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May 22, 2022
Spurring On
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
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  • May 22, 2022Spurring On
    May 22, 2022
    Spurring On
    23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
  • May 15, 2022Wash Up and Eat
    May 15, 2022
    Wash Up and Eat

    11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,     “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,     but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea,     and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,     but they shall not find it.

  • May 8, 2022A Mother’s Love
    May 8, 2022
    A Mother’s Love
    Series: (All)

    The Birth of Moses

    Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes[a] and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews' children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”[b]

    Footnotes

    1. Exodus 2:3 Hebrew papyrus reeds
    2. Exodus 2:10 Moses sounds like the Hebrew for draw out
  • May 1, 2022Salvation Certainties
    May 1, 2022
    Salvation Certainties
    Dr. Heeringa makes three main points as he navigates through several pieces of scripture:
    • Salvation Starts With Christ.
    • Salvation Rests In Christ.
    • Salvation Remains In Christ.
     
  • Apr 24, 2022What Can You Do to Make Daniel Heeringa Successful
    Apr 24, 2022
    What Can You Do to Make Daniel Heeringa Successful
    Series: (All)
    For an overseer,[a] as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,

    Footnotes

    1. Titus 1:7 Or bishop; Greek episkopos
  • Apr 17, 2022The Resurrection
    Apr 17, 2022
    The Resurrection
    Series: (All)
    1 Corinthians 15:3-20
    3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

    The Resurrection of the Dead

    12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope[a] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

    Footnotes

    1. 1 Corinthians 15:19 Or we have hoped
  • Apr 10, 2022It is Finished
    Apr 10, 2022
    It is Finished
    Series: (All)
     
  • Mar 27, 2022In Search of a Home
    Mar 27, 2022
    In Search of a Home
    Series: (All)
     

    The New Heaven and the New Earth

    21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
  • Mar 20, 2022The Attitude of a True Believer
    Mar 20, 2022
    The Attitude of a True Believer
    Series: (All)
    Mark 10:17-22

    The Rich Young Man

    17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
  • Mar 13, 2022A Pattern for Doing Church (Part 2)
    Mar 13, 2022
    A Pattern for Doing Church (Part 2)
    Acts 2:41-47
    41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

    The Fellowship of the Believers

    42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe[a] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    Footnotes

    1. Acts 2:43 Or fear
  • Mar 6, 2022A Pattern for Doing Good
    Mar 6, 2022
    A Pattern for Doing Good
    Series: (All)
    41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

    The Fellowship of the Believers

    42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe[a] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    Footnotes

    1. Acts 2:43 Or fear
  • Feb 27, 2022Extravagant Love
    Feb 27, 2022
    Extravagant Love
    Series: (All)

    A Sinful Woman Forgiven

    36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” 40 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

    Footnotes

    1. Luke 7:49 Or to
  • Feb 20, 2022Choosing My Words Wisely
    Feb 20, 2022
    Choosing My Words Wisely
    Series: (All)
    James 3:1-2

    Taming the Tongue

    3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

  • Feb 13, 2022Gideon: Stumbling Before the Finish
    Feb 13, 2022
    Gideon: Stumbling Before the Finish
    Series: (All)

    Gideon's Ephod

    22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” 23 Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the Lord will rule over you.” 24 And Gideon said to them, “Let me make a request of you: every one of you give me the earrings from his spoil.” (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 25 And they answered, “We will willingly give them.” And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil. 26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels[a] of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and besides the collars that were around the necks of their camels. 27 And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family.

    Footnotes

    1. Judges 8:26 shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
  • Feb 6, 2022When Faith Fails, God Doesn’t
    Feb 6, 2022
    When Faith Fails, God Doesn’t
    Series: (All)
    Mark 6:45-56

    Jesus Walks on the Water

    45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night[a] he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

    Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

    53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well.

    Footnotes

    1. Mark 6:48 That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Jan 30, 2022Healing Broken Relationships- The Story of Joseph
    Jan 30, 2022
    Healing Broken Relationships- The Story of Joseph
    Series: Choices
    Genesis 45:1-15

    Joseph Provides for His Brothers and Family

    45 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him. He cried, “Make everyone go out from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.

