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Sin Surrounds

What does lawlessness produce? Remember that God’s book teaches us that “sin is lawlessness.” But now let’s take a look from the civil side of things. If traffic laws are not enforced, you eventually get auto anarchy instead of orderly processes. Oh my, isn’t that what you have going on in much of the world and in a lot of locations around this country right now, since we started “Selective Enforcement Programs” in the Seventies? So going onward, what happens…

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Sin Again

We noted that some people believe that God educates us out of sin. But it seemed that notion did not stand either the force of the scriptures or of reason. Others say that God forgives our sins unconditionally. That once we “accept Christ” we have shed everything sinful: past, present and future. Few things in this life come without conditions. The old proverb states - If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is… What I suspect the…

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Your Sin Will Find You Out

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3: 4) Sin is missing the mark or the target God has set. And as the creation and as Christians, our duty is to attempt to hit that mark set by God – not to miss it or ignore it. To anyone interested in seeking out God and doing his will, you will not please God if you come before him with sin stacked up behind your name…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Conclusion and Invitation

The end of this offers nothing new. It is sadly devoid of quick fixes or startling new discoveries. There is none of that. The repair for hardened hearts has already been discussed along with the gospel plan of salvation in the previous studies in this set (as it is in many of the other posts here). The process to stop a soul from slipping away is exactly the same today as it was when it was first offered: hear the…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 7

It is now time to take a brief look at one of those records of conversion from Acts 8: the conversion of the Ethiopian treasurer, beginning with verse 26. I am going to emphasize only two or three points. The rest is obvious. Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 6

The surgery required to repair a hardened heart starts with sitting down and reading the Book of God. We need to bury our heads in the Bible relying on it for our oxygen and to not come up for the stale outside air until we know enough about it to identify the requirements. Once done we need to “get vaccinated” against the virus of false religious teaching from the god of this world and start serving the one true God,…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 5

So the Egyptians rode out into the Sea with their eyes wide open, seeing all the signs and ignoring them. And later while the wonder of this mighty miracle was fresh in memory, the Israelites themselves started hardening up just like Pharaoh and the Egyptians and quickly turned away from the Word of God. They were headed for a mess by the time they got to Mount Sinai. It took them exactly forty days to go from worshiping the Lord…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 4

Have you ever thought of the details of the miracle worked at night long ago at the edge of the Red Sea; the one that left Egypt leaderless and their military decimated the next day? You probably know archaeologists and scientists (along with more than a few religious teachers and people) are quick to discount the record of the scriptures. They know there is only a scattered mention of Israel in hieroglyphic or hieratic text; and to date, there is no…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 3

  So how does a heart get hardened? Let’s start this way: just as surely as there is only one God, there is only one Bible – just one. No one has added another book to the Old Testament; and there is not a chapter twenty-three for Revelation out there awaiting inclusion in the New Testament. So there is just one finite set of scriptures. It was separated into Old and New Testaments with all of it well settled a…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 2

Part Two:  Each Pharaoh of Egypt had grown up being told he was a god, although they surely must have known better. They had probably seen other pharaohs pass into eternity and had to know they were but men or women who had been born into the right family. They all bled if cut. When it came time for the slaves to leave Egypt, and Moses and Aaron stood before the throne of Egypt there were certain things that are…

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