Proverbs 12:22

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  • July 17, 2020

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight. Proverbs 12:22 An understanding of honesty begins with recognizing that God—our ultimate example—is truth (Deut. 32:4) and that He cannot lie (Num. 23:19; Heb. 6:18). Also, He hates falsehood (Prov. 6:16-19). Beyond that, all lies have as their originator Satan himself (John 8:44). For our part, we can use these Scriptures as our guide: “A righteous man hates lying” (Prov. 13:5); love rejoices in truth (1 Cor. 13:6); lying is part of the old nature (Col. 3:9); growth means setting aside deceit (1 Peter 2:1); […]

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Romans 5:8

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  • July 15, 2020

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 Centuries ago, Jesus took our place, becoming our substitute. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” So profound is the meaning of that act that scholars have struggled to explain its mystery. The Bible teaches that God loves us but must uphold His perfect justice by punishing us for our sin. As part of His plan to redeem us, He sent His Son Jesus to become a […]

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Genesis 8:22

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  • July 12, 2020

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 The beauty of springtime flowers and the regular changing of the seasons reminds us of God’s faithfulness. When Noah and his family and the animals came out of the ark after the flood waters receded, God gave them this promise: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). And He’s been faithful to keep that promise ever since. God “made the worlds,” and He […]

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Matthew 24:44

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  • July 10, 2020

You also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  Matthew 24:44 Ever since Jesus left this earth, people have tried to interpret history in the light of prophecy and predict the day of His return. After centuries of unsuccessful date-setting, many well-meaning believers have been surprised—and disillusioned—on the day after they were supposed to be gone. When Jesus told His disciples about His second coming, He said that only God the Father knew the day and hour (Matthew 24:36). Jesus gave many details about the time, but one practical truth stands […]

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Proverbs 27:2

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  • July 8, 2020

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2 A frog was wondering how he could get away from the cold winter climate. Some wild geese suggested that he migrate with them. The problem, though, was that the frog couldn’t fly.“Just leave it to me,” said the frog. “I’ve got a splendid brain.” He thought about it and then asked two geese to help him by picking up a strong reed, each holding one end. The frog planned to hold on to the reed with his mouth. In due time […]

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Isaiah 40:8

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  • July 6, 2020

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 When Gutenberg finished his press, the first book he printed was the Bible. That single event would eventually make the Bible by far the most widely distributed book in the world! Prior to 1455, it had been preserved by making meticulous one-at-a-time copies, but since then the Bible has been mass-produced. Why has this one book attracted so much attention? Why was it Gutenberg’s first choice? And why are millions still printed every year? It’s simple—the Bible is a supernatural book, the written revelation […]

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Jeremiah 6:16

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  • July 3, 2020

Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16 You may have heard the saying, “The past is supposed to be a guidepost, not a hitching post.” It’s easy to become tied to memories of “the good old days” instead of using our experiences to find direction for the road ahead. We are all susceptible to the paralyzing effects of nostalgia—a longing for what used […]

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John 11:49-50

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  • June 30, 2020

And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,  “nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”   John 11:49-50 Caiaphas the high priest unknowingly spoke prophetically about Jesus when he said it would be better for one man to die than for the whole nation to perish (Jn. 11:50-52). This reminds me of an all-but-forgotten truth: When on the cross Jesus took the penalty we deserved, He put the welfare of others ahead […]

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Romans 1:3-4

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  • June 27, 2020

concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.     Romans 1:3-4 As Jesus faced death 2,000 years ago, many people mocked the idea that He was anyone special. “They put up over His head the accusation written against Him: ‘THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS’ ” (Matt. 27:37). Those who said, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself!” (v.40) […]

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Psalm 72:16

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  • June 25, 2020

There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, On the top of the mountains; Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.Psalm 72:16 Solomon, who wrote Psalm 72, asked God for “an abundance of grain . . . on the top of the mountains,” to characterize his reign as king. If grain on the mountain is so unusual, what is Solomon suggesting? That God’s power can produce results in even the most unpromising soil? Perhaps you think of yourself as a little person, with very little to bring […]

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