...

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  • The Mystery Of Salvation

    Rom 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Is God unjust in saving some and not...

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  • Works For Good For His Purpose

    Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose This verse is made clear in the light...

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  • The Preparer And Presenter

    Rom 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. That is the Spirit praying not...

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  • Our Helper And Intercessor

    Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be...

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  • Earnest Expectation

    Rom 8:19-22 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it...

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  • Suffering And Glory

    Rom 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us In this following verse, Paul places suffering and...

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  • My Yoke Is Easy And My Burden Is Light

    Rom 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father. Many outside the Christian circle think of...

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  • His Leading Confirms Our Identity

    Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God The previous verse, apostle Paul speaks of the Spirit of God as simply the power through which...

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  • What Kind Of Debtors Are We?

    Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh The life of a Christian is a life owned, governed and led by Christ. Not only is Christ our...

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  • The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit

    Rom 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His....

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  • Spiritually Minded People

    Rom 8:5-8, 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be...

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  • Contrast Between Moses And Joshua

    Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin:   The...

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  • The Demands Of The Law Satisfied In Christ

    Rom 8:2-3, 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death The law of the Spirit is “the gospel” the good...

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  • In Him We Have No Condemnation

    Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit The “Therefore” points to the argument of...

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  • Lord, Save Me

    Mat 14:29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink...

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  • Jesus Comes In The Storm

    Mat 14:24-25, 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking...

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  • What Should Not Change

    Dan 6:1-10, 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home... he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his...

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  • A Tale Of A Wise King, Part 3

    1Ki 3:27-28, 27 So the king answered and said, "Give the first woman the living child, ...she is his mother."28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the...

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  • The Tale Of A Wise King, Part 2

    1Ki 3:26 Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means...

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  • A Tale Of A Wise King, Part 1

    1Ki 3:24-25, 24 Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword before the king. 25 And the king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and...

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  • A Tale Of Two Women, Part 5

    1Ki 3:22  Then the other woman said, "No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son." And the first woman said, "No! But the dead one is your son, and...

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  • A Tale Of Two Women, Part 4

    1Ki 3:21 And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne....

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  • A Tale Of Two Women, Part 3

    1Ki 3:19 And this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and...

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  • A Tale of Two Women, Part 2

    1Ki 3:17-18, 17 ...and I gave birth while she was in the house. 18 Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; no...

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  • A Tale of Two Women, Part 1

    1Ki 3:16-17, 16 Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. 17 And one woman said, "O my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house... The first...

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  • God Is Working

    Col 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily Phi 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for...

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  • Be Anxious For Nothing

    Psa 91:5-6, 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that...

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  • In Him All Things Hold Together

    Psa 34:20-22,  20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken...22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. The redeeming and...

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  • Believer’s Response To Afflictions

    Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. This imperfect world exposes even believers to many dangers and afflictions. While affliction can have negative connotation,...

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  • Grace To The Brokenhearted And Crushed Spirit

    Psa 34:18  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. The Lord draws near those whom He has exposed the conditions of their heart by His righteousness. Isaiah and David...

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  • He Sees And He hears

    Psa 34:15-17, 15 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. ...17  When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles....

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  • Desiring Long And Fruitful Life

    Psa 34:12-14, 12 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Turn away from evil and...

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  • The Fear Of The Lord Is Lacking

    Psa 34:9-11, 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! 10 ...those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 11 ... There was a time God's...

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  • From Knowledge To Experience

    Psa 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! God is good, we know this by limited knowledge as beginning experience and growth in...

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  • Blessed Are The Poor…

    Psa 34:6 -7, 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them....

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  • God Delivers From Fear When We Pray

    Psa 34:4-5, 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. David fleeing...

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  • Praising God For Who He Is

    Psa 34:1-3 ...I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. 3...

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  • Count Your Blessings

    1Chr 16:1-36, 8 Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! The lyrics to a song reads “We take a lot of things for granted, one day...

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  • To Jesus, The Christ by Author Unknown

    “JESUS, THE CHRIST, born of a virgin nearly 2,000 years ago, was raised in obscurity. He came from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman. He put on humanity that we...

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  • Imputed Righteousness

    2Cor 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him This verse has been used by some to indicate that...

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  • God’s Ways Of Providing

    Exo 17:6 (ESV)  Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall STRIKE THE ROCK, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did...

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  • A Life That Mercy Built

    Luke 18:9-12, 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee...

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  • Maturing Faith

    Luk 18:8 ...Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? The reason of God’s delay may be to increase our earnestness and grow or mature our faith. Many prayers...

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  • The Good And The Limitless One

    Luk 18:7-8, 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily......

