The Fear Of The Lord

      Should We be Afraid of God?   You’re probably aware, that the old testament has a lot to say about fearing God.  As a matter of fact, phrases like “the fear of God” or “the fear of the Lord” appear over 80 times in the old testament.  The new testament doesn’t say that nearly as often, but it does say it at least another 10 times.  And…

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How Does God Communicate With Us ? – Part 2

      The Fathers and The Prophets   Hebrews chapter 11  begins with these words;  “Long ago, in many portions and in many ways, God spoke to the fathers, in the prophets.”  For a long period of time, that’s how God communicated with man;  He choose men from among the Israelites, and made them “prophets of God” to reveal God’s will, and God’s message, to the people.  In  Amos…

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What Should We Pray For ?

      Teach Us To Pray   Bible Reading:  Mathew 6, verses 5 thru 15 “And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites.  For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men.  Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your inner room,…

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Understanding God’s Covenants With Man – Part 5, The Schoolmaster

  The Schoolmaster That Led To Christ.   Last week’s lesson ended with  Galatians 3:24,  which says;  “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”   The word “schoolmaster”, as it’s used here in this verse, doesn’t specifically mean a teacher, but rather, it refers to one who is in charge of the total oversight of someone, or of a…

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Do You Need God ?

    Do You Need God Every Hour?   There’s a hymn that begins with these words;  “I need Thee every hour, O gracious Lord.  No tender voice like Thine, can peace afford.”  What does it mean when the song says;  “No tender voice like Thine, can peace afford”?  I can’t be 100% sure what the writer of this song meant, but the opinion of a few others, is that…

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The Vine And The Branches

    Scripture Reading;  John 15:1 thru 11   Our newspaper article this week is going to be about that parable of the vine and the branches.  And so I thought we all should review that lesson from Jesus.  Jesus began His lesson with these words;  “I am the Vine, the True..”  In other words, “I am the true vine..”  In this little analogy, it’s the vine, that gives life…

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A Rock Of Offense

    Scripture Reading;  1 Peter 2:4 thru 8   “For it is contained in scripture”,  verse 6  says;  Behold, I lay in Zion, a choice stone, a precious corner stone.  And he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed.”  (the old testament scripture where that’s found, is Isaiah 28:16)  “This preciousness then, (or, this precious value) is for you who believe.  However, for those who disbelieve, the stone…

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Understanding God’s Covenants With Man – Part 3, An Everlasting Covenant

  God’s Covenants With Man   Last week we focused on God’s covenant with Abram, which was a two-fold promise.  First there was the physical promise which was specified in  Genesis 15:18;  “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying;  To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates..”   Then there was the…

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The Golden Rule

        Scripture Reading;  1 John 4:7 thru 21  (Please read)     I’m going to read the words of the chorus from that song that’s called, “angry Words”.   And I want to ask you to repeat the words to your self, as I read them.  They have to do with exactly what that scripture reading was all about. Here we go;  “Love one another..  thus saith…

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Understanding God’s Covenants With Man – Part 2, Early Covenants

    Man Has Always Lived Under A Covenant With God   Here’s just a little review of last week’s lesson; God made a covenant with Adam, in the garden.  And the covenant also applied to Eve.  And that covenant would have lasted throughout Adam and Eve’s entire physical life, if they hadn’t broken the covenant.  But they did break the covenant, and thus God removed them from the garden,…

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Understanding God’s Covenants With Man – Part 1, What Is A Covenant?

      God Has Made Several Covenants With Man   Last week I talked about the old covenant and the new covenant.  And today I want to talk more about all of God’s covenants with man.  There’s a lot of words that are synonymous with the word covenant.  Here’s several of them;  A covenant is the same as an agreement, or a treaty, or an alliance, or a pact. …

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Was Jesus A Christian ?

  Was Jesus Jewish or Christian or Both?   I had someone ask me last week; “Was Jesus a Christian?  And I said; No, Jesus wasn’t a Christian.  How could he have been?  He was a Jew who lived under the old covenant law.  A Christian lives under the new covenant law.  So Christ wasn’t a Christian.  The fella I was talking to couldn’t understand that.  He said;  How could…

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Words Matter

    The Words that We Use Make a Difference   If you’ve been listening to the news at all lately, you’ve probably heard this said many times;  “Words matter!”  That’s been said regarding truth and lies.  In other words;  It matters whether the words that you are saying, are true words, or if they are lying words.  And so I think we all have to agree, words do matter….

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Was Mary A Virgin ?

  Was Mary a Virgin When Jesus Was Born?   There are a lot of people who doubt whether Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus.  When you read the word “virgin” in the new testament, it can simply mean a girl, or a maiden, or young woman, or it can refer to a woman who has never had sexual relations with a…

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Will God Send Souls To Hell ?

    Eternal Darkness is Eternal Separation from God   The idea of a loving God, sending people to hell, to suffer eternally, has always been a problem for people.  A lot of people refuse to accept that as the truth, and thus reject the bible.  Others don’t fully reject the bible, but they reject the idea of hell. But the bible does speak about hell.  It describes hell as…

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Is Your Body A Temple ?

    Does the Spirit of God Dwell in You?   Turn to  1 Corinthians chapter 6  if you would.   Verse 19  says;  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit in you, which you have from God, and you are not your own?”    “The holy Spirit, in you..”  The KJV adds the word “which”;  “The holy Spirit which is in…

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