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A Worthy Prayer

Let's forget five second and one sentence prayers. Not that short scriptural ones are a waste for those who pray; but let's get to the meat of the matter. We should be purifying ourselves daily and praising the God of Heaven and Earth, and his Christ. Calling aloud for aid (whether anyone around us hears it or not); and asking God for assistance when our souls are in peril (whether real or perceived). We should also be giving thanks when things may seem just fine…

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Lydia’s Heart

Paul and Barnabas are about to leave Antioch on their second journey going to places they had previously been and made converts in establishing congregations. There is a disagreement among them as to where they might go. And they settle on Barnabas and John Mark going in one direction (starting in Cyprus), while Paul and Silas would go through Syria and Cilicia, ending in Asia Minor. On the way, Paul meets a young preacher named Timothy who becomes instrumental in…

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The Church of Christ

Many of the mighty works of Jesus, the Son of God, were done around the Sea of Galilee, and since he was human as well as divine, time came when he got tired and had to take a rest away from the crowds and multitudes. As recorded in Matthew 16, he left the press of the surroundings and went with his disciples to Caesarea Philippi. There he asked them what public opinion was concerning his identity. They said that some believed that he…

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Fear of God (4)

“You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me,…

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Learning to Walk (4)

“Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for…

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Fear of God (Pt 3)

Now we get to the hard questions. Did David do all of God’s will? We can recognize that this is not a rhetorical question as we, along with Paul’s audience, can now see the answer. In 1 Samuel, God’s statement regarding David as a man after his heart is given in context. Keep in mind that this is the only other description using those words. Samuel tells King Saul: “…your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought out a man after his…

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Learning to Walk (3)

I noted in the last installment that no healer today can do anything remotely like the miracle of healing the lame man in Acts 3. I have put these same thoughts out before in discussions of miracles and healings. This miracle was performed out in plain sight, about three in the afternoon, and moved in action from the entrance at the Beautiful Gate to the Temple grounds and into Solomon’s Court and around the colonnades. Hundreds of people were coming and…

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Fear of God (2)

At another point a few hundred years later in a well-known story as recounted in 1 Samuel 17, we find David and Goliath in the middle of a battlefield surrounded by two armies. At this point David displayed a healthy “fear of God” yet without any physical or emotional fear included with it. The soldiers on both sides were watching with interest. We know the Philistine Goliath was a well-known warrior - a giant. And we know David was neither…

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Learning to Walk (2)

All miracles involved displacing natural and/or physical laws. In the NT people were healed when the Lord Jesus said they would be healed. It was immediate and unexplainable to our senses. Today we call it a miracle if miners survive a cave in and are rescued after a long period underground. Don’t get me wrong – I praise God and am pleased when people are rescued from harm’s way, when the unusual happens and lives are enriched or spared. But…

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Fear of God (1)

Once when asked to speak before a large crowd of people, as I looked out across the audience, I was at first unable to utter a sound. After what seemed like a long, awkward few moments, which was actually just a moment in time, I blurted out, “I’d rather face an angry teenage grizzly than you all!” Then I had more experience with grizzly bears than with public speaking, so I meant it. Some things don’t change. Fear has many…

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