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The Law Condemns

June 29th, 2019

The Law Condemns

Romans 3:20 (KJB) Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Paul is pointing out to his Jewish audience that the Law of God is not for bringing justice to those who choose to break it.  The Law of God has always been for the express purpose of exposing the presence of sin.  That’s right, God’s law directly points to ...

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An Analogy of a Perpetual Marriage Union

June 28th, 2019

An Analogy of a Perpetual Marriage Union

Romans 7:4 (KJB) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Paul is speaking to an audience of Jewish hearts. He is using an analogy of a marriage union to illustrate to them of a one on one or personal union ...

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Walking Wisely or Worldly

June 27th, 2019

Walking Wisely or Worldly

Proverbs 13:20 (KJB) He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

The direction and desires of our life will either drive us to place faith in God or to destroy us forever.  You see, our walk can only be in one of two directions, walking wisely with God or walking worldly with the god of this world.

These two avenues are in opposing directions.  One trail leads to ...

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Abase and Abound

June 26th, 2019

Abase and Abound

Philippians 4:12-13 (KJB) I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Paul is being candid in this verse.  He learned, often with his feet dangling in the fire, to be content in whatever kind of circumstances he ...

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Preceding Events

June 25th, 2019

Preceding Events

Luke 21:25-28 (KJB) And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power ...

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Abide and God Will Provide

June 24th, 2019

Abide and God Will Provide

John 15:5 (KJB)   I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The vine of a plant is a complex network center for providing and storing essential food and nutrients.  Without this backbone of life every plant would starve and die.  So is the case for each of us for God is the vine ...

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The Thief Deserved to Die

June 23rd, 2019

The Thief Deserved to Die

Luke 23:42-43 (KJB) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Salvation is solely based on unmerited favor with God.  Certainly, this biblical record of how one thief at Calvary came to personally know Jesus Christ with nothing to offer towards his salvation.  There was no work he could ...

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One Criminal Recognized Jesus

June 22nd, 2019

One Criminal Recognized Jesus

Luke 23:39-41 (KJB) And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

A malefactor is an ancient word used in pointing to a criminal.  ...

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From Persecuting to Preaching

June 21st, 2019

From Persecuting to Preaching

Galatians 1:13-16 (KJB) For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 ...

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Zealous About the Law and Lineage

June 20th, 2019

Zealous About the Law and Lineage

Acts 22:3 (KJB) I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

Paul was proud of his heritage.  His credentials were impeccable according to ancient Jewish standards.  Paul was a man with ...

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