may 20 2022

Today’s passage teaches us the importance of walking in the light and honesty before one another. If something that a brother or sister does really grieves you, and causes you to get tripped up in your walk with Christ, you owe it to them to tell them in a loving, non-judgmental way. Once you do that, then they are responsible before the Lord to act accordingly. Please open your Bible to Romans chapter fourteen, verse fifteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his discussion of this chapter.

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may 20 2022

Today’s passage teaches us the importance of walking in the light and honesty before one another. If something that a brother or sister does really grieves you, and causes you to get tripped up in your walk with Christ, you owe it to them to tell them in a loving,...

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may 19 2022

Because of God’s grace, Christians have a great deal of liberty. However, if we stubbornly insist on our right to do what a weaker believer regards as sinful, our so-called good will be seen as being evil. What does this kind of behavior or attitude say about our...

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may 18 2022

Though, through Christ, we live under grace, this does give us a right to neglect God’s moral laws presented in the Old Testament. Lying, stealing, and adultery are just a few examples of actions that are always sinful. In short, Christian liberty does not include the...

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may 17 2022

We do not live out our Christian experience in a bubble; we are a family. Therefore, we must realize that a very important aspect of our Christian witness takes into consideration the impact that our personal convictions have others, both saved and unsaved. We want to...

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may 16 2022

Within the body of Christ, believers can have very different convictions about some things, and both sides can even use Scripture to defend their position! The sin about which Paul wrote in today’s passage is not about where you stand on any given issue, but about...

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may 13 2022

Paul cited four of the Ten Commandments when he discussed human relations. He tied them to the overarching command to love our neighbor as ourselves. No man will commit adultery, murder, or theft if the love of Christ motivates his heart. No man will cause ill to his...

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may 12 2022

Today’s passage concerns a Christian’s responsibility towards their government, and it is one of the more hotly debated passages of Scripture. Please open your Bible to Romans chapter thirteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola shares with us some practical applications...

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may 11 2022

Loving one’s enemies is one of the most challenging things that Jesus told His followers to do. When we repay evil with evil, we are losing the battle to evil. Only with the help of God’s Spirit can we prevent the world from pulling us down to its level. We must...

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may 10 2022

Scripture describes the Church as the Body of Christ. Just as a body has different parts with special functions, Christ has designed His Body to work in the same way. Everyone in the Body of Christ needs each other, and we must all work together to accomplish what God...

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may 9 2022

The world system tries to conform us to its ever-changing fashions and whims. It also tries to make people self-focused. However, Christ wants us to be conformed to His image. If we think like Jesus, then we will deny ourselves and meet the needs of others, all for...

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may 6 2022

After eleven chapters of theology, Paul begins the application portion of his epistle to the Christians at Rome. Theology must be put into action in order for it to be meaningful. Gratitude for God’s grace should motivate us to give Christ the very best of our...

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may 5 2022

God broke off the nation of Israel from the divine olive tree because of their unbelief, and then He grafted Gentiles into that tree so that the nation of Israel would become jealous and repent. One day, after the fulness of the Gentiles has come in, God will once...

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may 4 2022

Rejecting the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is dangerous. Each time a person (Jew or Gentile) rejects Christ’s free gift of salvation, their heart becomes increasingly calloused towards the truth. The harder that one’s heart gets, the greater the chances that...

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may 3 2022

Some people think that, because the Jewish people rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God’s promises to Israel are somehow null and void. This is the basis for what is called Replacement Theology, which claims that the Church inherited the blessings rejected by Israel....

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may 2 2022

After his discussion of God’s sovereignty, predestination, and election in Romans chapter nine, Romans ten emphasizes the phrase: Whosever will. God’s election of His saints and man’s free will are not mutually exclusive nor contradictory ideas in Scripture. They are...

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APR 29 2022

Faith, not works, saves a person from their sins. Briefly stated, if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, then you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness;...

