Joy!

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Joy is the attitude that makes life sparkle rather than letting it fall into drudgery. It is not the same as happiness which depends on what is happening. Joy is an abiding attitude of the heart based on faith. The greater the object of faith, the greater and more stable the joy. The birth of… Read more »

God Is Good!

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“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” – Psalm 119:68 God is good. His goodness includes holiness, justice, love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, and truth. We are repeatedly told, “He is good, His love endures forever”. (Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1, 29; 136:1; 1 Chron. 16:34) No mere human being is… Read more »

God Is Holy

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God is holy. In fact, He is holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6:1-4; Rev. 4:1-8). In general, to be holy means to be separated. But how is God separated? From what is He separated? First God is totally distinct from all His creation. He is transcendent, not only distinct but higher than everything else. But second,… Read more »

What Is Grace?

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What is grace?  Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve and delivering us from what we do deserve.  Grace is favor from God that we did not earn and can not earn.  Grace is the means whereby we receive salvation and other blessings from God.  We can’t work for grace, but we must… Read more »

The Danger of Pride

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A peacock is a symbol of pride. But the peacock is trying to attract a peahen. We have no excuse for pride. Pride is exalting ourselves above others, above reality, and is an affront to God. God will bring down the proud and lift up those who humble themselves before Him. Let us learn from… Read more »

Filled with the Spirit

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Who can be filled with the Spirit and why? Well before Pentecost, John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit. So were both his mother and father. So was Jesus. After Pentecost, people already baptized in the Spirit are said to be filled with the Spirit. A person is filled when he is baptized in… Read more »

Cleansed by His Blood

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To enter God’s presence, we need to be holy, set apart to Him.  But we have all sinned and fall short of His glory.  We must be cleansed of our sin, guilt, and shame.  Nothing we can do can give us clean hands and clean hearts.  But Jesus took our sins upon Himself and died… Read more »

A Mother’s Love

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We expect mothers to love their children.  But genuine love is not easy, even for a mother.  Rizpah had it especially tough (2 Samuel 21:8-10).  She had been a secondary wife to King Saul and had borne him two sons, her beloved ones.  But Saul had sinned grievously against the Gibeonites.  Many years later they… Read more »