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The Lazy Person In Proverbs

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In the book of Proverbs, the characteristics of a lazy person are thoroughly described. In this short article, let us look at ten of them, make relative comments, and then make a personal spiritual application.

Spiritual Characteristics Of The Lord's Church

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In Revelation 2:1-29; Revelation 3:1-22, Christ “commends” some congregations and “condemns” others. A consideration of these commendations and condemnations lead us to the conclusion that our Lord desires the following spiritual characteristics of His church:

Daniel's Prophecy Of The 70 Weeks

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Brother Wayne Jackson, editor of the online publication, Christian Courier, has written an excellent article/commentary on Daniel 9:24-27Daniel's Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

A Question Regarding 2 Chronicles 34:2

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An individual once asked, “From 2 Chronicles 34:2, can you please explain what is meant by the phrase, “he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left”?

Can The Children Of God Be Disinherited?

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An individual once asked, “Does Numbers 14:10-12 teach that children of God can be disinherited contrary to the Calvinist teaching of “once saved always saved?” Answer: Yes, it certainly does, but let us expand on this answer.

The Difficulty Of Having Riches And Serving The Lord

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An individual once asked, “In Matthew 19:23-24, we know that Jesus is not talking about the impossibility of a rich person entering the kingdom of God, because we have the example of faithful Abraham being a wealthy man (Genesis 13:2) and yet “he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23; cf. 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8). With the above thoughts in mind, can you please explain to us in today’s vernacular what Jesus was saying to his disciples regarding riches in Matthew 19:23-26?”

By What Means Can We Know That God Exists?

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A querist asks, “By what means can we know that God exists and thus come to know and understand Him?"

Christians Are Spiritual Mail Carriers

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When a certified letter is delivered to our door, it usually means we are receiving a very important document. According to several Bible scholars, Phoebe may have been the faithful servant who hand-delivered Paul’s inspired letter to the church in Rome. The letter points out how a lost and sinful humanity can find redemption through an obedient faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 4:1-25).

Is The Bible Really The Word Of God?

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Throughout the centuries, various skeptics (see here & here) have sought to discredit the Bible as the Word of God. Let us ask ourselves this question: “How can we be certain that the Bible is really the Word of God?”

Jesus -- Our Advocate, Intercessor, And Mediator

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The New Testament teaches that Christ is our advocate, intercessor and mediator (cf. 1 John 2:1; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Timothy 2:5). To better understand how our Lord functions in these roles, let us use the example of a general practitioner:

Listening For The Voice Of God

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The popularity of personal digital music players in recent years, has resulted in concerns about hearing loss. In fact, the design of the music players and their earphones has been the target of complaints and lawsuits. Long-term exposure to music at a high volume has been shown to cause serious hearing impairment. It’s a fact that too much hearing can result in our inability to hear.

An Informative Article Regarding "Transgenderism"

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Brother Weylan Deaver, preacher for the Sherman Drive congregation, has written a very informative article entitled, "Transgenderism" and the Bible."

Let's Completely Surrender To Jesus!

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When Japanese General Yoshijiro Umezu came into the presence of General Douglas MacArthur, on board the battleship Missouri to sign the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, 1945, he extended his hand. It was reported that General MacArthur clasped his hands behind him and said very firmly, “Your sword, Sir.” General Umezu unsheathed his sword and handed it to General MacArthur.

Acts 5:21 -- A Question

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An individual once asked, “Looking at Acts 5:21 KJV, what individuals made up the “council” and the “senate of the children of Israel?”

Christians Are Just Simple Scribes

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There seems to be consensus in the religious world that our Lord’s “Sermon on the Mount” is one of the hallmarks of Christianity. As part of His plain teaching regarding the kingdom (Matthew 4:17; Matthew 4:23-25; Matthew 5:2-3), He sets forth the unique characteristics of Christians, setting them apart from the world and other world religions. After concluding His great sermon, Matthew records these words:

Considering The Interests Of Others First

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In the giving of ourselves to others (including our time, talents, money, etc.), we make known to them the essence of Jesus’ character, for it has always been His nature to think more about others than Himself (cf. Matthew 20:28; John 15:13; Romans 5:7-8; Ephesians 5:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8).

Let's Not Ignore God!

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As a Bible class teacher, I’ve often thought how terrible it would be to stand up in front of a classroom of Bible students and have no one pay attention — to talk and have no one listen, to give instructions regarding Bible study assignments, and the students ignore them.

