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Knowing when to subtract oneself from God’s equation

When God has willed that he will perform a wonderful work through us, there are times he plans to perform that great work according to the experiences, resources, and skills he has allowed to build up in our lives. One example of this is when David had the faith to slay Goliath. Jehovah built up… Continue reading Knowing when to subtract oneself from God’s equation

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Depression is on the rise, but tools to fight it are easy to find

A recent study by Blue Cross Blue Shield has shown that the number of people with health care insurance who are diagnosed with major depression in America is increasing sharply. Although it is increasing across the board, the increase is most significant for women, teens, and millennials. The statistics were measured from 2013-2016 and showed… Continue reading Depression is on the rise, but tools to fight it are easy to find

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How the church body and saints get true blessings

To conclude 2 Corinthians, Paul spoke a special blessing over that church. His blessing them was a final instruction on how they could not only receive the Lord's blessings, but more importantly revealed how they could be a blessing to God, to fellow saints, and to the world. He stated the following: Finally, brethren, farewell.… Continue reading How the church body and saints get true blessings

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Remaining obedient to the heavenly vision

All of us saints have a story to tell that is tied to a vision the Lord gives us. For some of us that vision may have come about by the Lord working through normal, natural channels or circumstances, such as when someone hits rock bottom based on bad choices in life and cries out… Continue reading Remaining obedient to the heavenly vision

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Anointed to be God’s sacred place

Both as individuals and as a group, we saints of God are God's temple--his sacred place. That's something we should remind ourselves of regularly and should be so proud of that we boast in the Lord about to others when the opportunity presents itself. Paul reminded the Corinthians of just how important we are as… Continue reading Anointed to be God’s sacred place

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Your reputation precedes you

Rome. In 60 AD, the approximate year Paul wrote his letter to the Roman believers, the city was the world's seat of power known for its debauchery, pagan rituals, political intrigue with Nero at the helm, and all kinds of corruption. Yet in the midst of all that darkness, here's what Paul said about the… Continue reading Your reputation precedes you

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Passionate authenticity

The time of King Josiah in Judah was a time of revival as he restored the worship of Jehovah to its rightful place in society. However, in the midst of that revival, many Jews still held on to idolatry. The time of great revival was also a time of great hypocrisy. In that seemingly great… Continue reading Passionate authenticity

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Holy Spirit-centered

Toward the end of 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul unleashes what seems to be a string of last minute random statements. Although his statements can be quoted (and often are) as stand-alone phrases, they are all linked together. I'm speaking especially of verses 16-23, which read as follows: 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing… Continue reading Holy Spirit-centered

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Declaring the whole counsel of God

26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts 20 Paul's farewell address to the leaders of the Ephesian church is an excellent example of what we as Christians individually and… Continue reading Declaring the whole counsel of God

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Maintaining righteousness in the midst of wickedness

When the wicked gain strength in any environment, the tendency in that environment will lean towards allowing more wickedness to occur. The lowering of moral standards and looseness in conduct will expand. This is the warning we are taught in Proverbs 29:16 which states, When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall… Continue reading Maintaining righteousness in the midst of wickedness