    4 So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said, “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; do not tarry. 10 You shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, and your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11 There I will provide for you, for there are yet five years of famine to come, so that you and your household, and all that you have, do not come to poverty.’ 12 And now your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 You must tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and of all that you have seen. Hurry and bring my father down here.” 14 Then he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them. After that his brothers talked with him.
  • Jan 23, 2022Choices
    Jan 23, 2022
    Choices
    Series: Choices
  • Jan 9, 2022Dealing with Disaster
    Jan 9, 2022
    Dealing with Disaster
    Series: Choices
  • Jan 2, 2022A Fresh Start- Part 2
    Jan 2, 2022
    A Fresh Start- Part 2
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Dec 26, 2021A Fresh Start- Part 1
    Dec 26, 2021
    A Fresh Start- Part 1

    Psalm 51:1-13

    Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

    51 Have mercy on me,[a] O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

    3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

    7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

    13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

    Footnotes

    1. Psalm 51:1 Or Be gracious to me
    2. Psalm 51:10 Or steadfast
  • Dec 24, 2021The Christmas Story
    Dec 24, 2021
    The Christmas Story
  • Dec 19, 2021The Shepherds Story
    Dec 19, 2021
    The Shepherds Story

    The Shepherds and the Angels

    And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

    14 “Glory to God in the highest,     and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[c]

    15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them

    Footnotes

    1. Luke 2:5 That is, one legally pledged to be married
    2. Luke 2:7 Or guest room
    3. Luke 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men
  • Dec 12, 2021Merry Christmas Pickens- 2021- Hope
    Dec 12, 2021
    Merry Christmas Pickens- 2021- Hope
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 5, 2021Joseph: Forgotten Hero
    Dec 5, 2021
    Joseph: Forgotten Hero
  • Nov 28, 2021The First Christmas: Mary’s Story
    Nov 28, 2021
    The First Christmas: Mary’s Story

    Birth of Jesus Foretold

    26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]
    35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

    Footnotes

    1. Luke 1:27 That is, legally pledged to be married
    2. Luke 1:28 Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women!
    3. Luke 1:34 Greek since I do not know a man
    4. Luke 1:35 Some manuscripts add of you
    5. Luke 1:38 Greek bondservant; also verse 48
  • Nov 21, 2021The Lord’s Supper
    Nov 21, 2021
    The Lord’s Supper
    Series: (All)
  • Nov 14, 2021What Kind of Church Do We Want to Be? (Part 3)
    Nov 14, 2021
    What Kind of Church Do We Want to Be? (Part 3)
  • Nov 7, 2021What Kind of Church Do We Want to Be? (Part 2)
    Nov 7, 2021
    What Kind of Church Do We Want to Be? (Part 2)
    remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Oct 31, 2021What Kind of Church Do We Want to Be?
    Oct 31, 2021
    What Kind of Church Do We Want to Be?
    11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
  • Oct 24, 2021The Joy of Seeing Lives Changed
    Oct 24, 2021
    The Joy of Seeing Lives Changed
    Series: (All)

    Jesus Heals a Paralytic

    And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

  • Oct 17, 2021The Enemies of Prayer-Part 4
    Oct 17, 2021
    The Enemies of Prayer-Part 4
  • Oct 10, 2021God’s Call to be a Part of a Greatly Significant Church
    Oct 10, 2021
    God’s Call to be a Part of a Greatly Significant Church

    Jehoshaphat's Reforms

    19 Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. But Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord. Nevertheless, some good is found in you, for you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have set your heart to seek God.”