1 Corinthians 11:24 -- A Question

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An individual once asked, In 1 Corinthians 11:24 KJV the word, “broken” is omitted in other Bible versions (ASV, ESV, NKJV, NASV, RSV).

A Question Regarding Homeless People

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An individual once asked, “Could you show me a scripture in the Bible where it talks about homeless people, and why people become homeless?”

Committing Acts Of Selfless Sacrifice

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A few years ago, as my late wife and I were walking to our car after finishing a hearty meal at one of our local restaurants, a man approached us asking for money. He told us that he was a Vietnam veteran and that he and his family needed gas to successfully reach the home of their relatives who lived in Arizona. As he and I were conversing, I noticed the sincere look of need and necessity in his eyes, gave him some money, and told him we would pray for him and his family.

Simple New Testament Christianity

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There are two views in the religious world regarding the church. One view is that the church is simply a conglomerate, composed of all folks who believe in Christ, regardless of which denominational body to which they belong. The other view maintains that while the church is composed of every saved person on earth, only those who have complied with what the New Testament requires are in fact saved (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 1 Timothy 4:16).

What Was the Urim And The Thummim?

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An individual once asked, “In your study of the Bible, can you please explain (in simple terms) the operation and purpose of the Urim and the Thummim that the high priest (Aaron) was required to wear when he entered into the holy place (Exodus 28:29-30).

Falling Short And Missing The Target

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After observing the Dallas Cowboy football team for many years, I’ve grown sympathetic at their seemingly inability to score a touchdown when they have the football close to the goal line. There’s an element of “rooting for the underdog” in my compassion for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Fullness Of True Life

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Sir Francis Bacon once said, “I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death” (source). Woody Allen was heard to say, “I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens” (source).

Two Characteristics Of A Successful Church

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What makes a church successful? A big turnout on Sunday morning? A multimillion-dollar budget? A state-of-the-art building?

The Great Feeling That Forgiveness Brings

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We all know the feeling. We’ve said or done something hurtful to someone we love dearly. The words come back echoing in our mind — we would do almost anything to be able to reach back and snatch them from the air — but we can’t. The image of the deed haunts our every waking moment.

God And The Principle Of Specifics

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In the Old Testament, God revealed to Moses the colors of blue, purple and scarlet as His colors of choice for articles in the temple and the dress of Aaron (Exodus 28:1-12). He also specified blue as the color for the loops (Exodus 26:4), the color for Aaron’s robe that covered the ephod, and the lace that bound the breastplate (Exodus 28:31,37).

Satan -- A Keen Observer Of The Human Condition

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Sometimes we give Satan more credit than he deserves for knowing exactly how to tempt us — when, and with what devices. No passage of Scripture suggests to us that Satan can read our minds or know what is in our hearts. Only God has such insight (cf. Psalm 44:21; Psalm 51:6; Psalm 90:8; Psalm 139:1-4; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Hebrews 4:13).

Only Time Will Tell

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A survey was once taken asking employers what makes a good apprentice. Their response was that they seek to hire “someone who wants to learn.” In the Bible, we see a good example of an apprentice in Joshua. We usually remember Joshua for marching around the wall of Jericho (Joshua 6; cf. Hebrews 11:30), but he also had some important responsibilities as a "spy" (Numbers 13:16) and as a warrior (Exodus 17:10).

Sent To Awaken The Conscience

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In the 8th century BC, amid personal and national injustice, the prophet Isaiah was used by God to awaken the conscience of His people. Their convenient spirituality had led them to violence and insensitivity toward their fellow human beings (Isaiah 57).

"Will He Really Find Faith On The Earth?"

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Man has always planned elaborate schemes of his own wisdom to plot out his own salvation, but God says: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent” (1 Corinthians 1:19; cf. Isaiah 29:14).

Proclaiming The Undiluted Gospel Of Christ

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Preachers in generations past used to conclude every sermon or article with a strong warning against drifting away from "the faith" (cf. Jude 1:3). They had a profound love for God’s truth (John 17:17; Ephesians 4:21), and they guarded against being “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14).

Entering God's Classroom

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As a substitute teacher/librarian in our public schools and a Bible class instructor, I have observed that learning is a cooperative effort between the student and the instructor. This is why teachers try to get their students involved in class participation. The teacher has to do some preparation work, and the student has to do some preparation work. Together, progress is made and education occurs.

Let's Give Our Best!

