Revelation 3:1-6 ESV “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for … Continue reading Fodder for the Self-Indulgent
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Come Out of Babylon!
Isaiah 53:1-3 ESV “Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no … Continue reading Come Out of Babylon!
The Seductions of an Adulteress
Proverbs 6:6, 9 ESV “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise… How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?” This lesson, this instruction in wisdom, is not for the person who makes no profession of faith in Jesus Christ. It is for the … Continue reading The Seductions of an Adulteress
A Slippery Slope or The Solid Rock
Ephesians 4:17-19 ESV “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They … Continue reading A Slippery Slope or The Solid Rock
Shrewd in Their Own Sight
Isaiah 5:20 ESV “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Evil good and Good evil In what ways do people call evil good and good evil? Well, one way is when they lie about … Continue reading Shrewd in Their Own Sight
So Your Faith Might Not Rest on Human Wisdom
With Eloquence and Human Wisdom 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV “And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ … Continue reading So Your Faith Might Not Rest on Human Wisdom
Put Your Trust in God Alone
Amos 5:4-5 NIV This is what the Lord says to Israel: “Seek me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.” These places mentioned here are symbolic of places of idolatrous worship. Today, … Continue reading Put Your Trust in God Alone
While People are Saying
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 NIV “Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains … Continue reading While People are Saying
Shaking the Foundation
Psalm 46:1-3 ESV “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah” Opposition to the Gospel of … Continue reading Shaking the Foundation
A Friend of Sinners?
A popular teaching today is that Jesus hung out with (was a friend of) the ungodly, while he avoided contact with the "super religious," which is often a popular reference to the godly. But Jesus was not a friend of the ungodly. He was a friend to those who obeyed him (Jn 15:14-15; Jas 2:23). … Continue reading A Friend of Sinners?