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Two Ways to Live --Your Choice

Mankind is divided into two lifestyle groups according to a basic issue of world view. Both are vividly contrasted in today’s readings. Which one is you?...

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Flee to the Banner

Would a soldier in dire straits not flee to the banner raised by his commander? Not likely. So why do some refuse to flee to the banner of Christ's gospel?...

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When Theory Becomes Reality

Head knowledge and theory are necessary but when it comes to knowing God there is nothing like years of real life experience....

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Contagious Confidence

Not everything contagious is bad. Here we learn how confidence in the Lord in times of trial is contagious. Spread the germs....

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Sunless Days and Starless Nights

How can you tell your faith is unshaken in a storm with sunless days and starless nights? Today's reading gives a means to test the quality of your faith....

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The Pompous Dead

A man, even a king, who lacks understanding of who God is and how one is saved from sin is no better than an animal. In today's reading, we have an example....

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God Will be Glorified

God rules over the whole earth. He is with His people at all times and no matter what overtakes them. Ultimately, He will be exalted by all....

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Now or Never: the procrastinator's dilemma

Procrastination is the lie we tell ourselves when we don't want to take important action or make a difficult decision. Here we see a classic procrastinator....

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God’s Providential Care

God's people suffer, sometimes justly and sometimes unjustly. Either way, they trust in Him to deliver them for further service or to take them to glory....

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Paul’s Tweet

Our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. The godly believer focuses on this as life's circumstances range from monotonous to terrifying....

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When the Righteous are Afflicted

Isn't it illogical that the righteous suffer afflictions? Why wouldn’t God see that those who obey Him never suffer? Scripture enlightens those in the dark....

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The Limits of Wise Counsel

We must be careful to hear godly counsel while recognizing that even godly counsel is not infallible. Ultimately, we are responsible to obey God....

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The Prayer that Never Fails

Do you know the prayer that never fails? Paul knew it. David knew it. Jesus knew it. It is a prayer that God always answers....

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Ready to Die; Ready to Live

As a young Christian, I was told, “A man is not ready to live until he has something he will die for.” Here we meet two men who were ready to live....

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The Best Encouragers

A friend who knows how to encourage is always a wonderful thing. But do you know what kind of person makes the best encourager?...

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Cultural Collision Coming

There is no place for both the true God of heaven and earth and the idols of humankind. The gospel and popular culture are on a collision course....

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God’s Delight in Your Prayer

God’s children have special access to Him in prayer. But do you know that He delights in those who are His and who come to Him with their requests?...

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The Authority of the Bible

The Christian church spread widely and rapidly in the First Century. Do you know why? It can happen again if we follow the Apostles' example....

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God’s Righteous Judgment

Final divine judgment is not a popular topic today. Might that explain why we struggle to find meaning and purpose in life?...

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The Importance of Seeking God

God, who knows the hearts of all, is near to those who seek Him, even when His will for them may include trials and suffering....

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Midnight in a Roman Jail

Those who know the Lord God of heaven and earth have joy and peace unaffected by their outward circumstances because their confidence is in Him alone....

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Salvation Belongs to the LORD

God is sovereign over salvation. He uses means, such as gospel preaching but also works directly opening the hearts of His own so they hear and believe....

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God Uses People Warts and All

God works in and through people who are imperfect to accomplish His purposes and plans perfectly. If you are His, He has plans to use you warts and all....

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Silence before God

It is good and instructive to keep silence before God, to listen to His Word, and to observe His mighty acts. Today we meet some who learned this truth....

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Stop and Consider

Does the biblical claim that God is our Creator to Whom we owe our lives and praise thrill you or irritate you? Stop and consider who and what we are....

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God’s Providence vs. Man’s Autonomy

No life is the result of personal autonomy or of random acts and choices. Rather it is God’s sovereign providence at work according to His eternal decrees....

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Holy Desires Amidst Trying Times

The faithful Christian desires to please God and to glorify Him. We have examples of two men under pressure. One succeeded. The other failed....

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Glory Stealing Can Be Fatal

It is a dangerous thing to receive praise from people and fail to give God the glory He deserves. Here are two men whose lives demonstrated this truth....

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Can we have a Barnabas or two?

Here we meet a man who demonstrated that wise words spoken by one filled with the Holy Spirit can be used by God to accomplish great good for His glory....

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Two Truths in Focus

Two truths must be kept clearly in focus at all times if we are to not lose sight of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you know what these are?...

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The Christian and Personal Piety

While no one is saved by good works or personal piety, those who are saved demonstrate their love for God through good works and personal piety....

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