    Jehoshaphat lived at Jerusalem. And he went out again among the people, from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers. He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord. He is with you in giving judgment. Now then, let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking bribes.” Moreover, in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed certain Levites and priests and heads of families of Israel, to give judgment for the Lord and to decide disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem. And he charged them: “Thus you shall do in the fear of the Lord, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart: 10 whenever a case comes to you from your brothers who live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or rules, then you shall warn them, that they may not incur guilt before the Lord and wrath may not come upon you and your brothers. Thus you shall do, and you will not incur guilt. 11 And behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all the king's matters, and the Levites will serve you as officers. Deal courageously, and may the Lord be with the upright!”[a]

    Footnotes

    1. 2 Chronicles 19:11 Hebrew the good
  • Oct 3, 2021Busyness/Misplaced Priorities
    Oct 3, 2021
    Busyness/Misplaced Priorities
    Luke 10:38-42

    Martha and Mary

    38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus[a] entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.[b] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.

    Footnotes

    1. Luke 10:38 Greek he
    2. Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts few things are necessary, or only one
  • Sep 26, 2021Lack of Persistence
    Sep 26, 2021
    Lack of Persistence

    Matthew 7:7-11

    Ask, and It Will Be Given

    7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
  • Sep 19, 2021The Enemies of Prayer
    Sep 19, 2021
    The Enemies of Prayer

    Matthew 6: 5-14

    The Lord's Prayer

    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

    “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.[a] 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done,[b]     on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c] 12 and forgive us our debts,     as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation,     but deliver us from evil.[d]

    14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
     
    Footnotes
    1. Matthew 6:9 Or Let your name be kept holy, or Let your name be treated with reverence
    2. Matthew 6:10 Or Let your kingdom come, let your will be done
    3. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
    4. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one; some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen
  • Sep 12, 2021The Joy of Generosity
    Sep 12, 2021
    The Joy of Generosity
    Series: (All)

    21 Jesus[a] looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.[b] And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.

    Footnotes

    1. Luke 21:1 Greek He
    2. Luke 21:2 Greek two lepta; a lepton was a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)
  • Sep 5, 2021The Greatest Picnic Ever!
    Sep 5, 2021
    The Greatest Picnic Ever!
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    Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

    30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” 38 And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men

    Footnotes

    1. Mark 6:37 denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  • Aug 29, 2021Caught in Adultery
    Aug 29, 2021
    Caught in Adultery
    Series: (All)
    but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
  • Aug 22, 2021The Jesus Affect- Desperate
    Aug 22, 2021
    The Jesus Affect- Desperate

    Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus's Daughter

    21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’ 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” 35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing[a] what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[b] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.

    Footnotes

    1. Mark 5:36 Or ignoring; some manuscripts hearing
    2. Mark 5:38 Greek he
  • Aug 15, 2021The Jesus Affect- Interruptions
    Aug 15, 2021
    The Jesus Affect- Interruptions

    Jesus and Zacchaeus

    19 He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

  • Aug 8, 2021The Jesus Affect- The Demoniac
    Aug 8, 2021
    The Jesus Affect- The Demoniac

    Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon

    They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

    14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed[c] man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region. 18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled. Footnotes
    1. Mark 5:1 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; some Gadarenes
    2. Mark 5:2 Greek he; also verse 9
    3. Mark 5:15 Greek daimonizomai (demonized); also verses 1618; elsewhere rendered oppressed by demons
    4. Mark 5:17 Greek him
     
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  • Aug 1, 2021Committed
    Aug 1, 2021
    Committed
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    Daniel 3:13-18

    13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.[1] But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[2] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Daniel 3:15 Aramaic lacks well and good
    2. Daniel 3:17 Or If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, he will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king
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  • Jul 25, 2021Jonah: More Than a Fish Story
    Jul 25, 2021
    Jonah: More Than a Fish Story
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  • Jul 18, 2021How Do I Live This Life Paul Has Described in Chapter 3?
    Jul 18, 2021
    How Do I Live This Life Paul Has Described in Chapter 3?
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    Colossians 4:2-6

    Further Instructions

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
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  • Jul 4, 2021The Truth About Salvation
    Jul 4, 2021
    The Truth About Salvation
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    1 Corinthians 15:1-8

    The Resurrection of Christ

    15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[1] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

    For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

    Footnotes:

