God Wants The First And The Best

    Malachi 1:6-8, and 13-14   God wants certain things from us.  A few weeks ago I talked about the fact that God wants our patience, and God wants our loyalty.  But here’s two more things that God wants;  He wants our best, and He wants what’s first. Let me read a few verses from the book of Malachi.   God says in  Malachi 1, verses 6 thru 8; …

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Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin ?

      Is It Biblical to Love the Sinner, and Hate the Sin ?   I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, that we should love the sinner, but hate the sin.  Some people probably think that saying comes from the bible, but it doesn’t.  The idea expressed in that saying, comes from the bible, but the saying itself was made up by man. I believe the saying was first…

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What Does God Want From Me ?

    Two Things God Wants From You   I want to talk about just two things, that God wants from you, as individual.  If we wanted to, we could put those two things into just one category.  And that one category would be, our love.  What God wants from you, and what God wants from me, is our love.  If we fully gave our love to God, we’d be…

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God “Sends” A Strong Delusion

        A Delusion, an Error, and a Lie   There’s an interesting verse, in  2 Thessalonians 2, verse 11,  that says;  “And for this cause, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”   And the cause, for this “strong delusion” from God, is stated in the previous verse,  verse 10;  “..because they received not, the love of the truth, that they might…

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Encouragement, Pass It On

          Words of Encouragement   I’m with you.  I’m listening to you.  I’m praying for you.  I care about you.  You matter to me.  You make me happy.  Just a few simple words like that can lift someone up, and be an encouragement to them. The bible says in  Hebrews 10:24;  “And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and good works.”   We…

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Are You A Friend ?

    A Familiar Verse   A verse that most people are very familiar with is  John 15, verse 13.   In this verse, Jesus tells us something about love, and about friends;  “Greater love has no one, than this;  That one should lay down his life, for his friends.”  In the next verse, Jesus says;  “You are My friends, if you do what I command.”   And of course,…

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Calling On The Name Of The Lord

      A Religious “Tract”   A friend of mine found a little religious tract the other day, and he showed it to me, and here’s part of what it said;  One day John’s friend stopped him..  “John, I’ve got some good news for you!  “Really?”  John said.  “Yes, the bible tells us that heaven can be our home, since Jesus Christ died for our sins!  “That is good…

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Two Books Of Life

    The Book of Life   You’ve heard about the book of life, haven’t you?  Most people have, if they’re at all familiar with the bible.  It’s spoken about in the old testament, and it’s spoken about in the new testament. In  Exodus 32, verse 32,  Moses speaks these words to God;  “And yet now, if You would, forgive their sins;  But if not, blot me I pray, out…

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The Works Of The Word Of God

    The Works of the Word   I want us to consider six separate, but related works, that the Word of God has accomplished, and continues to accomplish, and will accomplish. First, the Word of God has created life, as we know it.   Second, the Word of God creates faith in God the creator.  Third, the Word of God became the sacrifice for the sins of the world. …

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The Poor And Meek In Spirit

    Who is “Poor” in Spirit?   Jesus said in  Mathew 5, verse 3;  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  I was reading in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, and it says that “poor” means..  “to be beggarly, and destitute, and afflicted”, and that it refers to “one who is crouched in wretchedness”.   And then it says;  “It has always had a bad…

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It’s No Sin, To Be Tempted To Sin

    Each One Is Tempted   I want to talk to you today about temptation.  And when I talk about temptation, I’m specifically talking about the temptation to commit sin.  I’m not talking about the temptation to have another piece of chocolate cake, or the temptation to splurge on something that you know you really don’t need.  I’m talking about the temptation to sin.  The temptation to do something…

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A Comprehensive Study Of The Holy Spirit Of God – Part 4

      Receiving the Holy Spirit   This part of our study of the Holy Spirit, deals with receiving the Holy Spirit.  To begin with, we need to understand that receiving the Holy Spirit, is not the same thing as receiving “the gift” of the Holy Spirit.  Receiving “the gift” of the Holy Spirit is spoken of in  Acts 2:38.  In that verse, the “gift” being spoken of is…

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Blasphemy Of The Holy Spirit

      Are You For God, Or Against God?   Would you open your bibles to  Mathew chapter 12;  I want to read  verses 30, 31, and 32; Verse 30  says;  “He who is not with Me, is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.”  Jesus is teaching that there is no “middle ground” when it comes to God. You’re either for God, or you’re against…

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Hungering For The Fatness Of God

            The Fatness of God   The bible says, in  Psalm 36, verses 7 & 8;  “How precious is Thy lovingkindness O God!  And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings.  They drink their fill, of the fatness of Thy house, and Thou does give them to drink of the river of Thy delights.”   What’s “the fatness of God”?…

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Spiritual Conditions – Part 2

    A Saved Condition, and a Lost Condition   This is Part 2 of the lesson called “Spiritual Conditions”.  In  “Spiritual Conditions – Part 1,  I referred to this as “food for thought”.  And I’d like you to look at this lesson as more “food for thought”.   The reason I call it that, is because there’s more than one way to look at this subject, and so this…

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The Conflict Of Two Natures

      What’s the “Nature” of Man?   The bible tells us that a human being is made up of two “natures”.   We have a physical nature, and we have a spiritual nature.   Genesis 2, verse 7  tells us;  Then the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, (that’s our physical nature) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life..”  (that’s our spiritual…

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He Has Risen

    He Has Risen!   Would this be a good day to talk about the resurrection of Christ?  Personally, I think every day, is a good day to talk about all things Christ.   The bible talks about the resurrection.  Here’s a few things that it says; “He is not here, for He has risen..”    Mathew 28, verse 6.    “He has risen, He is not here..”   …

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Bible Translations And Doctrines Of Men

    Literal Translations vs Paraphrasing   Most English versions of the bible do a pretty good job of trying to give a literal translation of what has been written in the original Greek text.  However, at times, the translators personal opinions have entered into their decision on how to translate a word.  An example of this is how the KJ translators, have translated the word “Passover”, in  Acts 12,…

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Justification By Faith, Perfected By Works

    Faith or Works, or Both?   The title of this lesson is ” Justification By Faith, Perfected By works”.  But let me explain exactly what is meant by that.. The justification that God gives to a person, is because of their faith, which has been “perfected”, or “made complete”, through their works.  The word “works” simply refers to deeds that are done.  But I’m not talking about doing…

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Spiritual Conditions – Part 1

    What’s Your Spiritual Condition ?   I just want to give you some “food for thought” today.  Here’s a lesson on what the bible teaches, about what I call, “spiritual conditions”.  When I say “spiritual conditions”, I am contrasting, being in a spiritual “condition”, with being in spiritual “place”.  I believe that when our bibles use the word “place” in regard to our spiritual destiny, such as it…

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