But don’t just listen to God’s word. Do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22 NLT
Don’t kid yourself; acting on God’s word is what activates God’s word. Hearing is not enough. What good would it do if we made the effort to hear God speak to us, and then not obey it?! The great Sermon on the Mount ends with this dramatic conclusion:
“Therefore, everyone who
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And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, Acts 17:26-27 ESV
Man was made to seek God. It is this seeking
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Both hope and faith know something about the future. Hope knows the potential of the future and faith knows the reality of the future. In other words, hope is an expectation of future events, and faith is a knowing of future events. Hope knows that the positive event can happen. Faith knows that the positive event will happen.
But how do they know? Because God knows.
Only God knows and controls the future sufficiently enough
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The name “Mary”, when used of the Lord’s mother, is always in Greek Mariam = the Hebrew Miriam, as is Ex. 15:20.
The other five are usually “Maria”.
Mary the mother of our Lord (Matt. 1:16, &c). The context never leaves room for any doubt as to her identity.
Mary the mother of James the less and Joses (Matt. 27:56. Mark 15:40; 16:1. Luke 24:10). She is called “the other Mary” (Matt. 27:61; 28:1), and
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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understood that the worlds were formed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb.11:1-3).
The expression “of things HOPED FOR” (Hebrews 11:1) lets us know that there are things that can be hoped for.
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by Ed Dufresne
Some time ago, I was flying on a commercial airplane to my next preaching engagement. One of the flight attendants stood up in the aisle and began to familiarize everyone with the aircraft safety equipment and to point out the nearest emergency exit.
Half-heartedly I looked up at her and said to myself, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve heard that a thousand times before.” I let my mind drift to other things, tuning
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“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing (comes) by the (spoken) Word of God.” Rom.10:17
If we have heard nothing from God, then there can be nothing to believe. If God had not spoken and we had not heard, there would be no basis for faith. We may need, want, or hope for faith, but we could not possibly have it, because we had not heard anything to create it.
The Bible says, “Abraham
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John Raleigh Mott’s (1865 – 1955) intense evangelistic passion made him his generation’s most popular evangelist to university students and a tireless promoter of world missions.
“The evangelization of the world in this generation” —John R. Mott
Mott’s destiny, however, lay not in foreign missions but in evangelizing college students and inspiring others to foreign mission work. He became college secretary of the YMCA in 1888, when the organization was consciously evangelical and aggressively evangelistic.
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by C.S. Lewis
There were central reasons the early church continually came together. They’re the same reasons as today: to pray, worship, and be built up in the faith. Church is a sanctuary. Far different from any building or gathering of people, the community of believers forms a heaven on earth, a place where the Holy Spirit works in and through his people.
Faith, then, is disciplined through the Church. Private devotion does reassert in
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“For You have magnified Your word above Your name.” another version reads “You have exalted Your name and Your promise above everything else.” Psalm 138:2b
In either version, the word of the Lord is shown to be highly exalted. So exalted is the word of God, that it actually holds together and guides the whole of the universe. Jesus, the Bible says, “Upholds all things by the word of His power.”
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An audio sermon by Dr. Kim Klaudt at World Harvest Church This is a wonderful sermon on the importance of speaking positive Bible words out of your mouth. They will affect the condition of your heart and the condition of your heart will affect the quality of your life.
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In II Samuel Chapter 21, a story is told about a famine in the time of King David, that lasted for several years. Because of it, David sought the Lord and was told that the famine was in response to the evil actions of King Saul (the previous king) against the Gibeonites. David decides to make right on the wrong and asks the Gibeonites what they will take. They want seven of King Saul’s male
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by Charles Spurgeon
“If you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Mark 9:22 KJV
“Jesus said unto him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23 KJV
Certain man had a demoniac son, who was afflicted with a dumb spirit. The father, having seen the futility of the endeavors of the disciples to heal his child, had little or no faith in
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According to the Bible, growing faith is not a struggle. Faith is a grace, a gift from God. The gift of faith comes freely when we meet the conditions of the promise.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
We struggle when we try
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… who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. I Peter 2:24
“Therefore I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24
Not everyone received healing under Jesus’ ministry. There were times when everyone in attendance received healing, and there
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