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  • Give Him No Rest

    Luk 18:5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'  Th motive behind the unjust judge giving justice was because the widow troubled him and would...

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  • The Just Judge Who Hears

    Luk 18:3-5, 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he...

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  • Perception In Prayers

    Luk 18:2 saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.” The moral of this parable is not about the earthly judge or even the widow, they are...

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  • Persistent In Prayers

    Luk 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, Jesus speaks of this parable to help men grasp the concept of having keys to the kingdom...

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  • Blessed Are The Persecuted

    Mat 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven belongs to those who suffer for the advancement of God’s kingdom and not for...

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  • Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God There are three types of peace, Peace with God, Peace of God and Peace in God. Jesus’ emphasis of peace in this...

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  • Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

    Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. At face value, this verse disqualifies everyone in light of Jer 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is...

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  • Blessed Are The Merciful

    Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Mercy is a two fold ministry, compassion and forgiveness. Compassion is sympathetic pity and concern for the misfortunes of others. Compassion motivates people to...

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  • Blessed Are The Hungry

    Mat 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. The state of blessedness is set aside for those who are not satisfied with where they are spiritually. His longing...

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  • Blessed Are The Meek

    Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Meekness is not be confused with weakness. Meekness is strength restrained, strength under control. It is the quality of having mild temper, soft and...

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  • Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

    Mat 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. The message of this vs is in light of vs 3. The poor in spirit also mourn over the weight of sin he struggles...

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  • Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

    Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus begins the beatitudes by calling those poor in the spirit blessed. They are not recipients but pocessors of blessings. This...

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  • Becoming What You Are

    Mat 5:1-3, 1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the......

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  • Empowering Your Living

    1Thes 5:16-18, 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you These 3 verses are each short but powerful. They...

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  • The Now Faith

    Heb 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith is the holding position of expectation of the future fulfillment with a taste of the present reality. It...

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  • Faith That Works

    Heb 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace, Jos 2:1-13 The story of Rahab is a fascinating story as...

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  • And It Came To Pass

    Gen 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."  Most things used over time are retested to re evaluate their...

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  • Reset Your Focus

    Deu 1:6-8, 6 The LORD our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. 7 Turn and take your journey, and go to ...the land of the Canaanites...

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  • To Live By His Ways Or By His Acts

    Psa 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel We often prefer God’s acts (miracles) to God’s ways (His word). To know God’s ways is to know Him...

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  • Aim For Faithfulness Over Success

    Pro 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense., Pro 13:11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it....

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  • Having Hope Against Hope

    Rom 4:17-18, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence...

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  • Vengeance Is The Lord’s

    Rom 12:19-21, 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy...

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  • Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    Rom 12:16-18, 16 Live in harmony with one another...17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it...

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  • What Kind Of Streams Are Flowing Out Of You?

    Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Some believers find it hard to testify of God's blessings in their lives perhaps in fear of being labeled showoffs, and others who...

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  • Blessing Those Who Don’t Deserve It

    Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. By nature we retract where we feel denied, rejected, opposed, disrespected, exposed to danger or suffering. We are drawn to want to...

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  • Grace Warms The Heart

    Rom 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. The gifts of grace warms believers’ hearts to contribute/distribute to the needs of the saints. Men in want are to be...

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  • Grace Empowers

    Rom 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Attitude drives how we approach these 3 areas of our lives in dealing with the gifts of grace. 1."Let...

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  • Gifts Are Various, Grace Is One

    Rom 12:4-6, 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members...

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  • It Is All By The Grace Given

    Rom 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according...

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  • Conformed Or Transformed

    Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable...

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  • The Act Of Spiritual Worship

    Rom 12:1...holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship" (c) Abel offered an excellent sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. God received it based on "what" and "how". He gave to God a...

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  • What “A Living Sacrifice” Means

    Rom 12:1 ...to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, ... (b) In the light of his teaching on God’s mercies, Paul l encourages believers to therefore present their bodies as a living sacrifice as...

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  • The “Therefore”…

    Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, ..., (a) The style of Paul's writings are often broken into two categories, 1. Orthodoxy, emphasis on doctrine (teaching) that is correct...

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  • True Riches

    Jas 1:9-11, 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11  ... The poor or lowly brother is...

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  • Why We Should Pray For Wisdom

    Jas 1:5-6, 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,...

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  • The Picture Of The Righteous

    Psa 92:12-15, 12 The righteous flourish like the PALM TREE and grow like a CEDAR in Lebanon. Palms are one of the best known trees families. Many common products, foods, beauty, shade come from palms....

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  • Lest We Lose Focus

    Mat 14:22-34, 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” The wind was boisterous as Peter stepped out of...

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  • Held By The Power Of God

    Mat 14:22-34, 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. To be used of God is solely to rely...