    1. 1 Corinthians 15:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6315058
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  • Jun 27, 2021The Truth About Today’s Key Cultural Issues
    Jun 27, 2021
    The Truth About Today’s Key Cultural Issues
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  • Jun 20, 2021The Truth About The Church
    Jun 20, 2021
    The Truth About The Church
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  • Jun 13, 2021God’s Word is Truth
    Jun 13, 2021
    God’s Word is Truth
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  • Jun 6, 2021Stand Firm! (Part 2)
    Jun 6, 2021
    Stand Firm! (Part 2)
    Series: Philippians

    Philippians 4

    Therefore, my brothers,[a] whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

    Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

    I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion,[b] help these women, who have labored[c] side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[d] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned[e] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

    God's Provision

    10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share[f] my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.[g] 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Final Greetings

    21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 821
    2. Philippians 4:3 Or loyal Syzygus; Greek true yokefellow
    3. Philippians 4:3 Or strived (see 1:27)
    4. Philippians 4:5 Or gentleness
    5. Philippians 4:9 Or these things—9which things you have also learned
    6. Philippians 4:14 Or have fellowship in
    7. Philippians 4:17 Or I seek the profit that accrues to your account
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  • May 30, 2021Stand Firm! (Part 1)
    May 30, 2021
    Stand Firm! (Part 1)
    Series: Philippians

    Philippians 4

    Therefore, my brothers,[a] whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

    Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

    I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion,[b] help these women, who have labored[c] side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness[d] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned[e] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

    God's Provision

    10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share[f] my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.[g] 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    Final Greetings

    21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 821
    2. Philippians 4:3 Or loyal Syzygus; Greek true yokefellow
    3. Philippians 4:3 Or strived (see 1:27)
    4. Philippians 4:5 Or gentleness
    5. Philippians 4:9 Or these things—9which things you have also learned
    6. Philippians 4:14 Or have fellowship in
    7. Philippians 4:17 Or I seek the profit that accrues to your account
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  • May 23, 2021Whose Example Are You Following? (Part 2)
    May 23, 2021
    Whose Example Are You Following? (Part 2)
    Series: Philippians

    Philippians 3:17-21

    17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
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  • May 16, 2021Whose Example Are You Following? (Part 1)
    May 16, 2021
    Whose Example Are You Following? (Part 1)
    Series: Philippians

    Philippians 3:17-21

    17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
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  • May 9, 2021Children’s Most Important Spiritual Influences
    May 9, 2021
    Children’s Most Important Spiritual Influences
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    Deuteronomy 6:4-9

    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[1] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

    Footnotes:

    1. Deuteronomy 6:4 Or The Lord our God is one Lord; or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one; or The Lord is our God, the Lord alone

    Ephesians 6:4

     
    Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
     
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  • May 2, 2021Do You Need to Grow Spiritually? (Part 2)
    May 2, 2021
    Do You Need to Grow Spiritually? (Part 2)
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    Philippians 3:12-14

    Straining Toward the Goal

    12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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  • Apr 25, 2021Do You Need to Grow Spiritually?
    Apr 25, 2021
    Do You Need to Grow Spiritually?
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    Philippians 3:12-16

    Straining Toward the Goal

    12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
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  • Apr 18, 2021Let’s Be Clear
    Apr 18, 2021
    Let’s Be Clear
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    Philippians 3:1-11

    Righteousness Through Faith in Christ

    Finally, my brothers,[1] rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.

    Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God[2] and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,[3] blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 3:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 1317
    2. Philippians 3:3 Some manuscripts God in spirit
    3. Philippians 3:6 Greek in the law
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  • Apr 11, 2021What You Need To Know About God
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    Exodus 34:6-7

    The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,[1] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Exodus 34:7 Or to the thousandth generation
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  • Apr 4, 2021Responding to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
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    Matthew 28

    The Resurrection

    28 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[1] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

    The Report of the Guard

    11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

    The Great Commission

    16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[2] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 28:6 Some manuscripts the Lord
    2. Matthew 28:19 Or into
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  • Mar 28, 2021Role Models for Faithful Christian Living
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    Philippians 2:19-30