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APR 28 2022

In today’s passage, Paul will lay the responsibility for the lack of righteousness squarely on the shoulders of the individual. God is not responsible for an unbeliever’s lost condition. It is futile to try to hide behind divine sovereignty and the doctrine of...

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APR 27 2022

What Christians call the New Testament is really just an explanation of the Old Testament. God’s plan of salvation has been in place since the beginning, even before He created the universe, and salvation has always been available by faith in Christ, not through the...

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APR 26 2022

God is longsuffering toward us, and He is not willing that any should perish. Sadly, many people resist God’s will, and it results in their own destruction. This is not God’s fault! Scripture does not teach that God predestines people for hell. Please open your Bible...

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APR 25 2022

Predestination and election according to God’s sovereign will cause some to question God’s fairness. To fully understand God, we would have to be intellectually equal to the God that made us, which is impossible. Scripture assures us that God is faithful and just, and...

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APR 22 2022

God’s sovereign purposes and grace, not people’s works or character, are the basis for all of His elections. For example, God chose Jacob over his twin brother Esau to be the recipient of the patriarchal blessing before they were even born. Every action of God arises...

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APR 21 2022

When evangelizing, Christians have the duty to speak the truth about Christ in love. If we have a genuine love for the lost, then we should say, as did Paul, “Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel.” As we do our part, God, according to His divine sovereignty and...

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APR 20 2022

God is sovereign. He reveals Himself to whomever He chooses, and He shows mercy to whomever He wills. However, we still have the responsibility to preach the Gospel to everyone, and to pray for lost souls. Paul had a heavy burden for the lost Jewish people, his...

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APR 19 2022

Apart from those who are alive when the Lord returns, all other Christians will experience physical death. However, even physical death itself will not separate us from the love of Christ: It will be the very means of ushering us into His holy presence! Please open...

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APR 18 2022

God’s foreknowledge and the fact that He has predestinated His called or elect saints to be justified and glorified are not just links in a chain of debate fodder for theologians. Paul intended these Gospel truths to assure all Christians that if God is for us, then...

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APR 15 2022

Adversity is an undesirable, but necessary part of walking with Christ. It has been said that God draws men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. Therefore, whatever God allows into a person’s life, it is for their ultimate benefit and for the good...

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APR 14 2022

Who are God’s children? If you by grace, through faith, belong to Jesus Christ, you are a son or daughter of God, and you have His Spirit dwelling within you. As adopted children, our pre-adoption lives (including all debts) have been erased, and we can now walk in...

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APR 13 2022

The Bible likens the Christian life to being at war, wrestling, or fighting the good fight of faith. Not only are we living in the enemy’s territory until the Lord returns, we are also walking civil wars in which we have to mortify fleshly deeds in our own bodies....

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APR 12 2022

Only that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. This happens when a person is born again. The flesh can never be converted into spirit. Water baptism, communion, nor any other religious ritual can turn a son of Adam into a son of God. Thus, Scripture divides all of...

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Apr 11 2022

Because of sin, every person on earth was born on death row. However, according to what we will see in today’s passage, everyone that has faith in Christ Jesus not only gets a pardon from their death sentence, God actually pronounces them Not Guilty! Please open your...

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Apr 8 2021

In our flesh, a Christian is no more holy or sinless than he was before salvation. Sin deceives into thinking that there is some good within us, but the Bible tells us something altogether different. Our flesh is an ever-present enemy, and we should not make any...

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Apr 7 2022

When a person is born again, they are freed from The Mosiac Law and united with Christ. This does not leave us in a moral vacuum, however. This union with the living Christ is akin to being married to Him, and the purpose of this marriage is to bear fruit for God....

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April 6. 2022

Jesus said that we can tell a tree by its fruit. Our lifestyle reveals whether we are serving God or serving sin. A profession of faith that lacks evidence of righteousness and living for God’s kingdom is a false profession. Walking according to God’s moral laws and...

