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“Live It Out!” What Does It Mean To Live God’s Way?

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash “God is the one who enables you both to want at to actually live out his good purposes.” But what does it mean to “live it out” God’s way? Scripture:        1 Kings, chapter 12; 2 Chronicles, chapters 10-11; Philippians, chapter 2 Philippians 2:12-18 (CEB): Therefore, my loved ones, just as you always obey me, not just when I am present but now even more […]

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A Destructive Spiritual Power | My Journey

Photo by T L on Unsplash In Ephesians 2, Paul warns us against “a destructive spiritual power” at work in the world. How can we avoid this destructive power and walk in God’s way? Scripture:        Ecclesiastes, chapters 1-3; Psalm 45; Ephesians, chapter 2 Ephesians 2:1-10 (CEB): At one time you were like a dead person because of the things you did wrong and your offenses against God. You used to […]

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The Mind And The Mouth

Photo by marianne bos on Unsplash Our culture is marked by anger and hatred. Proverbs tells us that there is a connection between the mind and the mouth. What comes out of the mouth reflects what is in our hearts and minds. Scripture:        Proverbs, chapters 10-12; Romans, chapter 10 Proverbs 10:6-14 (CEB): Blessings cover the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. The memory of […]

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15 Guidelines For Holy Living

Photo by Jungwoo Hong on Unsplash In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul gives us 15 guidelines for holy living – concrete action steps that keep us open and available to God. Scripture:        1 Kings, chapter 1; 1 Chronicles, chapter 28; Psalm 91; 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 (CEB): Brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those who are working with you, leading you, and instructing you. Think of […]

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What Is God’s Will? For Us To Be Holy

Photo by chris liu on Unsplash “What is God’s will for me?” People often ask this question. Scripture gives us a direct answer: God’s will is for us to be holy. But what does that mean? Scripture:        1 Chronicles, chapters 25-27; 1 Thessalonians, chapter 4 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (CEB): So then, brothers and sisters, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to keep living the way you already […]

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Filling In The Gaps: Holiness And Spiritual Development

Photo by Nik on Unsplash Paul prays that God would “fill in the gaps” for the Thessalonians by strengthening their hearts in love. He says this will make them “blameless in holiness.” What’s the connection between holiness and spiritual development? Scripture:        1 Chronicles, chapters 22-24; 1 Thessalonians, chapter 3 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 (CEB): Now Timothy has returned to us from you and has given us good news about your faithfulness […]

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What Does It Mean To Sacrifice?

Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash David said, “I won’t offer an entirely burned offering that costs me nothing” (1 Chronicles 21:24). He insisted on paying for what he would sacrifice to God. What does it mean to “sacrifice”? Scripture:        2 Samuel, chapter 24; 1 Chronicles, chapter 21; Psalm 30; 1 Thessalonians, chapter 2 1 Chronicles 21:18-27 (CEB): The Lord’s messenger ordered Gad to tell David that he should go […]

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Why Do We Sometimes Feel Forsaken By God?

Photo by magnezis magnestic on Unsplash On the cross, Jesus cried, “My God, why have you left me?”  Why do we sometimes feel forsaken by God? Scripture:        2 Samuel, chapter 18; Psalm 56; Matthew, chapter 27 Matthew 27:45-54 (CEB): From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At about three Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my […]

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How To Be Happy | My Journey

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash In Psalm 32, David tells us how to be happy: “The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered over, is truly happy!” Scripture:        2 Samuel, chapters 15-16; Psalm 32; Matthew, chapter 25 Psalm 32 (CEB): The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered over, is truly happy! The one the Lord doesn’t consider guilty – in whose spirit there is […]

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