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Outward or Inward Appearance?

A Few Thoughts on 1 Samuel 16:7 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV – But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Our outward appearance We may think ourselves as the most ugly person ever: we have ears on stalks, bulging eyes,…

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Ephesian Studies Ephesians 6:1-4

Ephesians 6:1-4 A1 Scripture (Ephesians 6:1-4 WPNT) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“that it may go well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. A2 Outline B1 Children obey your parents C1 It is right…

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Ephesian Studies Ephesians 5:21-33

Ephesians 5:21-33 Normally I don’t have such a long sermon outline. At time of delivery, it would be reduced to about 3 pages instead of 11, but since it is written, I thought I would include all. I’ve adopted Natalie Hoffman’s terms of marriage as Christian or controlling, rather than complementarian and egalitarian. Her article explains it well. Ephesians Chapter 5:21-33 Revised A1 Scripture B1 Ephesians 5:22-33 WEL 21 Place yourselves under one another in…

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Pray Without Ceasing

Pray Without Ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17 MKJV Pray without ceasing A1 Background B1 Acts 17:1-9 NKJV Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and [saying,] “This…

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Ephesian Studies Ephesians 5:16-21

Ephesians 5:16-21 A1 Scripture B1 Ephesians 5:16-21 WEL Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore, don’t be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not be drunk with wine, which is immoral excess, instead be filled by the Spirit: 19 Speaking among yourselves in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing and making music in your heart to the Lord, 20 Always giving thanks to the God and Father for all…

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Ever Wonder About Diotrephes?

Ever Wonder About Diotrephes? 3 John 1:9-11 WEB I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn’t accept what we say. 10 Therefore if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly. 11 Beloved, don’t imitate that…

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Ephesian Studies Ephesians 5:6-15

Ephesians 5:6-15 A1 Scripture Do not let anyone deceive you with foolish words; it is because of these very things that God’s anger will come upon those who do not obey him. So have nothing at all to do with such people. You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord’s people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light, for…

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Types of Abusive Behavior

A good article to inform us of the many forms of abuse. No one should experience abuse. Sometimes, it is confusing to know, so we might wonder, “Is this abuse?” You need to read the entire article. The 8 Types of Abusive Behavior By Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC Aaron wrongly believed that the only type of abuse was physical and then only if it left a mark. This is a common misunderstanding in our culture.…

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Advent Devotions 2018

Advent Devotions 2018 2 December 18 Genesis 3:15 MKJV And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel. Sin had damaged the world. Sin brought punishment—spiritual death, physical death, decay, addiction to sin, pain, suffering, etc. To the serpent, the devil, God pronounced the curses of Genesis 3:14-15. The words in verse 15 reveal the promise of destruction to the…

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Ephesian Studies Ephesians 5:1-5

Ephesians 5:1-5 A1 Scripture B1 Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a fragrant aroma. But, you should not even talk about fornication or any form of moral corruption or insatiableness (as is fitting for saints); nor any obscenity, nor foolish talk or coarse joking (that do not belong), but rather…

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