Pray Toward the Temple, Part Two

“When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, in the way that You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city that You have chosen and the house that I have built for Your name, then hear from heaven their prayer and plea and act for their cause.2 Chronicles 6:34–35 …

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Pray Toward the Temple, Part One

And he said:“O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like You in the heavens or on the earth, who keeps covenants and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their heart. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father. You have both spoken with Your mouth and …

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The Two-Fold Atonement

If Christ is not raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.1 Corinthians 15:17 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Paul makes a surprising claim. If Jesus Christ is not risen and alive, we Christians are still in our sins. Wait, what about that hymn, "What can …

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The Reality of Hell (Reprise)

Therefore if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life lame or maimed than having two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw …

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Especially to Those Who Believe

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.1 Timothy 4:10 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Sometimes, Scripture is very precise in what is being said. Many times, that …

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The Second Chance

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, the great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”Jonah 3:1–2 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Our friend Jonah, after reckoning himself as good as dead—ran away from God's …

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Taking Every Thought Captive

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.2 Corinthians 10:3 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) We live in a time of great technology, reason, and medical advances. Our modern lives are overflowing with information and ideas. Yet many of us are caught …

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Don’t Run and Hide

Am I a God who is near, says the Lord, and not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I do not see him? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.Jeremiah 23:23–24 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, …

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