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Theocracy Not Democracy

September 25, 2021

Theocracy Not Democracy

1 Samuel 12:12-13 (KJV) And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king. Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.

Theocracy is when appointed priests rule in the name of God.  This kind ...

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Corrupt Messengers

September 24, 2021

Corrupt Messengers

Jeremiah 23:16-17 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come ...

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A Prophet Raised Up

September 23, 2021

A Prophet Raised Up

Acts 3:20-22 (KJV) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things ...

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Prophecies and Prophets

September 22, 2021

Prophecies and Prophets

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (KJV) The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And ...

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New Leadership

September 21, 2021

New Leadership

Exodus 1:7-8 (KJV) And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

Egypt enjoyed Joseph’s leadership, and because of his headship, and most of all, favor from God, the land was richly blessed.  God’s richness came to the people even in a time of severe drought throughout the land, for God ...

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Grieving Parents

September 20, 2021

Grieving Parents

Genesis 26:34-35 (KJV) And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

Raising a family in ancient times or today is hard, indeed.  There is plenty of opportunity for letdowns, friction, and disappointments, along with the many blessings and camaraderie found in family relations.  Not a parent will say that ...

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Some Distinctive Traits Of The Antichrist

September 19, 2021

Some Distinctive Traits Of The Antichrist

Daniel 11:37 (KJV) Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

This verse, and others neighboring in the eleventh chapter taken from the book of Daniel, describe some unique character traits of the antichrist.  These attributes are descriptive prophecies concerning the antichrist’s coming and how he will sway much of the world with his brand of dark ...

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God Knows The Intent of Hearts

September 18, 2021

God Knows The Intent of Hearts

Revelation 3:15-16 (KJV) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

God realizes the intention of every heart.  Here, in these verses above, Jesus is speaking to the lukewarm churches in the end time.  He gives a clear warning about the state of heart at ...

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Rightly Rewarded

September 17, 2021

Rightly Rewarded

Isaiah 3:11 (KJV) Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

If a person reads only the title to this devotion without reading the scripture above, they may think it concerns God’s rewards for right living.  However, this scripture from the book of Isaiah is speaking about rewards given for riotous living.  Righteous living and wild living are something quite altogether different, and each provides its ...

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God Gets Right To The Point

September 16, 2021

God Gets Right To The Point

Psalm 9:17 (KJV) The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Maybe you look around at the state of our nation and our world and sigh, knowing that evil and corruption are quickly plummeting the quality of life in this world.  Perhaps you face these troubles with trepidation and fear and yet are not moved to do your part in sowing seeds of the gospel message.  Maybe you ...

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