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My Daily Thoughts–2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (NKJV) Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,…

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James 1:16-27

James continues to instruct us on living the Christian life. He spends some time correcting deceptions about the Christian life. God gives gifts, so should we. James teaches us true gifts based on God’s examples. One of the best gifts He gives is self-control. We must listen carefully before speaking. What we say is not the most important, but what we do. My translation and notes on James 1:16-27 Believers Should Know That God Is…

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1 Timothy 3:10-17

Pastoral teaching on Christian suffering, persecution, deception, faithful in doctrine, and importance of the inspiration of the Bible (inspiration, infallibility, and sufficiency). My translation and notes on 2 Timothy 3:10-17 Christians Suffer 10 In contrast, yous have firsthand knowledge of my doctrine, lifestyle, [my] purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 Persecutions, hardships which happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, [and] Lystra—what persecutions I had to put up with! But the Lord delivered me out of…

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1 Timothy 4:1-5

Paul warns Timothy, who in turn is to warn others who are to pass it down through the generations to today, about the evil that will occur in the last days. These last days are those days before the Rapture. Paul teaches that Christians will leave, dismiss, and belittle God’s truth and His ways. In turn, they will accept false pastors, false teachers, false teachings about Christianity. Let us beware and be in the Truth.…

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A Few Thoughts About Deception

Deception B1 Defined: C1 the act of causing someone to believe an untruth, or the state of being so deceived. (Source) C2 For better or worse, here is a Wikipedia article on Deception. D3 Why Do People Lie? (non-Christian but gives a nice summary). B2 Effects of deception C1 A classic on deception is Propaganda by Edward Bernays (PDF). C2 Effects as abuse, control (no freedom), stealing, pain, even death. What God teaches B1 A…

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1 Timothy 4:1-5

B1 Warning of Apostasy C1 This is for the latter times D1 End of the church age D2 Just before the Tribulation. The Tribulation period itself is one of complete apostasy of government, religion, and society. Only God can save. D3 Society falls apart D4 Like the days of Noah and the times of Sodom and Gomorrah E1 The sins of society are NOT any special sins. E2 They are the breaking of God’s Commandments…

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A Few Thoughts About Spiritual Warfare

God’s way of alertness, knowledge, truth, and action versus the other way of passivity, experiences, feelings, etc. Ephesians 6:10-18 WEL 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the highest spiritual forces, powers,…

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James Studies James 1:16-18

James 1:16-18 WEL Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good common-gift and perfect special-gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights with whom is no variation, neither shadow from turning. 18 Having willed it he gave birth to us by the Word of Truth, so that we should be a type of first fruits among his created things. Deceived (err or misled in other translations) = This is…

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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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Why We Must Not be in a Passive State

Why We Must Not be in a Passive State 1 Peter 5:6-11 WEL So, let yourselves be humbled under God’s mighty hand, so he may lift you up at the right time. 7 Cast all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour. 9 Resist him, [be] immovable in the faith, realizing…

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