March 30, 2020

In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul provides a logical explanatation for the purpose of the Mosaic law. His argument reveals our need for God’s grace and the perfect sacrificial Lamb Who fulfilled the judgment of Law. Therefore, the true purpose of the Law is to point us to Jesus, because the Law is just a schoolmaster that reveals our need of a Savior. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his study of verses nineteen through twenty-nine.

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March 30, 2020

In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul provides a logical explanatation for the purpose of the Mosaic law. His argument reveals our need for God’s grace and the perfect sacrificial Lamb Who fulfilled the judgment of Law. Therefore, the true purpose of the Law is to...

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March 27, 2020

A covenant, or agreement, between men, after it is ratified, cannot be annulled or altered without the consent of both parties. The covenant God made with Abraham was based on faith, not works. So when the law was added 430 years later, it didn’t annul the covenant...

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March 26, 2020

When we carefully consider the finished work of Christ on the cross, it should leave us speechless. We, who are sinful, full of pride, and condemned by the Law, can be, through Jesus Christ, ransomed, redeemed, righteous, and justified. The cross of Christ destroys...

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March 25, 2020

Paul wanted the Galatians to understand that they were saved by what they believed and not by the works that they did. God wants us to believe in Him more. When we believe in Him more, and submit to His will, it will, by necessity, change what we do. But if we focus...

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March 24, 2020

The Gospel is the way that we enter the kingdom of God. However, in today’s passage, the Apostle Paul will show us that the Gospel is much more than that: We are not only saved by the Gospel, but it is also the Gospel that enables us to grow spiritually. That is, we...

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March 23, 2020

Paul essentially described himself as a dead man walking. He declared that he was crucified with Christ. He meant that, after being born again, it was no longer his old self that lived, but, as a new creature in Christ, it was now Jesus that lived in and through him...

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March 20, 2020

The proof of God’s love for us is the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary whereby He willingly paid the just penalty for our sins. In so doing, He delivered all that have faith in His complete and all-sufficient work of salvation from the power of darkness and translated us...

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March 19, 2020

No one can be justified by keeping the Law of God. Said another way, God’s Law is only a diagnostic tool that reveals our sinfulness and our need of a Savior. God’s grace is the only thing that saves us. Through grace, God changes our hearts, and it reveals that...

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March 18, 2020

When Paul went to visit the Apostles concerning the push by many Jews to require Gentile Christians to also follow the Mosaic Law, Paul did not give into the Judeaizers for a moment so that the truth of the Gospel might remain uncompromised. Please open your Bible to...

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March 17, 2020

Jesus plus nothing equals everything. Jesus plus anything else is slavery, and it will kill you. The Gospel is the perfect infusion of Law and Grace, and it is the same Gospel for both Jews and Gentiles. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter two, and listen as...

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March 16, 2020

We should never write a person off as someone who will never come to the saving knowledge of Jesus, because he or she presently is vocally opposed to the Gospel. Paul was once an archenemy of the Gospel, but he was saved and converted by God’s grace to proclaim very...

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March 13, 2020

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a revelation message. It is not a message of human origin. It is not a message that can be understood by the natural man. It’s origin and reception is via the revelation of God. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter one, and listen...

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March 12, 2020

The foundation of all true preaching, teaching, and worship is the proclamation that Jesus was crucified for our deliverance according to God’s will. The Gospel gives grace to man and glory to God, because it by God’s grace, through faith in Christ’s perfect...

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March 11, 2020

Today we begin a study of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. When Paul wrote this epistle, the credibility of Paul’s apostleship was under attack. The legalists and the ritualists of the day were also attacking the very Gospel of God’s grace. Please open your Bible to...

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March 10, 2020

Contentment is not a buzz word in our society, but Biblically there is a connection between godliness and contentment. From a prison cell, the Apostle Paul in his closing comments addressed the need for our hearts to be focused above, on others, and on eternity, not...

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March 9, 2020

Contentment is not a buzz word in our society, but Biblically there is a connection between godliness and contentment. From a prison cell, the Apostle Paul in his closing comments addressed the need for our hearts to be focused above, on others, and on eternity, not...

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March 6, 2020

Worry literally strangles a person: It chokes out their joy and can ruin their health. In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul tells us that prayer is the medicine that will cure worry. Prayer is fellowshipping with God, and it presumes that God is near listening to you....

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March 5, 2020

Christian joy is not dependent upon life’s circumstances. The only true source of joy in a Christian’s life is the awareness of Christ’s constant presence. We can’t always rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in the Lord. Please open your Bible to...