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Paul once told the brethren in Corinth that they should  “earnestly desire the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). They were guilty of desiring less than the best when they wanted to speak in tongues. Paul explained to them that speaking in tongues was inferior to the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:18-25) and that love was superior to all spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). He was saying that when an individual desires less than the best for the Lord’s cause, he has missed the mark.

"The Greatest"

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When Mohammed Ali was at the height of his boxing career, he was often called “The Greatest” — referring to the fact that he was considered by many, the greatest fighter in the history of boxing. But, have we ever considered what John 3:16 KJV is telling us with regard to greatness? Let’s notice each word and phrase in this beloved text and then see who “The Greatest” really is:

The Kind Of Doctrine We Believe Does Matter!

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For the past few years, the book entitled, “The Purpose Driven Life” by author Rick Warren, has been extremely popular in the religious world. While the premise and purpose of the book is a good one, much religious error is propagated throughout its pages. It is not a book that should be read or studied by those who do not have a good grounding in the Scriptures, as they may be easily misled.

Components In Conversion -- A Question

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A querist asks, “In the book of Acts, we see several accounts of conversion that are recorded. Some people think that ‘just getting wet’ [baptism] is all there is to conversion. In addition to baptism, can you please describe some other components in conversion?”

Emphasizing The Church Of The New Testament

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One of the most important topics found in Holy Writ is the prophecy and establishment of the Lord’s church (cf. Isaiah 2:1-3; Luke 24:47-49; Acts 1:8; Acts 2; Acts 8:1-6; Acts 10). The importance and function of the Lord’s church cannot be overemphasized.

By What Authority?

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In matters pertaining to religion, God has given Christ “all authority” (Matthew 28:18; cf. John 14:6; Acts 4:12). When the authority of Christ is ignored or usurped by men, confusion reigns and apostasy is the result.

Some Thoughts Regarding Spiritual Nepotism

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In recent years, the term “nepotism” has come to be seen as favoritism shown to any relative, usually in disregard of merit, ethics, or even law itself. In short, it is the practice of giving priority to relatives over things that are right — favoring family over God (cf. Matthew 10:37).

Men And Money Make Strange Bedfellows!

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After reading this very interesting story in Vanity Fair about the late actor, Paul Newman, and his family estate will, the following three scriptures immediately came to my mind:

A Question Regarding Luke 14:26

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An individual once asked, “I’m puzzled about Christ’s requirement in Luke 14:26 to hate our families and even our own selves in order to be His disciple. Other passages in the New Testament tell me that we are to love ourselves, our wives and one another. Can you please explain to me what the Lord is teaching in this passage?”

Praise God That We Can "Press Toward The Mark"

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There are many spiritual blessings that we have “in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3) — so many, in fact, that much paper and ink would be required to list and reflect on them. But in all of these blessings, isn’t it a blessing that God made us with the ability to praise Him! (Psalm 146:1-2; Psalm 147:1; Psalm 148:1; Psalm 150:1-2; Psalm 150:6).

Having An Overwhelming Sense Of Our Sins

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2 Samuel 24 records the sin of David in numbering the fighting men of Israel and Judah. The “counting” itself was not wrong because earlier in Israel’s history, God had ordered the numbering of the people (cf. Numbers 1:1-2), But there was a sinful motive involved in David’s census — Satan moved David to the task (1 Chronicles 21:1), and God used the occasion to punish Israel (2 Samuel 24:1).

Summarizing The Christian Life

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In his first letter to the Corinthian brethren, the apostle Paul calls them (and us) to live a watchful, committed, courageous, competent and charitable life:

The Key To The Preacher's Work

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The preacher’s area of responsibility is a mystery to some brethren, even though the visible activities in which he is involved, are easy to understand. For example, he delivers a message from God’s word on Lord’s Day morning, evening, and teaches Bible classes at other designated times. And most folks understand that these godly endeavors require substantial periods of preparation.

"The Gift Of Self-Indulgence"

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Several years ago, there was an upscale London department store that advertised a new gift card with this interesting slogan found beneath the card: “The Gift of Self-Indulgence.” Throughout the store, signs, slogans, and even name tags called attention to the cards — and according to one employee, sales of the gift cards during the first weeks of the promotion had been very strong, far exceeding company expectations (not unusual considering the slogan beneath the gift card!).

"Without Me You Can Do Nothing"

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On the night of His betrayal, our Lord spoke the following words to His apostles: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5).

