Why Not if There’s Safety and Security Today?

Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” And he said, “Why not, if there is peace and security in my days?” 2 Kings 20:19 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) This is just one verse at the end of a long …

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Making Faith my Own

Begging for a bit of indulgence to deviate slightly in order to demonstrate a life lesson. I met a young woman named Dinah this weekend. She was with an older friend and coworker named Byron. I had the opportunity to hear both of their testimonies before they were baptized. Dinah spoke of a sort of …

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Deceit and Usury

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?”And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:13 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) That word deceived. It is the Hebrew word nasha (Strong’s H5377.) The King James Version translates that verb to beguile. …

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Righteousness by Law-keeping Does Not Compare to Righteousness Which is of God

For we are the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit, and boast in Christ Jesus, and place no trust in the flesh, though I also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has reason to trust in the flesh, I have more: I was circumcised the eighth day, of the …

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Humility, Unity and Confidence

The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, …

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God Asks Questions

Genesis 16:7–8 (MEV): The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness. It was the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?”And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” …

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The King of Nineveh

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself in sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he made a proclamation in Nineveh:“By decree of the king and his nobles:No man or animal, no herd or flock, shall taste anything. They shall not eat or drink water. …

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The Debt, and the Perfect Satisfaction

Way back at the beginning, we have the short account of Adam and Eve. God made both of them and placed them in His garden to tend it. They were welcome to eat of every tree in the garden save one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As the account goes, the …

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Sarah Laughs to Herself

They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”And he said, “There, in the tent.”One of them said, “I will certainly return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:9–10 — Modern English Version (Thinline …

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The Parable of the Sower

When a large crowd had gathered together and people were coming to Him from every city, He told this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on a rock. And as …

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