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March 4, 2020

Paul persecuted followers of Christ, but he was able to put his violent past behind him, because Christ made him His own. This is the power of the Gospel. Give your life to Christ today, and, regardless of your past or what you are going through now, Jesus will make...

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March 3. 2020

Following Christ is not a hobby or a lifestyle supplement. Following Jesus requires complete commitment to the high calling that we have in Him. Our efforts do not save us, but, like an athlete training to win a race, it does take effort to mature and to deepen our...

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March 2, 2020

Today’s passage can be summarized in one sentence: The most valuable thing in life is knowing Christ and becoming like Him. As the imprisoned Apostle Paul knew all to well, knowing Christ and becoming like Him involves self sacrifice, personal pain, and rejection by...

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February 28, 2020

Salvation costs us nothing, because Jesus paid the price for our sins. However, if you are going to be a follower of Christ, eventually it will cost you something, because He is your Lord, and the world opposes Him. Therefore, to be a follower of Christ, we have to...

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February 27, 2020

It has been said that God does not look at a person’s ability or inability but their availability. Timothy and Epaphroditus were available to the Lord, and they also made themselves available to Paul, the Lord’s servant. Following their example, we, as Christians,...

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February 26, 2020

Have you ever thought of walking away from Jesus? Many have, but, when facing that choice, Peter asked Jesus a very important question and made a critical observation: “To whom should we go? You have the words of life.” Timothy and Epaphroditus were two other faithful...

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February 25, 2020

God is working in each and every one of us both to will and to do of His good pleasure with the ultimate goal of conforming us into the image of Jesus. People and circumstances are His two most effective tools to accomplish this. Therefore, when we murmur and complain...

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February 24, 2020

Paul encouraged the Philippians to be united in the Spirit; but what do you do when you run into or are the subject of strife or Spirit-quenching drama within the church? Too often we murmur, complain, retaliate, or run away to another church. Jesus wants us to come...

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February 21, 2020

Lowliness of mind is the submissive mind that thinks not of itself but of Christ and others. The natural, carnal mind does not do that. The carnal mind is critical, catty, fault-finding, and proud to the core. To be united in the Spirit, we must put away selfishness,...

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February 20, 2020

Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, because they were under enemy attack in the form of bad attitudes, bad motives, and selfishness. These attitudes are like spiritual termites that eat away at relationships within the body of Christ. They so distract and divert the...

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February 19, 2020

Joy is elusive to many people. Wrong choices lead to depression. However, living for Christ yields much joy, even in the midst of suffering. The secret to a truly joyful life is living for the spiritual benefit of others rather than living to please yourself. A...

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February 18, 2020

Most people that believe in heaven intend to go there when they die. However, unless they are on the right road, they will not get there, regardless of their intentions. The Bible says that there are only two spiritual roads that one can travel in life. A popular road...

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February 17, 2020

Like politicians, some wrongly motivated pastors or evangelists canvas the multitudes to gain followers of themselves rather than to make disciples of Jesus. As believers, we must be very careful not to become followers of men. We are to follow Jesus, according to the...

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February 14, 2020

Why do we serve Jesus? Is it for recognition or the fame of the Lord? The way we react to being noticed or unnoticed is a great indicator. God’s refinement has a way of showing us our hearts, may all that is seen be for the glory of His great Name! Please open your...

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February 13, 2020

According to Scripture, the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is selfishness. Our text for today begins with Paul’s prayer that the believers in Philippi would abound in love. As believers, it is our responsibility and mission to speak the truth in...

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February 12, 2020

Today’s passage contains one of the most precious promises of Scripture: He that began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. If you have repented of your sins and trusted in Christ alone for your salvation, but feel like you’re floundering, be...

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February 11, 2020

Although Paul addressed his epistle to the Christians at Colossae, its doctrines and admonitions were not intended for the Colossians alone. Paul expressly tells them that, after they have finished reading the letter, that they should share it with the saints at...

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February 10, 2020

The final verses of many of Paul’s epistles are filled with greetings and expressions of gratitude to specific people that were supporitive of Paul’s ministry and his co-laborers in spreading the Gospel. These passages are a testimony to the strong bond shared by...

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February 7, 2020

Though he was incarcerated for proclaiming the Gospel, Paul requested prayer for an open door and for boldness to speak the truth. An open door from God does not always mean smooth sailing and absence of opposition. Rather than keep quiet, which would have made life...

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February 14, 2020

Why do we serve Jesus? Is it for recognition or the fame of the Lord? The way we react to being noticed or unnoticed is a great indicator. God’s refinement has a way of showing us our hearts, may all that is seen be for the glory of His great Name! Please open your...