Getting To Know God

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There are at least three components in getting to know someone: (1) What we say about ourselves; (2) What others say about us; (3) What we’ve done in our life.

Striving To Become "Veterans"

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The dictionary defines “veteran” as: “A person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like; a person who has served in a military force, esp. one who has fought in a war; experienced through long service or practice; having served for a long period: a veteran member of congress.”

The Backslider's Calendar

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The backslider’s calendar is a result of the many excuses some members give for not attending the worship services of the church. Our Lord had to deal with folks who gave Him some lame excuses as well (Matthew 8:18-22; Luke 9:57-62; Luke 14:15-20). Sad to say, people haven’t changed too much since then.

A Look At Legalists And Liberals

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When the Greeks tried to impose their customs on the Jews in the time of the Maccabees (see also ISBE), many of them were ready to conform, but others refused, insisting on strict obedience to the law of Moses.

The Tongue And Fire

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A crew of workmen labor for several months to build a house. When completed, it houses not only a family, but represents a sizable investment. However, if someone forgets to put a cigarette out, and something catches fire, that fire can completely consume that house in short order.

God Has Given Us A "T.A.D."

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Do you know that God has given each one of us a “T.A.D.”? “What in the world is a T.A.D” you ask? God has given each one of us Time, Abilities, and Dollars — a “T.A.D” if you will.

7 Things Wealthy People Do Every Weekend

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Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead from Within, a global consultancy firm, offers us 16 nuggets of wisdom that we as Christians can make application of, as well as seven habits that super successful people engage in that becomes an integral part of their everyday living.

Do We Struggle With Facing Death?

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By dropping by our local cemetery and reading the dates etched on the tombstones, we know that our demise will shortly come to pass (Hebrews 9:27; James 4:14; cf. Job 7:6-7; Psalm 78:39) — death is not an event that one should take lightly (2 Kings 20:1-6; Ecclesiastes 2:12-23; Luke 12:13-21).

A Look At "The" Eternal Flame

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In close proximity to President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, is an eternal flame — one of several eternal flames seen at various locations around the world. The only thing wrong with these “eternal” flames, is they are not eternal.

"I Will Never Forget Your Precepts"

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The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 (see video) has been called the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. The ancient manuscripts hidden in the caves near Qumran are the oldest known copies of key Old Testament books (see video).

The Phrase, "To Fill Up The Measure Of Their Sins"

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An individual once asked, “In 1 Thessalonians 2:10-16, Paul is talking about the disobedient Jews of that day and time, who were always stirring up the people in opposition to the apostles’ teaching of the gospel. In 1 Thessalonians 2:16, Paul says that those persecuting Jews are speaking against the Gentile brethren “to fill up the measure of their sins.” What does this phrase mean?”

A Call To Repent

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From Christian Post writer Lillian Kwon, comes this article headline: “Southern Baptists Called to Repent, Grip Reality of  Lostness.” Ronnie Floyd, chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, says that Southern Baptists need to repent of their pride, boasting and disunity, and return to God and His vision.

Evolution As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Monkey

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Over the space of many years, evolutionists have contended for a theory that is not provable, either by true scientific evidence or by biblical evidence. Volumes of books have been written to emphasize this point. The most significant piece of evidence that this writer has ever seen, comes in the form of a simple poem that has appeared in many Christian publications in years past.

Zedekiah -- A Man Unable To Outrun God's Punishment

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The sad end of the earthly throne of the house of David was accomplished by the siege and fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C. The last descendant of David to rule as a king of a physical nation was Zedekiah. He was a young and wicked man (Jeremiah 52:1-2).

A Debt We Owe

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Among the numerous responsibilities in life, the one which demands the attention of every Christian, is the responsibility to love one another. Jesus commanded it (John 13:34) and God said it would become an identifying trait of a Christian (John 13:35).

The Awesome Ruler Of Sea And Sky

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Having visited South Padre Island (see video) several times, my late wife and I immensely enjoyed viewing the Gulf of Mexico, experiencing the sand between our toes as we walked along its beaches. In the aftermath of recent hurricanes, it seemed the water took on an ominous dark blue color, nearly indigo against the bright morning sky. The inkiness stretches out against the horizon, as far as the eye can see.

On Being Humble And Lowly

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The Lord reserves a special place in His heart for those who are humble and lowly (Psalm 138:6; cf. Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6-7). Those He deems lowly, are not necessarily folks who are standing on street corners begging for a handout; nor or they the ones pushing grocery carts all over town.

