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Hebrews 12:18-24

Contrasting the Mountain of Fear–Sinai with the Mountain of Joy–New Jerusalem The differences between them and the desirability of the heavenly My translation and notes on Hebrews 12:18-24 We Do Not Come to the Mountain of Fear 18 For youp have not come to a physical mountain with its burning fire, blackness, gloom, violent winds, 19 Trumpet blast, and spoken words, which when they heard, the hearers begged that the message wouldn’t be spoken to…

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Acts 16:14 Translation+Notes

What does it mean that God opened her heart? What does that have to do with salvation? Acts 16:14—my translation and notes. 14 Then a woman named Lydia, a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira who worshiped God, listened to us. The Lord opened her heart, so that she paid attention to the things Paul was talking about. [The Lord opened her heart is an important theological statement of soteriology (study of salvation).…

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A Few Thoughts about Rebirth

This refers to the new creation of a believer. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! Galatians 6:15 NIV Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Salvation, reconciliation with God, forgiveness of sins, a hope and future in the Kingdom of God, etc. is only though grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ…

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Romans 9 Free Will and Choice

Devotional Notes Romans 9 B1 What does this mean? C1 Paul’s Desire for All Israel To Be Saved D1 Paul’s desire for Israel to believe in Messiah is very deep. Compare Moses’ attitude: Exodus 32:32-33 NRSV But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, blot me out of the book that you have written.”33 But the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. D2 Paul…

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1 Year Through the Bible Series—Romans Part D+15 Blessings given by the Holy Spirit

  B5 Teaching about sanctification 6:1-8:39 C1 Freedom from sin D1 In our sin nature, we are addicted to sin. It is the master, we are the slave. D2 A result of salvation is that we died with the Lord Jesus. He died, and we died with Him. He rose, and we will rise with Him. Even now, we are risen into new life. Free from enslavement to sin. We still sin, because we still…

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1 Year Through the Bible Series—Romans Part C+23 Benefits of Salvation

  B4 Teaching about salvation 3:21-5:21 C1 Salvation D1 Not by following Mosaic law, which must a been a difficult thing for religious Jews. E1 Jesus made this clear: John 7:19 NLT Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.” E2 Romans 8:3 NLT The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did…

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A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 8

Titus 3:3-8 What We Were, and How God Changed Us What We Were and How God Changed Us 3 We ourselves were also at one time foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various evil desires and pleasures, passing our time being spiteful, envious, obnoxious, and hating one another. 4 But as soon as the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not by works of righteousness, which we have done,…

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A picture of redemption

The Kinsman Redeemer Theme: A picture of redemption Scriptures: Ruth 4:1-17 Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson) Know: God had a plan for Naomi and Ruth’s redemption, and He has some for us as well. Think: Always be mindful that God provided redemption for me and for all people. Do: Worship and serve my Redeemer, telling others of His plan of redemption. Notes and Questions: B1 Review of Ruth 3 C1 Boaz is…

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Saved by grace

Not Our Doing Theme: Saved by grace Objectives: Know: Our salvation is a gift from God, not a reward we earn. Think: View life as an opportunity to glorify the God who saved me. Do: Point people to God by doing the good works He created me to do.​​​​​​​ Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10 Notes and questions: B1 Why does humanity exist? C1 The LORD has made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the…

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