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  • God In Christ Is With Us

    Jos 1:5...Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Joshua's covering and blessings as with the Israelites was under the umbrella of Moses,...

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  • The Duty Of Masters

    Eph 6:9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Paul addresses masters last with a...

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  • The Duty Of Bondservants

    Eph 6:5-8, 5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;... The charge is for servants to obey and work...

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  • The Duty Of Parents

    Eph 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. The admonition here is for both fathers and mothers. Paul may be...

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  • The Duty Of Children

    Eph 6:1-3, 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you...

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  • When God Blesses Others On Your Account

    Gen 30:27-30, 27 But Laban said to him, “...I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you...29 Jacob said to him, “...30 ... you had little before I came, and...

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  • God’s Blesses Faithfulness

    Gen 30:25-26, 25 As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “...26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the...

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  • God’s Providence Even In Our Foolishness

    Gen 30:17, And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son....Gen 30:22  Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. God promised Abraham that through his...

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  • Manipulation At Work

    Gen 30:15 But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you...

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  • The Drive Of Desperation

    Gen 30:14 In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son's...

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  • Finding Identity

    Gen 30:12-13, 12 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women have called me happy.... Rachel's maid by this time bore 2 sons to Jacob while...

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  • Missed Opportunity

    Gen 30:3-4, 3 Then she said, “Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf, that even I may have children through her.” 4 So she gave...

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  • Misguided Approach To Solutions

    Gen 30:2 Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb? Jacob diagnosed right in his response to Rachel...

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  • Misdiagnosis Seeks Wrong Solutions

    Gen 30:1, "....She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” (b) The last thing any patient wants is for a doctor to make incorrect diagnosis of their illness. Incorrect diagnosis leads to...

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  • Lack Of Contentment Breeds Envy

    Gen 30:1 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. (a) Jacob labored 7 years for Rachel only to be tricked to marry Leah her sister. Jacob determined to marry Rachel...

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  • Reserved Tanks

    2Ki 7:3-4, 3 Now there were four men who were lepers ...said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is...

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  • Thriving On Dry Land

    Gen 26:1-14, 2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will...

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  • A Fresh Start While In The Desert

    Gen 21:17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her,...Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he...

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  • I Am Your Shield

    Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” There are times you are forced...

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  • Victory For God’s Glory

    Joh 12:32-33, 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die After His death, burial, resurrection...

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  • Being Fruitful

    2Pet 1:1-8, 8 For if these things are yours  and abound, you will be neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (NKJV) In this chapter Peter gives ingredients for fruitful...

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  • Standing Strong On Bended Knees

    Mark 6:30-32, 30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to...

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  • Nothing Replaces Prayers

    Matt 17:19-21, 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”, 20, “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; … 21 However, this kind does not...

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  • How We Do God’s Work

    Mark 6:7-13, 7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits...12 So they went out and preached that people should...

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  • Patience Dictates The Pace

    Jas 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. The previous vs. highlights faith as a necessity to produce/develop steadfastness (patience). Patience cannot be dictated...

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  • Command For The Husbands, Part 3

    Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. The husband's duty to the wife is the commandment...

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  • Command For The Husbands, Part 2

    Eph 5:26-28, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any...

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  • Command For The Husbands, Part 1

    Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, Paul in three verses gives instructions to the wives, and to the husbands, he has more to say...

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  • Command For The Wives, Part 2

    Eph 5:23  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body The metaphor is taken from the head in the natural body,...

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  • Command For The Wives, Part 1

    Eph 5:22  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. The first 21 verses of this chapter, Paul speaks of the general rule for both husbands and wives as believers in Christ. From vs...

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  • Walking In Wisdom, Part 2

    Eph 5:18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit In speaking of wisdom, Paul gives a few examples of how we should walk in it. Wisdom...

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  • Walking In Wisdom, Part 1

    Eph 5:15-17, 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil... Godly marriage calls for walking in wisdom, that is Paul’s third point. Paul...

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  • Marks Of Walking In The Light, Part 3

    Eph 5:10-14, 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. This is finding the will of God (the permissive or general and the perfect will of God). To find God’s permissive will is to...

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  • Marks Of Walking In The Light, Part 2

    Eph 5:9  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), The second point the apostle makes in walking in the light is displayed in a life of Righteousness which means moral...

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  • Marks Of Walking In The Light, Part 1

    Eph 5:9  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), Paul provides 3 marks of a person walking in the light or 3 aspects of the Christian character The fruit of...

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  • Walking In The Light

    Eph 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. The apostle having laid out his first point, that of walking in love, he...

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  • Pursuit Of Love

    Eph 5:1-7, 2  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. As growth is required in many areas,...

