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What Does Proverbs 3:5-6 Mean?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (EHV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Trust is a reasonable understanding of life. It is not blind faith. Blind faith means there is no logical, rational reason to believe. A reasonable faith means there is a reason, logical, and rational reason to believe. Four things: 1)Trust, 2) Don’t…

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Colossians 1:9-18

Colossians 1:9-18 (NKJV) For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious…

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Peace & Grace

Philippians 1:1-2 Philippians 1:1-2 (NKJV) Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. V1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons… Paul: Born a Jew of the tribe of…

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Brief Summary of Paul’s Letter to the Roman Believers Part 5

Romans 12-15 The Christian life Romans 12 Romans 12 explains our Christian life from the point of our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus for salvation. Now, it is our priority to serve the Lord Jesus with our body, mind, soul, and spirit. It is a transformation, which is a changing of our priorities from “me” to “Christ’s.” This is described as a “living sacrifice.” It is by God’s mercy that we are offered…

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Brief Summary of Paul’s Letter to the Roman Believers Part 4

Romans 9-11 Romans 9-11 is a parenthesis concerning a problem. “What do we do with Jews? Are they saved?” The emphasis is that God is good (Mark 10:18). When defining “good” we must not read from human sources, which may be very truthful, but from God’s description of Himself as read in the Bible. “Good” is used in Genesis 1 to describe the creation as meeting a standard—the plan God designed (the blueprint). God describes…

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Brief Summary of Paul’s Letter to the Roman Believers Part 3

Romans 7 Romans 7 deals with personal sin. Verses 1-6 Paul handles the question, “If these things are so why do we (believers) still sin?” Paul’s thoughts: 1) we are not under Mosaic Law because as a widow is free to remarry, so we are dead to the Law being joined to another (Jesus Christ—verse 4). Verses 7-23 tackle the problem of sinning in this life. The soul and spirit are a new creation (2…

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Brief Summary of Paul’s Letter to the Roman Believers Part 2

Paul is writing to predominately Gentile Christians, since, apparently, all Jews were banned from Romans and forced to leave. Romans 1-8 Paul explains the doctrine of soteriology Part 2 Romans 4 Romans 4 Paul elaborates about faith. Verses 1-12 teach that faith is NOT a work (verses 3 and 9). Abraham is the example who believed which resulted in God reckoning Abraham righteousness (Romans 4:3 and Genesis 12:3). His was declared righteous was before circumcision…

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Brief Summary of Paul’s Letter to the Roman Believers

Part 1 Paul is writing to predominately Gentile Christians, since, apparently, all Jews were banned from Romans and forced to leave. Romans 1-8 Paul explains the doctrine of soteriology. Romans 1 Romans 1:1-7 is Paul’s greeting to the Roman assembly. Verses 8-15 contain Paul’s deep desire to visit the assembly. Verses 16-17 is the introduction of Paul’s teaching on soteriology. The main point is God demands faith. Faith is believing God enough to trust Him…

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Devotion of Ephesians 4:1-3

Ephesians 4:1-3 Verses 1-6 are 3 sentences. We will deal with the first 3 verses. First, Paul declares himself to be a prisoner on account of being a Christian (of the Lord). He pleads for the believers to walk worthy (up to God’s standards) of the calling (invitation from the Holy Spirit) with which you were called (they responded in faith, so past tense). He pleads for them to have particular character traits–lowliness, gentleness, longsuffering,…

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The Anvil

The Anvil by John Clifford Last eve I paused beside a blacksmith’s door,And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;Then looking, I saw upon the floor,Old hammers worn with beating years of time. “How many anvils have you had,” said I,To wear and batter all these hammers so?”“Just one,” said he and then with twinkling eye,“The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.” “And so,” I thought, “The anvil of God’s Word,For ages skeptic blows…

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