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Apr 5 2022

People are either ruled by sin or righteousness. By the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s grace, Christians can defeat sin’s rule by refusing to yield our bodies to its commands and fleshly lusts. We are to yield every part of our body to the service of the Lord as...

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Apr 4 2022

Santification is an on-going process. When God’s grace brings a person to salvation or justification, they will start living differently. Things that once gave them pleasure will lose their appeal, though they will occasionally find themselves slipping back into their...

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Apr 1 2022

In the first five chapters of Romans, the Apostle Paul described in great detail what God has accomplished for us through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, namely justification. Paul then proceeds to describe what God can accomplish in us through the Gospel, if we yield...

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Mar 31 2022

Because God is holy, He could not accept sinful man by simply disregarding or ignoring his sins. To satisfy God’s justice, those sins had to be dealt with. When Jesus shed His blood on the cross, He accepted the punishment for our sins, thereby satisfying God’s...

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Mar 30 2022

Sin separates people from God; however, after we are born again, our standing before God changes. Through Jesus Christ, God imputes righteousness to us, and we become justified by God’s grace. To be born again, a person must repent of their sin, trust that Jesus has...

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Mar 29 2022

On the basis of His foreknowledge, God predestined us to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. The implications of this truth are staggering. Though we often falter and flail, the Father does not see us in our cruddy humanity but in our glorified state. When...

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Mar 28 2022

Genuine saving faith marks the end of trusting in oneself or one’s good works, and it is the beginning of trusting in Jesus Christ for one’s salvation. One must stop trusting in what you do to be justified in God’s eyes. One must trust that God is just, and that He is...

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Mar 25 2022

In Romans chapter three, Paul made his great claim of justification by faith in Christ alone. To make his case to his Jewish readers, he then calls forward two witnesses to support his claim that no man-made set of rituals or rules can take away our sins. His two...

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Mar 24 2022

The last time someone accused you of wrongdoing, what was your reaction? Denial, argument, or defensiveness? Scripture says that, at the final judgment, the entire world will be silent before God. No excuses or arguments will remain. Have you reached the point with...

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Mar 23 2022

Today, we are going to visit the Great Physician’s office, and Paul is going to give us the results of our spiritual exam. Contrary to the Humanist Manifesto and the New Age movement, people are not inherently good. Whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, we are all born...

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Mar 22 2022

In Romans chapter two, Paul said some things that probably shocked his Jewish readers. Therefore, in anticipation of their objections, Paul then set out to address and answer their concerns. Please open your Bible to Romans chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ray...

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Mar 21 2022

Self-righteousness is thinking that one can be found accpetable in God’s eyes by being a good person, even trying to obey God’s laws. Such an attitude is, in fact, idolatry, because only God can make us acceptable in His eyes through the blood of Jesus, His only...

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Mar 18 2022

The Gospel is literally good news, and it is God’s goodness that draws people to repentance. However, people that repeatedly reject the Gospel message are storing up wrath against themselves in the day of judgment. That is, God will hold people accountable for their...

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Mar 17 2022

In chapter one of Romans, Paul described the abominable characteristics of lives lived by pagans. He then shocked his Jewish readers that condemned their pagan neighbors for doing such things by telling them that that they were without excuse, because they were guilty...

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Mar16 2022

If people do not worship the living God, inevitably, they will end up worshiping something else. Often these idols will resemble bird’s, beasts, or people. People will also worship power, wealth, sensual pleasures, or some combination of the above. If someone persists...

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March 15, 2022

God’s wrath is something to be feared. To avoid His wrath, we must be in right standing with Him, that is, we must be righteous. The good news is, that God is willing to impute His righteousness to anyone that is willing to receive this gift by repenting of their sins...

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March 14, 2022

At the time that Paul wrote the letter to the Roman Christians, he had not been to Rome yet, because Satan had hindered him. Satan is our enemy, so we should anticipate opposition when we are doing the Lord’s work. Like Paul, we must pray and ask the Lord to help us...