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  • Walking In Love

    Eph 5:1-7, 1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for...

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  • Imitators Of God

    Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. The opening of chapter 4 the apostle gave us a charge to walk worthy of our calling. This was in general the conduct in the church...

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  • Blessed Assurance

    2Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Fear is the absence of courage which may result from the threat...

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  • God Is Our Source

    Col 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men We work because God called us to it and made away for it. The aspect of work did...

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  • Wisdom And Faith At Work

    Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. As tomorrow is promised to no one, we need the wisdom of this verse to talk sense to...

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  • True Test Of Love

    Mal 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? Corrupt practices are the genuine fruit and...

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  • Preparation With Wisdom Is Of God

    Jer 32:6-8, “6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in...

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  • Triumph In The Midst Of Disappointments

    2Ti 4:16-17, 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me,...

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  • The Steadfast Love Of God

    1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. John in 14 vs discusses the love of and from God...

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  • When We Pray God Works

    Exo 17:11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. To impress upon Israel the importance of intercessory prayer, God had Moses on top of the mountain raising...

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  • When Ambitions Cloud Your Judgment

    1Sam 16:6-7, "6 When they came, he (Samuel) looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him." 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance  or on...

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  • Wonder Working Prayer Power

    1Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power., 1Thess 1:5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power Ministers are accountable both...

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  • The Summary Of Christian Life

    Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. God will not ask us to do what He has not already done for mankind. The only...

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  • Put Off, Put On, Part 3

    Eph 4:29-31, 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,...

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  • Put off, Put On, Part 2

    Eph 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. We have a continuation...

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  • Put off, Put On, Part 1

    Eph 4:25-27, 25 Therefore, putting away lying, "let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the...

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  • Instructions For Christian Living

    Eph 4:17-24, 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, ... Paul’s amdomnishes believers...

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  • Marks Of Maturity In The Faith

    Eph 4:15  but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— Maturing (perfecting) love is the key to unlocking the doors to all graces. Php 1:9-11, "9 And...

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  • Maturity In The faith

    Eph 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting Biblical discernment is...

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  • Gifts Are Various, Grace Is One , Part 2

    Eph 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;...

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  • Various Gifts According To Grace, Part 1

    Eph 4:11-12, 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of...

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  • The Gifts And The Giver, Part 2

    Eph 4:8-10, 8 Therefore it says,“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” Paul quotes here Psa 68:18-19. Christ first descended to earth, lived, died, resurrected and...

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  • The Gifts And The Giver, Part 1

    Eph 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. The believers’ conduct is the principle center in this chapter over gifts. God is more about working on...

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  • Essentials For Unity

    Eph 4:4-6, 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all,...

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  • Maintain The unity

    Eph 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There are certain things that require effort to push through anything that works against it. As it’s been said, you...

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  • The Means Of Unity, Part 2

    Eph 4:1-2 1... walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 ... bearing with one another in love(b), The best Christians have need to bear one with another, and to make the...

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  • The Means Of Unity, Part 1

    Eph 4:1-2 1... walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience(a), bearing with one another in love(b), The ingredients to season our calling are outlined in...

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  • Walking In Your Calling

    Eph 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, A couple of weeks ago we concluded Ephesians 3, we...

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  • Recognizing The Wisdom Of God

    1Ki 3:16-28, 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to...

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  • Wisdom Is A Defense

    1Ki 3:7-9, 7 ... I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen,...

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  • The Walk Recognized

    1Ki 3:5-6, 5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask! What shall I give you?" 6 And Solomon said: "You have shown great mercy to Your...

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  • The “Sinner’s Prayer”—To Pray or Not To Pray?

    2Cor 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. Is the sinner's prayer a biblical practice? Do we see anyone in Scripture even going to...

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  • Who’s The Rock?

    Mat 16:17–19 "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you,  you are Peter, and on this rock, I...

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  • Ripening Like Almonds

    Num 17:8 On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth bud and produced blossoms, and...

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  • The Effective Workings Of God

    Jer 1:11-12, 11 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” 12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have...

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  • The Effectiveness Of Our Calling

    Jer 1:9-10, 9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me,“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10...“ God by His angel touched the...

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  • Strength Magnified In Weakness

    Jer 1:9-10, 9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me,“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 ... The call of God is often to...

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  • The Work Of God

    Jer 1:4-5, 4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a...

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  • A Few Ordinary Men

    Jer 1:1-3, 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the LORD came ... The call...

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  • A Worthy Workout, Part 2

    Phil 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Steve Lawson states,...

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  • Abiding in Prayer, Part 2

    John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. Charles Spurgeon states, "Power in prayer is the focus of our...

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