The Centurian's Great Faith

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The Roman army is a study in efficient leadership. During the time of our Lord, there were 25 legions in the Roman army. Ordinarily each legion consisted of 6,000 men. Those men were divided into 10 cohorts. Each cohort contained 3 maniples, and each maniple contained 2 centuries. In each province the governor was the commander-in-chief of all the troops within his jurisdiction.

Living Successfully In Perilous Times

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Every day, we read horrifying news stories regarding man’s inhumanity to man. For example, in New York City, a policeman was stomped on and hurt badly after being knocked off his scooter. And we’ve all seen on television, protesters, not only with foul language on their shirts, but issuing it out of their mouths as well. Thus Christians should not be surprised when our fellow man behaves so badly. Paul spoke about this kind of environment when he spoke of it happening in the “last days”:

Biblical Faith And Evidence

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In Hebrews 11:1, the Hebrew writer gives us not so much a definition of what constitutes faith as a description of what faith does in the lives of men in the verses following (cf. Galations 5:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:10; James 2:24). New Testament Christianity is a religion of “faith” (Romans 10:17).

Dealing With Criticism

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In our world, no one is able to entirely escape criticism. And often times, our careers, emotional stability, and even our very happiness depend upon how we react to it. Criticism should be viewed in a positive way, for it gives us the opportunity for growth.

Comparing The Rich Ruler And Zacchaeus

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The following are some "similarities" between the rich ruler and Zacchaeus:

"Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment"

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A mother once sought the pardon of her son from the Emperor Napoleon. Napoleon said that it was the boy’s second offense, and justice demanded his death.

Heeding The Warnings Of Christ's Return

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The attack on Pearl Harbor (see videos & documentary) demonstrated the fact that not only was our military caught off-guard, but the whole nation as well. In their satisfaction with the trivia of everyday living, nearly everyone ignored all of the evidence that an attack was coming, and thus the people were astonished when the attack came.

On Casting Our Pearls Before Swine

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After condemning those who would find fault in judging others, not seeing their own faults (Matthew 7:1-5), our Lord said:

Lest I Forget

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As we grow older, forgetfulness somehow happens to us all. And while our occasional lapses of memory may be amusing or annoying (a senior moment!), a lack of memory toward God can be spiritually disastrous.

"I'll Just Keep Trying to Please The Lord!"

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The following rhythmic verses by an unknown author are offered as an encouragement to faithful preachers worldwide:

The "Best" Position For Prayer

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Three people were once talking about the “best” position for prayer. One thought it was important to
hold one’s hands together as he prayed. The second advocated that prayer was best when one was kneeling. The third insisted that standing was a suitable position.

On "The Best Laid Schemes"

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Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, once penned the now-familiar saying, “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley” (source). In today’s English, we would simply say that our best laid plans, “often go awry.” Mr. Burns correctly observed that the things we plan, don’t always turn out the “way” we plan.

Nine "Nots" Of Romans 12

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Brother John Henson, preacher for the Grande Blanc congregation, provides us with nine “nots” of the transformed life in Romans 12.

Predestination Revisited

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Paul wrote to the Ephesian brethren regarding our being predestined: “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself” (Ephesians 1:4-5).

What About Tattoos?

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Many folks today are getting tattoos for various and sundry reasons. Some are even putting them all over their body in order to make some dramatic statement about themselves, or as a motivator for other people to notice them.

On Losing Our First Love

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When people first become Christians, they usually are very excited about being saved. They want to go out and teach the whole world. They are burning with zeal. They love the Lord and want to share Him with everyone (cf. Acts 9:17-22).

Want A Recipe For Life?

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My grandmother kept quite a few recipes, and at her death, I inherited them. As I was going through
them one day, I found the following unique recipe called “Recipe For Life” (I’ve added appropriate Scriptures to the ingredients).

On Biting And Devouring One Another

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The fact of one snake eating another snake is well known in the zoological world. Reptiles will sometimes grab different ends of the same piece of food. Sooner or later their struggle for that last bite brings them nose to nose.

Let's Follow God's Plan For The Family!

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From the New Yorker comes this headline:  “Red Sex, Blue Sex – Why Do So Many Evangelical Teen-Agers Become Pregnant?

Not Seeing, Yet Believing

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We have murmured that we have prayed and did not receive. We have given generously and we are not in adversity. We were faithful to attend the worship services regularly, but landed in a hospital anyway. We have craved joy and peace, but now we are despondent.