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March 11, 2022

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is literally good news, and it is the power of God that Paul described for the Christians that were living in Rome in about 57 A.D. Amazingly, our Sovereign Lord had His plan of Salvation in place even before He created the earth. It was not...

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March 10, 2022

Today, we begin our study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Theologically, Romans is probably the most important book of the New Testament. Yet, it also contains some very practical passages. Please open your Bible to Romans chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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March 9, 2022

Spirit-filled, Gospel living in the last days is not a political message. Ours is a message of hope and eternal life by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ. This message needs to change the cultural narrative from the evening news to the Good News. We must...

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March 8, 2022

Bible prophecy is a mixture of certainty and mystery. Unfulfilled predictions of false prophets have victimized many. Though Christ’s return must always be considered imminent, we must remember that we see through a glass dimly. According to Jesus, the most important...

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March 7, 2022

Today’s passage brings up the Antichrist. Ultimately, every person must make a choice between Christ and Antichrist, and that choice has eternal consequences. Everyone must do a self-evaluation and purge themselves of anything that is ungodly. Come to Christ today,...

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March 4, 2022

When studying Bible prophecy, some have wandered from their faith by giving themselves over to idle speculation. The purpose of today’s study is to prepare and equip you so that you can be ready to do the work that the Lord has called you to do in these last days: To...

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March 3, 2022

Today’s passage contains about one hundred thirty propheices that have already been fulfilled, because much of what was prophecy to Daniel is history to us. Many critics have tried to late-date the writing of this remarkable prophetic book, but these critics have been...

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March 2, 2022

God revealed to Daniel that, even after Judah’s Babylonian exile ended, Israel still faced a tumultuous future, and this caused Daniel to mourn. God sent a messenger to Daniel to comfort him, and it gave Daniel strength to know that his God was still with him....

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March 1, 2022

We are all too familiar with the wars waged on this earth. However, we must also be aware that there is an invisible war in heaven that has been raging since the fall of Satan, and that battle, though unseen by us, is very real. It also affects what we can see in our...

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Feb. 28, 2022

God allowed Gentile kings to overrun His people in Judah, because they had forsaken Him. God’s purpose was not the destruction of His people; He wanted them to repent and turn to Him again. God wanted them to repent, because He loves them very much, and, as foretold...

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Feb. 25, 2022

Our nation is in a spiritual crisis that has adversely affected us morally, politically, and economically. How should we, as citizens of this country and of God’s kingdom, deal with our nation’s obvious apathy toward Him? Daniel’s prayer of repentance provides a good...

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Feb. 24. 2022

Righteous anger at the wicked things that are going on in the world now is actually a part of love. However, it is God’s goodness that leads a lost soul to repentance. Be prayerful. Be obedient to the Lord’s will, and let people around you know what you are for more...

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Feb. 23. 2022

The startling prophecies for the end times are filled with descriptions of the brutal conditions that will prevail around the world in the last days. These calamatous events are enough to turn a person inside out spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally....

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Feb. 22, 2022

When Daniel received the near and far details of his prophetic vision, he grew faint and felt ill. The biblical description of life on earth in the end times is indeed gut-wrenching and sickening. Nevertheless, in these trying times, Christians everywhere must rise up...

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Feb. 21,2022

Bible prophecy draws many curious people that want to know what and when things are going to happen. However, the Who of Bible prophecy is much more important. Daniel saw Jesus Christ returning in power and great glory. Are you ready for Jesus Christ to return? If you...

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Feb 18, 2022

It is comforting to know that, despite the current chaotic global conditions, our all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, and loving God is in control of the affairs of men. He has placed limits on what Satan can do. Most of the hardships that the world endures are...

