Psalms 23 (pt.2)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of…

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Psalms 23 (pt.1)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of…

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Spare them a thought and a prayer

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints” (Col. 1:24-26). Paul begins this section of the Colossian Epistle with an odd statement. He says that he “rejoices in his sufferings” for the sake of the…

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Rushing to their demise

Mark 14:55-58, “Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”  Have you ever been accused of something you did not do? What did it feel like? I bet you were angry. Nothing is more infuriating than…

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The “other” types of confession in the NT

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (Jam. 5:16). In the previous article, I discussed the need to confess our Savior, Jesus Christ, as the Son of God. I mentioned there were three different types of confession in the New Testament and that the first led to the other two. Today we will look at the second and third types, starting with confessing our sins to one another. One of the advantages we have and should use…

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By no means the least

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matt. 16:15-16). There are three kinds of confessions in the New Testament. The first, confession that Christ our Savior is the Son of God, leads to the other two.  Without that, nothing else matters because the end of anyone who does not is eternal damnation in the fiery pits of hell.  Confessing Christ as the Savior of the world is the foundation of everything it is to be Christian, and it is the only way…and…

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Keep the knot securely fastened

“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  For since the message declared by the angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Heb. 2:1-3). One of the greatest dangers facing many Christians is the possibility of drifting away from their faith. The Greek word for “drift” conveys a gentle sliding away of a boat from its mooring, rather than a sudden movement. Years of conscientious obedience gradually begin to wain as the…

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Repentance is not an option

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (Acts 2:38-39).  If you ask people what “repent” means, far too many reply, “to ask for forgiveness.” They think saying, “I am sorry,” “Come into my heart, Jesus,” or reciting a prayer is all they need to do. God will…

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To believe or disbelieve

John 20:30-31, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name.” God inspired more than 40 writers over a period of 1500 years to put on paper their experiences or that of people they knew. As a result, we would have an accurate record of the history of humanity. The Old Testament is the history of the beginning of the world,…

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No, “Made by God” sticker

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). The words of David in the psalm above could not be more accurate. If you look at the magnitude of the universe and the complexity and beauty of our galaxy, it is impossible to deny the existence of God. Who else could have placed the sun, moon, and stars precisely in the right place in the heavens? Who else would have the power to take nothing and make it into such a beautiful masterpiece? How can all that be attributed to “chance”? It surely…

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