    Timothy and Epaphroditus

    19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy's[1] proven worth, how as a son[2] with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died[3] for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:22 Greek his
    2. Philippians 2:22 Greek child
    3. Philippians 2:30 Or he drew near to the point of death; compare verse 8
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  • Mar 21, 2021If Jesus is Our Lord…
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    Philippians 2:12-18

    Lights in the World

    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, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
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  • Mar 14, 2021The Costs and Benefits of Unselfish Living (Part 2)
    Mar 14, 2021
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    Philippians 2:5-11

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[1] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[2] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[3] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
    2. Philippians 2:6 Or a thing to be held on to for advantage
    3. Philippians 2:7 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
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  • Mar 7, 2021The Cost and Benefits of Unselfish Living (Part 1)
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    Philippians 2:5-8

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[1] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[2] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[3] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
    2. Philippians 2:6 Or a thing to be held on to for advantage
    3. Philippians 2:7 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
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  • Feb 28, 2021Living Like a Church Family (Part 2)
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    Philippians 2:1-4

    Christ's Example of Humility

    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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  • Feb 21, 2021Living Like a Church Family (Part 1)
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    Philippians 2:1-4

    Christ's Example of Humility

    So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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  • Feb 14, 2021Living Like a Christian
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    Philippians 1:27-30

    27 Only let your manner of life be worthy[1] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 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 that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 1:27 Greek Only behave as citizens worthy
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  • Feb 7, 2021What Brings You Joy (Part II)
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    Philippians 1:18-26

    18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice, 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 that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
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  • Jan 31, 2021What Brings You Joy
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    Philippians 1:18-26

    18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice, 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 that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
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  • Jan 24, 2021Rejoice Over How God is Working in Your Life
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    Philippians 1:18-20

    18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice, 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 that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
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  • Jan 17, 2021What Do You Pray For?
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    Philippians 1:9-11

    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 blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
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  • Jan 10, 2021Making the Best of a Bad Situation
    Jan 10, 2021
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    Philippians 1:1-18

    Greeting

    Paul and Timothy, servants[1] of Christ Jesus,

    To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers[2] and deacons:[3] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Thanksgiving and Prayer

    I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 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. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,[4] both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 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 blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

    The Advance of the Gospel

    12 I want you to know, brothers,[5] 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[6] and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word[7] without fear. 15 Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

    To Live Is Christ

    Yes, and I will rejoice,

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 1:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
    2. Philippians 1:1 Or bishops; Greek episkopoi
    3. Philippians 1:1 Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi
    4. Philippians 1:7 Or you all have fellowship with me in grace
    5. Philippians 1:12 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 14
    6. Philippians 1:13 Greek in the whole praetorium
    7. Philippians 1:14 Some manuscripts add of God
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  • Jan 3, 2021The One Thing We Can Be Confident About in 2021
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    Philippians 1:6

    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.
  • Dec 27, 20202021 Stimulus Plan
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    2021 Stimulus Plan
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    2 Kings 4:1-7

    Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
  • Dec 20, 2020Experiencing Peace on Earth This Christmas
    Dec 20, 2020
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    Luke 2:14

    14 “Glory to God in the highest,     and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[1]

    Footnotes:

    1. Luke 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men
  • Dec 13, 2020Merry Christmas Pickens 2020- God’s Story
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  • Dec 6, 2020The Love of God
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  • Nov 29, 2020The Path of Discipleship
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    Mark 8:34-36

    34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life[1] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

    Footnotes:

    1. Mark 8:35 The same Greek word can mean either soul or life, depending on the context; twice in this verse and once in verse 36 and once in verse 37
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  • Nov 22, 2020Thank God for His Goodness
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  • Nov 15, 2020Returning to Our First Love
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    Revelation 2:1-7

    To the Church in Ephesus

    “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

    “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
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  • Nov 8, 2020Our Christian Duty to Our Government’s Leaders (Part 1)
    Nov 8, 2020
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    1 Timothy 2:1-5

    First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[aChrist Jesus,
  • Nov 1, 2020Average Man
    Nov 1, 2020
    Average Man
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    John 1:35-42

    Jesus Calls the First Disciples

    35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[1] 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[2] was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter[3]).