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February 5, 3020

A healthy marriage requires mutual love and godly submission. Praying together nurtures these positive actions. While half of all worldly marriages end in divorce, only about one marriage in ten thousand ends in divorce when the married couple routinely prays out loud...

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February 4, 2020

Enduring relationships are becoming increasingly rare in today’s world. A key foundational element required to build or repair a marriage or family is personal commitment to Jesus and submission to His word. Today’s message explains God’s design for a healthy marriage...

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February 3, 2020

Whatever we say and do should be in harmony with us setting our affections on things above. If our minds are set on things above, then it should be reflected in what we say and do. Every day our Christian life is on display; whether we like it or not. Please open your...

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January 31, 2020

Having told his readers things that needed to be put off once they became new creatures in Christ (such as anger, covetousness, and fornication), Paul then admonished the people of Colosse to put on several things like mercy, humility, and agape love. Please open your...

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January 30, 2020

Sin marred the image of God in man. However, Christ Jesus made it possible for that godly image to be renewed and restored when He died on the cross and rose again. This new image is renewed in the knowledge that God provides through His Word. God’s Holy Spirit, Who...

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January 29, 2020

Walking in holiness is an ongoing process of repentance and sanctification. Holiness is choosing to put on the new man in Christ and leave the old life behind. If we are truly raised with Jesus Christ, then it will be evident in our lives, our attitudes, and our...

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January 28, 2020

After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, he got a new perspective on life. In a very tangible way, he saw that his God was much bigger than anything in this world. Pastor Ben Hiwale used Lazarus’ example to emphasize our need to align ourselves with God’s...

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January 27, 2020

Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Today we will hear about three aspects of God’s will: His sovereign will, His moral will, and His specific will. Please open your Bible to Colossians Chapter three, verse one, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale shows us that...

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January 24, 2020

When Jesus died on the cross, He blotted out our bill of debt that we owed because of our sins. That means that Christ not only paid our sin debt in full, He literally erased any record that our sin debt ever even existed! What a great and merciful God we serve!...

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January 23, 2020

The circumcision of Christ is the supernatural work of God made without human hands, and it is superior to physical circumcision. Judaizers tried to convince Gentile Christians that they also needed to be circumcised to be saved. In other words, as some erroneously...

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January 22, 2020

Secular and worldly philosophies comprise the efforts of fallen men to determine, apart from the Scriptures, the ultimate causes in the earth and the universe. They seek to answer questions like, how did the universe come about? Why was I born? What is my purpose in...

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January 21, 2020

Paul was a man that had a shepherd’s heart. He was driven by the love of Christ, as well as a God-given concern for the spiritual welfare of the saints in Colossae, Laodicea and for those who had never met him. Paul prayed that these believers would be knit together...

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January 20, 2020

Paul wrote about a mystery that was once concealed, but has been revealed as part of the New Covenant that Christ established after His death and resurrection and after the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh on the day of Pentecost. The mystery was not that...

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January 17, 2020

The perfect will of God for each and every one of His children is that we be grounded in His love, and settled in the faith. Our hope is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every single saint must fight the good fight of faith while weathering the storms of opposition and...

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January 16, 2020

Before receiving Christ, we were alienated and enemies of King Jesus, but now, having been forgiven, we are blameless, cleansed, justified, and made holy. If Jesus is really supreme in your life, then you will understand that He has the power to free you from...

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January 15, 2020

Too often in the modern Church, Christians only see God as a means to a better life. Such thinking treats God as if He exists for our benefit instead of us existing to please Him. Therefore, too many Christians merely add Jesus to their list of activities to enhance...

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January 14, 2020

Religions say, “Forgive your brother, feed the poor, and be a better person, then maybe you and God can talk.” The Gospel says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It’s not, “Clean up, then come,” but rather, “Come when...

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January 13, 2020

God is not honored by ignorance of Him. We are living in an age of spiritual deception and blurred biblical truth. Many are being deceived by the religious rhetoric that comes from world religions and pseudo-Christian cults who masquerade as followers of Jesus Christ....

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January 10, 2020

Christians have overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Christians have been delivered from Satan’s domain. The key verbs are in the past tense, because it is a fact that your salvation has already been accomplished if you have...

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January 9, 2019

Today’s section of Scripture gives us a glimpse into the prayer life of Paul and Timothy. These Spirit-inspired passages provide us some wonderful things that we can be praying for one another. Whenever we pray for another person, we are making a divine deposit into...

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January 8, 2019

People are not saved by faith in faith. A modern cult of believism promotes a faith that has little to do with Jesus Christ. Saving faith involves the mind, the emotions, and the will. Only when we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercise our will and commit...