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Feb. 17, 2022

The Bible is different from all other allegedly inspired writings, because of its many exact prophecies that have been fulfilled. About seventy-five percent of the prophecies from today’s passage have already been fulfilled, and we are living in the days in which we...

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Feb. 16, 2022

Out of jealousy, Daniel’s peers in the Babylonian government conspired to have him thrown into a den of lions. Through divine intervention, he emerged from his would-be grave unharmed. Daniel’s experience contains many parallels to Jesus’ death and resurrection, but...

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Feb. 15. 2022

Christians today are living in a culture that is increasingly hostile towards those that believe what the Bible teaches. So we must stand strong against the temptation to compromise, and keep our sights set on the goal that the Lord has set before us. We must have...

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Feb. 14, 2022

Belshazzar was Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson. Though he was a pagan, God still held him accountable for not learning from his grandfather’s punishment for being proud. When Belshazzar used the sacred vessels taken from Jerusalem’s Temple to honor Babylonian idols, he...

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Feb. 11, 2022

Whenever you hear the phrase handwriting on the wall, you know that whatever is written, whether it is good or bad, is about to happen. Today, we will see that that phrase originated in the Bible. Moreover, we will see that when God is the One doing the writing,...

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Feb. 10, 2022

Nebuchadnezzar learned that the LORD God of Israel has sovereign control in the affairs of men. Today’s passage also reveals that God has provided a path that leads from pride and hell to God’s kingdom and eternal life. To get on that path to life, one must become...

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Feb. 9, 2022

Scripture says that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men. Few truths of Scripture disturb control-freak sinners more than that one. Another such truth is that one must believe that salvation is only through Jesus Christ, and one must repent and walk worthy of Him...

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Feb. 8, 2022

How would you answer this question: Who is in control of the affairs and events on planet earth, including your own life? Scripture tells us that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and He gives it to whomsoever He wills. Nebuchadnezzar had to go through a...

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Feb. 7, 2022

When faced with a decision to obey a king’s command or God’s Law, three Jewish captives chose the latter. They had purposed to serve God and not an idol. After the king threw them into a fiery furnace for disobeying him, Jesus came to them and delivered them. They...

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Feb. 4, 2022

In today’s study, three Jewish captives must make a life-or-death decision. If they take the easy road and forsake God’s commandments against idolatry, they would avoid immediate danger, but they might jeopardize their eternal relationship with God. However, if they...

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Feb. 3, 2022

Daniel thrived in a culture that was hostile to his beliefs. There is nothing mysterious about how he was able to do that: He lived a life that was bathed in prayer, commitment, and discipline. He expected to hear God, and God spoke powerfully in and through his life....

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Feb. 2, 2022

The book of Daniel provides insights for Christians that will help them to thrive in an ungodly world, not just survive. Daniel never reacted wildly or negatively to the continuous hostility that he faced. He was purposeful, humble, and confident in his God,...

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Feb. 1, 2022

Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the pagan practices of the Babylonians. Have you purposed in your heart to cleave unto the Lord today? Are you using the gifts that God has given you to glorify Him and serve the Body of Christ? Please open your...

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Jan. 31, 2022

The kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world are the only real kingdoms on our planet. Followers of the true and living God have always been a counter-culture people. Daniel lived with an excellent spirit in the midst of a culture that was theologically, morally,...

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Jan. 28, 2022

Today, we begin our study of the Old-Testament book of Daniel, which is one of the most important prophetic books of Scripture. Understanding how biblical prophecy should be applied to our lives today is often overlooked. Please open your Bible to Daniel chapter one,...

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Jan. 27, 2022

Jesus is coming back for His Bride. This event, sometimes called the Rapture, is a certain future event, but no one knows when it will happen. Are you excited about this? More importantly, are you ready for Jesus to return? Please open your Bible to Second Peter...

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Jan, 26, 2022

When the day of the Lord does come, it will be unexpected like a thief in the night. A mighty conflagration will dissolve the heavens and the earth with all its works. In anticipation of such things, Peter wanted Christians to focus on holy conduct and godliness,...

