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Christ and the Churches: Part 4 (Revelation 3:7-13)

We are still listening to what the Holy Spirit has to say to the churches. This message from Christ certainly applies to the church today! Philadelphia, the Faithful Church (Rev. 3:7–13) As most people know, Philadelphia means “love of the … Continue reading

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Christ and the Churches: Part 1 (Revelation 2:1-11)

If you have ever moved to a new community and had to select a new church home, you know how difficult it is to examine and evaluate a church and its ministry. Imposing buildings may house dying or dead congregations, … Continue reading

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The Truth about God: Part 2 (Luke 20:9-19)

What is God really like? Jesus tells a parable in Luke 20:9-19, which reveals four foundational aspects of the nature of God. In Part 1, we saw God is good. Now, we will consider two more truths about God we … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Unwelcomed Lover (Luke 13:31-35)

Have you ever had your love rejected? It hurts when someone rejects your love, whether you are 13, 23, or 73 years old. Oh, the pain of rejected love! In today’s passage, I want you to see how Jesus’ love … Continue reading

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Effective Prayer (James 5:13–20)

The gift of speech is a marvelous blessing, if it is used to the glory of God. Prayer is certainly a high and holy privilege. As God’s children, we can come freely and boldly to His throne and share with … Continue reading

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3 Attitudes Toward the Will of God: Part 2 (James 4:13–17)

In Part 1, we looked at the first two attitudes toward God’s will: ignoring and disobeying. Today, we will look at the final attitude. Obeying God’s Will (James 4:15) Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, … Continue reading

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False Faith (James 2:14–19)

Faith is a key doctrine in the Christian life. The sinner is saved by faith (Eph. 2:8–9) and the believer must walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6) and whatever we … Continue reading

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Favoritism Forbidden, Walking the Talk: Part 2 (James 2:8–13)

In Part 1, we learned James examines four basic Christian doctrines in the light of the way we treat other people. Today, we will look at the last two. The Word of God (James 2:8–11) In recent years, believers have waged battles over … Continue reading

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How To Be a Man of God: Part 2 (1 Timothy 4)

In 1 Timothy 4, Paul emphasized the character and the work of the minister himself; and he listed three qualities he must possess if he is to be successful in serving God. In Part 1, we saw the first quality … Continue reading

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Helpers in the Ministry (Philippians 2:19–30)

As we continue our study in Philippians, Paul is still discussing the submissive mind. He gives us a description of the submissive mind in the example of Jesus Christ (The Great Example, Phil. 2:1–11). He explains the dynamics of the submissive … Continue reading

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True Christian Fellowship: Part 2 (Philippians 1:1–11)

Paul describes true Christian fellowship in three ways. In Part 1, we looked at the first way: “I have you in my mind.” Today, we will consider the next two ways. I have you in my heart (vv. 7–8). We … Continue reading

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Cooperation: Should We All Get Along? (Part 2)

Part 1 is here. Now, I will wrap up by pointing out three ways where all true Christians can and should get along. We are united in truth. The fellowship of the saints is not based on some type of … Continue reading

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Jesus Wants Loving Obedience

Every true Christian wants to have a winning witness, a testimony that demonstrates Jesus makes a difference in their life. They want the world around them to see Jesus in them. But unfortunately, that is not always the case. All … Continue reading

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Knowing God

Previously, we looked at The Doctrine of God and examined 10 Attributes of God, which are revealed to us in Scripture. Today, we will consider what impact these truths have on our lives. What difference does it make? It makes … Continue reading

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10 Attributes of God

Our theology about God is rooted and grounded solely in Scripture. All we can ever know about God is what He has chosen to disclose to us. What, then, does God reveal to us about Himself? Here are 10 things … Continue reading

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Overcome Evil with Good

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, but … Continue reading

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Love, Honor, and Obey (1 John 4:17–5:5)

The prospective bridegroom was extremely nervous as he and his fiancée were discussing their wedding plans with their pastor.  “I’d like to see a copy of the wedding vows,” the young man said and the pastor handed him the service. … Continue reading

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Getting to the Bottom of Love (1 John 4:1–16)

For the third time in John’s first letter, we are considering the subject of love! This does not mean John has run out of ideas and has to repeat himself. It means the Holy Spirit, who inspired John, presents the … Continue reading

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Something Old, Something New (1 John 2:7-11)

I love that shirt!” “I love ice cream!” “I love my wife!” Words, like coins, can be in circulation for such a long time that they start wearing out. Unfortunately, the word love is losing its value. It is really … Continue reading

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Growing Up

In my next series of posts, I will endeavor to put into words some of the things I have learned (and am learning) through experience and God’s Word about growing up. I am by no means claiming to have “arrived.” … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Neighborhood (Luke 10:29-37)

With a plain red sweater, white canvass sneakers, a warm smile, and a simple song Fred Rogers became a PBS legend.  He recently passed away, but his work still lives on because he did his best to be the kind … Continue reading

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Setting Godly Priorities

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). What is really important to us?  People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for our priority.  Any of … Continue reading

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Secret of Contentment

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, … Continue reading

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Worldliness

Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride … Continue reading

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Does Jeremiah 29:11 Still Apply Today?

Question: “Can this famously quoted verse in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 29:11) be applied directly to my life today or was it only meant for Israel?” Answer: To correctly interpret this verse (or any part of the Bible for that matter), we need … Continue reading

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God’s Grace

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is no small wonder these two … Continue reading

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