The 6 Most Common Complaints Men Have About Marriage

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According to this Huffington Post article, the following are the 6 most common complaints men have about marriage:

"Spending Our Years As A Tale That Is Told"

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Looking back upon the lives of God’s “heroes” in Hebrews 11 will make a person think of his own life. “Have I accomplished anything worthwhile?” That question has been reflected in the literature of man for centuries.

Wise Lessons From A Rich Fool

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Jesus taught great moral truths by using great human tragedies. One such episode is His parable concerning “The Rich Fool” in Luke 12:16-21. Like many of us, this man nobly earned an honest living through hard work and toil, but unfortunately, like many of us, he failed to realize that God was the source of his blessings (Acts 14:14-17; cf. Deuteronomy 8:11-20).

The Most Important Freedom Of All

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At the close of an important speech to Congress on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt shared his vision of the kind of world he wanted to see after the war in Europe was over. He spoke of four basic freedoms which should be enjoyed by all people: Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

"The Donald" And The Gospel

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As I look at recent news reports, I'm seeing that Donald Trump, one of several Republican candidates running for the office of President, is gaining popularity, according to a recent presidential poll.

A Look At God's Grace Period

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It’s a good thing that in our local school district libraries where I work, students are given a grace
period before the computer starts charging for overdue books, because in the elementary libraries, the parents of students check out books sometimes by the dozen, and then forget to return them back before the due date.

The Good Salt Of Christian Influence

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How much of the good salt of Christian influence do we have in us? Probably not as much as we should have. Thus, we often need to refresh our memories with our Lord’s precious words:

There's No Smooth Sailing Here!

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Once we resolve to obey God‘s salvation plan, it’s sometimes easy to assume that we‘ll have smooth sailing. When things go smooth, we think this proves that we’re in God’s will. However, if we run into trials (and we will – 1 Peter 1:6-7), we’re apt to conclude that both we and what we’re doing are out of God’s will. Rather than question our measuring stick (God's word), we question our dedication, and sometimes even God.

No Elongated Words -- Just Words Of Encouragement!

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Years ago, there was a very elongated word called “antidisestablishmentarianism” that became popular to use in the high school that I attended. The dictionary defines this word as “the doctrine or political position that opposes the withdrawal of state recognition of an established church.” The definition is almost as difficult as the pronunciation of the term.

Encouraging Words!

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A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.

America Is Not Great

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By his own admission, Matt Walsh "is a blogger, writer, speaker, and professional truth sayer." He is one of the writers for the online publication, The Blase. In his above titled article, he writes:

Thanking God For The Breaths We Take

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Have we ever thought about the fact that we breathe approximately 12 to 18 times per minute (see #44), and those breaths are automatically executed without us even having to think about them? Just think, if we have reached the plateau of 60 years of age (using the 18 times per minute figure), we have taken more than 567 million breaths. And each of those breaths was a measured gift from the hand of God (James 1:17; Acts 17:24-25).

Satanic Principles

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The following above titled article penned by an unknown author in The Sword and Staff publication, Volume 48, Number 3, 2010 issue, lists some things that Satan would have us believe today as implied in his conversation with Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-6).

"If Anyone Will Not Work"

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In looking at the Occupy DC protesters a few years ago, we see people who obviously found labor so wearisome, they thought it must be punishment sent from God. This could not be further from the truth. Even before sin entered the world, God gave Adam and Eve meaningful work to do (Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:15).

Jesus, The Great Gatherer

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Jesus declares Himself to be the great Gatherer. He came first to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He came to His own and His own received Him not, and He said: “How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under his wings, and you would not” (Matthew 23:37). Even Caiaphas, the high priest, prophesied that Jesus should “gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad” (John 11:52). Jesus is the Gatherer of His church, the Ecclesia, the out-called ones. God is not converting the world, but taking out a people for His name (Acts 15:14).

Another Excellent Bible Study Tool

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In one of his articles, brother Michael Hite, (also seen here) VP of Bear Valley Bible Institute, refers folks to a new web site called Bible Geocoding, that has mapped “every identifiable place mentioned in the Bible” using Google Earth and/or Google Maps.

There Will Always Be Detractors

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No matter what we say or what we do, there will always be detractors to provide some form of negativity. The whole design of the detractor is “to take away a part, as from quality, value, or reputation”; “to draw away or divert; distract.”