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Jan. 25, 2022

Peter reminded his readers to heed God’s word, especially as it relates to the promise of Jesus’ coming. Scoffers forget that God’s word, which tells of a future judgment by fire, is the same word that warned about the flood that destroyed the world. Any delay should...

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Jan. 24, 2022

Most false teachers resemble Balaam, whom the king of Midian hired to curse Israel. They falsely pose as spokesmen for God, and they often induce others to sin. However, it is their use of the ministry to enrich themselves that motivates most false teachers. Please...

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Jan. 20, 2022

The Old Testament contains examples of God judging men and angels for falling away from Him. God wanted his judgments on fallen angels, antedilivian people, and the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah to discourage others from living ungodly lifestyles. Fortunately,...

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Jan. 19, 2022

False teachers tend to be greedy. Many have chosen the ministry as a lucrative profession, seeking to build a large following so that they could become wealthy. Camouflaging heretical teachings and corrupt morals by lifting words of Scripture out of context, they...

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Jan. 18, 2022

Using a pretense of broadening the appeal of the Gospel, false teachers downplay biblical standards of morality and make things like health, wealth, and prosperity more important to their followers than holiness, obedience, and service to God. Such behaviors by...

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Jan. 17, 2022

After Peter wrote of prophets of the Old Testament that spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them, he then began to discuss false prophets and false teachers that had already begun to plague the Church. These masters of deception use biblical terms and orthodox...

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Jan. 14, 2022

What Peter, James, and John saw on the Mount of Transfiguration did not set aside the prophecies of the Old Testament, rather, it confirmed them. All Scripture originated with God, not man. As such, the word of the prophets, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is sure and...

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Jan. 13, 2022

When Peter wrote his second epistle, he knew that his death was near. This gave him added impetus to care for the spiritual needs of God’s people with his remaining time. He described his imminent death as laying aside his earthly tent. Since we do not know when Jesus...

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Jan. 12, 2022

As Christians, we know that it is only by faith in Jesus that we gain entrance into His everlasting kingdom. Nevertheless, even though we are established in the truth, it is important that the truth be constantly repeated and reinforced by our pastors and teachers,...

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Jan. 11, 2022

Why did our Heavenly Father send His Son to earth? The short answer is this: He loves the people that He created. Please open your Bible to John chapter three, verse sixteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola discusses eleven aspects of God’s redeeming love.

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Jan. 10, 2022

Why did our Heavenly Father send His Son to earth? The short answer is this: He loves the people that He created. Please open your Bible to John chapter three, verse sixteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola discusses eleven aspects of God’s redeeming love.

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Jan. 21, 2022

According to Scripture, there are only two kinds of people: just or unjust, righteous or unrighteous, or, using animals as examples, sheep and pigs. It is only when a person gives their heart to God and allows Him to guide our actions and decisions can a person become...

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Jan. 7. 2022

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a self-improvement plan. The Bible is not a self-help text. When a person is born again, God transforms them into new creatures; He does not merely patch up the damaged goods. God does everything for us; all we can do is agree with...

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Jan. 6, 2022

True Christians should have a desire to spend time with Jesus, reading His word, praying, and fellowshipping with other believers. As we do, we should begin to take on His characteristics. As Peter wrote, we should become partakers of His divine nature. Please open...

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Jan. 5, 2022

Peter opened his second general epistle by first stating that he was a bondservant of Jesus Christ before mentioning his apostleship. He humbly recognized that he was first and foremost a servant by choice and an Apostle by divine appointment. We too must recognize...

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Jan. 4, 2022

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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Jan. 3, 2022

Three of the greatest dangers to unity within the body of Christ are strife, selfish ambition, and pride. To overcome these obtacles to unity, we must have the mind of Christ. He humbled Himself to become a lowly but perfect man to die on the cross for our sins. He...

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