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January 7, 2020

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians while he was imprisoned in Rome waiting for his trial before Caesar. He wrote this epistle to combat heretical teachings that had crept into the church, many of which persist in the church today. Please open your Bible to...

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January 6, 2020

The name Onesimus means profitable. However, when he ran away, Philemon might have been tempted to call him worthless. Fortunately, God’s grace transformed this worthless slave into someone that was indeed profitable, not only to Paul, but he would also become...

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January 3, 2020

Paul wrote a personal letter to Philemon on behalf of his runaway slave Onesimus. Just as Jesus pleads our case before His Father, Paul intereceded on behalf of Onesimus. Paul told Philemon to charge him personally for any debt that Onesimus owed him, just as Jesus...

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January 2, 2020

Repent is a verb, and change begins at the top. Parents, if you want your children to follow the Lord, you must follow the Lord. When one repents, and puts the Lord ahead of your own desires, God will give you this assurance: I will be with you. Please open your Bible...

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January 1, 2020

Jesus came to pay our sin debt, but He also came to set us free from bondage to the things of this world. The most frustrated person in the world is the person that is living for themself. They work longer and harder to get more, but it is as if they are putting all...

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December 30, 2019

On the cross, Pilate wrote, “Jesus of Nazarath, the King of the Jews.” When Jesus comes again, He will reveal Himself as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Everyone needs to bow their hearts before King Jesus today, and render unto Him the praises that are due His...

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December 27, 2019

Jesus’ second coming is a foundational doctrine of our faith. When He returns, it will be a display of His great power and glory. When He came the first time, it was as a Lamb that was offered for the sins of the world. When He comes again, He will roar out of Zion as...

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December 26, 2019

The Church enjoys intimate fellowship with Christ, our Savior for He is our Husband, and with great joy and anticipation we look forward to His return. Our Savior is God Himself, Who desires that all people would be saved. Jesus came to this earth to save sinners, not...

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December 25, 2019

The first biblical reference to the title of Savior comes from the lips of David, the shepherd king. The Hebrew word for savior comes from the verb yasha, which means to avenge, deliver, help, save, or get victory. For every believer in any age, that is our God: not...

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December 24, 2019

Until the day that the Lord takes His people home, He knows that Satan will be hurling darts of discouragement at them. That is why Jesus gave us His promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Christians today have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them, but even...

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December 23, 2019

Immanuel is a strong and mighty tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. Immanuel is hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak and weary. Immanuel means God is with us, because, when Jesus was born of a virgin, God came down to live among mortal men, and to...

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December 20, 2019

If a person does not comprehend the truth of the Gospel of grace, then they will either think that they are good enough for God to save, which is self-righteousness, or they will look at their sinful thoughts and deeds and become so guilt-ridden that they will doubt...

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December 31, 2019

The start of a new year causes many people to begin a new diet, start a new exercise program, or commit to being more financially responsible by creating a budget. These changes ususally result from the realization that something has got to change after reflecting on...

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December 19, 2019

The word manifest means to make visible, known, or to show openly. Jesus Christ came to openly show the nature and will of God on earth. In other words, Jesus did not come from heaven to earth only to fulfill God’s redemptive plan, He also came to earth to reveal to...

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December 18, 2019

When Jesus came into the world, God came into this world, and He did so for three reasons. He came to take away your sin, destroy the works of the devil, and—most wonderful of all—He came to restore fellowship between humans and the Father. Jesus IS the gift of God;...

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December 17, 2019

Glory to God for His redemptive plan to ransom us from the works of the devil! Jesus came to do for man what we could never do for ourselves. He came as a child, born of a virgin, to become the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world, and to redeem all who...

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December 16, 2019

"When Israel was in spiritual darkness, Isaiah prophesied that a Light would arise—a special child would be born! Jesus Christ was that child. Not only will He deliver us, He IS our Deliverance and our Light. Behold the mystery: This child called Emmanuel, which means...

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December 13, 2019

Paul exhorted the Corinthian congregation to “be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” Each one of us is working out (not for!) our own salvation with fear and trembling. Fortunately, God gives us...

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December 12, 2019

Some say that the body of Christ is the most glorious dysfunctional family on earth. God’s people are perfectly redeemed, yet they dwell in imperfect bodies that have been corrupted by sin. Paul addressed this dysfunction in his letter to the Corinthians. He told them...

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December 11, 2019

Scripture makes it clear that our assurance of salvation does not lie in any work that we do. Salvation comes only by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus. We can only draw near to God because of Who Jesus is and what He did for us. However, it is equally...