    Footnotes:

    1. John 1:39 That is, about 4 p.m.
    2. John 1:40 Greek him
    3. John 1:42 Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively
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  • Oct 25, 2020Living As People of Grace and Truth
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    John 1:14-17

    14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[1] from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[2] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

    Footnotes:

    1. John 1:14 Or only One, or unique One
    2. John 1:16 Or grace in place of grace
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  • Oct 18, 2020Giving Our Best
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    2 Timothy 4:6-8

    For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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  • Oct 11, 2020Don’t Waste Your Life
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    Ephesians 5:15-17

    15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

    Ephesians 4:25-26

    25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

    Ephesians 5:3-5

    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

    Ephesians 4:17

    The New Life

    17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
     
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  • Oct 4, 2020Where are the Radicals for Jesus Christ?
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    1 Corinthians 6:19-20

    19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

    Philippians 2:29-30

    29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died[1] for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

    Footnotes:

    1. Philippians 2:30 Or he drew near to the point of death; compare verse 8
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  • Sep 27, 2020Thinking and Living Biblically
    Sep 27, 2020
    Thinking and Living Biblically

    James 1:19-27 

    Hearing and Doing the Word

    19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
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  • Sep 20, 2020Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement (Part 2)
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  • Sep 13, 2020Thinking Biblically About Political Involvement
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  • Sep 13, 2020Thinking Biblically About Money
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  • Aug 30, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 3)
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    1 Timothy 6:6-10

    But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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  • Aug 23, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 2)
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    Matthew 25:14-30

    The Parable of the Talents

    14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[2] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[3] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
    2. Matthew 25:15 talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
    3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 232630
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  • Aug 16, 2020Thinking Biblically About Socialism (Part 1)
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  • Aug 9, 2020Thinking Biblically About Anger
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  • Aug 2, 2020“Thinking” Biblically
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    2 Timothy 3:16

    16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
     
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  • Jul 26, 2020“Thinking” Biblically (Part 2)
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    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
     
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  • Jul 19, 2020“Thinking” Biblically (Part 1)
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    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
     
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  • Jul 12, 2020Discipline Needed for Holiness
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    1 Peter 1:13-21

    13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
  • Jul 5, 2020Thinking Biblically About Race
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    Genesis 1:26-28

    26 Then God said, “Let us make man[1] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

    27 So God created man in his own image,     in the image of God he created him;     male and female he created them.

    28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    Acts 17:26

    26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,

    Ephesians 2:11-22 

    One in Christ

    11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[2] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[3] the Spirit.

    Footnotes:

    1. Genesis 1:26 The Hebrew word for man (adam) is the generic term for mankind and becomes the proper name Adam
    2. Ephesians 2:19 Or sojourners
    3. Ephesians 2:22 Or in
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  • Jun 28, 2020Thinking Biblically About Governmental Authority
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    Matthew 22:17-21

    17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.[1] 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 22:19 denarius was a day's wage for a laborer

    Romans 13:1-5

    Submission to the Authorities

    13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

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  • Jun 21, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 5): The Lord Takes Care of Us
    Jun 21, 2020
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    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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  • Jun 14, 2020Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 4): The Lord Protects Us
    Jun 14, 2020
    Our Source of Certainty in Uncertain Times (Part 4): The Lord Protects Us

     

    Psalm 23

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.

    23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[1]     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness[2]     for his name's sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[3]     I will fear no evil, for you are with me;     your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely[4] goodness and mercy[5] shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell[6] in the house of the Lord     forever.[7]

    Footnotes:

    1. Psalm 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
    2. Psalm 23:3 Or in right paths
    3. Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
    4. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
    5. Psalm 23:6 Or steadfast love
    6. Psalm 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
    7. Psalm 23:6 Hebrew for length of days
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