Tag Archives: Kingdom of God

Faith From The Beginning 5/27/2023

Predestination and Calling EACH of these men represent one aspect of God’s choosing us, His calling us to Himself. Abraham is the great example of divine, sovereign election and predestination. He was not a Jew when God first called out … Continue reading

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Essential Insights on Faith 5/27/2023

I am ready to preach the gospel – Romans 1:15 Billy Graham In God’s economy, a person must go down into the valley of grief before he or she can scale the HEIGHTS of spiritual glory . . . One … Continue reading

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Love or Death – 6

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24 Christian Love (1 John 3:18–24) – Continued Abiding (verses 23–24). When a scribe asked Jesus to name the greatest commandment, He replied, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God.’ . . . This is the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/26/2023

God’s Will: It’s Confusing It’s sometimes difficult to understand why God does what He does, or why He asks us to do certain things. God goes so far as to list precise materials and calculations in Exodus 26 for the … Continue reading

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Love or Death – 5

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24 Christian Love (1 John 3:18–24) – Continued John names three wonderful blessings that will come to a believer who practices Christian love. Assurance (verses 19–20). A believer’s relationship with others affects his relationship with God. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/25/2023

Longing For the Ideal Pastors avoid or over-interpret it. We’re often confused by it. But the Song of Solomon is in our Bible. Although we might stumble over the imagery (comparing a woman to a mare would hardly go down … Continue reading

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Love or Death – 4

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24 Indifference (1 John 3:16–17) – Continued From last lesson: It is easy for us to talk about “loving the brethren” and to neglect to help a single other believer. Christian love is personal and active. … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/24/2023

Speaking Up Because we convince ourselves that people won’t accept our testimony about God’s work in our lives, we’re not usually ready to share it. We might prejudge their reactions or simply lack confidence. Soon, staying silent becomes a way … Continue reading

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Love or Death – 3

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24 Hatred (1 John 3:13–15) – Continued The verses in this section, like those that deal with habitual sin in a believer (1 John 1:5–2:6), concern a settled habit of life: a believer is in the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/23/2023

It’s Standing Between You and God There is nothing more frustrating than being ordered around. Few people take to a drill sergeant. Although we like to cite the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) because they’re the norm, the rebellious part of … Continue reading

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Love or Death – 2

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24 Murder (1 John 3:11–12) – Continued The difference between Cain’s offering and Abel’s offering was faith (Hebrews 11:4), and faith is always based on the revelation God has given (Romans 10:17). It seems clear that … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/22/2023

Bread From Heaven and Water From a Rock For many years, I said that I believed God would provide for me, but I’m not sure I actually did. Somewhere inside I was still convinced that I was on my own. … Continue reading

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Love or Death – 1

Scripture References: 1 John 3:11-24 John’s letter has been compared to a spiral staircase because he keeps returning to the same three topics: love, obedience, and truth. Though these themes recur, it is not true that they are merely repetitious. … Continue reading

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Faith From The Beginning 5/20/2023

The Objects of Faith ACCORDING to the following Scripture, God called Abraham in sovereign grace: And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father … Continue reading

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Essential Insights on Faith 5/20/2023

I am ready to preach the gospel – Romans 1:15 Billy Graham Do YOUR PART and God will do HIS PART. Work hard and turn the rest over to God. Be faithful and the Holy Spirit will HELP YOU. Unless … Continue reading

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Who Is Jesus? . . .

Written by Tobin Perry for the Logos blog, Word by Word Who Is Jesus? Answering Life’s Most Important Question “Who is Jesus?” is one of the most frequently asked questions in human history. It’s likely more books have been written … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/19/2023

Student or Scholar? Sometimes we approach God with curiosity, but not with a spirit of humility. We enjoy participating in religious discussions, but forging the link between interpretation and application is difficult for us. We have certain expectations of who … Continue reading

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Kingly Living! – 5

Scripture References: Romans 5 The Basis of Our Justification – Continued The two “one acts” are contrasted (verses 18–19) – Continued. From last lesson: Justification is not merely a legal term that describes our position before God (“just as if … Continue reading

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Spiritual Nuggets 5/18/2023

Why Does God Punish People? In regard to why a good God would punish people, I recently heard one homeless man wisely tell another, “You wouldn’t want to live in a world where God didn’t punish injustices and just freely … Continue reading

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Kingly Living! – 4

Scripture References: Romans 5 The Basis of Our Justification – Continued Adam’s offense is contrasted with Christ’s free gift (verse 15). Because of Adam’s trespass, many died; because of Christ’s obedience the grace of God abounds to many gaining life. … Continue reading

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