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December 10, 2019

Every church congregation contains a mixed multitude of possessors and mere professors of faith in Christ. Paul voiced his concern for those whose lifestyle did not match their alleged testimony of having experienced the regenerating power of the Gospel of Jesus...

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December 6, 2019

False teachers in Corinth were criticizing and even slandering the Apostle Paul. After Paul apologetically wrote in defense of his calling and ministry as an apostle, he then wrote of his love for the people of Corinth and his concerns for their spiritual condition....

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December 5, 2019

Whether you are experiencing revelations from God or thorny attacks from the enemy, know this: God’s grace is sufficient for you, and His strength is made perfect in your weakness. However, it is not enough to be able to articulate the theological implications of the...

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December 4, 2019

By God’s grace, Paul had visions and revelations that were so spectacular that he could not even write them down. But God’s grace also sustained him when he was buffeted by a “thorn in the flesh”. Likewise, every child of God has good and bad days. However, as...

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December 3, 2019

We are all called to endure difficulties and forgo conveniences for the cause of Christ and to care for one another. If there is one word that is sorely lacking in today’s church, it is the word “sacrifice”. It describes the action of giving up oneself for the cause...

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December 2, 2019

In today’s passage, the apostle Paul listed his credentials for being a genuine follower of Jesus. Among them was a time that friends let him down the side of a city wall in a basket to save his life. From beginning to end, Paul faced afflictions and opposition as he...

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November 29, 2019

The Bible tells us that the flock of God is precious to Jesus Christ, and because they are precious to Jesus Christ, they were precious to the Apostle Paul. Therefore, Paul warned the Christians at Corinth of counterfeit ministers that would try to teach them a false...

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November 28, 2019

Ever since the fall of man, the world has been spiritually divided into two groups: those who are “begotten” of the spiritual seed of Cain, and those who are “begotten” of the spiritual seed of Abel. Beware! The devil has ministers that use the same language that you...

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November 27, 2019

God is jealous over us, because He loves us infinitely. Therefore, He hates anything that distracts us from our devotion to Jesus. Similarly, Paul had a jealous love for the Christians at Corinth. He had to warn them of religious frauds that sought to take them away...

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November 26, 2019

From Eden until now, the truth about Jesus Christ and the Gospel has been redefined, twisted, or simply called outrageous. Satan has his own so-called evangelists that proclaim a counterfeit Jesus and a counterfeit gospel inspired by a demonic spirit, which had...

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November 25, 2019

From Paul’s response to his critics at Corinth, we know one thing about them: They thought a lot of themselves! Whenever we measure ourselves among ourselves, it is unwise, unholy, and it is without understanding. Our standard should not be any mortal person; the only...

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November 22, 2019

A key aspect of being a Christian is living for the glory of God. Unfortunately, to many, the glory of God has become a trite phrase that lacks meaning. To live for the glory of God simply means that one no longer lives for oneself. Living for the glory of God under...

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November 21, 2019

When it comes to warfare against the powers of darkness, the best of human strength and ability profits nothing. Our only sure defense from Satan’s lies is the word of God. It is as the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against...

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November 20, 2019

Spiritual warfare is part of the normal Christian life. Because we live in a fallen world and still dwell in a body that is corrupted by the influence of sin, we often struggle to live a life of victory as a Christian. And where does this battle begin? It begins in...

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November 19, 2019

Spiritually immature people regard their resources as their own, and ponder how much they are obligated give to God. However, spiritually mature Christians recognize that all that they have belongs to God, and they ask themselves, “What am I not giving, and why?”...

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November 18, 2019

Are you using God’s Spirit to help you make wise decisions? It is up to you to take advantage of the gifts that God generously offers to you. Having freely received, you should also live generously. When you do, you can experience being enriched in every way....

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November 15, 2019

Sowing and reaping involves choices: How much seed should we sow and, more importantly, what kind of seed should we plant? Our choices have consequences. If we sow to the flesh, we reap corruption; if we sow to the Spirit, we reap life. Please open your Bible to...

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November 14, 2019

The relationship between sowing and reaping is a key principle of life in the kingdom of God. Sowing and reaping are to be done with willing hearts and cheerful attitudes as heart-felt responses to the grace that God has lavished upon us through Jesus Christ. They...

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November 13, 2019

As Christians, everything that we do should be done as if we were doing it for the Lord Himself, even when no one else is watching. Our conduct should be beyond reproach, and we should have one or more people in our lives that can hold us accountable for our conduct....

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November 12, 2019

As Christians, our lives are living epistles. As we go about our day-to-day activities, people watch us and make judgments about us and about Jesus. Therefore, it behooves us to walk with integrity, knowing that Jesus will hold us accountable for our stewardship....

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