Progressive Sanctification ?

    Understanding the Subject of Sanctification   In previous lessons, I’ve talked about sanctification, and about what that means exactly.  But it just seems like things always need to be repeated, so that we truly understand them without any question at all, so that when the word comes up, we know exactly what it means, and so that we know exactly what it doesn’t mean also.   And the…

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The Least In The Kingdom Of Heaven

        Are You One of the Least?   Have you ever felt insignificant?  Like maybe you’re not as important, or as valuable as other people?  If you have ever felt like that, don’t!  Don’t ever feel like that.  Because there’s no one, more valuable than you.  Do you know why Jesus said, in  Luke 15:7;  “..there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents,…

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Taking The Lord’s Name In Vain

The Third Commandment   I want to talk about one of the ten commandments.  Even though we’re not living under the old law, and even though we’re not subject to the ten commandments, we can still learn about God, from those commandments.   The commandment I want to talk about is the third commandment, found in  Exodus 20, verse 7.  It says;  “You shall not take the name of the…

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How Shall We Escape ?

  Will you escape?  That’s the question.   Hebrews 2, verse 3  asks us the question;  “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?”   We need to escape the condition, of eternal torment and suffering, that the bible calls hell!  But how are we going to escape hell, if we neglect the salvation that God has offered us?  You tell me, How are we gonna do…

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Has God Hardened Your Heart ?

    “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.”     Are you totally flexible?  The bible talks about those who aren’t.  Do you know what the bible means when it talks about someone having a “hard heart”?    In  Mathew 19:3,  some Pharisees started questioning Jesus, trying to find fault with Him.  And so they said;  “Is it lawful for a man…

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Blessed Assurance

    Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine   There’s a song that we sing sometimes called “Blessed Assurance”.  “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.  Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.”   Don’t you want the blessed assurance, that if your life ended today, or if Jesus returned today, you’d be with Him eternally?  You don’t want to worry about eternity, I know you don’t. We’re told in  Philippians 46 &…

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Reign With Christ A Thousand Years

  The Thousand Year Reign, from Revelation chapter 20   Our previous lesson was called, “Does The Bible Teach A Thousand Year Reign”.  In that lesson we learned that the thousand years isn’t a literal period of time, but that it represents the fullness of the reign of Christ in His kingdom, before He delivers up the kingdom to the Father in heaven.  Go ahead and review that lesson now…

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What’s It Like To Be IN Christ ?

    What is it Like to be “IN” Christ?   Romans 8, verse 1  tells us;  “Therefore, there is now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”   Romans chapter 6, verse 23  tells us;  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God, is eternal life, IN Christ Jesus our Lord.”   So then, if we are IN Christ, we won’t experience…

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The Kingdom And The Church

  What’s the Difference Between the Kingdom and the Church?     Listen to  Colosians 1:13;  “For He has delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son.” This verse tells us that God Himself, “transfers” Christians into the kingdom of His Son.   He takes Christians out of the world, and He puts them into His kingdom. Now listen to  Acts…

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Is The Kingdom Of God Within Us ?

Where is the kingdom of God?     In  John 18, verse 36,  Jesus made the statement;  “My kingdom is not of this world”, and then again “My kingdom is not from here.”   When Jesus said that His kingdom is not “OF” this world, He meant that His kingdom did not originate with this world.  That’s what the word “OF” means.  It means “out from”.  His kingdom did not…

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What Is The Kingdom Of Heaven ?

  Thy Kingdom Come   Two phrases that are used repeatedly in the new testament are;  “the kingdom of heaven”, and  “the kingdom of God”.  Both phrases are used to refer to the very same thing.  That only makes sense, since the dwelling place of God, is heaven.  (“the heaven of heavens”, or “the highest heaven”.  There’s two more phrases that always refer to the same thing) Jesus used the…

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How Often Do You Sin ?

    “No one who is born of God, practices sin..”   1 John 3:9   Last week I mentioned that people sometimes go to extremes.  One person thinks that they’re always in sin, and needing forgiveness, and another person thinks that they never sin.  I would certainly hope that no Christian would constantly be in sin.  And I’m quite certain that no Christian, never sins.  The bible tells us…

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Are We In The Last Days ?

  When Are The Last Days?   The bible speaks of “the last days“, and it also speaks of “the last times”.  In the KJV of the bible, the old testament uses the phrase “the last days” in  Genesis 49:1,  and in  Isaiah 2:2,  and in  Micah 4:1.   And again in the KJV, the new testament uses the phrase “the last days” in  Acts 2:17,  and in  2 Timothy…

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A Sin Unto Death

There is a Sin unto Death   Last week I talked about the idea of two classifications of sin;  Mortal and venial sin.  A mortal sin being a sin that brings death, unless repented of and forgiven.  Whereas a venial sin would be a sin that does not incur death, and would not require any action to be forgiven. Of course that’s a bunch of hogwash according to the bible. …

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Have Your Sins Been Nailed To The Cross

    Nailed To the Cross   Some people have a saying, that “My sins have been nailed to the cross”.   A friend of mine has another saying.  He says, “My sins have been judged at the cross.”   Neither of those two sayings are from the bible, so then we might ask ourselves, “Have my sins been nailed to the cross”?  And “Have my sins been judged at…

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What Does “Venial” Mean To You ?

      Is There Such A Thing As A Venial Sin ?   Catholics, and possibly some other religious groups, believe that sin can be divided into two categories;  One category is “mortal” sin, which will cause one to lose their soul eternally, and the other is “venial” sin, which simply refers to sin that are not mortal.  In other words, these sins will NOT cause someone to lose…

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Simon (Peter) Says..

  A Lesson From 2 Peter Chapter 1   Verse 1  says;  “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ;  To those who have received a faith, equally precious as ours, through the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”    Your faith is just as precious as the faith of an apostle of Jesus.  That’s pretty impressive, and pretty encouraging too.  Have you thought about how valuable…

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A Study From 1st John Chapter 3

    1st  John chapter 3, Verses 1 thru 10   Verse 1;  “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God.  And such we are.  For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”   How great a love, the Father has bestowed upon us!   King David once wrote;  “What is man,…

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