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My Daily Thoughts–1 Thessalonians 3:1-5

1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (NKJV) Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, 2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, 3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. 4 For, in fact, we…

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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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Hebrews 11:23-40

This post is long, but I thought I would publish the rest of Hebrews chapter 11, which again gives examples of people of faith, and how God blessed them. Even in death, they received blessings of a better resurrection. Today, we live under the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). There are rules of things that we must do, and some we must not do. There are rules shaped by principles. These principles include things that…

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Hebrew 11:8-19

The Hebrews writer continues with Abraham as an example of faith. We always can learn from these examples. Some of Jesus’s rules for the church are must and must not, principles to do or to avoid, and examples of success that we follow or do not. My translation of Hebrew 11:8-19 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place which he would later receive as an inheritance, obeyed and left, even though…

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A Few Thoughts About Discipling Part 3

C3 Messiah D1 Sin must be punished. D2 Either I must be punished for my sin, or a voluntary substitute must. D3 The substitute must be sinless or else the must die for their own sins (rebellion against God’s laws). D4 The only sinless human is the eternal Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua). Hebrews 4:14-15 NRSV Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us…

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A Few Thoughts about Graduation 2021

Consider some of the greatest issues for young adults according to surveys. B1 First list (Most common problems) C1 Acceptance C2 Stress C3 Depression and anxiety C4 Self-harm C5 Bullying C6 Desensitization C7 Sex C8 Disrespect C9 Trust C10 Motivation B2 Second list (Most feared) C1 Peer pressure/not fitting in C2 Sex C3 Failure C4 Climate change C5 Money (Poverty) C6 The future C7 Bullying/Cyberbullying C8 Lost identity C9 Safety C10 Embarrassment B3 Third list…

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Devotional notes Psalm 123+John 11

MORNING Psalm 123 B1 What does this mean? C1 We look to Yahweh for help and guidance first. C2 We watch for His answer (waiting). C3 Many do not love God, His ways, His rules, His lifestyle, or His worldview, so they persecute our brothers and sisters for their faith. B2 How do I apply this to my life? Seek God’s help first, wait for answer to prayer, love God supremely and that being the…

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A Few More Thoughts About Faith

Faith B1 Defined C1 I define faith as believing God. C2 Bible verses D1 Jonah 3:5 CSB Then the people of Nineveh believed God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least. D2 Romans 4:3 CSB For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:6) D3 Romans 11:30 WEL For just as in times past you refused to…

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Justified by Faith

It’s always been faith Theme: Justified by Faith Scriptures: Galatians 3:1-29 Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book) Know: Justification has always been through faith, even in the Old Testament. Think: Maintain an awareness that I am totally dependent on Christ for salvation and for power to live for Him each day. Do: Continue to walk by faith each and every day. B1 Galatians 3:1-5 NKJV O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you…

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A Different Way of Doing Things

A Different Way of Doing Things Theme: Obedient Faith Scripture: Joshua 6:1-27 Notes and questions: B1 Background and situation C1 Summary: http://www.preceptaustin.org/joshua_commentaries C2 In the book of Joshua we see God fulfilling His promise to Israel. They did receive the land that was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God fulfills His promises. C3 Jericho was the city before them. It was very fortified with double walls, open area between the walls, and a ditch…

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