Isaiah 9: Galilee

Isaiah 9:1 (MEV): Nevertheless there shall be no more gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time He contemptuously treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the …

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A Word About Justification

Words mean things. Let’s look at one. Justification: Dictionary.com defines justification as “a reason, fact, circumstance, or explanation that justifies or defends(.)” It is the noun form of the word justify. Justify is defined as “to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit(.)” With that knowledge, let’s apply that to what Paul says. Romans 5:8–11 (MEV): …

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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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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 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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